Humboldt County Historical Society

Humboldt Historian

Winter 2014

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Volume 62, No. 4

10 - FIRE IN THE MOUNTAIN: THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE NORTHWESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD, PART II - by Sean Mitchell

The NWPRR, longtime economic lifeline to Humboldt County, cannot recover after the disastrous 1978 Island Mountain Tunnel fire.

20 - SIXTY-FIVE YEARS LATER—THE EHS CLASS OF 1949 - by Leo Chiantelli

Classmates of the “in-between” generation celebrate together in Eureka.

21 - WAR BOND RALLY AT HOLMES FLAT:WHO IS THE INTERLOPER IN THIS PICTURE?

An interesting photograph from Velma Childs Titus

22 - CHARLES H. KING: FROM TRINIDAD EDUCATOR TO
OAKLAND MILLIONAIRE - by Marvin Shepherd

Charles King reinvented himself in Humboldt, then went on to found King City.

32 - CHRISTMAS 1964: THE FLOOD - by Rex Fisher

Seventeen-year-old Rex Fisher found himself on the front lines of power restoration in Bridgeville.

37 - HUMBOLDT PHARMACIES: 1900 THROUGH WORLD
WAR II - by Stan Cloney

The author shares anecdotes and antidotes from an earlier apothecary era.


The glory days of the Northwestern Pacific Redwood Empire Route may be gone, but the once-great railroad has attracted a worthy chronicler in Sean Mitchell. The second part of his article, “Fire in the Mountain: the Beginning of the End for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad,” begins on page 10.

This winter marks the fiftieth anniversary of the ‘64 flood, which was answered by Humboldters with countless acts of bravery and generosity, and which we honor here with a story from Rex Fisher, whose father was in charge of the PG&E substation in Blocksburg.

You are invited to meet the founder of King City with Marvin Shepherd, and to step behind the counter of an early 20th century pharmacy with Stan Cloney.

Also awaiting you in this issue is an EHS class reunion, a World War I bond rally with a questionable guest, and, last but not least, an invitation to a Holiday Gift Auction! Join us at the Eureka Inn on December 6. Please see page 8.

Warm wishes to all for a joyful holiday season from all of us at the Humboldt County Historical Society.
— From the Editor