Making History Blog

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

Mendocino-Ukiah Mail Delivery

Mendocino-Ukiah Mail Delivery
Stagecoach at Comptche. Margaret and Nellie Cameron are sitting behind the teamster. Other people are unidentified in this undated photo. (Steve and Sue Sanor, Gray - Nielson - Sanor Family Collection) July 2, 1906 - Liverymen Boyd & Daniels began fulfilling their contract to carry U. S. mail between Mendocino and Ukiah by horse-drawn stagecoach. The Mendocino-Ukiah Stage Line also carried passengers and ran three times per week. The stages left Ukiah at 7am on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, arriving in[... see full page]

Then and Now on Howard Street

Then and Now on Howard Street
Two images, taken almost 100 years apart, showing the house located on the southeast corner of Howard and Ukiah Streets in Mendocino.  1928 image from the Kelley House Museum Archives A Category I historical structure, it was designed and built in 1883 by A. F. Carmichael as a residence for restauranteur and hotel owner W. T. Wilson. Starting in 1887, Dr. William McCornack rented the structure and operated the co-operative Mendocino Hospital there until 1895, when he moved the hospital to Main[... see full page]

Mendocino Man Weds Former Miss America

Mendocino Man Weds Former Miss America
Five ladies in a flower-decorated car at a local parade, possibly in Fort Bragg, c. 1925. The women are identified as Elva Erickson, Fort Bragg; Dorothy Dutton; Delas Wilson, Greenwood; Grace Mattos, Mendocino; and Fay Lanphier. Fay was the first Miss California to become Miss America, winning both titles in 1925. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) June 30, 1931 - Winfield Daniels and former Miss America, Fay Lanphier, were married in Reno, Nevada. The marriage was kept secret from all[... see full page]

Mendocino Race Track

Mendocino Race Track
The Mendocino Racetrack located on the Heeser Ranch, c. 1922. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) In 1921, the Farmers & Apple Growers’ Association constructed an automobile race track on the Heeser Ranch property at the western edge of town. The Association was interested in expanding their annual Apple Fair’s horse racing, rodeo, and sporting events to include the new sport of auto racing. The attraction featured a three-quarter-mile oval-shaped track and was located on the Mendocino Headlands, extending from about Goat[... see full page]

Two Small Fires Extinguished

Two Small Fires Extinguished
On this day in Mendocino history… Banker’s Row, 1894-1905. This block of elegant houses on Little Lake Street in Mendocino was known as "Banker's Row." From left to right: C. O. Packard House, Henry Jarvis House, Albert Brown House, and the Elisha Blair House. Each has a tall water tower with a windmill. The first Mendocino High School, built in 1894, sits on the hill behind them. Heeser's Field is in the foreground. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) June 28, 1915[... see full page]

School Board Acquired Church Building

School Board Acquired Church Building
On this day in Mendocino history… Mendocino Schoolroom Interior, c. 1879. It may be the school in the old Presbyterian Church. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs) June 27, 1868 - The School Board voted to acquire the old Mendocino Presbyterian Church on the northeast corner of Lansing and Ukiah Streets to convert into a district school house. This building became available when the Presbyterian Church on Main Street was completed, and the congregation moved to the new church building on July[... see full page]