Making History Blog

Many of these articles have been published in the Mendocino Beacon’s Kelley House Calendar.

Freundt House

Freundt House
Copy of a Carleton Watkin's photograph of the Mendocino Headlands showing the Freundt and Ford House on the south side of Main Street, c. 1863. View is to the northwest, with the Mendocino Bay behind the camera.The Freundt House is on the left and the Ford House is on the far right. The Ford water tower can be partially seen on the far right. Buildings in-between are unidentified. The area between the two houses was cultivated gardens and pastures. Structures[... see full page]

Biggest on Earth History Mystery

Biggest on Earth History Mystery
We need some help from the public – what are these people doing? Several years ago the Kelley House Museum was given this vintage photograph taken around 1924 showing a scene on Main Street, Mendocino. We see costumed performers in front of the former Ford House, which has a large sign on the roof that reads, "BIGGEST ON EARTH." The writing on the back of the photo identifies the people: "Black horse, Tambo" (David Elviro Tamborini ?), Gray horse Vernon[... see full page]

The Barry Building

The Barry Building
The Jarvis & Nichols store on the corner of Kasten and Main in Mendocino. The Barry Building is to the right of the store. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) July 28, 1883 - The Mendocino Beacon reported that John Barry was enlarging his barber shop on Main Street to provide more room for his shaving parlor and bath rooms. When complete, the building would be 25’ wide, 50’ deep, and two stories high. The following year, Barry and his wife Amelia[... see full page]

Liquor Sales Banned

Liquor Sales Banned
John and Joseph Granskog, behind the bar at the Eagle Saloon located on West Main Street in Mendocino, 1909. Other men are unidentified. Joseph opened up the Eagle Saloon in 1909 but lost his business shortly after when Mendocino went dry. He and his wife, Albertina, returned to Finland with their children for a visit. Albertina stayed in the old country and Joseph returned in 1912 to convert his old business to the Bay Front Garage. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley[... see full page]

Bowman & Tyrrell Garage

Bowman & Tyrrell Garage
The Shell Gas Station Building on Lansing Street in Mendocino, c. 1936. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) July 26, 1924 - The Mendocino Beacon reported that the Bowman & Tyrrell garage had been painted a gorgeous yellow and red. The Shell Oil Company was painting all the local garages that sold their products in the company’s vivid colors. The previous year, George Daniels tore down the original livery stable on the site to make way for an automobile garage. This structure was[... see full page]

The Wreck of the Frolic

The Wreck of the Frolic
One-half scale replica of the bow of the clipper ship Frolic on the Kelley House lawn. This display was part of an exhibit in 1994 at the Kelley House Museum on the wreck of the Frolic on the Mendocino Coast. The Baltimore Clipper replica was created by Horace Irwin and built by Sam Waldman and Don and Wilma Tucker with a grant from the California Council for the Humanities. (Dave A. Belew (photographer), Dave Belew Collection, Kelley House Photographs) July 25, 1850 - The sailing[... see full page]