Remember When for July 8, 2014

115 years ago

Sounding like a spokesperson for modern-day Republicans, railroad magnate Eramus Gest complained to the California State Board of Equalization that taxes should be levied on income “so millionaires would be willing to spend their money on improvements.” Gest, the executor of the estate of Charles Moran, took over the operation of the Nevada, California and Oregon railroad when Moran, the railroad’s founder, died in 1897.

The small, private railroad had laid tracks from Reno, Nevada, to Amendee in Lassen County. Complaining about the railroad’s $330.89 tax bill, Gest said, “I don’t think a railroad has not earned as much as a postage stamp in 10 years should be assessed for anything.”

Although Gest said the railroad planned to expand its rails past Susanville to Alturas and eventually to the Columbia River, Gest said his company earned only $6,691.51 last year and from that small profit he had to pay interest on a $1.4 million investment.

Remember When for July 1, 2014

115 years ago

The people of Clairville, located at the terminus of the Sierra Valley Railroad in Plumas County, felt “hell was about to begin popping” in the aftermath of an emotional rape trial. It seemed a “culled gentleman” was charged with rape and though the charges were later dismissed for lack of evidence, gunfire erupted in the tiny community.

Prior to the trial, the defendant, L.F. White, had warned a man named Spratt not to meddle with the case. Spratt did not heed the warning and after the trial whipped out a pistol and shot the defendant several times.

Later that evening, White who was apparently not seriously injured, reportedly took a shot at Roberts, shattering a bar window.

“Excitement is now intense,” claimed frontier newspaper. “The town is nearly evenly divided and there may be some men dead by the morning.”

Remember When for June 17, 2014

115 years ago

Susanville women were advised to pay their own carfare when others would pay theirs under similar circumstances. Women should always pay their own way when visiting. When meeting friends or business associates, they should not offer to pay her fare or allow her to pay yours. And don’t argue about it! A businesswoman never lets a businessman pay for her fare.

The social man or woman has met by chance and must be dealt with tactfully. A woman should offer to pay her own way boldly and briskly, but if the man argues the question, as a matter of self-preservation, by all means, let him squander the nickel!

Remember When for June 10, 2014

115 years ago

Mother Nature provided a surprising sure-fire cure for rheumatism, according to a story published in the Alturas Plaindealer.

Jack Thomas discovered the remedy by accident but it’s one which probably would not be too popular with those affected by the crippling disease. It seemed he was sitting near the stovepipe in his home when it was struck by lightning.

Thomas was knocked senseless, and his wife was considerably dazed. When he awoke, to his surprise, he was completely cured of his chronic malady. Thomas said his remedy is not patented and anyone could use it free of charge. He added, however, he does not want to take another dose of the cure.

Remember When for June 3, 2014

115 years ago

Wagon teams from Susanville, Reno and Carson City gathered for the annual relay races, and the competition really heated up. A team from Reno won the quarter mile race in just over 30 seconds and another Reno team also won the half-mile race with a time of 1:13.

In the mile race, a Reno crew grabbed first place in 2:37, with a Susanville team coming in second. In the finale, a five-stage 25-mile race, Reno beat Susanville by more than a mile, but the Carson City ream crossed the finish line covered in ashes as the Reno crew set fire to the course as the Susanville team passed in the final five-mile stage.

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