Group of musicians with instruments on a house's porch

Musicians at Morgan Home, 1889 – 1896. Orchestra at Morgan home on Little Lake Street in Mendocino. Henry Frederick is sitting on the porch with a cello. His wife, Lottie Frederick, is standing behind him. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

January 16, 1886 – Henry Louis Frederick married Lottie E. Perry at her parents’ home in Mendocino. “The young couple have launched out on the ocean of life together, and our earnest hope is that their future may be one of sunshine, with clouds just enough to make a glorious sunset.“

Born in 1866, Lottie was the daughter of Captain John and Mary C. Perry. The Perry family had moved from Maine to Mendocino in the early 1870s, and Lottie’s father captained ships for the Albion Mill Company until his death in 1889.

Henry was born in 1863 in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he trained as a jeweler. In 1885, Mendocino jewelry store owner Oscar M. Stone hired Henry, “a thorough and competent watch-maker and jewelry repairer, who is now prepared to do all kinds of repairing at short notice. Fine and competent watches a specialty, and perfect satisfaction guaranteed. Mr. Frederick comes highly recommended from former employers as being a thorough mechanic, and one who can do first class work.”

Oscar’s son, Bert Stone, served an apprenticeship with Henry, and in 1896, Henry announced that Bert was “fully qualified to repair watches, clocks, jewelry, etc., and will give entire satisfaction.”

Henry, Lottie, and their two children, Malcolm and Olive, moved to Santa Barbara shortly afterwards, where Henry opened his own jewelry store. Lottie passed away in 1934, and Henry followed in 1937.

On display until January 31! See the elaborate gown worn by Jennie Blair in 1887 when she was presented at the Court of Saint James in England. Museum hours: Thursday through Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. The Museum is located at 45007 Albion Street in Mendocino.