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Charlie Norton

Studio photograph of Charles D. "Charlie" Norton, c. 1874. (Gift of Evelyn Larkin) March 26, 1869 - Charles D. “Charlie” Norton was born in Mendocino, the only son of William H. and Margaret Flanagan Norton. William and Margaret owned the Norton House Hotel, located on the southeast corner of Lansing and Main Streets. Charlie attended the early-day schoolhouse located near the northeast corner of [...]

By |2023-03-23T11:16:54-07:00March 26, 2023|

Mabel Rainey Tomlinson

March 20, 1943 - Mrs. Mabel E. Tomlinson died at her daughter’s home in Monterey at the age of 65. Although she had left Mendocino in 1901, the Beacon noted that “old-time friends here” would remember her maiden name, Mabel Rainey, and be sorry to read of her death. Mabel was the granddaughter of pioneer residents John and Anna Mann, who lived on a 100-acre ranch [...]

By |2023-03-15T11:21:51-07:00March 20, 2023|

Freundt House Burned

March 18, 1961 - The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department burned one of the last remaining lumber company structures to the ground to practice their fire-fighting skills. The Freundt house sat on the Mendocino bluffs, on the south side of Main Street, overlooking Mendocino Bay. This house was built around 1855-56 by the Mendocino Lumber Company, and John Freundt, an early partner, lived there while keeping the [...]

By |2023-03-21T12:00:53-07:00March 18, 2023|

Byron Clark

March 14, 1909 - Former Woods Superintendent Byron Clark passed away from kidney disease at his home in Mendocino. Born in Ellsworth, Maine, in 1855, Byron arrived in Mendocino in 1874. The following year, his brother John joined him. According to the Beacon, Byron “went to work at once on Big River, and showed such vigor and intelligence in his work that two years later, when [...]

By |2023-03-11T10:37:24-08:00March 14, 2023|

The Chocolate Moosse and Blue Heron Inn

March 11, 1982 - A Fictitious Business Name notice appeared in the Mendocino Beacon for the Blue Heron Inn and The Chocolate Moosse. Husband-wife team Robert and Linda Friedman Heron operated these businesses in the Old Bank House, located on the southwest corner of Albion and Kasten Streets. The Chocolate Moosse, located downstairs, offered an attractive community coffee shop. Specialties of the house included espresso, cafe [...]

By |2023-03-08T12:27:02-08:00March 11, 2023|

The Tragic Death of Rudy Hanson

Rudy Hanson, c. 1917. March 7, 1920 - A tragic accident occurred near the Boom when twenty-year-old Rudy Hanson was killed by the accidental discharge of a shotgun. Rudy, his younger brother Arthur, and Joe Rossi had left Boyle’s camp early on a hand car heading to a point on the river below the Boom to find clams. After securing their clams, they returned to [...]

By |2023-03-05T11:34:29-08:00March 7, 2023|

William Zerbone and the Mendosa Store Building

Studio portrait of William Perry Zerbone, and his son, William Perry Zerbone, Jr., c. 1902. (Gift of Marc and Maurene Catto) March 4, 1897 - William Zerbone, Jr. was born in Mendocino, the only son of William and Mary Almelda (Alves) Zerbone. William, Sr. immigrated from Flores in the Azores Islands in 1884, and Mary was a Mendocino native, the daughter of Portuguese immigrants, [...]

By |2023-03-03T15:29:24-08:00March 4, 2023|

Wreck of the Sea Foam

February 27, 1931 - The steamer Sea Foam broke into two pieces on the south reef of the harbor at Point Arena. Most of the cargo washed out to sea, and the ship was a total loss. She had wrecked six days before, while battling a heavy sea. The Wreck of the Sea Foam at Point Arena, 1931. People identified in the photograph are: Eiler [...]

By |2023-02-26T14:27:12-08:00February 27, 2023|

James Hurley Admitted to Bar

February 25, 1915 - Mendocino Grammar School principal James “Jim” C. Hurley returned from a trip to San Francisco where he had taken the bar examination. The Beacon reported that, “Mr. Hurley’s friends here will be pleased to hear that he was successful in the examination and was admitted to the bar.” Jim was the second of 9 sons born to Richard and Katherine Hurley of [...]

By |2023-02-22T15:42:39-08:00February 25, 2023|

Helen Lemos Struck by Baseball

Helen and Anthony Lemos, from a photo album belonging to Bertha Reep Mason. (Gift of Bertha Mason) February 20, 1929 - A serious accident occurred at the grammar school just as the children were entering the school building at 9am, according to the Mendocino Beacon. Ten-year-old Helen Lemos was walking up the school steps with a friend “when she was hit on the head [...]

By |2023-02-19T12:05:45-08:00February 20, 2023|


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