120 years ago
According to newspaper reports, everyone who was enjoying the great outdoors 120 years ago in Susanville. Sleighing was the most popular sport, and the paper reported everyone and his best girl was out in the warm brilliant sun.
87 years ago
Lassen County residents struggled to remove the nearly 10 feet of snow that fell during a three-week period in Jan. The lack of manpower hampered the distribution of food, medical supplies and warm clothing to senior citizens.
Although the newspaper could not confirm any deaths, reporters announced that there were rumors that more than 10 people had starved or froze to death in the northern part of Lassen County.
87 years ago
For the first time, women had the opportunity to serve on a trial jury. Throughout the country, critics were discouraged with the experiment, since many of them claimed exemptions in the past.
They said most of the women do not have the knowledge, thus lacking the credibility needed to make an informed decision. Only a few Lassen County women have had the chance to serve on a jury.
140 years ago
There’s gold in them thar hills! On Dec. 31, 1869, a group of prospectors from Yreka discovered gold in what would later be called Hayden Hill.
They were searching for the fabled Lost Cabin Mine, which they never found.
But a member of the party cleaned a spring and found a golden, glittering substance too prevalent to be gold which he thought was mica. Turns out, when the mineral was assayed, it really was gold.
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