120 years ago
Mr. Mapes, from the Tule Confederacy, was up from that place last Saturday and from him we learned that the accident involving the Bidwell and Amedee stage last week was caused by the driver taking out the brake blocks.
As is customary when traveling on muddy roads, the driver removed the brake blocks in order to make the wagon run easier on the horses.
When the stage arrived at the top of the hill, the driver failed to replace the brake blocks, so when the stage started down the grade, the team was unable to hold the load, and there was nothing left for them to do but run.
70 years ago
C.W. Morrill, Lassen County coroner and administrator, won the first legal skirmish in Superior Court as he defended himself against five charges of misconduct in office in accusations filed by the 1940 Lassen County Grand Jury. Judge A.K. Wylie, of Alturas, sustained the demurrer and granted a motion to strike from the record the second accusation against Morrill of making avocation for veteran’s exemption when he possessed property worth more than $5,000.
It was argued that this, even if it were true, was a personal business affair and was beyond the scope of the grand jury and had nothing to do with Morrill’s conduct in office or his retaliation to the public.
135 years ago
There was quite an earthquake last Thursday at 11:35 p.m. The shock was heavy, and it lasted more than 20 seconds. The vibrations were from southwest to northeast.
Billy Jennison, the nightwatchman, had an adventurous Thursday night with a mysterious woman who was perambulating the streets in the dead hours of the night, closely wrapped in a shawl. Jennison followed her for some time and finally accosted her, but could get no clues as to who she was or what she meant by her strange behavior. He said she visited Chinatown and the graveyard in her rambles.
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