Biography of Herbert N. Briggs
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HERBERT N. BRIGGS. - That the press is a vital factor in the upbuilding of a community, whether large or small, is so thoroughly an established fact that repetition is trite, but it is greatly to be regretted that many people are inclined to lose sight of the man behind the press, the man whose ability makes possible the reading of the news of the world while yet it is news, and in the mind of a good newspaper man that means almost before it has happened; who enables the man with something to sell to reach the man who wishes to buy, without either of them leaving their fireside; who keeps the throbbing human pulse of a community alive with mutual information and interest; who, in reality, creates and keeps open a great common causeway through which the life interests of the people may flow for their common good. In the great dailies this power behind a throne is pretty certain to be so submerged and hedged about that his readers never see him and seldom are even conscious that he exists. But in the smaller cities the editor of the local paper is apt to be a power in the land, a man of influence and affairs, keeping in close touch with his constituents and with the life of his community. Such a man as this is Herbert N. Briggs, owner and editor of the Ferndale Enterprise, a semi weekly publication of much merit and with much of the snap and style of a metropolitan paper.

Mr. Briggs is the son of Charles H. and Mary Briggs, and was born in Marion, Mass., November 21, 1880. His father was a volunteer in the Union navy during the War of the Rebellion, serving with distinction through practically the entire time of strife. The son passed his early boyhood in his native village, attending the public schools there. Later, when his father removed to California, he continued his studies in the public schools of this state, and afterward completed his education in a private school. Mr. Briggs has been in newspaper work practically all his life, being initiated as a "cub reporter" when he was scarcely eighteen summers old. During all these years he has made a careful study of the multitude of details that enter into the successful management of a paper, always looking forward to the day when he should enter the field in an independent venture for himself.

This opportunity to own and publish a paper of his own came in 1905, when he had for eight years been following the fortunes of the newspaper business, and since that time he has edited and published the Ferndale Enterprise with much success. This publication is one of the veteran newspapers of the state, having been established in 1878, and has been prominently identified with the upbuilding of Humboldt county. It is a clean, progressive paper, with a large circulation, and its news service is unsurpassed by any paper of its class in the country. Under the present management the Enterprise is growing rapidly, having made substantial gains in both circulation and advertising patronage.

Personally, Mr. Briggs is a man of business integrity, and conducts his paper on the latest business lines. His advertising is of a distinctly high class. He is popular in social and fraternal circles, and is a member of several leading local orders.

Since locating in Ferndale Mr. Briggs has been united in marriage with Myrtle R. Givins, daughter of Frank J. and Ellen Givins, of Fortuna, the marriage taking place at the home of the bride, July 1, 1905. Mrs. Briggs is a woman of much charm and possesses a wide circle of friends. She is an accomplished musician, and is one of the leaders in musical circles in Ferndale, as she was in Fortuna before her marriage.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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