Thursday back | Eureka rooming houses closed due to red light ban – Times-Standard
Foreign exports of redwood lumber from Humboldt County were booming at the end of 1921, with a plethora of orders placed through December of that year and through January 1922.
According to the Humboldt Times newspaper for November 18, 1921, the American steamer Hollywood was busy loading 2 million feet of redwood for delivery to Australia from the ports of Eureka, Samoa, Arcata and Fields Landing.
Another steamer, the British ship Peebles, was due to arrive in Eureka on December 5 to load 800,000 feet of timber, also for Australian delivery. This vessel would be followed in a few days by another still unnamed craft, which would load 500,000 feet of redwood, also heading for the Land Down Under.
Additional orders for more than 300,000 feet of light redwood lumber were also in progress – destined for Japan – in January 1922, the newspaper said.
“Although Japan is not a new market for redwood lumber,” the Humboldt Times said, “there have been no orders for seven or eight months and the current total… for shipment over the past few months. next two months is seen as a good indication of the reopening of the markets.
Much more local news filled the pages of the Humboldt Times 100 years ago this week. Here is a sample:
On November 19, 1921, the newspaper reported that Eureka would get a motion picture production studio in the near future. Paul Gerson from Paul Gerson Pictures Corp. in San Francisco, and AH Sebastian, the company’s chief executive, were in town, touring Humboldt County as a new filming location with WL Miller, secretary of the local chamber of commerce, as a guide.
“Humboldt County is a pristine paradise, a perfect treasure trove for the film producer,” Gerson said as he announced a “final decision to erect a production studio (in Eureka”).
He also told the newspaper that a series of outdoor adventure footage would be filmed in the area, “highlighting the county’s natural beauties to the world.”
On November 20, 1921, The Humboldt Times reported the surprise marriage of Ruthven Redmond and Dorothy Buhne, both members of local pioneer families. The ceremony, which was attended by immediate family members, took place at the Buhne House at 1113 C St. in Eureka and was presided over by Rev. WD Ogg.
The newspaper noted that the new Mrs. Redmond was an accomplished musician and the only daughter of Esther Buhne and the late HH Buhne. The groom was the son of Marian Redmond and the late Sheriff Robert Redmond.
On November 21, 1921, several different films were shown in Eureka theaters, according to the Humboldt Times. “The Fox”, dubbed “the first super western ever produced”, was playing at the Rialto Theater. The silent film starred Harry Carey and Gertrude Claire. General admission was 15 cents.
That day, “The Sheik” was also presented in town at the State Theater. The film produced by George Melford starred Agnes Ayres and Rudolph Valentino. Frank Mayo dominated the poster in “The Blazing Trail”, a romantic tale presented at the Orpheus Theater.
The Humboldt Times of November 22, 1921 reported the death of Carl August Schultz, a pioneer resident of Arcata, at the age of 72. Schultz, who moved to Eureka in 1892 before moving to Arcata, was employed by businessman A. Brizard. He is survived by his wife, four daughters, two daughters-in-law and a son.
This same newspaper announced the death of CC Dickson, a pioneer from Humboldt County who had recently moved to Berkeley. Dickson moved to the North Coast in 1866, settling in the Eel River Valley where he became one of the first people to enter dairy farming, according to the newspaper. He and his son Walter later owned and operated the White House furniture and appliance store in Eureka. He is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters.
The November 23, 1921 newspaper reported that legal action had been taken by district attorney AW Hill to close three local rooming houses in Eureka under the “red light ban”.
One of the rooming houses in question was located above the Mercantile Café at 233 Second St. and was owned by May Taylor and was rented by “Helen Doe,” the Humboldt Times reported. A second rooming house was located on Third Street at the rear of the Bank of Eureka building, with EO Pluke named as the owner and “Jane Doe” as the tenant. No details were given on the third establishment.
“The prosecution claims that the three houses were used as scenes of blatant immorality and were carefully investigated before any action was taken,” the newspaper said.
The Humboldt Times of November 24, 1921 reported another death of a longtime local resident. Alexander Coeur, owner of the Freshwater Store for 30 years, died the day before from heart disease. He was originally from France and was around 70 when he died. He is survived by his wife, Nellie, and four children, Harold, Ernest and Mrs. Charles Lambert, all of Freshwater, and Mrs. Ernest Steeves of Oakland.