Remember When for Sept. 9, 2014

115 years ago

On Labor Day, readers found the following editorial on their doorsteps.

“This year, Labor Day should be celebrated with more than usual merriment and gratification. It has been a prosperous year for America.

“The working men of all trades and nearly all sections of the union have been rewarded with more abundant earnings than for many a year past, and moreover, all prospects of the future are bright and promising.

“The establishment of an annual holiday for the purpose of providing a special festival for working men and for the thoughtful consideration of the dignity of labor and the rightful honor due to those who engage in it, is itself evidence of the growing power and influence of working men in the social structure of civilization.

“The celebrations of the people are not to be confined to the commemoration of military virtues and victory only, but are hereafter to be accorded to mark also the public esteem for the strong sons of toil who build up a nation and establish its independence and its prosperity upon a firmer foundation than can be laid by any way, however triumphant and glorious.”

Remember When for Sept. 2, 2014

115 years ago

Many local boys carried slingshots and the windows of the schoolhouse, the Catholic Church and other exposed and unattended buildings furnished ample confirmation.

The boys had been waging war upon the birds as well as inanimate objects, offering a mark for their destructive skill. Parents were cautioned they might have to meet the heavy penalty provided for the malicious destruction of public property.

“The slingshots are a nuisance,” wrote the editor. “Parental authority should interest itself to have them abolished.”

Remember When for Aug. 26, 2014

65 years ago

A record-breaking total of 1,115 head of livestock were on exhibit at the fairgrounds for the opening of the Lassen County Livestock Show.

Possible cash premiums totaled $54,900. Exhibitors from as far away as Bozeman, Montana, brought their prize stock to Susanville. The year prior, 213 exhibitors showed 991 heads of stock.

Susanville was “gaily bedecked with banners, and even a light coat of gravel on Main Street from the final step in resurfacing lends to the western atmosphere.”

The hotels were so full, residents were filling their extra rooms with visitors.

Remember When for Aug. 19, 2014

115 years ago

Susanville residents got some advice about vacations because the medical men of the day asserted vacation season was actually the most dangerous time of the year.

Americans, they said, rush from one extreme to the other as “for two or three months the struggle for pleasure is as intense as the struggle for life during the rest of the year.”

The secret to a good vacation? Take a vacation from yourself — that is, “have a change of natural surroundings and of intellectual life.

“A week of complete newness will be the beginning of doing a body more good than all the medicines in the world.”

Remember When for Aug. 12, 2014

115 years ago

An incredulous Nebraska jury handed down a remarkable verdict in a criminal trial. After a brief deliberation the jurors said “We the jury in the above named case do not believe one word that the witnesses have sworn to.

“Neither do we believe that any of the attorneys spoke the truth, nor that either of them could do so even if they should care to take the trouble to try.”

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