Andersonia, California One Place Study

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Date: 1903
Location: Andersonia, Mendocino, California, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Anderson California One_Place_Studies
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HN "Pap" Anderson

Andersonia was named for the President of Southern Humboldt Lumber Company, Henry Neff "Pap" Anderson.[1]


Andersonia, California
Continent: North America
Country: United States of America
State: California
County: Mendocino
GPS Coordinates: 39°58′41″N 123°48′26″W[1][2]
Elevation: 541 ft (165 m)[2]

40 acres in all, 12 miles from the coast, 17 miles from Garberville.[3]


After losing his wife in 1902, Henry Neff Anderson purchased 10,000 acres of redwood forest in northern California. He built not only a lumber mill but a small community to house the almost 200 employees he recruited from Grays Harbor County in Washington State, some from Michigan, and some from the "Northland". One such recruit was William Lilley.[3][4]

He built a two-story home there for his new bride, Cora Ann (Patterson) Anderson on the hilltop overlooking the mill.[5]

Unfortunately, Henry died there in 1905 due to a mill accident. Mr and Mrs Lilley stayed on as caretakers of the "ghost town"[3][4][6]

The mill was almost sold in April of 1906 to the Wright Blodgett Company of Saginaw, but the earthquake on April 18 caused the buyer to back out.[5][7]

In 1921, the mill, equipment, and machinery were all dismantled for storage and the town was officially closed.[3][1]

Heavy rains in 1925-6 caused the dam to break sending the logs stored, downstream.[3][5]

Andersons' grandsons brought new life to the mill with an Arcata based "Andersonia Forest Products". In 1950, a new manager, Tom Dimmick originally from Centralia, Washington, was brought on.[3][5][8]

All that remains of Andersonia in 2011


ResidentBirthplaceOccupation 1910[9] 1920[10]1930[11] 1940[12]
William Green LilleyCaliforniaManager Lumber Company
Mignon (Stoddard) LilleyCaliforniaTeacher - County
John H MedcalfMissouriFarmer
Nancy J Medcalf WifeCaliforniaTeacher - County
Elizabeth I MedcalfCaliforniaNone
Lorena M MedcalfCaliforniaNone
Leila A MedcalfCaliforniaNone
Edith J MedcalfCaliforniaNone
Arthur L MedcalfCaliforniaNone
Louis Alton MoodyMaineHotel Keeper
Myrtle Mossieline MoodyCaliforniaNone
Ellis A MoodyCaliforniaNone
Bessie ChildressMissouriNone
Jessie DarrCaliforniaStock Loader - Stage Co.
James E LilleyCaliforniaMill Watchmen
Maise MonroeCaliforniaCook - Boarding House
Charley C KirkWashingtonFarmer - Gen Farm
Leila A KirkCaliforniaNone
Roselia I KirkCaliforniaNone
Robert L KirkCaliforniaNone
L C RogersNew YorkCivil Engineer - Railroad
Emily Bolles (Stoddard) RogersCaliforniaNone
Vivian RogersCaliforniaNone
Charles RogersCaliforniaNone
Mabell RogersCaliforniaNone
Erving RogersCaliforniaNone
Mary "Minnie" StoddardCaliforniaHousekeeper
Alfred CypherPennsylvaniaTimber Contractor
Mary CyphersPennsylvaniaNone
Fred CyphersPennsylvaniaNone
Daniel CyphersCaliforniaNone
Nellie CyphersCaliforniaNone
Gussie CyphersCaliforniaNone
Georgie CyphersCaliforniaNone
Zoe CyphersCaliforniaNone
Allie CyphersCaliforniaNone
Kenneth CyphersCaliforniaNone


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wikipedia Contributors (including Robinson-27225). “Andersonia, California.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, January 25, 2020. ( : accessed 13 Oct 2020)‌
  2. 2.0 2.1GNIS Detail - Andersonia.” ( : accessed 13 Oct 2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Andersonia - Fate thwarted a dream of lumbering" Eureka Times Standard (Eureka, California) December 28, 1975 Page 22 ( : accessed 13 Oct 2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Anderson, Naomi Lucy. The Anderson Middleton Families' Role in Northwest Timber History (np 2008 Olympia, Washington) pp. 5-15
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "New Andersonia Mill at Full Production" Ukiah Daily Journal (Ukiah, California) 05 Jul 1950, Wed Page 9 ( : accessed 14 Oct 2020)
  6. "Local Brevities" Belding banner. (Belding, Mich.), 09 Nov. 1905. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
  7. "Michigan Lumber Concern Buys a California Plant" The San Francisco call. [volume] (San Francisco [Calif.]), 06 April 1906. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.
  8. "County News", Ukiah Republican Press (Ukiah, California) January 3, 1940 Page 2
  9. "United States Census, 1910, database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 October 2020), William G Lilley, Westport, Mendocino, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 72, sheet 6B, family 140, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 88; FHL microfilm 1,374,101.
  10. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 October 2020), William G Lilley, Westport, Mendocino, California, United States; citing ED 127, sheet 4B, line 66, family 71, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 121; FHL microfilm 1,820,121.
  11. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 October 2020), William G Lilley, Ten Mile River, Mendocino, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 28, sheet 4B, line 62, family 114, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 177; FHL microfilm 2,339,912.
  12. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 December 2019), Reginald G Anderson, Ten Mile River Judicial Township, Mendocino, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 23-22, sheet 9B, line 41, family 218, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 263.

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