The Original Requa Inn

Morgan G. Tucker was born Dec. 28, 1822. He was proprietor of the Crescent City Hotel in 1854.

He was also one of the jurors in the trial of the three Indians accused of murdering A. French. He was friends with Nicholas Tack Sr.

When the Tack family arrived in Crescent City Morgan met Nicholas’ daughter, Emma Louise Tack, and began courting her. Tucker married Emma on Sept. 19, 1858, at the residence of Nicholas and Eleanor Tack.

Morgan and Emma had four children, Albert, George, Emma, and Lillian.

When the Indian Agency and Fort Ter-Waw closed after the floods of 1861-62 Morgan Tucker constructed a building at Requa, an Indian village near the mouth of the Klamath River and moved his family to Requa. His building served as a store, hotel, and restaurant for travelers between Crescent City and Humboldt County.

The government created a post office in Tucker’s building and appointed him the postmaster.

In October 1865, Emma Tucker contracted typhoid fever and died. Morgan was left with four small children. Lillian, his youngest child was only 13 months old.

Morgan tried to be both father and mother to his children, but after a few months he realized that he could not provide the care they needed. There were no babysitters at the time.

He decided that he needed to find someone who would raise his children, so he brought them to Crescent City and placed them in the care of relatives of his late wife to be raised by them. Nicholas and Eleanor Tack took Lillian to raise.

At the time Nicholas and Eleanor were living in Altaville.

Almost forty years later, in 1890, the Klamath Packing & Trading Co. opened a cannery, merging two canneries that operated along the Klamath River. Schooners brought salt, tins and other equipment and exported fish.

Daily catches could total up to 10,000 fish at the canneries, with 1912 marking the record catch at 17,000. In 1908, the company shipped out 6,500 cases of salmon.

But some businesses and fishermen took too much and in 1934, commercial salmon fishing was declared illegal on the Klamath and Smith rivers.


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