Register of the Fountain Humboldt County History Collection, 1850-1903

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University Library, University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
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Fax: (209) 946-2810
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University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.



Register of the Fountain Humboldt County History Collection, 1850-1903

Collection number: Mss65

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University Library

University of the Pacific

Contact Information

  • Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
  • University Library, University of the Pacific
  • Stockton, CA 95211
  • Phone: (209) 946-2404
  • Fax: (209) 946-2810
  • URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
Processed by:
Don Walker
Date Completed:
1994
Encoded by:
Don Walker
© 1998 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Fountain Humboldt County History Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1850-1903
Collection number: Mss65
Creator: Susie Baker Fountain
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Stockton, CA 95211
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fountain Humboldt County History Collection, Mss65, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

Biography

Humboldt County was formed in 1853 from Trinity County. It lies on the northwestern coast of California and contains Cape Mendocino, the westernmost point of mainland Unites States outside Alaska. The county has three principal rivers, the Klamath, the Eel and the Trinity, as well as three major bays, Trinidad, Arcata and Humboldt. Gold mining flourished in the heavily forested county during the 1850s and 1860s, and, as a result, there were many battles with local Indians, culminating in the massacre of 1860. These altercations led to the establishment of Fort Humboldt (1853) and the creation of the state's largest Indian reservation at Hoopa Valley. For the past one hundred twenty-five years lumbering has been the principal industry of the region. The County Seat is Eureka (1856).

Scope and Content

This is a narrative history of Humboldt County (1850-1903), published serially in the Blue Lake Advocate, (1964), and collected in an unbound scrapbook by the author, Susie Baker Fountain. The collection also includes letters written (1903-04) by Eleanor E. Tracy, a Humboldt Co. schoolteacher, that were compiled and annotated for publication in the Blue Lake Advocate, (1964), by Harriet T. DeLong.

Container List

 

BOX 1: FOUNTAIN HUMBOLDT COUNTY HISTORY COLLECTION

 

1.1 "The SETTLEMENT of the HUMBOLDT BAY REGION IN 1850" #1

 

Captain Tichenor................................................1

 

Extracts From the Manuscript of Frank Tichenor..................2

 

Analysis of Tichenor Manuscript.................................5

 

Kelsey, Benjamin................................................9

 

The Claim of Captain William Tichenor at Bucksport.............14

 

The First Claims Chosen in Eureka..............................18

 

The First Preemption Claim in Arcata...........................23

 

1.2 "The SETTLEMENT of the HUMBOLDT BAY REGION IN 1850" #2

 

Inman, Joshua..................................................27

 

Kelsey, Samuel.................................................32

 

Preston, John Calvin...........................................36

 

Alexander Brizard Pack Train at Chevret Ranch (photo)..........39

 

Preston, John Calvin (continued)...............................40

 

The Preston Family.............................................42

 

1.3 "The SETTLEMENT of the HUMBOLDT BAY REGION IN 1850" #3

 

The Preston Family.............................................47

 

Preston-McDowell Forest Site to be Dedicated...................52

 

Jones, Elisha B................................................53

 

Christiansen, Christain........................................58

 

Eiswald, Adolph................................................59

 

Harrison, Maple Preston - notes from...........................61

 

Mad River Billy................................................61

 

Adolph Eiswald's Claim.........................................64

 

Leeper, David..................................................65

 

Lothian, Peter.................................................69

 

Teeters, Paris.................................................73

 

The Isaac Nixon Claim..........................................74

 

Prigmore, Ephraim..............................................78

 

1.4 "The SETTLEMENT of the HUMBOLDT BAY REGION IN 1850" #4

 

Graham, Julius W...............................................81

 

Nelson, Sigvard................................................82

 

Winders, Robert J..............................................83

 

The Lindsey Family.............................................87

 

Hannah Preston Gault's Contribution............................87

 

The Liscom Family..............................................92

 

The Liscom Family (continued)..................................96

 

Mrs. Fountain Takes Vacation; Interlude Series.................99

 

1.5 "A SCHOOL MA'AM'S LETTERS" :August 5, 1903 - November 6, 1903

 

1.6 "A SCHOOL MA'AM'S LETTERS" :November 8, 1903 - April 25, 1904

 

1.7 "A SCHOOL MA'AM'S LETTERS" :April 27, 1904 - June 18, 1904