One hundred years ago today, the Humboldt Times reported that the 11-mile road from Orick to Orleans was due to open on May 1, 1922.
The newspaper said: “The new road is considered one of the best for heavy travel in the county.”
The road — which cost about $28,000 to build and cover with a heavy layer of rock — passed by the Sherman Lyons Ranch and went all the way to the Tomlinson Ranch in Orleans.
Much more was happening that week in 1922 as well. For example, on April 28 of that year, the Humboldt Times published an article stating that the Upper Mattole area of Humboldt County was expecting “a record spring potato crop”.
The newspaper continues: “Farmers in this section are (also) busy preparing the sowing of maize, while there is still wheat to be sown. The overall harvest outlook promises to be one of the best in county history. »
Despite two or three recent frosts, the Humboldt Times said that “no fruit would have suffered and a large harvest of apples is expected from local growers”.
The same day, The Humboldt Times reported that The Kandy Kitchen at 531 Fifth St. in Eureka had changed hands. The new owner was Frank Brennan and the manager of the confectionery would be JE Williams, a well-known representative of the Eng-Skell Co. of San Francisco. Albert Higures – who worked in some of San Francisco’s top confectioneries – was chosen to be The Kandy Kitchen’s main candy maker.
On April 29, 1922, the Humboldt Times reported that private detectives Clarence Stitt and Charles Hendricks were “attacked by a furious mob numbering over 100, armed with clubs, shotguns and knives, as they sought to obtain evidence against alleged violators of the Prohibition Act in Wildwood (Rio Dell).
The investigators were both seriously injured and “were only saved from certain death by Dry County Officers William McKay, AP Cheetham and Stephen Hash, who came to their aid and dispersed the crowd with revolvers drawn,” the newspaper said.
Stitt and Hendricks were rushed to Sequoia Hospital, the newspaper said, and treated by Dr. Carl Wallace, who said he believed the men would recover in time.
The fishing season opened on May 1, 1922, “with indications of one of the best seasons in Humboldt County history,” the Humboldt Times reported.
The newspaper reports that ‘good fishing is sought in most nearby streams, with bait fishing leading for the first few weeks, although good fly fishing is available mid-month. … The best fishing will be in the smaller streams as they clear up much faster than the larger ones and a few warm days are expected to see the popular trout bubbling in the surrounding streams.
On May 3, 1922, the Humboldt Times announced that Dorothy Timmons would soon be opening a “lady’s specialty shop” in conjunction with the Vance beauty salon in the Vance Hotel building at Second and G streets.
“As well as sourcing exclusive designs from Eastern markets, Mrs. Timmons arranged to import choice Irish lace, exquisite needlework and real linens,” the newspaper noted.
He added, “When completed, the store will be on par with the best-equipped exclusive women’s establishments maintained in major cities.”
The locals were very excited when the “Wildflower Show” opened on May 4, 1922, and was presented by the Eureka High School Biology Department.
The exhibition was under the direction of Constance Reston, head of the EHS biology program. She was assisted by Mrs. W. Kildale, who arranged most of the floral arrangements.
The show was also to feature “an elaborate program consisting of many musical numbers”, according to the Humboldt Times.
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