The Appeal of Apples, Part I

By Martha Davis Wagner (Note: Long time Kelley House supporter and patron, Martha wrote this article in 2006 for a newsletter. We re-print it here in conjunction with our current museum exhibit, “When Farm to Table was Everyday.”) Apples have been growing throughout Mendocino County since the 1800’s, both commercially and as family sustenance. About 1847 good-named varieties became available. Mendocino as well as its closest neighboring areas of Caspar, East Mendocino and Littleriver (spelling used at that time) all learn more…

Ethel Nelson, Pioneering the Profession of Pharmacy for Women

Out of the Kelley House Archives comes the story of Miss Ethel Nelson, born in Mendocino 1883, daughter of Elizabeth May (Bessie) Carlson and Captain Henry Nelson, owner of the Wilson Hotel on Main Street in Mendocino, as well as ship captain for the barkentine, Servia. Henry and Bessie married in Mendocino on January 18, 1882. She was the granddaughter of a pioneer who brought a complete sawmill around the Horn in a sailing vessel. Ethel never married, instead pursuing a learn more…

Mystery Band

This photograph has been identified as the “Melody Mixers.” A previous group “The Coast Harmonizers” disbanded in September 1938 and from this, a new group was formed.The musicians who made up the band were Carl Tuomala, tenor sax, Cabby Newgard, alto sax, Vinnie Bacci, drums, Annie Baccaria Rossi, accordion and Vernon Quaill, trumpet.