Sept. 17, 2013 — Lassen County’s Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 125th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 with a social hour and a buffet dinner held on the grass area near Roop’s Fort, 75 N. Weatherlow St.
Tickets are still available at the chamber office, and guests are asked to RSVP by Sept. 23 by calling 257-4323 or leaving a message at email@example.com.
For 125 years, the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce has been a strong advocate and partner helping local businesses of every kind not only survive, but to prosper. It’s the kind of commitment to our business community that spans not only its 125 years but generations of the county’s business leaders.
Just imagine how different things were in Lassen County back in 1888 when the Chamber formed — that year Eastman Kodak patents the box camera, the National Geographic Society forms, “Casey at the Bat” is recited publicly for the first time, heavyweight boxers John L. Sullivan and Charlie Mitchell battle to a draw (in 30 rounds), Republicans nominate Benjamin Harrison as a candidate for president (Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland and Fredric Douglass becomes the first African-American presidential candidate), classical music is recorded for the first time, the first organized rodeo competition is held in Prescott, Ariz., inventors unveil the first electric car, Congress creates the Department of Labor, Jack the Ripper terrorizes London, the Washington Monument opens to the public, Belgium hosts the first beauty contest, the French Panama Canal company fails and painter Vincent van Gogh cuts off his left ear, according to historyorb.com.
The Chamber’s contribution was important all those years ago, and the organization remains a vital player in Lassen County.
The Chamber notes a number of historic events on its website including — R. L Kimmel, of Reno, takes over as secretary of the chamber in 1921 (C. C. Emerson is elected president); a brief history of the Pioneer Saloon, opened in 1862, (Lassen Ale Works, the current operator announced a special brew for the 125th anniversary celebration); the dedication of the Devil’s Corral bridge (now abandoned) in 1923; and a possible name change campaign for Susanville in 1910 when “ville” names were thought derogatory. (Janesville allegedly changed its name to Lassen for a short time in 1914.)
The Chamber promotes many of the community’s biggest events throughout the year, as well as its monthly mixers that provide an informal setting for residents and business owners to meet and mingle and get to know one another.
We join with the rest of the community and business leaders in celebrating and honoring the Chamber’s contributions and accomplishments over the past 125 years.
We all owe a big thank you to all who have served on the Chamber for more than a century and those who serve today for a job well done.
Congratulations on your anniversary and best wishes for the next 125 years.
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