Sources of Information
Early Mendocino Coast by Katy M. Tahja
Published 2008 ISBN 978-0-7385-5946-9
A superb collection of photos taken mostly from the Robert Lee collection allows readers to see the Mendocino Coast as it was 100 years ago. As the book shows some views along the coast have remained the same whilst many have changed dramatically and whole towns have simply vanished.
Fort Bragg Remembered – A Centennial Oral History by Bruce Levine and Sally Miklose – Published 1989
An interesting collection of memories of long-time residents of Fort Bragg. It was created to honor Fort Bragg’s centennial year.
The Mendocino Coast by Barbara Dorr Mullen
As the introduction says, “This land has suffered since the early 1850s. The scarring still goes on: cutting too many trees, taking abalone by the basketful, silting creeks and rivers, strewing litter, building uglies…… But there is still much left.” This booklet contains Barbara’s brief overview of the good that is left along the Mendocino Coast.
Redwood Lumber Industry by Lynn Carranco
ISBN 0-87095-084-3 Published in 1982
A comprehensive review of the evolution of the redwood logging industry, from the first backbreaking methods to the coming of the steam donkey. For years, the only practical method of exporting the lumber was by sea and the book describes the difficulties that entailed along the rocky shores of northern California. The second part of the describes the original capitalists and the second wave of capitalists that followed them. Copiously illustrated with black and white photographs. An excellent source.
Property of Club Member Earl Craighill
Bridges, Huckleberries and Robin Stew
– The Depression and the New Deal in Mendocino County by Robert Winn
As the introduction says, "This land has suffered since the early 1850s. The scarring still goes on: cutting too many trees, taking abalone by the basketful, silting creeks and rivers, strewing litter, building uglies…… But there is still much left." This booklet contains Barbara’s brief overview of the good that is left along the Mendocino Coast.
Mendocino County – Historic Annals – No.2
– Edited by David Landsman
Although published in 1977 the contents are a "collection of materials of interest pertaining to the history of Mendocino County." The articles were written in the period from 1882 to 1914. Some of the articles are copies of old newspaper articles in very small type and are very hard reading. I have been told by several old-timers that there are or were singing fish in Big River at Mendocino. As a cynical CPA it was easy to dismiss this story as fishy. Well, on page 79 there is an article by a lady by the name of Eugenia Jamison Cox entitled ……."Big River and Its Singing Fish"…………..
A History Of Mendocino County by Aurelius Carpenter
Published in 1977 (No library of Congress or ISBN Number)
Aurelius O. Carpenter was one of the most talented early photographers to set up shop in Mendocino County, A. O.'s (as he was commonly known) adventurous spirit, work ethic, and artistic abilities provide important visual documentation of the region's development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His large panoramic views chronicle the logging, tanbark, and shipping industries, which dominated the coast as well as the inland region's natural attractions and agricultural endeavors. He also produced an important body of photographs depicting Pomo Indian individuals and communities, as well as portraits of Carpenter-Hudson family members.
Aurelius (A.O) Carpenter (1836-1919) and his wife, Helen McCowen Carpenter (1838-1917) maintained their commercial photography studio at the family's Ukiah home. In addition, A. O. traveled as an itinerant photographer throughout what was then a rural, rugged region, hauling his cameras and supplies in a horse-drawn wagon. He set up his tent studio in small, scattered settlements, making portraits and recording outdoor views. While in the field, A. O. left Helen to operate their Ukiah studio. Unfortunately, most of their portrait production negatives, besides those of family members, are now lost. A.O was the father of Grace Hudson the famous painter of the Pomo whose work can be seen in the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah.
The book was originally published in 1914 as part of "History of Mendocino and Lake Counties, California, with Biographical Sketches of the leading Men and Women of the Counties who have been identified with their growth and development from the early days to the present". The authors were A.O and Percy H. Millbury. The book was 1045 pages long and 890 of these were biographies of the "leading men and women" of the two counties. The biographies are quite laudatory – they were paid for by the participants!!!!
The first hundred or so pages of the original book cover the history of Mendocino County by township. This book contains those hundred or so pages. The text is dense but the book has an excellent index. This is not your "standard" history book but it contains a wealth of information about Mendocino County and even though A.O's emphasis is at times overly strong towards areas such as secret societies and the glory of commerce and extremely weak on subjects such as Indian culture it is very illuminating. A.O. was not a historian but he was a true pioneer of California having crossed the Plains by covered wagon and for a time was the Town Marshall in Ukiah.
The fronts piece contains a map of Mendocino County which shows the railroads as they existed in 1905 and the paucity of roads in the County at that time.
Chinese in Mendocino County by Lorraine Hee-Chorley
Published 2009 by Arcadia Books ISBN 978-0-7385-5913-1
The contents of this book were quite an eye-opener. In this website there are a number of references documenting the Chinese immigrants and settlers in Mendocino County but there is no page about them. As the back cover of the book states: “The Chinese were instrumental in the county’s development in the 1800’s, but little has been written documenting their contribution to local history.”
To our knowledge there is no comprehensive history of the Mendocino Chinese immigrants and settlers in any of the local museums. In fact outside of the 100 year old Taoist Temple in Mendocino [http://www.kwantaitemple.org/] I cannot recall of any mention of the Chinese in any of the local museums. Sad as that maybe this book certainly is a good place to start to learn of their accomplishments.
If you want to get an idea of the scope of the book click on the book cover and read away. Not all of the book is on Google books but you can see/read a goodly portion of it.
Property of Club Member Tony Phillips