Claude Withers was accidentally killed at his ranch near Janesville. A stray bullet from his son’s shotgun, while he was shooting a target, struck Withers in the chest. It took nearly five hours for his son to get him to a doctor and by that time, Withers had died from severe blood loss.
A relic of the Sagebrush Wars was found on a resident’s property near Main Street.
The article was a piece of a cannon used in the battle.
It was believed it belonged to the men of Plumas County who came through the Susan River Valley to try and persuade the Honey Lakers they were within the jurisdiction of California.
Vagrants, looking for gold, were coming down from the mountains around Susanville and were stealing and sleeping in the streets. Many were arrested and sentenced by Justice Branham. The customary fine was $30 or time in jail. Most opted for jail time.
Summer sizzled to above 100 degrees for more than a week. Many Susanville residents suffered from heat exhaustion and had to seek medical help.
Even farmers had to shade their cattle to keep them from dying of dehydration.
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