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Posted 02/15/2017   4:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Today's cover features Fort Bragg's first town mark. Williams Men 1250.
Fort Bragg was opened as a military post office Feb 15 1858 and closed June 30 1858. It re-opened Jan 15 1861 and closed again Jun 9 1862. Williams did not record postmarks from either period. The third (and last) opening of a post office in Fort Bragg was on Nov 11 1885.

The cover is addressed to Mendocino business leader Eugene Brown. He owned a large general store, was the Well Fargo agent, owned part interest in several ships and was on the board of directors of both Mendocino city banks.



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Posted 02/16/2017   09:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A Mendocino mail bag today, a postcard from ELk and a cover from Covolo.
The post card is from Tom Boyd who is at a logging camp along the Elk Creek Railroad somewhere between Elk and Salsig ( Tom was the source of my 7 Salsig and 1 Manzanita postmark!) to Mom in Albion, about 12 miles north of Elk. Tom sent Mom a lovely view of "The Rock"






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Today I present THE Mendocino cover. I believe this is the earliest known cover from the town of Mendocino. The town mark cancel tells us this was posted before July 1 1860 when the POD prohibited the use of the town mark to cancel the stamp. C H Randall was pretty rough when he opened this cover. The large tear on the front is sealed with document repair tape. Both edges of the tear have accumulated dirt over the years and it is too fragile to clean completely.
Because the white population was so small (55 in 1850), and the county so large, the first post office in the county was Russian River (Now Healdsburg), then part of Mendocino county. That Office opened Nov 1 1854, the 1855 boundary change mover Russian River into Sonoma county, Apr 27 1855. No known post marks from the Mendocino period.

This link will show an interactive California county formation map, scroll down below map, click on year to see counties change.

http://www.mapofus.org/california/

Mendocino post office was opened Dec 1 1858. Because of the POD's rule concerning use of town marks as cancelers, this cover could only been mailed in 1859 or 1860. Mendocino County did not have a central government until Jan 24 1860.

Judge C H Randall is my last clue as to the date of this cover.

Quote:
JUDGE CHARLES H. RANDALL (1824-1891)

Judge Randall, now the editor of the Union Democrat and a resident of Sonora during some thirty years, and, withal, one of the most widely-known and honored of all those who have owned Tuolumne as their home, has kindly put the publisher of this book in possession of a few plain facts relating to his life, of which of the following are subjoined:

The Judge was born in Providence, Rhode Island, June 7, 1824. Went from there to New York City in 1844, from New York City to Tennessee in 1846, coming to California around Cape Horn, landing in San Francisco September 9, 1849. In that year he mined at Weber Creek, a tributary of the American River. In 1850 he went to Central America, spent the winter in Nicaragua, returned to California in 1851, and came to Chili Camp, Tuolumne County in that spring. Followed mining in the county until the fall of 1853.

In October 1853, he entered the Sheriff's Office under Major P. L. Solomon, continuing with him during the term, or until the spring of 1856. Solomon was appointed United States Marshal in 1857 and Mr. Randall was Deputy in his office until the fall of 1858, when he returned to Sonora and entered the mercantile business with the late James Lane, doing business under the firm name of Lane & Randall until 1862. In 1861 he was elected Supervisor and served six years. In 1867 he was elected County Judge, serving from June 1, 1868 to January 1, 1872. In 1869 he bought the Union-Democrat, conducting it until August 1875, when he sold it and moved to San Francisco. In two years he came back and bought into the Democrat again, where he now is.

In politics he was originally a Whig. After the Presidential election of 1852 he was identified with no political party until 1856, since which time he has supported the Democratic party. Most of the time since 1856 he has been an active partisan and has taken much interest in the welfare of the county. The Judge was one of the mass in early times and saw many of the exciting scenes of those days. He says, "I hope to always live in the county, for it is my home and all other places are strange to me compared with it."

It may not be out of place to say that he has been an active Odd Fellow since 1846, was Grand Master of the State of California in 1878-79 and has represented the Grand Encampment of California in the Sovereign Grand Lodge, I.O.O.F. for five sessions.


This is the Williams listing for Mendocino. I believe this Feb 17 Mendocino postmark proceeds the penciled in date of 1861, making this listing out of order. I think that the Feb 10 Men 2330 was a late emergency use of an old town mark.






There is nothing on the front or back of the cover to indicate forwarding.




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Edited by littleriverphil - 02/18/2017 09:56 am
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"going bear hunting in about a week" Lol, he's sure in the right spot. My nephew is on the Fort Bragg police dept, he told last year me that the residents of what used to be Hardy and Rockport (about 5 miles away) call the sheriffs dept 3-4 times a week about their bear problems. You are entering the Lost Coast when you drive thru what was Hardy and Rockport.





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Posted 02/22/2017   09:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Another post card from Mendocino, showing the Sea Foam loading under the wire on the point.





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Caspar PSE combined usage to Livorno Italy. The Caspar town mark is missing the year slug. The San Francisco Transit, the New York postmark, and the Livorno receiving postmark all are year dated. Looks like these was a seal or stamp on the back at one time. There is a small purple handstamp on the reverse, upper left. Here's a larger scan of it. A personal hand stamp?







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Today I have a postcard from Trinidad on Humboldt's north coast and a cover from Manchester near Mendocino's south coast.

The Manchester post office was opened Dec 1 1871. The town mark on the cover below is Manchester's first recorded postmark, Men 2210. The earliest known use of Men 2210 was Dec 10, 1879 and LKU was Dec 28 1886, now Feb 24 1887. That leaves 8 years without a reported postmark.










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Edited by littleriverphil - 02/24/2017 11:14 am
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Posted 02/25/2017   11:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Today's mailbag has a cover form Mendocino and a postcard from Northspur, a third year use from an office that was open 12 years. Opened Mar 5 1910, and for 5 years was a booming logging town, but after the logger left, others stay in this beautiful spot, after then post office closed May 15 1922, the settlement became a resort, Noyo River Tavern.

http://www.mendorailhistory.org/1_r...o-tavern.htm






No idea when the two numbers were added, but one could be a box number for Rev Thomas Fraser. The year date wasn't part of Mendocino's 2nd reported town mark, but the recorded dates are EKU Jun 18 1863 and LKU is Dec 1 1872. If the stamped envelope is U25, it was issued 1870-71.



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Posted 02/28/2017   11:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A postcard from 1912 Elk , a cover from 1899 Ferndale and a mid 1880's Albion cover to close out the month.







PSE U71 with Boynton & Hall cc.




The Albion postmark does not show the day or year clearly ( in fact, barely) But it does show Feb, so here we are..


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The first of March brings us a postcard from 1909 Wendling. Wendling opened Dec 2 1902 and changed it's name to Navarro, the 3rd town of that name.







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Although this U59 had no day date the Month and year are visible.
Punta Arenas was the 2nd post office to be opened in Mendocino county on Jun 2 1858, had it's name changed to Point Arena on Jan 9 1889, making it the oldest post office in the county. The first post office opened was Russian River (Healdsburg, in Sonoma County) opened Nov 1 1854 and closed Apr 25 1855, with no postmarks known.
Though this was sent in 1865 a couple of years before the last use of Men-2350 it is the county "first postmark" and is also rather rare.



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A busy day on my post mark calendar, four postcards and a cover with contents, all from Mendocino county.

Caspar's doane town mark Men-550, struck in about the middle of it's usage span, Apr 3 1906 - Feb 4 1910







Mendocino, this is Men 2400, Mendocino's very well used postmark. I once saw this CDS stamped into a book of ruled blank squares very like a calendar that the postmaster changed the date every day and struck a mark in his counter book. Tried to buy it, no sale! This device was in use from Feb 21 1906 to Feb 20 1930.







The next card is from Little River and is a new early date. The postmark is Men-2140, Little River's doane postmark. It is a very nice clear strike. Williams records the use from Apr 14 1906 to Jan 1 1915. This is 40 days earlier.







Point Arena, a grandson's first postal to his grandmother. It is also a new LKU. Williams lists Men-3010 in use from Oct 22 1897 to Jun 11 1907, eight month and 24 days later.







Now we find a letter from Gracy, a tiny town along the tracks of the California Western RR. Gracy was Camp 8, until it got it's post office May 6 1896. This is the only letter I've seen from any of the towns along the CWRR. Included are the contents from a Spanish-American war veteran.













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A single registered cover today from Fortuna, bearing Hum-2440. This cover is a new EKU. The Williams books list Hum 2440 as EKU Sep 26 1906 and a LKU Jun 17 1914. This is slightly earlier, 1 year 6 months and 20 days earlier! Quite a few registered letters in the first quarter of 1905. The back bears Eureka's Registered post mark, Hum-1760 struck in purple ink.





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Today's cover is from Ferndale, postmarked with Hum-2160 showing a new a new EKU. Williams reports Apr 14 1893 Addressed to Arcata, the cover was postmarked on back with Arcata's receiver, a 28mm circle, 9mm, unreported in Williams.





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Not sure this posting will work, as every previous uploaded scan is now showing a small black box with a white X in it. But I'll try it.
Missed a postcard yesterday. Fort Bragg








Today's cover is from Eureka with a Marshall & Dinsmore cc


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