HON. FRANK RIGGS in the House of Representatives
on Wednesday, July 9, 1997
Mr. RIGGS. Mr. Speaker, I rise to celebrate the centennial of the
beautiful community of Loleta in Humboldt County, CA, which I am
privileged to represent.
I visited Loleta, which overlooks the picturesque Eel River Valley, just
2 weeks ago. The origin of its name is credited to the Wiyot Indians of
the valley as a name for a pleasant landmark. In this case, we are told,
a quiet slough.
A.J. Doolittle made a map of Humboldt County in 1860, and it was adopted
by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. There was no Loleta then,
nor much of anything else. But from the gentle slope of the last of the
foothills now occupied by today's Loleta, the map shows a nearby road
from Dungan's Ferry, past W.J. Wing's, W. Ellery's, T.H. Foss', to L.H.
Hawk's, en route to J.A. Sawyer's on Table Bluff.
An old Humboldt County Great Register for 1888 indicates Samuel Swauger,
a 59-year-old native of Pennsylvania, ranched on what is now Loleta and
registered to vote the previous year.
The late historian M.A. Parry, who wrote his masters thesis at Humboldt
State University on Loleta, said Eel River & Eureka Railroad built
Swauger's Station, now Loleta, in 1886. `From 1884 to 1886 the station
amounted to no more than an uncovered loading platform standing beside a
short length of track,' he wrote. In 1898, as traffic increased, a new
and larger depot was constructed. Swauger Station had been on the old
structure, while `Loleta' appeared on the new.
Parry had this to say about the name of Swauger and Loleta: `In 1897, a
faction of the community not satisfied with the name of the town,
settled on `Loleta' as what they wanted in place of `Swauger's Station.'
The word was of Indian origin and was said to mean `pleasant place.'
Actually it was three Indian words, `Lo-le-tah,' meaning, `pleasant
place at the end of the water.' Loleta was just that; a pleasant place
at the end of Hawk's Slough which no longer extends so far inland.'
By adopting Loleta as the town name, the community did no more than
adopt the name the community's Indians had used for years. The name
became official in February 1897 when Will Perrott filed a map with the
county recorder entitled `Loleta--Amended Map of Swauger's.' The
railroad company and the post office followed suit the following year.
And now, beautiful Loleta, famous for its fine dairy farms and livestock
ranches, prepares for the centennial celebration. I congratulate Robert
Laffranchi, president of the Loleta Chamber of Commerce, and all the
people of Loleta for what I'm sure will be a wonderful day of
Loleta Cheese awards
If you've tasted it, you already know: Loleta Cheese Factory Organic
Sharp Cheddar is first class. That fact has now been confirmed by the
judges at the California State Fair commercial cheese competition, where
three Loleta organic cheeses won gold medals.
The Loleta Cheese Factory manufactures organic cheeses using Strauss
Family Creamery organic milk. That cheese is then sold under both the
Loleta Cheese Factory and Strauss Family labels (see Journal cover
story, "It's the organic cheese," Feb. 1).
Loleta Cheese Factory
252 Loleta Dr.
Loleta, CA 95551
or call: (707) 733-5470
toll free (800) 995-0453
According to Vivien Strauss, who runs the creamery in Petaluma with her
brother, the secret to the cheese's success is simple: Loleta Cheese
owners Bob and Carol Laffranchi make cheese "in small batches with
really high quality milk."
With more than 50 cheese makers turning out some 130 types of cheese,
California produces more cheese than any state but Wisconsin. In
addition to its optimal climate, California owes its leading position to
its chefs, home cooks, and food-appreciative population. As wine's
natural partner, cheese has become increasingly popular in the land of
A century-old factory building in the dairy town of Loleta is the
setting for Carol and Robert Laffranchi's 16-year-old business. The
cheese room makes for dramatic viewing for visitors, who can sample the
14 types of cheese being formed before their eyes. Cheddar and jack are
the Laffranchis' main claims to fame, especially those flavored with
smoked salmon, salami, or jalapeños. Queso fresco, a fresh cheese with a
crumbly texture and ricotta taste, is a favorite, along with Havarti,
fontina, and the limited-production organic white cheddar.
(707) 733-5470 TABLE BLUFF RANCHERIA, Loleta
1850 Influx of settlers brought by the gold rush, conflicts followed
1851 Gold rush in Wiyot territory from minor discovery at Gold Bluffs
1860 80 to 100 women and children massacred by a Eureka gang of militia
supported by merchants on Indian Island; several earlier massacres by
Whites all but destroyed tribe; survivors interred at Fort Humboldt and
then removed to distant reservations, many returned to aboriginal
1908 Table Bluff Rancheria established, 20 acres gifted by a local
1953 Tribes terminated via Public Law 280
1981 Rancheria recognized;102 acres purchased nearby by federal
government as part of a lawsuit settlement
1982 Established tribal constitution
1651 J Street (The Sorenson House)
Henry Sorenson was the original owner. A Denmark native, Mr. Sorenson
came to Humboldt County as a boy and grew up near Blocksburg. He
graduated from Eureka Business College and worked in the Dixon's Store
in Loleta until 1902. That year he moved to Arcata and opened a
"Satisfactory Store" known as Sorenson and Matzen. The house was built
for him by his father-in-law, Jasper Reed, and his brother, Ben
Sorenson. It has been called the "house of triangles", referring to its
triangle pediments, dormer and windows.
The Wiyot territory is in the Humbolt county area, which starts at
Little River and continues down the coast to Bear River, then inland to
the first set of mountains. Towns that are within the traditional Wiyot
territory are McKinleyville, Blue Lake, Arcata, Eureka, Kneeland, Loleta,
Fortuna, Ferndale, and Rohnerville. Rivers within the territory are Mad
River (Batwat), Elk River, Eel River and the Van Duzen River. able Bluff
Reservation - Wiyot Tribe P.O. Box 206 Tribal Historic Preservation
Office Death Valley, CA 923280206 1000 Wiyot Drive (760) 786-2374 Loleta,
CA 95551 (707) 733-5055
With the establishment of dairying operations in the latter part of the
19th century, Swiss-Italian immigrants came to work for others on the
bottom lands of Mad and Eel rivers, in the Orick valley, and on the
coastal plains around the lagoons. But it didn't take long before
industry and ingenuity made these dairyman owners of both land and cows.
Many residents of the Ferndale and Loleta area trace their ancestry to
these immigrants of a century ago. The Portuguese, who came to Humboldt
County from the Azores, also found work on dairy ranches, but the timber
industry provided employment for many.
Ruby Winzler made a lifetime profession out of her love for children.
Ruby was born in 1899 at Cannibal Island near the mouth of the Eel
River. She drove a horse and buggy to Loleta Elementary school each day,
transporting herself and other children. When she was of high school
age, she caught the train at Fernbridge for Fortuna High school. She
graduated from UC Berkeley in 1922 with a degree in math and chemistry.
She obtained a teaching credential.
Because so many mothers had to work at the onset of the war, Ruby saw a
need to develop a children's center. She obtained government funds to
build a temporary center. Her goal was to create a center that provided
guidance to the families and care to the children in a family like
setting--a home away from home. The Winzler Day Care Center became a
permanent day care center for children in 1963.
Loleta has one of the most scenic vistas of the lower Eel River Valley.
You can view dairy farms, the Pacific Ocean. and a historic bank
building. Bank of Loleta (added 1985 - Building - #85000354)
358 Main St., Loleta
Historic Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering
Architect, builder, or engineer: Georgeson,Franklin T.
Architectural Style: Classical Revival
Area of Significance: Commerce, Architecture
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Historic Function: Commerce/Trade
Historic Sub-function: Financial Institution
Current Function: Commerce/Trade
Current Sub-function: Financial Institution
Title of Event: D'Arcy Fallon presents So Late, So Soon: A Memoir
When: Monday, August 9, 2004 7:30 PM
Location: Annie Bloom's Books
Description: D'Arcy Fallon offers an irreverent, fly-on-the-wall view of
the Lighthouse Ranch, a Christian commune she called home for three
years in the mid-1970s. At 18 years old, when life's questions
overwhelmed her and reconciling her family past with her future seemed
impossible, she accidentally came upon the Ranch during a hitchhike gone
awry. Perched on a windswept bluff in Loleta, a dozen miles from
anywhere in Northern California, this community of lost and found
twenty-somethings lured her in with promises of abounding love,
spiritual serenity, and a hardy, pioneer existence. What she didn't
count on was the fog.
Hermetic Science played a surprising number of live shows in northern
California between April 1996 and May 1998, after which they withdrew
from the arena of live performance in order to devote themselves
single-mindedly to recording their second CD. Working with engineer Tim
Gray at Big Bang Studios near Loleta, California, the band recorded much
of the album in late September and October 1998, the remainder in May
1999. With the release of their second CD, Prophesies, in September
1999, once again under the auspices of the Magnetic Oblivion label,
Hermetic Science definitively emerged as one of the most original and
accomplished progressive bands of the second half of the 1990s.
Pioneer head of Crystal dies at 88
By Clint Swett
Bee Staff Writer
Kenneth Hansen, who with his two brothers took over the Crystal Cream
and Butter Co. from his father, died Wednesday morning while being
treated for a stroke.
He was 88.
Hansen was the last surviving brother of the three who helped build
Crystal into a dairy food power in the Central Valley.
Kenneth Hansen and his brothers, Vernon and Gerald also founded KCRA
Television and Radio and owned the stations until 1962.
Kenneth Hansen was born April 7, 1909, above the dairy his father Carl
operated in the small Humboldt County town of Loleta.
By 1889 gillnetters were making more money than seiners. By 1913, when
seining was outlawed, more than half the season's catch was taken by the
hundred or more gillnetters working the Eel River--and the number of
gillnetters soon soared to perhaps 150 after the demise of the seiners.
Complete sets of nets, floats, line, and mending shuttles and twine were
sold at Van Duzer's general store in Loleta.
Humboldt Bay Wildlife Refuge: More than 200 bird species, including 80
kinds of waterbirds and four endangered species regularly visit the bay.
The refuge is 2,200 acres of seasonal wetlands, salt marshes, grassland,
open bay and mud flats. Peak viewing season is September through March
when the Bay is the winter home for thousands of migratory ducks, geese,
swans, and shorebirds. Summer visitors will see many gulls, terns,
cormorants, pelicans, egrets and herons. There are two interpreted
trails of less than 2 miles in length; access is through Loleta.
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge-US Fish and Wildlife Service:
For information about the Lanphere Dunes Unit, as well as access
information on the main part of the refuge in Loleta.
We are not farm raised but WE LOVE ALPACAS! And we have enjoyed raising
these wonderful creatures since 1985 - camelids since 1980. Aside from
having a dog, cat and the odd bird we had no livestock experience.
We were married in 1955 and have 3 very successful children - an
astrophysicist, a geophysicist and a physician and 5 terrific
grandchildren. Our physician son has his own alpaca ranch in Texas, "Texoma
Alpacas" that is a joint venture.
Jack has owned and operated timber businesses, ad agencies; ran trap
lines in the Yukon; raised, collected and hybridized orchids (and still
does); traveled extensively for pleasure and collecting orchids; amateur
gardener extraordinaire; Rotarian, etc.
Joan taught our children for the first eight years of their schooling,
has a commercial degree, a BSc Biochemistry, MSc Molecular Biology, PhD
Medical Sciences and an MD specializing in Internal Medicine and
Emergency Medicine-, Past President of the Medical Society; Past Chief
of Staff Eureka General Hospital; on-going representative CMA House of
Delegates, Rotarian, etc.; consults for local medical practices,
traveled extensively for any conceivable reason,
Both born in Canada but became dual citizens USA-Canada many years ago,
Moved numerous times starting from the Yukon but arrived at our present
location in Eureka, California, over 20 years ago and plan on staying.
As to how we got into alpacas? We were newly settled in northern
California and started looking for a tax break to cover our property. At
that time llamas were the best financial and animal husbandry option
available to us neophytes. We raised llamas until 1985 and then while at
an llama auction in Grant's Pass came across two alpacas from the recent
Chilean import. We bid $10,000 each and headed home with our two
pregnant Huacaya female alpacas who then produced two more females. We
now had 4 females and there were no male alpacas on the West coast. We
managed to finally bring one in from Ohio and our alpaca venture was up
and running. Since then we have added Bolivian, Peruvian, English and
more Chilean lines as well as one female we purchased from the LA Zoo
(one of their pre-1984 lines) who has produced five magnificent girls.
In 1999 we added Suris.
We now average over 100 alpacas of all colors; full Peruvian, Chilean
and Bolivian as well as combinations.
Committed to the Alpaca Industry since 1985, with one of the largest and
most colorful herds in the Western USA.
1289 Hookton Road
Loleta, CA 95551
The state-of-the-art recording facility is housed in a graciously
appointed 3-bedroom home with full kitchen, a redwood deck, and outdoor
jacuzzi. The rooms of the house can double as additional live rooms,
giving artists the flexibility to record where they want. The spacious,
wood-panelled live room and main studio has large picture windows.
Big Bang Productions Recording Studio is a combination of home and
studio, where artists can create superior recordings in an idyllic
setting. The living quarters are comfortably furnished and fully wired
Our magical live room is a place to capture your best sound. Spacious,
attractive, and comfortable for all kinds of set-ups. Rotating
hand-painted baffles and acoustical shades provide excellent sound
flexibility. Eureka! You've found it!
Businesses include Gilded Rose, Blue Coach Antiques, Loleta Grocery,
Humboldt Creamery Association Cooperative Building