Remember When 5-6-14

115 years ago

Travelers crossing the Sierras brought word to Susanville of “large droves” of cattle being driven across the mountains from Butte and Tehama counties. The cattle were expected to spend the summer in the open northern ranges.

“It seems as if some little danger might be expected to result in the stock interests in Lassen County,” editorialized the Advocate.

 But the writer concluded that the impact would probably be much less than the “annual influx of sheep.” In the end, the paper called for the establishment of a general stock license for grazers, which was called “the only just and proper system.”

60 years ago

Mother nature treated Lassen County to a spectacular light show, setting off 13 forest fires spurned by lightning, 11 of which were in the Lassen National Forest. Luckily, they were only spot fires, burning only fractions of acres.

Forestry officials said heavy rain helped keep fires down.

40 years ago

For the first time in 23 years, the average property tax rate in California dropped from the year before.

The rate dropped from $11.46 per $100 assessed to $11.15.

A homeowner would pay $362 in property taxes after taking the homeowners exemption. In Lassen County, the average tax rate was $9.31, an increase of 34 cents over the previous year’s average. Statewide, the net taxable assessed value of properties was $59.6 billion, which by law is 65 percent of the full market values of the properties.

25 years ago

California Governor George Deukmajian honored five Lassen County correctional officers, four of them for heroism, at a ceremony held in Sacramento.

Awarded bronze stars for heroism were Lt. D.M. ‘Mack” Roberts, Lt. Rick Smith and officer Tom Williams. Lt. Larry Olesen was named California Department of Corrections Supervisors of the year.

20 years ago

Area residents reacted with outrage after vandals cut down the Shoe Tree, a Lassen County landmark for decades.

The fallen monument, located near Ravendale, attracted attention from locals and tourists alike as people hung their discarded shoes from its limbs. “Each shoe has its own story,” said one resident. “I’ve heard that hobos will find a good pair of shoes that fit them and then throw their old, worn out pair back on the tree.”

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Department reported it had no leads on the tree cutters.

15 years ago

The discovery of a body in a Susanville home launched a suspicious death investigation by the Susanville Police Department.

Officer Kevin Jones could not release many details or a name in the case because the investigation was ongoing.

10 years ago

A spear-hunting incident turned ugly sending one man to the Washoe County Medical Center in critical condition.

On May 16, an unidentified woman said a young man was stabbed when a spear went through a door located between Margie’s Book Nook and the Pioneer Hotel in Uptown Susanville.

Susanville police officers found 20-year-old Sidale Ridgebear, of Susanville, lying on the sidewalk in front of the building suffering from a laceration to the upper arm area.

Further investigation revealed he was stabbed with a “spear-type instrument.”

Officers later apprehended a suspect in the stabbing.

Last year

Lassen High School music department students paid tribute to the Great Britain rock band, The Beatles, at the annual Dessert Night fundraiser.

Before the local students performed each song, some history was provided about the songs. Pie was served to the audience at intermission. 

Remember When for the wee of 5/9/2014

Keri Taborski
Feather Publishing Historian

75 YEARS AGO.....1939

Mother’s Day advertising: Lynn’s Beauty Shop featuring machine permanents $3.75, machineless permanents $5.00.

Lovely linen handkerchiefs, 5 cents each, silk hose $1.00 a pair: available at Ayoobs.

Remember When for April 29, 2014

115 years ago

When Susanville residents cracked open their local paper, they discovered the headline “Nature hates a bachelor.” According to a study by “a celebrated Berlin physician,” a man who wanted to preserve his strength and health and live a long life ought to marry.

The doctor compared the death rate for single and married men between the ages of 30 and 45 and found it 27 percent for single men and 18 percent for married men.

At age 60, there were 22 bachelors compared to 48 married men. At age 70, there were only three bachelors compared to nine married men.

Remember When for April 22, 2014

115 years ago

The patriotic instincts of the people of Susanville bubbled over as word of the defeat of the Spanish in the Philippines reached town.

The spontaneous exhibition of patriotism included a procession through the streets and a performance of the National Anthem and other patriotic music by members of the Mountain Echo Band.

Reports from Manila said Spanish losses involved 400 dead, 100 wounded, the sinking of three major vessels and the capture of the remaining Spanish fleet.

Remember When for April 15, 2014

95 years ago

The Red River Lumber Company diary barn burned to the ground at Mountain Meadows. A burning lantern, located in one of the barn’s rooms, ignited the contents of a gasoline tank and caused the blaze.

45 years ago

The Lassen College boxing team was preparing for the Third annual Lassen Junior College Boxing Show to be held at the Pacific Street Gym. Bob Gebasci coached the highly popular team.

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