The Warren Photograph Collection provides a visual history of the lumber company town of Crannell (known as Bulwinkle prior
to 1922) and the Little River Redwood Company (LRRC). LRRC purchased the Vance Redwood Mill in 1900 and merged with Hammond
Lumber Company in 1931; these companies are also represented in this collection.
Walter J. Warren was born in Eureka in 1912, one of three sons of parents who emigrated from Croatia. He lived with his family
in Bulwinkle/Crannell from 1914 until 1926 when the family moved to Arcata and Walter started high school. A one year business
course at Humboldt State started him on his career in insurance and accounting. He retired from Warren, Starkey and Gray Insurance
Agency in 1980 as a long time civic and business leader in Humboldt County. Some of his activities included board membership
of Humboldt Federal Savings & Loan Association, Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, Arcata Rotary Club and Arcata Chamber
of Commerce; he was also secretary of Reclamation District No. 768 for many years. Warren's major hobby was collecting and
restoring old logging steam locomotives. His photograph collection reflects that early experience and continuing life interest
until his death in 1996. Two of the Warren family homes are now part of the Humboldt State University campus.
3 cubic feet; approximately 500 items
Copyright has not been assigned to Humboldt State University. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce in any format,
please contact the Special Collections Librarian.
The collection is open for research.