This morning began with some hunting on Jacob Hufford who was in Californa in the 1860s, 1870s, and 1880s. However, there was more than one Jacob Hufford in California during that time, and there has been a good bit of disagreement among Hufford genealogists as to how the sort and split works out.
In hunting, I found the following from the Nevada State Journal newspaper, July 24, 1947; Reno, Nevada (at page 2):
Historic Dress, Memento of Generosity of Early Nevadans, Donated to Museum
Fully equipped with pantalettes with lace at the bottom and a flour sack lining, a historic dress was received yesterday by the Nevada State Historical Society museum here.
It is a dress which was sent by the citizens of Star City, Nev., in the spring of 1865, as part of a relief shipment to the people of Paradise Valley in Humboldt county who had lost all their belongings in an Indian raid.
The dress was the property of Mrs. Jacob Hufford who 82 years ago was living with her family on Haveline creek, near Denia, and it was at the Hufford home that the residents of Paradise took refuge during the raid. The garmet was sent to the museum by George Hufford, her son, who now lives at Austin, Texas.
The contribution is not only a memento of a famous Indian uprising, but a reminder of the generous spirit shown by Nevada residents for people in trouble even back in those days when residents were scarce and distances vast.
In 1863 Jacob Hufford came to Nevada from Butte county, California, and while traveling in northern Humboldt county saw a green stripe of vegetation crossing the trail. He decided it would be a good place to find water, so he dug a successful well 40 feet deep, called it Jacob’s Well, and settled there, near Denia, to furnish water to travelers.
On April 4, 1865, he was still there when a friendly Indian told the five families of Paradise Valley the other Indians were planning a raid two days later. The women and children and sick members of the community made their way with much difficulty to the Hufford home as a refuge, and remained there while all their homes and belongings were being burned.
News of the tragedy reached western Nevada, and the people of Star City, which was near Virginia City, took up a collection to help the victims of the raid in Humboldt county. Money was of no use because the people at Denia and Paradise Valley had no place to spend it. Clothing and utensils were collected, and sent to the people hundreds of miles north.
Although the Hufford family had escaped the raid, the dress was given to Mrs. Hufford. When it first arrived at Denia it had the pantelettes built in, but no lining. Mrs. Hufford later lined it, using as material flour sacks from the mill which her husband in company with two partners was operating at Denia by then. The garment has been a keepsake in the Hufford family ever since, but Mr. Hufford said in his letter the members of the family are growing old now and he wants it placed in a museum.
The dress is of a print material, light, and still pretty and in good condition. It may be seen at the museum in the basement of the State Building.