Throwback Thursday | Gallons of wine removed in 1922 ‘dry squad’ raid – Times-Standard

The Humboldt County Dry Squad made several arrests this week for alcohol possession in Larabee, a logging town near Scotia, 100 years ago this week.

The officers brought in three men, R. Pasquini, John Pasquini and John Spanddrio, and also threw out 3,000 gallons of wine, according to the November 24, 1922, Humboldt Times.

“R. Pasquini posted $500 bail for possession of wine and $250 for possession of out-of-season venison,” the paper said. “The other men remained in jail.”

The Humboldt Times noted that Larabee had had a history of raids and arrests since the Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act) was passed a few years earlier.

“Raids there at different times have involved a large number of people in the city,” the paper said.

The November 25, 1922, Humboldt Times reported that the Honorable D.J. Johnson and Rosina Johnson of Petrolia were married for a second time on November 23 of that year in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. The “very beautiful wedding” was performed by the Reverend Getty Heath of Ferndale at the Methodist Church in Petrolia.

“After the ceremony, a banquet was served in the annex of the church for more than 100 people, representing almost every family in Mattole,” the newspaper said.

The couple had originally been married in November 1872 at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Wright.

“Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are one of the Mattole section’s most respected and esteemed couples,” said the Humboldt Times.

On November 26, 1922, the paper reported the untimely death of former Humboldt County resident James Melvin in Salmon, Idaho. Melvin was an advertising manager for the Humboldt Times in the early 1900s and later worked for the Red Bluff Sentinel and Idaho Recorder.

Witnesses said he was attacked by a group of men “because he refused to join the Red Cross”.

The Humboldt Times clarified the story saying: “The men who attacked Melvin obviously had no connection to the Red Cross and apparently used his refusal to participate as an excuse to beat him. He died shortly afterwards.”

The Fortuna girls’ basketball team won the Humboldt County interscholastic championship on November 27, 1922, beating the Eureka team by 24 points in a game played at Fortuna High School gymnasium. The Humboldt Times called this “the most contentious game of the season”.

Fortuna players included Edna Johnson, Doris Swett, Gertrude Fleming, Maxine Branstetter and others. The Eureka team included Bettse Martin, Juanita McAfee, Mary Wahl, Katherine Schwab and more.

“The umpire, Miss Scow of the San Francisco Agnetian Athletic Club, was hailed as ‘simply wonderful’ by both teams,” the Humboldt Times article said.

From November 1 to 25, 1922, a total of 408 guests registered at the newly opened Eureka Inn.

“This indicates that the inn is a great success and fills a long-felt need in the community,” said the Humboldt Times of November 28, 1922.

Hotel guests came primarily from the San Francisco Bay Area, Del Norte County, Washington state and Oregon, the paper said.

On November 29, 1922, a variety of films were shown in local theaters. Advertisements in the Humboldt Times show that the State Theater played “Manslaughter” in Eureka with Thomas Meighan and Leatrice Joy while the Rialto Theater played “My Wild Irish Rose” with Pat O’Malley and Helen Howard. Both were silent film dramas of the era.

As November 1922 drew to a close, locals headed to the Eureka Inn to view the “masterful interpretations of California’s nature” by California artist Charles H. Harmon (1859-1936), whose work was temporarily on display in the lobby from the hotel . The Nov. 30 Humboldt Times said Harmon — from San Jose — would try to be at the Eureka Inn every afternoon of the exhibit to interpret and explain his artistic creations.

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