This Day in MendoHistory: Logging Contractor Purchases 8,000 Acres Near Big River

In collaboration with Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their “This Day in Mendocino History” Facebook posts. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino County’s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

Gates Creek Camp Crew in the Big River watershed. Charles Buck, back log on left. Annie R. Andersen with white apron. Alfred R. Johnston, 3rd from right, back row. Louis C. Anderson, 2nd from right. Sena Johnston, on right. Fred Anderson, right end of front log, sitting with dog. c. 1892-1893 (Francis Jackson)

May 22, 1905 – Logging contractor Alfred R. Johnston made his last timberland purchase on the river. Over 20 years, he had acquired nearly 8,000 acres, logging a great portion of them, then selling the properties.

Born in Nova Scotia in 1851, Johnston came to California as a young man and spent most of his life as an expert woodsman in Mendocino County. In his 1929 obituary, the Mendocino Beacon reported that, “He was particularly well liked by the men who worked for him and had a great many friends thru-out the county.”

𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘢𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘔𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘯𝘰’𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘦, 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘤𝘵 𝘒𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯 𝘔𝘤𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘵

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