Remember When for July 29, 2014

91 years ago

A forest fire burned more than 500 acres near the Pit River, located around Nubieber, and threatened several ranchers. Most of the fire was allowed to naturally burn because of the lack of firefighting personnel in northern Lassen County.

Remember When for July 22, 2014

25 years ago

Lassen County’s oldest cultural event, The Bear Dance, was held for the first time at its new location on Willard Hill. Five teepees were erected and about 200 people participated in the ceremony. The dance had been held for many years at Gladys Mankins’ Ranch near Janesville, but the property was sold after her death and the new site was found on United States Forest Service land west of Susanville.

Remember When for July 15, 2014

115 years ago

Women of Susanville were reminded the art of preparing cool, delicious iced beverages was one in which a young woman would be proud to excel in. Several recipes, including lemonade and orangeade, were printed in the newspaper for the ladies interested in trying their hand at whipping up the turn-of-the-century refreshments.

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.”

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