Gov. Edmund G. Brown, left, is greeted by a group of Arcata High School students after arriving at the Eureka-Arcata Airport in McKinleyville on May 21, 1962. He was in town for a Democratic rally and dinner in Eureka. (Times-Standard file photo)
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During a May 21, 1962 re-election campaign stop in Humboldt County, California Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown noted that the state’s business climate never looked better.

“This year, new and expanded industries will produce more than 200,000 new jobs,” said Brown, who was in town 57 years ago this month for a Democratic dinner and rally at Redwood Acres in Eureka.

“California will maintain its preeminent position as the most favored state in which to establish new plants,” Brown said at the time, adding that the economy “can’t help but rub off on Humboldt, Del Norte and Mendocino counties.”

About 400 people paid $10 a plate to hear the governor defend his administration and mildly roast Richard Nixon and California Assembly Republican Minority Leader Joseph Shell Sr., the two Republican candidates for their party’s nomination in June of that year.

Brown was introduced at the Redwood Acres event by state Sen. Carl Christensen. Tom Bair, Brown’s campaign chairman for Humboldt County, was the master of ceremonies. Eureka Mayor Henry Terheyden made a short presentation, welcoming the state’s leader to the city. Ida May Anthony led the flag salute.

Seated at the head table with the governor were Clayton Rost, county chairman for Controller Alan Cranston; Hal Simmons, Democratic Central Committee chairman; the Rev. and Mrs. Allan Chalfant of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Arcata; and a host of other community and state representatives.

According to the May 22, 1962 Humboldt Times newspaper, Brown arrived at the Eureka-Arcata Airport in McKinleyville aboard a two-engine Aero-Commander shortly before the start of the fundraising event. He was greeted there by a group of Arcata High School students, Christensen, Bair, Terheyden, all five members of the Eureka City Council, Mayor Dalee Dolson of Arcata and Mayor Ted Lippert of Fortuna.

Brown spent the night at the Eureka Inn after his speech and left Humboldt County the next day, heading for stops in Palmdale and Long Beach.

Brown served as California’s governor from 1959 to 1967. He was re-elected in November 1962 following his Humboldt County visit. Nixon, who lost to Brown that year, went on to become the 37th president of the United States in 1969.

Heather Shelton can be reached at 707-441-0516.

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