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The Simpson Period 1901-1974

Jul 22, 2019   //   by wvanbusk   //   Redwood Victorian  //  Comments Off on The Simpson Period 1901-1974

The Herrick house was occupied by a James Simpson, builder by 1914, according to the Polk-Husted Directory of 1914. The Herrick family had relocated to 205 B Street, a larger home, move indicated in the same directory.  W.F. Simpson lived here in 1947, according to a reverse telephone directory of the time. James Simpson, builder, had a home built for him and his large family at 904 G in Eureka. James Simpson was likely involved in changes to the property between 1900 and 1920:

1237i plat 1910JPG

The 1910 Plat showing a water tank, windmill on a two story appurtenant structure with it’s own address. There is also a one story shed on the corner of the alley and 13th Street and a covered porch between the kitchen-dining wing and the two story structure.
1237i plat 1920
The 1920 Plat shows four new single story appurtenant structures, only one of which is detached, a small shed. The city now has water and sewer available. The city sewer was designed by Frank Herrick.
1947 arial photo

A 1947 low altitude photo shows the property looks much like the 1920 plat indicates. The kitchen-dining wing has a hip roof, which is currently visible and intact in the attic spaces of the current structures.

A feasible hypothesis is that James Simpson moved here, since his large home at 904 G was built in 1892, was sold to Vance ten years later in 1902, and James passed away in 1918. It is possible that Frank Herrick built another home at 205 B Street in 1901-2 when he got the job of Eureka city engineer making this first home available to James Simpson.

The Times Standard newspaper published this obituary on 1/7/74

SIMPSON, MARGARET CORINE:, passed away Jan. 5, 1974, a resident of 1237 I St., Eureka. Daughter of the late James and Elizabeth Simpson, Humboldt pioneers, sister of William A. Simpson of Seattle, WA.; aunt of Mrs. Dorothy Noyes of Eureka; E. J. Stewart and Mrs. Elizabeth Bledsoe both of Santa Rosa. Irving Simpson of Cottage Grove, Ore., Walter Simpson of Sunnyvale, Jack Simpson of Ukiah, Wayne Simpson of Ventura, Mrs. Nathelle Dunning and James Simpson both of Hemet. Cousin of Mrs. Ethel Johnston of Eureka. A native of Eureka, aged 95. Funeral services have been arranged for Tues. Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Pierce Mortuary chapel with the Rev. John Thompson officiating. Interment will be in Myrtle Grove Cemetery. Visitations: Mon. from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m.

This indicates that Margret Simpson was never married and was one of  twelve children. The initials “W.F.” in the 1947 telephone directory is a mystery. It is possible that another James Simpson child, a brother or sister also lived here.  It is curious that James Simpson moved here, perhaps he built this home.

Here is a possible timeline for the occupants of the home since it was built:

  • 1888-1901 Frank Herrick and family 13 years
  • 1901-1918 James Simpson and family 17 years
  • 1918 – 1974 James Simpson children (W.F., Margret) 56 years
  • 1974-2018 Jerry Carlson 44 years