135 years ago
Eagle Lake, Messrs. Dow, Spalding and Harrison of Johnstonville have been navigating the waters of Eagle Lake somewhat this week. They boated a lot of lumber from its east to its west shore, but the winds drove them on two successive days upon Pelican Island where they were obliged each time to lay to until evening when the breezes abated.
Their presence upon this island caused the death of many hundreds of young pelicans, which being just hatched and died for want of a mother’s care.
These young bipeds can, however, be well spared for they are a terribly destructive animal to the fish of these waters.
55 years ago
Five forests and other fires were extinguished by state Forestry Division equipment between last Thursday and Monday, William Mann, state forest ranger, Susanville, announced.
The fire truck located at McArthur fought a blaze Saturday at about 5 p.m. which partially destroyed the residents of Harry St. John there, doing about $3,000 in damages.
A burning gasoline tank on the A.R. McLean ranch near Johnstonville was put out June 10 about 12:50 p.m. after a reported loss of $75.
About $100 damage was done, according to Mann, Sunday about 3 p.m. in a barn fire on the Howard Grant ranch near Litchfield.
He reported two small forest fires last Friday. One was extinguished by two Susanville State Forestry crews near Devil’s Corral and Deer Haven Lodge on Highway 36, after burning less than one-tenth of an acre.
The other, apparently started by a lighted cigarette thrown from a car, was put out about noon three miles west of Susanville, also along Highway 36.
15 years ago
By this time next year, construction should begin on a new hospital and medical office building at Highway 139 and Skyline Drive.
The new facility is expected to help attract the seven more doctors needed to serve Lassen County’s 24,000 population, not including residents of prisons and group homes.
Five years ago
By October, Sierra Army Depot must ship out all its ammo, Commander Colonel Paul Plemmons said last week.
SIAD is now known as the Sierra Joint Expeditionary Logistics Center, Plemmons told the Susanville Rotary Club on Wednesday, June 1.
He said the army really doesn’t know what an expeditionary logistics center is and staff at Sierra is working on a concept paper to define the term. The depot will become the place to store, refurbish and return military equipment to service.
The Susanville City Council unanimously voted to rename Hospital Lane to Korver Lane, in honor of one of the community’s most celebrated physicians.
The council made the decision at its June 2 meeting, after city attorney Peter Talia talked briefly about some of the accomplishments of Kenneth Korver, a Susanville doctor who has practiced medicine in Lassen County for 53 years.
“Dr. Korver’s offices have been located at the corner of Hospital Lane and West Street for what we estimate has been more than 40 years,” Talia said. “He’s our Lassen County Public Health Officer, and he has served the city of Susanville well. The community hospital was closed in 2003, and it was suggested by (councilmember) Lino Callegari that the street should be changed to Korver Lane, in recognition of his many contributions to the community.”
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