*** Source: History and Business Directory of Humboldt County, Lillie E. Hamm, November 1890, Eureka, Cal. *** ---page 209--- [ad] Photograph and Autograph Albums at J. E. Mathews [ad] HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES 209 THE HUMBOLDT SHOE FACTORY This establishment merits special mention in this work. It is one of the initiatory enterprises of Humboldt in the line of commercial factories, and it will play a very important part in Humboldtís future manufacturing career. The energetic and enterprising manager, Mr. C. R. Johnston, has for several years labored unceasingly to bring this needed industry into existence. Previous to the death of the late James E. Vance, one of the chief promoters of this enterprise, all necessary arrangements had been completed to incorporate. The sad and sudden ending of a life so vigorous and enterprising, was, indeed, almost a death- blow to the project, but Mr. John Vance, with his characteristic public spirit, at once expressed his approval of the laudable undertaking and resumed the march of progress where his nephew, though Providential interposition, had left off. With Mr. Vance at the head of this institution, it may with certainty be classed as a permanent fixture of Humboldt county. It will enable some of our boys and girls to gain employment, preparatory to future usefulness, and the money now sent out of the county for our foot-wear will be retained at home. The enterprise deserves the undivided support of our people. If so supported, it will create an incentive in others to erect manufacturing establishments. These facts are worthy of considerable thought. The stock-holders elected the following officers: John Vance, President; I. R. Brown, Vice-President; S. I. Allard, Secretary; Dan. Murphy, Treasurer; C. R. Johnston, Superintendent. The main office of the Humboldt Shoe Factory is located in Eureka. WILLIAM CLARK Among the many important enterprises of our city there are none worthier of special mention than the above subject. The care and neatness exhibited in the display of choice meats of every description in his model market is not surpassed by any similar institution; juicy roasts, tender porter-house stakes, superior pickled and cured beef and pork, have gained for his establishment the best patronage in the city. Mr. Clark is a shrewd and cautious buyer of beef cattle. Before cattle are slaughtered they receive a thorough course of rest and proper food. This is a great factor in the successful production of sweet, juicy and tender beef. Mr. Clark owns and controls a large cattle ranch at Petrolia, which is especially adapted to the raising of choice beef cattle. Years of experience in the line of his business have educated Mr. Clark as to the requirements of the public. His ability in producing better beef at less cost has a county-wide reputation. He is to the manor born, his father, Chas. Clark, being an old pioneer of the county, first settling in Humboldt in the neighborhood of 1854. He inherits his fatherís characteristics of fair, square and honorable dealing. [ad] Gibbard & Lever CARRY A COMPLETE LINE OF Undertakerís Supplies Third and H Sts, Pioneer Bdg, Eureka [ad] ---end---