Remember When for the week of 3/10/20

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 selected as 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. The error, which listed a candidate as an incumbent, was brought to the attention of the city by another candidate.


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 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

Judge Todd Eid summed it up perfectly when he said, “All three of you are winners,” at the Rotary Clubs’ Speech Contest at the Lassen Union High School District Office.

The top two finishers in the contest, sponsored by the Susanville Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club — Elizabeth Nielson (first place) and Bailey Nuckols (second place) — will advance to the area contest held Wednesday, March 27 that also will feature the winner of the Chester Rotary Club’s contest.