Remember When for the week of 11/08/16

125 years ago

The new Masonic Temple neared its exterior completion. The structure was at its full height and ornamental iron gates were just being put into place to give grace and beauty to the top of the great structure.

70 years ago

With his airplane demolished when he made a crash landing Saturday night, a Klamath Falls flyer walked away from the wreckage near Susanville.

W.B. Witcomb, manager of Klamath Falls’ airport, was en route to Oregon city from Visalia when he ran out of gas over Susanville. He attempted to land his plane, hitting a telephone pole near Richmond Road on the edge of town causing the plane to roll end over end in a rocky field.

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Witcomb escaped injury and spent the night at the Hotel Mt. Lassen.

30 years ago

Lacie, the 2-year-old daughter of Jack and Donna Beterbide, of Susanville, returned home after an 11-hour liver transplant operation in August at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn. Local residents rallied to support her and collected $150,000 to help with the costly surgery.

20 years ago

Teachers picketed at Lassen High School on Thursday, Oct. 30 protested their continuing lack of a contract. The school administration has filed an unfair labor action against the teachers’ union.

15 years ago

Unable to find a supply of wood chips to power its massive steam turbine, Wendel’s Honey Lake Power Plant closed last Friday for the winter.

For a dozen years, the 35-megawatt biomass plant has produced enough electricity to power all of Lassen County if needed.

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The company plans to keep all 20 of its employees on the payroll during their down time to clean and repaint the plant for the next spring.

10 years ago

The latest protest against the massive Granite Fox coal-fired power plant project comes from a Susanville family whose members claim the plant proposed near Gerlach, Nev. would be located on their ancestral lands.

The Bureau of Land Management, which won’t release the draft environmental report for the proposed 1,450-megawatt power plant before early 2006, apparently recognizes the Northrup family claim.

“The BLM has done an oral history,” said Mace DeLorne, a member of the Northrup family, “and they’ve also taken us out there to look at the cultural site.”

Concerned about mercury, air quality and potential surface and below ground pollutants on lands his family still uses for hunting and gathering medicines, DeLorne said, “This could be an environmental disaster.”

Last year

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Known for elaborate costumes and Halloween fun, a Janesville resident gave a personalized racing coffin to four of her grandchildren.

Tamara Chandler, who in the past has graced Historic Uptown Susanville Association’s Safe and Sane Halloween with detailed and fun costumes, switched things up a bit this year and designed and decorated four themed coffins for her grandchildren with her husband, Dewaine, for the second annual Coffin Race.

The four coffins, under the name Chandler’s Ghoultime Krewe, were each designed with the aid of her grandchildren.

Allie Chandler’s coffin was Steampunk Zombie, James Petterson’s coffin was Count Fonzarelli, Caleb Sweet’s coffin was Grateful Dead in Egypt and Avaleigh Garner’s coffin was Buried at Sea.