Having recently spent some time in Eureka, California, it was interesting for me to go through a stack of old postcards from that area in my mother’s possession. My great grandmother Hannah worked at the Samoa Cookhouse, near Arcata, in the early 1900s. I recently visited the cookhouse for breakfast. Her daughter Esther, my grandmother, attended the Arcata school for several years, and in 1910 when my she was 14 years old, her mother Hannah went to work as a cook at Haughey’s Camp in Kneeland Prairie. Her daughter stayed in Arcata and lived with other families as a “helper.” There are several postcards from daughter to mother starting in Aug. 1910, when my grandmother was only 14. All the postcards were sent with a 1 cent stamp. There are quite a few postcards to my grandmother from friends, some living as close as Korbel. Without a telephone, a postcard would have been a way to set up invitations and meetings, which was the content of many of the cards.
There are many postcards saved from my grandmother’s years in Arcata. These are some of my favorites from 1910 to 1911. I’ll post the Christmas postcards in December.