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the month item appeared is noted, try looking some time
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abbreviation for the newspaper or newspapers in which the
item appeared is as follows along with the earliest
available date of the newspaper on microfilm.
Arcata Union, Published at Arcata, 1886
Daily Humboldt Standard, Published at
Daily Humboldt Times, Published at
Telephone, Published at
Weekly Humboldt Times, Published at
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Article taken from the front page of the Saturday,
September 5, 1908 edition of the Arcata Union
published in Arcata, Humboldt County, CA, USA:
Engine Tender -- Thad McCutcheon Meets Tragic Death
-- On Monday, Aug. 31st, shortly
before noon, the news was telephoned to Arcata that
Thad McCutcheon, a well known young man of this town
had been hurt near Vances Camp 13, by being crushed
beneath the tender of the engine, and as soon as
possible Dr. McKinnon and Miss I. Connick, his
nurse, were speeding towards Essex in an auto to
meet a special train which was to bear them to the
scene of the sad happening. Upon their arrival the
terribly injured man was made as comfortable as
possible, and was brought to Arcata by train, and
taken to the Trinity Hospital. An examination of
his terrible injuries showed that he was fatally
hurt, and he gradually sank until shortly after six
o'clock, when he passed peacefully away. He was
conscious up to within a few minutes of the end, and
showed remarkable fortitude and cheerfulness in the
midst of his keen suffering. It appears that
McCutcheon, who was working as a brakeman on the
train, was riding on the front of the tender, and
was standing on the "running board," a narrow shelf
extending across the front of the tender. While the
engine was running at a good speed, then tender
jumped the track, and before the unfortunate young
man had a chance to jump, he was thrown off the
tender and dragged under it. He retained his hold
upon the running board and an iron rod attached to
the tender, and in his position was dragged for
several yards over the ties before the engine could
be stopped. As there was only a few inches of space
between the tender and the ties, his lower limbs
were fairly ground to a pulp, and his hips were also
crushed. He was also internally injured, and death
was caused by shock and internal hemorrhage. So
tightly was he pinned beneath the tender, that the
ties had to be cut away under him, and several
experienced men working with jack screws, had a hard
task to raise the heavy tender sufficiently high to
remove the mangled body.
McCutcheon was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
McCutcheon, former residents of Arcata, and was born
in Portland [sic] 31 years ago. He has lived in
Arcata most of his lifetime, and worked most of the
time at the butcher business, driving wagon for J.
C. Bull Co., and working in the shop. He was
probably as well known and liked as any young man in
northern Humboldt, and the expressions of regret at
his untimely and terrible death have been many and
sincere. Thad was a universal favorite, and his
happy disposition and genial manner, made him a
favorite with all, both old and young. He had only
been on the train a few weeks, having given up his
position with the J. C. Bull Co. quite recently.
The funeral will be held from the residence of Mrs. J. G. Chapman on
10th street between I and J, Sunday, September 6th
at 2 p.m., Reverend C. P. Hessel to
officiate. Telegrams have been received from his
mother, Mr. [sic] J. W. McCutcheon and sister, Miss
Eva McCutcheon, of Bellingham, announcing that they
would arrive on the Elder today. The body has been
lying at the J. G. Dolson Undertaking Parlors since
Monday evening, and many sorrowing friends have
called to have a last look at the dead face.
Notes: HIs full name was Thaddius Herbert McCutchan. The
first name was sometimes spelled differently, and
the spelling of the last name was changed by his
father James William McCutchan. His mother Rosha
Verda Hall, and his siblings were Edward Orville
McCutchan, Eva May McCutchan, and Barclay Clifford
McCutchan. His grandparents were William "Big Bill"
and Amanda (Henderson) McCutchen of the Donner
Obituary from the August 4, 1906
edition of the Blue Lake Advocate, Blue Lake,
Humboldt County, CA, USA:
Passed To The Great Beyond - Temple Greenwood Joins
the Silent Majority
Last Monday evening, Temple H.
Greenwood, the esteemed son of Constable J. C.
Greenwood and wife, passed to the great beyond as an
ultimate result of that dread disease
consumption. The young man returned to his home
some six months ago from the State of Washington,
where he followed his profession of shingle sawyer
and packer. There he contracted what is termed
cedar asthma, affecting his throat and lungs. He
came here to get some relief, but his case grew
gradually worse despite all the best medical
treatment possible, and death came as a relief to
his suffering. Deceased was born in Arcata on
September 19, 1876, and came to Blue Lake with his
parents when only three or four years old, which
place he always claimed as his home. Temple was an
intelligent and honest young man and possessed many
warm friends who sympathize with his heart-broken
parents in their sad affliction. The funeral
took place from the Presbyterian church Wednesday
afternoon and was largely attended, interment being
in the Blue Lake cemetery.
Note: His full name was Temple Harrison Greenwood.
I. JOSEPH CHARLES
Source: Eureka Humboldt Standard Newspaper, February 11, 1966, page 11
EX-COUNTY CONTROLLER DIES HERE
Joseph C. Cummings
C. Cummings, 76, a Humboldt County
auditor-controller for 28 years, died Wednesday at
Eureka General Hospital where he had been under
treatment following a stroke. A native Humboldter,
Cummings left county service Jan. 7, 1963.
Born in Bayside Feb. 2, 1890,
Cummings was educated at the old BaldMountainSchool
and the old EurekaBusinessCollege.
He worked as a bookkeeper with the Northern Redwood
Lumber Co. in Korbel, now owned by Simpson Timber
Co., before being hired as a deputy county auditor
in 1936. Cummings was elected auditor in 1954 and
was re-elected for a second four-year term. During
his second term the title of controller was added to
that of auditor.
Fred J. Moore
eulogized Cummings as a "sincere, dedicated public
official" who was "highly respected by all who knew
"He had been quite progressive in his
office as the county expanded from a population of
under 40,000 in 1940 to a population of over 105,000
in 1962," Moore said.
Long active in civic and fraternal organizations,
Cummings was a member of the Arcata Lodge, F&AM,
#106, was Knight Commander of the court of Honor,
Scottish Rite Consistory, was secretary of the
Redwood Scottish Club of Northwestern California for
27 years, was a member of the Aahmens Shrine Temple
of Oakland, and the Redwood Shrine Club of Eureka,
and the Eureka Kiwanis Club.
Cummings is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eleanor M.
Cummings of Eureka;
a daughter, Mrs. Eugene (Roseann) Wright of Eureka;
a son, Jay Cleve Cummings of Sacramento;
a brother, John Cummings of San
five grandchildren and two nephews. Funeral services
will be held at the Pierce Mortuary Chapel at
Saturday, under the auspices of Arcata Lodge F.&A.M.
No. 106, with private interment to follow at
The Rev. James Brown of Eureka
will conduct services.
Source: Eureka Humboldt Standard Newspaper, February 11, 1966, page 14
Deaths and Funerals
Cummings, Joseph Charles—February
2612 I Street, Eureka.
Husband of Eleanor M. Cummings of Eureka.
Father of Mrs. Eugene (Roseann) Wright of Elk River
Road, J. Cleve Cummings of Sacramento, Grandfather
of Linda, Mickey, and Charles Wright of Eureka, Joan
and Jackie Cummings of Sacramento. Brother of John
Cummings of San
He is survived by two nephews. A Native of Bayside,
Age 77. Services will be held at Pierce Mortuary
Chapel Saturday, Feb. 12, at
under the auspices of Arcata Lodge F. and A. M. No.
106, with the Rev. James M. Brown officiating.
Pallbearers Samuel Beer, LaMone Call, James Morton,
Jr., Wayne C. Graham, Robert O. Bishop, Clifford C.
Coppin. Private Interment at OceanViewCemetery.
Obituary taken from the Saturday, November 7, 1908
edition of the Blue Lake
Advocate, Blue Lake, Humboldt County, CA, USA:
James Greenwood Kills Himself - Tired of Living He
Ended His Life with a Pistol - Was a California
Pioneer of 1848 - Was Constable of This Township for
Many Years - Funeral To-Day
Being tired of living and
brooding considerably over family and financial
matters, James C. Greenwood, who for a number of
years has acted as Constable of Mad River Township,
ended his life with a 38-colt revolver last Thursday
afternoon at about 4 o'clock. He was alone in his
room, sitting on his bed, when he fired the fatal
shot into his body. The shot was heard by Mrs. C.
Boydstun, who resides across the street from Mr.
Greenwood's place, and gave the alarm. Justice of
the Peace J. E. Merriam, Dr. C. N. Mooney and a
number of others rushed to the scene of the tragedy
and found Greenwood sitting on his bed with a pistol
in his hand. He then told them that he had made a
bad job of it. Dr. Mooney then undressed the man
and found the bullet sticking out through the flesh
in the back, the bullet having entered one-half inch
below the heart travelling through the body and
perforating the base of his left lung. He was made
as comfortable as possible and knew every one until
a short time before he died, about twelve o'clock
Thursday night. John G. Dolson, the undertaker of
Arcata, was notified and came after the body, which
he removed to his undertaking parlors. James C.
Greenwood was a native of Missouri, aged 66 years,
and he leaves only one daughter to mourn his
loss. Deceased was one of the earliest pioneers of
California, having come here in 1848 with his father
and brothers. They then resided in Lake county and
afterward in Mendocino county at a place named
Greenwood, which town was named after his
father. He then moved to Humboldt, residing first
at Arcata and afterward to Blue Lake, which place he
has made his home ever since. He had been in
different lines of business here some years ago, but
having met with adversities he had to quit. Of late
years he acted as constable of Mad River Township,
which office he held at the time of his
death. Deceased possessed many good traits of
character and his life was a rather historic one. The funeral
will take place this (Saturday) afternoon a 2
o'clock from Justice of the Peace J. E. Merriam's
office in town, where the remains can be seen. The
services will be conducted at the grave in Blue Lake
Note: His father was the famous
mountain man and guide Caleb Greenwood. He and his
wife had five children, four of which had died
before James. The town of Greenwood in El Dorado
County was named for James' eldest brother John
Greenwood. The town of Greenwood (now Elk) in
Mendocino County was named for James and three of
his brothers that settled there, not for their
Obituary from the October 11,
1902 edition of the Blue Lake Advocate, Blue Lake,
Humboldt County, CA, USA:
Death of Karl Greenwood - Mr.
and Mrs. J. C. Greenwood returned to Blue Lake
Thursday morning, bringing with them the remains of
their beloved son, Karl, who died last Saturday
morning at the home of his grandparents, Dr. W. Y.
Fickle and wife, near Templeton, San Luis Obispo
Co. The young man was born and reared in Blue Lake
and was an exemplary young man in every respect,
being industrious, honest, kind and obliging, and
his untimely death will be greatly regretted by his
numerous friends. Deceased was 23 years, 3 months
and 27 days old, and had been ill for a few months
past with the dread disease consumption, from which
ravages he fell a victim. The funeral
took place yesterday from the Blue Lake Presbyterian
church, Rev. J. S. Todd officiating, and was largely
Note: His full name was James Karl Greenwood.
II. ELEANOR MARIAN
CUMMINGSSource: The Times-Standard, Sunday,
June 27, 1971, page 25
CUMMINGS, ELEANOR MARIAN.
Resident of 5870 Elk River Rd. Widow of Joseph
Cummings, who was auditor of HumboldtCounty
for many years. Mother of J. Cleve Cummings of
and Mrs. Eugene (Rose Ann) [sic] Wright of Eureka.
Grandmother of Jackie Cummings and Joanie Cummings
of Sacramento, Mrs. Derek (Linda) Skaife of Davis,
Mrs. Jack (Mickey) Harris of Eureka and Charles
Wright of Eureka. She is also survived by several
nieces and nephews. A native of BlueLake,
she had lived in Humboldt county all her life. Aged
81 years. She was a member of Camellia Chapter OES
and the Women’s Benefit Assn. Services have been
arranged for Tuesday, June 29 at
at the Chapel of Pierce Mortuary, the Rev. James M.
Brown officiating. Pallbearers will be Jerry Hunter,
Robert Christiansen, George Jicha, Vencel Jicha,
Dino Mori and John Nelson. Interment will follow at
Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart
funeral of John A. Andrain, for many years a
resident of Arcata, employed by A Brizard as a clerk
in his store, took place in Arcata Monday afternoon.
The services were held in the Presbyterian church by
the Rev. J. S. Todd, assisted by a choir, and were
largely attended. The Knights of Pythias and the Odd
Fellows attended in a body, adorned with the regalia
of their order, the obsequies of their fellow
crafsman [sic], and the presence of a large number
of friends attested the esteem in which the deceased
was generally held. The casket was almost covered by
the numerous floral offerings sent as a tribute of
friendship and respect by those who knew him best in
life. Rev. J.S. Todd paid a glowing tribute to the
worth of the deceased, reviewing his life history
from his early hours in Sweden
to the years spent in active labor in Arcata. The
pall bearers consisted of two delegates from each of
the fraternal orders of which the deceased was a
member; from the Odd Fellow, Chas Harpst and George
Marken; from the Knights of Pythias, Joseph Johnson
and G. Alden; from the Ancient Order of Workmen, S.
Meyers and Peter Anderson.
body was laid to rest in the plot of the Knights of
Pythias in ArcataCemetery.
A wife and child survive the deceased and have the
sympathy of the entire community in their great
affliction. The store of A Brizzard was closed
during the day as a mark of respect and affection
for his former employee, who had been associated
with him for nine years.
Source: Daily Humboldt Standard,
September 16, 1910
Death of Former Humboldt Lady
Mrs. H. Henry received a telegram last Saturday
afternoon from Burlingame,
announcing the death there that day of her
sister-in-law, Mrs. Ella Andrain, a former Humboldt
lady. Mrs. Andrain was the wife of Johnny Andrain,
deceased, who preceded her some 17 years ago. The
family at that time were [sic] residents of Arcata
and after the death of her husband, the mother, with
her young daughter, moved to San
to make their home with the parents of Mrs. Andrain,
and with them they have since resided. The news of
her death came as a great surprise to her many
Jacob E. Myers passed away at his home in Blue Lake
Sunday morning following a long illness. Deceased
was born in Iowa,
on July 28,
and when a small boy, his parents moved to Trinity
where they resided for a few years, when they moved
to Garberville. About forty-one years ago, Mr. Myers
was married to Miss Nellie Davis, who survives.
Leaving Garberville they moved to BlueLake
about twenty-eight years ago. Besides the widow two
daughters are 1eft. Mrs. William Fell of Eureka
and Mrs. J. C. Cummings of, Korbel, the other
daughter passing away a few years ago. The funeral
was held at the Presbyterian church in Blue Lake
Tuesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, Rev. S. C. Gilman'
conducting the services. Interment in Blue Lake
cemetery where the services were concluded under the
auspices of Blue Lake Camp 704, W. O. W. of which
the deceased had long been a member.
Unknown Humboldt County,
newspaper, January 14, 1927
FUNERAL OF JACOB E. MEYERS HELD
BLUE LAKE, Jan. 13.—The funeral of Jacob Emmer
Meyers who died at his home here Sunday morning at
ten o’clock, was held Tuesday afternoon at two
o’clock from the Blue Lake Presbyterian Church with
Reverend Samuel C. Gilman conducting the religious
Mrs. R. A. Crosby and Mrs. S. C. Gilman
assisted with the service by singing appropriate
hymns. The pall bearers were Albian Kempf, Walter
Gehrig, Alfred Wilson, Ed. L. Lewis, John Lindstrand
and J. A. McPherson. BlueLake
Camp Woodmen of the World, read their ritualistic
service at the grave. Many beautiful floral
offerings were sent by friends. Interment was made
in the BlueLake
Among those from
Eureka who attended the funeral of Jacob E. Meyers in Blue Lake
Tuesday afternoon were Mrs. William Berry, Mrs.
Robert D. Stock, R. P. Nellist, J. A. Moore and
David G. Stewart, Mrs. Eugene Chambrlain [sic] and
Mrs. Davidson of Arcata wre [sic] also in
Susie baker Foundation Papers, Volume 77 p235;
handwritten entry dated January 15, 1927, original source not given
Jacob E. Myers came to TrinityCounty
28 years a resident of BlueLake,
dead at his home in this place on Sunday morning,
January 9. He was born in Dubuque,
and was 74 years 5 months and 17 days old. His
mother died when he was but four years of age. He
came to California
with father via Panama.
He grew up in the home of a sister living in
belonged to a group of men, now fast passing away,
who were identified with the interesting period in
history. In his young manhood General Sherman placed
him in charge of a pack train in Washington
Territory during the Indian War and after this he
had a pack train of his own out of Garberville in
Humboldt County, where he also at one time was
justice of the Peace. For a time he owned a ranch
there, which he disposed of and moved to BlueLake
with his family. He identified himself actively with
the affairs of the community. He served the Board of
Trustees of the City and became secretary of Blue
Lake Camp 704, Woodmen of the World.
was married to Millie E. Davis at Eureka,
Three daughters were born—Saddie, Mary, and Eleanor,
two of whom with his wife survive him. Mrs.. W. O.
Fell of Eureka
& Mrs. J. C. Cummings of Korbel. Also four
grandchildren—Mrs. Frank L. Chase of Eureka, Emmer
and Mabel McCullough of Blue Lake, Cleve Cummings of
Korbel and a great grandchild Richard Chase in
Myers had two brothers and five sisters and was the
last to survive in the family. The funeral services
held in the Blue lake Presbyterian Church on Tuesday
afternoon. Floral tributes were profuse.
Source: Death Comes For
Bertha Cummings, Humboldt Standard newspaper,
Wednesday, February 24, 1937
Death Comes For Bertha Cummings
ARCATA. Feb/ 24/-Mrs. Bertha A. Cummings, wife of
the late Joseph P. Cummings, died yesterday
afternoon at a hospital in Eureka. She was born
October 24, 1859
in Sweden and came to the
and Arcata when 21 years old. For many years the
Cummings family lived on BaldMountain.
Surviving Mrs. Cummings are the following:
three sons, Joseph and Cleveland Cummings of Eureka,
John Cummings of San Francisco;
a brother, Charles Andrain of Indianola; four
grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.
Funeral services have been set for
Thursday afternoon at the BlueLake
church with Rev. Samuel C. Gilman officiating.
Interment will be in the BlueLake
cemetery under the auspices of the J. A. Todd
Source: Notes from our
Northern Neighbors Across the Bay, Daily
newspaper), 19 Nov 1898
Last Sunday night John, the 12-year old son of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Cummings, of BaldMountain,
passed away after a very short illness. He died of
brain fever. His remains were brought here Tuesday
and interred in the BlueLake
cemetery. Quite a number of the neighbors of the
bereaved family attended the funeral.
Source: Humboldt Standard,Eureka,
January 8, 1952
Retired Woods Worker Dead
Cleveland Cummings, 60, of BaldMountain,
retired woodsman, died at his home Monday. He was
born in Eureka.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Cummings of the
U. S. Navy and Clyde Cummings of the U. S. Army;
brothers, Joe Cummings of Eureka
and John Cummings of San
He was a veteran of World War I. Services are
pending at Paul’s chapel in Arcata.
Humboldt Standard, Eureka,
January 9, 1952
Cummings Rites Set Thursday
Services for Cleveland Cummings will be held
at Paul’s funeral chapel in Arcata. The Rev. J.
Eldon Anderson will officiate and interment will be
cemetery. Pallbearers will be Frank Miller, William
Blankenship, Gene Wright and Wilbur DeCarlo.
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