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Remember When for Dec. 9, 2014

115 years ago

Merchants in Susanville must have been pleased with the holiday shopping rush as the paper reported “quite a good crowd of people from the valley were in town last Saturday, some of them doing their Christmas shopping.” According to the paper, shoppers came from Buntingville, Janesville, Standish and the Tules.

“The weather of the week has been at peace with the season,” the paper reported. “Monday a continuous rain fell all day, Tuesday and Wednesday were pleasant enough for May, except that Tuesday night gave promise of ice-making weather. Wednesday night, a slight fall of snow and today an unsettled condition generally.”

65 years ago

Accompanied by amateur archeologists, Susanville’s Boy Scout Explorer Outfit 475 set out in search of local Native American lore and they found it. Along the jumbled rock walls of Secret Valley, the scouts came upon several natural caverns surrounded by some ancient and perhaps not-so-ancient paintings, many covered by lichen. While the older drawings were more difficult to decipher the more modern ones were easily discernible, including one that bore a remarkable resemblance to a covered wagon.

Apparently the caves were used extensively in the past because the walls and ceilings were blackened by smoke.

Following their discovery, the scouts visited the Gambling Caves, located on the precipitous slopes of Skedaddle Mountain near Wendel, where an archeologist for the University of California reportedly found many Native American gaming artifacts.

40 years ago

Three representatives from the California State Board of Equalization appeared at a special Lassen County Board of Supervisors meeting held at Jensen Hall to answer questions from about 400 angry property owners — many of whom were paying their property taxes under protest.

Many long-time residents said they would have to sell their properties to subdividers just to beat the taxes. An up order from the state board increased property taxes by 29 percent.

But a representative from the state told the grumbling crowd if there had been a roll back in the tax rate equivalent to the 29 percent up order, taxes would have been about the same the year before.

The representatives blamed the school districts for the tax increase because they apparently did not cut their tax rate.

“Take a good look at the school districts’ tax rates,” said the representative, “and see if they’re legal.”

Land owners also complained they were never informed of the August and September deadlines to appeal the tax increase, which had already passed, locking in the higher rates.

25 years ago

Easter, a 12-year-old black and white cat lost for four months at the Bogard rest stop on Highway 44, 35 miles northwest of Susanville, made it home for Christmas.

A Medford, Oregon, woman stopped at the rest stop this summer and the frisky feline bolted from the car. The woman continued on her trip after several hours of searching for Easter failed to locate the cat.

A caretaker at the rest stop captured the furry escape artist on Thanksgiving day. Easter, with wits as sharp as her claws, had evaded the coyotes, bobcats and other critters for several months.

Lassen National Forest workers finally contacted Easter’s owner (despite the fact she had an unlisted telephone number), but the owner’s plans to drive back to California for a reunion were thwarted by nasty weather.

Finally, Easter boarded an Oregon-bound plane in Reno, arriving back home just in time for Christmas.

15 years ago

Lassen County’s March primary election burst into open flames when the 27-year-old misdemeanor conviction of one of the candidates became public.

The Times learned Susanville attorney Richard Murphy was convicted of five misdemeanor violations of the California Corporations Code in 1972 in a case that involved the stock transactions of a southern California medical malpractice insurance company.

He faced incumbent Ridgley Lazard in the race for Superior Court Judge in March. Lazard did not return the Times’ calls for comment on the story.

Last year

The Lassen Community College Library was hoping to increase its knowledge of the college’s history.

“We have an archive, but it’s not complete,” said library director Marita Dimond.

Staff at the library was looking to compile historical documents associated with the college like yearbooks and other materials. The college was also hoping to write up personal recollections and interviews from people who know some of the college’s history.


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