116 years ago
After hundreds of wildcats and coyotes were poisoned to secure human existence in Honey Lake Valley, farmers had to constantly battle pesky jackrabbits. Packs were known to destroy single crops in less than a week. The newspaper encouraged young men to help the farmers by hunting jackrabbits instead of playing baseball.
90 years ago
Three men wandered into Susanville looking for work. They inquired at several merchants for a job, but were turned down. That same week, sheriff officials found them sleeping on various residential lawns at night. One man was discovered snuggling with a resident’s dog in an attempt to stay warm in chilly temperatures.
65 years ago
Featuring a streamlined wartime program, Lassen College offered courses in business, pre-nursing and basic classes for post-war foreign service and domestic rehabilitation. In addition, opportunities to study typing, filing and accounting were made available to prepare those willing to serve their country in World War II.
20 years ago
A total of 1,477 rubber ducks competed in the first annual Great Rubber Duck Race fundraiser for the Lassen County Fair, held on the Susan River Aug. 15. A duck sponsored by Dave Eichler, of Standish, took first place and the $1,000 top prize; Arnie Sarvis, of Medford, Ore. captured second for $750; another duck belonging to Connie Dysart, of Standish, came in third, winning $500; and fourth place was given to D. Goad, of Standish, awarding him $250. The Fair Association raised about $4,200 from the event.
Fair Manager Tom Henderson reported the fastest duck swam the quarter mile distance, between Alexander Avenue Bridge and the Little League Field, in 47 minutes.
15 years ago
Historic Uptown Susanville Association President, Geoff Pregill, named Lillian Koppleman as the new director for HUSA.
In her letter to HUSA, Koppleman said, “The goals of the Lassen County Film Commission and HUSA are similar. Renewed Pride in our area and an increase in tourism are some of the results of a successful HUSA and a successful Film Commission.”
11 years ago
Jean Weaver, of Susanville, became an honorary member of an Oregon family last week after she returned a 150-year-old letter she kept safe for seven years. Weaver found the letter in an old frame at a garage sale for which she paid $3. The letter was written to Enos Williams on Aug. 18, 1854 by his grandmother, Dimeus Williams.
Weaver presented the letter to Shirley McCullough, the widow of Williams’ great-great-great grandnephew. The McCulloughs then presented a plaque that read:
“This is to bestow upon Jean Weaver the honorary surname of McCullough in appreciation for her efforts to preserve and return a precious piece of our family history.”
The Rush Fire had burned 205,000 acres and one barn, and officials were hoping for containment of the flames by Aug. 22. The fire started Aug. 12 due to a lightning strike. Nearby residents were urged to pack their vehicles with food, water and fuel in case of an unforeseen shift of the fire.
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