Biography of Henry H. Buhne
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HENRY H. BUHNE. - To mention the name of Henry H. Buhne is to call to mind not only the gallant Captain who had sailed the high seas and finally crossed the bar into the Humboldt bay, but also the Captain's son who worthily has won his way to business success and has developed the large interests previously secured by his father in this section of the state. The younger man was born September 22, 1858, in the county of Humboldt, and has been a lifelong resident here, preserving the integrity of a family name that began to be prominent during the pioneer period of American occupancy and has increased in prestige with the passing years. Varied enterprises have engaged his attention since the termination of a clerkship of seven years in the Humboldt County Bank and in no instance has any interest terminated in disaster, but all have reflected the wisdom of his judgment and the remarkable energy of his temperament. As early as June of 1879 he was placed in charge of the logging industry, the milling business and the tow boat concern owned by his father, and he continued the management of the same until 1884, when the entire holdings were sold to the California Redwood Association, a Scotch syndicate. Meanwhile during 1882 and 1883 he had been in full control of the Humboldt County Bank, and when it is understood that all of this work was in his charge when he was scarcely twenty five years of age it will be realized that he is a man of unusual mental power and rare discretion.

The California Redwood Company being unable to carry on the tow boat business, it reverted to the original owner and again came under the management of Henry H. Buhne, Jr., who continued in charge until another sale was made to the Humboldt Lumber Manufacturing Association. Meanwhile he had opened a small branch store on Second street opposite the Vance hotel. From that small beginning he developed a large trade in hardware and sporting goods and it is said that he now has the finest and best stock in that line on the Pacific coast. The original quarters have been outgrown and now occupancy is had of a large, modern building on the corner of E and Second streets, Eureka. The large timber interests of his earlier life were sold in 1884, in order that he might concentrate his attention upon industries that were beginning to crowd out the once unrivalled lumber business.

By his marriage to a daughter of E. P. Vance, a leading pioneer of Humboldt county, Mr. Buhne has one daughter, Dorothy, now a student in a school for young ladies at Berkeley. Already a pianist of local note, Miss Dorothy gives promise of attaining fame in her chosen art and it is the expectation that her musical education will be completed in Europe. When twenty one years of age Mr. Buhne became connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias, both of which orders still have his name enrolled on their lists. He is said to have been the father of the local lodge of Elks at Eureka and his work in the interests of the order has been steadfast and helpful. Aside from the fraternities his social and commercial connections are varied and include membership in the Humboldt Club, the Sequoia Yacht Club and the Humboldt Promotion Committee. For two terms he served as a member of the city council of Eureka and in other ways he has promoted the welfare of the community. A man of positive convictions, he braved criticism in accepting the chairmanship of the vigilante committee that drove the Chinese from Eureka, but his firm stand in the matter was appreciated by all who had the welfare of the community at heart. With equal unhesitant courage he has championed movements which he believed to be for the well being of the county, but which had arrayed against them men of loyal spirit and considerable prominence. Indeed his firmness has been a factor in community development, and credit is due him for his large share in the progress made by the county commercially and from an industrial standpoint.

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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