Sign above  Meagher's Trading Post Saloon in Myers Flat. [Photo by Kim Sallaway]

Signal above Meagher’s Buying and selling Put up Saloon in Myers Flat. [Photo by Kim Sallaway, date unknown]

In October of 1969, 111 residents of Southern Humboldt allegedly signed a petition requesting aid from what the Instances Normal of the time known as a “mass infiltration of hippies into that space.”

The petition was introduced on the common assembly of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors. It said, “We don’t know what you are able to do to assist us however felt it’s best to develop into conscious of our drawback and our sentiments on the topic.”

The petition described the issues the newcomers have been inflicting. “Many residents have come across them bathing within the nude and having intercourse on the seashores of our rivers and ocean,” complained the residents. “We’re involved with their utter lack of regard for the ethical, well being, and sanitary codes.”

Screenshot from the Eureka Times Standard Wednesday, October 29, 1969

“Hippie Inflow Irks South Humboldters” was the headline that day. [Screenshot of Wednesday, October 29, 1969 Times Standard front page]

The petition claimed that it wasn’t simply residents but in addition “our native legislation enforcement our bodies [who] are very sad with our native decide and the dearth of sentences he imposes on the hippies when introduced into courtroom on dope costs and different costs.”

Not solely have been the hippies splashing about within the nude a few of them raised the hackles of the impartial native residents by taking authorities help. “What number of of them are on the welfare rolls?” the petition requested. Then it answered, “In keeping with our retailer clerks, women who work within the native hospital and the druggists, their quantity is many.”

Moreover, the petition decried the dearth of code enforcement. “Many shacks and dwellings are going up within the brush round Whitethorn and different areas with none constructing codes or permits or sanitary rules. We really feel they need to abide by the identical legal guidelines, guidelines, and rules we the tax payer do.”

Nonetheless, in line with the screenshot of a Redwood Report clipping that we weren’t capable of finding the unique of within the on-line search we did, a few of those that had supposedly signed the letter stated they’d not signed it. “An investigation by the Redwood Report into the validity of the petition and the circumstances underneath which the signatures have been obtained has revealed that a variety of individuals who signed the petition have been unaware of the duvet letter,” the Report claimed.

Screenshot of the Redwood Record of an unknown date.

Screenshot of the Redwood Report of an unknown date.

The Report’s investigation cause them to imagine that the signers could have thought they have been solely agreeing to a letter to the editor not a petition.

And, native legislation enforcement could not have been contacted in any respect. A spokesperson for one of many legislation enforcement our bodies, in line with the Redwood Report, Lt. Eric Denton, commanding officer of the Garberville California Freeway Patrol “emphatically denied” any “drawback in any way with the native courtroom with reference to Hippie instances or another instances.”

Right here is the letter to the editor of the Redwood Report on October 9, 1969 that apparently sparked the petition that was despatched to the Board of Supervisors:

To the Editor, (Redwood Report October 9, 1969)
The priority proven by an area younger ladys letter to your paper final week is felt by many residents in Southern Humboldt. The latest hippie improve on this space is seen by even essentially the most informal observer.

We, the undersigned, concur that the actions and mannerisms of the “again to nature” “flower kids” are a deterrent to the aesthetic serenity and cultural aspirations we want for our homeland.

Notably in our space, tourism is being promoted to the hilt; individuals, households who will come and keep some time to awe at the great thing about out forest and ocean shores. How can we justify our earnest want to carry them when then again we allow the other of our aspirations to litter the backgrounds.

We in Humboldt County really feel that we can’t financially afford the loss being suffered by their presence.

(Signed by 111 individuals)

The Board took no motion on the petition, however there was a stir about it in the neighborhood. This reporter can bear in mind the discussions though she was a mere baby of 9 on the time.

Sign in Laytonville [Photo by Kim Sallaway]

Register Laytonville [Photo by Kim Sallaway]

Notice: Explicit because of the reader who despatched within the unique clippings and to Kim Sallaway, Southern Humboldt’s fantastic photographer who has documented a lot of our native historical past. [Click here to follow him on Facebook]
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