Remember When for the week of 3/12/19

130 years ago
It was easy to tell the winner of a “heated discussion” on Main Street.
Old Bob downed his opponent and was ready to finish him off with his heavy cane when a group of onlookers intervened.

100 years ago
A Susanville resident returned from Reno after successfully negotiating for a Cleveland car.
The resident made the trip back in the new Cleveland six and was more than satisfied with the car. The Cleveland was a product of the Chandler Company and was being designed by the same engineers who designed the Chandler car.

80 years ago
High-caliber baseball for Susanville and neighboring cities was assured at a meeting in Reno where the Sierra-Nevada Baseball League was formed.
Ty Cobb, a sports writer for the Nevada State Journal, was elected president of the league, comprised of teams from Susanville, Reno, Fallon, Lovelock and Verdi. Westwood, Portola or Quincy led the way for selection as the sixth team.

40 years ago
Ballots for the Susanville City Council election had to be reprinted after an error was noticed on the original ballot. Another candidate brought the error, which listed a candidate as an incumbent, to the attention of the city.

30 years ago
Lassen College lost its share of a trust fund for its cogenerator plant, a $570,000 grant held since 1983. The money was returned to the state’s general fund.
The plant began operation in October 1984. In May 1985, the plant experienced a turbine failure, which closed the plant.
While closed, the plant did not generate sufficient funds, and the college defaulted on its debt payments. That forced the college to file for bankruptcy in 1996.

25 years ago
A Ravendale man accused of the first-degree murder of Lassen County Deputy Larry D. Griffith could face the death penalty.
Dennis Newton Ervine did not enter a plea to the complaint filed by then District Attorney Ridgely Lazard because Ervine’s court-appointed attorney had not received a copy of the complaint.

20 years ago
With the proposed Herlong federal prison environmental impact statement hot off the press on Election Day, concerned readers of the document were quick to point out water-issue controversies the project was already raising.
Board of Supervisors Chairman Lloyd Keefer, upon receiving a copy of the EIS, turned to the “utilities portion” of the document to see how the Bureau of Prisons analyzed its water sources.

Last year
For the first time since 1988, the Lassen High School varsity boys’ basketball team not only hosted a California Interscholastic State Boys’ Basketball Championships round, but the Grizzly boys also emerged victorious.
The last state playoff win was earned 20 years ago when the Grizzlies beat Center High School from Sacramento. The game was a triple-overtime success that caused the purple and gold fans to go wild.

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