Researchers and Writers
Stories include Redwoods
and Dinosaurs; View from a Distance; Early Footprints;
Golden Dreams; Big River; Wreck of the Frolic; First
Mendocino Sawmill; Big River Dams;Company Towns; Miller
Sawmill; Suspension Bridge; The Venture; Cottoneva Lumber
Company; Finkbine-Guild Lumber Company; Southern Redwood
Company; Cottoneva Redwood Company; Rockport Redwood
Company; On the Wings of War; Seabiscuit; Helio Courier;
Redwood Wars; Roads to Destiny, and Fire from the Sky.
Biographies include Cabrillo, Drake, Henry Meiggs, Jerome
B. Ford, and Harry Merlo.. Oral Histories include Bernie
Agrons, William F. Smith, Fred C. Holmes, Jean Gowan
Near, and 2008 fire interviews.
Roger Krueger, an archivist
of corporate documents and maps in the MRC vault, provided
information on land issues, especially relating to deeds,
land surveys, and plat maps. Marshall Schraeder, a former
MRC employee, researched property owners of MRC land from
1950-2000 through resources at the Held-Poage Research Library
(Ukiah). John Nickerson and Mike Spangenberg produced historical
property maps based on this research using GIS databases and
software. Mike also produced the map of historic Big River
logging camps and dams on MRC land from information in the
book Big River Was Dammed by W. Francis Jackson.
William Fairlee (Duff) took current pictures of Big River
and the Mendocino Headlands for our Photo Gallery. Eric Gordon
generated GIS maps showing the perimenters of the 2008 fires
on MRC land.
We are grateful to Bernard
Z. Agrons for having the wisdom and enthusiasm to collect
and preserve information on the history of Rockport over 40
years ago and for donating the records of the Rockport Redwood
Company to the Bancroft Library, University of California
(Berkeley). Bernie also shared with us some of his own collected
material and stories about Rockport.
We recognize Dana VanderHorst’s
historical research for Rockport Redwood Company in the 1960s.
Dana painstakingly searched through issues of the Mendocino
Beacon dating back to 1877 for all references to Rockport.
We thank the following individuals
and organizations for their valuable assistance:
- Robert J. Lee (Ukiah,
CA), Carolyn Cooper and Ray Duff at Kelley House Research
Office (Mendocino, CA), and Held-Poage Research Library
(Ukiah) for sharing historical photos from their vast collections.
Mr. Lee also shared some of his passion for history—learned
as he listened years ago to the memories of Nannie Escola,
Alice Walker (the granddaughter of Jerome B. Ford), and
other “old-timers” from the timber industry.
- Jean Gowan Near (Redwood
Valley, CA) for talking with us about her grandfather, George
Gowan, who was an owner of the Cottoneva Lumber Company
(Rockport) in the late 1800s. Jean’s genealogical
history of her family provided interesting letters and interviews
about the wreck of the Venture at Rockport in 1892.
- Robert G. Douglass for
sending us a CD of his Master's Thesis, "The Sawmill
in Miller Gulch: History and Archaeology on the Redwood
Coast” and for quickly responding to our emailed requests
for verification of names and dates.
- Elio Galessio in Peru for
answering questions on Henry Meiggs and the Peruvian railroads,
as well as for providing two photos from his files.
- Rick Meigs, a distant cousin
of Henry Meiggs, for giving us the names and dates for Meiggs’
marriages and children and other tidbits. Rick’s line
of the family, by the way, spells their name with one G.
- Jack Sweeley for sharing
a 1955 map of Masonite Road, as well as his historical knowledge
of the timber industry in Mendocino County.
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