95 years ago
Susanville residents took part in a countywide search for Frank Schaneman, who was hired as a woodchopper for George Odett.
Although Schaneman was last seen walking along the railroad tracks leading out of Susanville, it was widely believed he left the county after he allegedly lit a fire that destroyed Odett’s farmhouse.
Residents carried on the search for several months, but never found Schaneman.
45 years ago
Bank of America announced the opening of a new branch in Westwood, located between Third and Fourth streets. It was planned to be completed by the following April.
35 years ago
A train carrying an estimated 150 hydrogen warheads is scheduled to travel through Lassen and Plumas counties by March.
The safe-secure train carrying nuclear weapons was to take this alternative route through the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains to avoid widespread opposition along its regular path through western Idaho.
The nuclear cargo was destined for trident submarines to be deployed to Bangor, Washington.
30 years ago
About 100 people packed the chambers of the Lassen County Board of Supervisors to debate the Highway 36 bypass. It was the second of two public hearings held in January.
Supporters argued a bypass would increase safety on Main Street and eliminate excess traffic, while opponents said it would endanger the environment and hurt local businesses.
25 years ago
A talk show on a local radio station had many callers sharing their thoughts about animal control in Lassen County.
Susanville Chief of Police Lee Sanford called in response to others who said they thought the police department should be more attentive to calls about animals wandering in Susanville.
Sanford explained his policies after the show. He said the city did not currently have an animal control officer, but there has been a position for a half-time officer. Sanford asked no one call the police regarding stray dogs unless the animal was being aggressive.
Six years ago
A four-hour citywide search for a local 10-year-old boy ended happily when he was returned unharmed to his family.
According to a press release from the Susanville Police Department, the boy’s mother told officers he went to a friend’s house at 3 p.m. and was supposed to return about 5 p.m. She reported him missing at about 7:30 p.m.
The boy was returned home at about 11 p.m. when the friend’s mother found he was still over at the house playing. The mother claimed she had gone to bed early and was not aware of the search for the boy.
The Lassen County Board of Supervisors quickly shot down an idea to ask voters if they wanted commercial cannabis. The reasoning — it’s too complex of an issue.
During the Jan. 9 meeting, Supervisor Jeff Hemphill posed the question whether the county would benefit from placing the question on an upcoming ballot; however, the board discussed it’s too complex of an issue with many factors.