Jerry Rohde, Local Historian

A few added tidbits of information for Jerry Rohde — did you know…”of a 74-pound cabbage grown near the Wildlife Refuge and an 18-inch-in-circumference onion from near College of the Redwoods. And of course there was the free cabbage seed given to residents of Loleta because a company contemplated starting a sauerkraut factory there.”  posted November 30, 2011

Local Historian Jerry Rohde shares some of the history of local food production after white settlers arrived in Humboldt County.  This two part interview was recorded in November 2010.  Part 1; Part 2

The historical photos were provided by Jerry Rohde and are part of the Humboldt County Historical Society collection.

Jerry Rohde and a fabulous field of lupine

Ferndale Fishing

Ferndale Creamery Truck

Fortuna Threshing

Loleta Butcher 1900

Baadsgaard's Turkey Ranch on Dow's Prairie

Famous Pepperwood Corn


  1. Bruce Porter said,

    July 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    That was my great grandfathers farm. I always thought of that carving first whenever Pepperwood was mentioned. Lots of good memories of the apples from the trees that grew right behind that carving. Oh and there was a merry-go- round behind there later that used to go soooo fast! Good good times!

  2. Susan Costa said,

    June 28, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Not sure if you would see this, but my name is Susan Porter, I am thinking maybe we are related. My grandfathers name is Albert Porter and he sold produce in Pepperwood. Are you related to Howard Porter, or maybe Leon Porter, just curious.

    • myfoodforthought said,

      September 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Bruce — do you want to give me your email address and I can pass it on to Susan for you? It has been over a year since she left that comment and probably doesn’t go back to this blog site very often. Thanks — Jennifer

      BTW — I was part of a film crew that interviewed Pete Porter for a movie about the ’64 flood. It will be premiering in November 2015 at the Arcata Theater Lounge.

  3. Bruce Porter said,

    September 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Leon is my uncle. His brother Bob is my father. I don’t recall having heard your name.

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