Humboldt County Historical Society

The Humboldt Historian

Winter 2017: Volume 65, No. 4

Good Neigbors at Showers Pass
Naida Olsen Gipson
The Olsen family brought a sense of expanded possibilities to life in the back county.

Update on the 1947 HDN All County Track Meet
Jeremiah Scott, Jr., with Gene Goselin and Ken Gipson
Two participants write in to share their memories of the meet and their fellow competitors.

James Theron McDaniel, Humboldt Hero
Gary Stromberg
Beginning as the youngest child in a hardworking sawmill family, Jim grew up to embrace epic challenges.

The Tale of the Two Colonial Duffs: You Didn’t Hear it from Me
Louella Parsnips
Romance, bromance, coincidence, and a court case.

It’s Got to be Rock & Roll Music
Mark Backlund
The author recalls the important feeling of connection he derived as part of the world-wide community of Rock and Roll fans, while experiencing some of the genre’s greatest artists right here in Humboldt County.

The Mining Diary of Bertrand A. Gate
Introduction and epilogue by Deborah Baskette
In 1896 a young man seeks gold in the Trinities with hopes of helping his family.

Albert Bierstadt’s “Giant Redwood Trees of California,” Berkshire Museum, Massachusetts (oil on canvas, c.1874).

The American painter Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902) was known best for his luxurious, sweeping landscapes of the American West. His Yosemite Valley paintings generated such notoriety that his presence was requested by every explorer considering an expedition westward. The painting of redwoods featured on this issue’s cover exemplifies the majesty and grandeur of Romantic landscapes. By the time of his death in 1902 this style had fallen out of fashion and Bierstadt was largely forgotten. His work may be found in many museums across the country, the closest being San Francisco’s deYoung.
— On the Cover