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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 27th, 1926

Uptown Susanville around 1930

Uptown Susanville around 1930

Father’s Meeting Held by Susanville People
February 27th, 1926

A special fathers meeting was held by the Susanville Parent-Teachers association in the Lincoln school building on Thursday evening W. W. Sharp acted as chairman of the meeting.

Judge H. D. Burroughs gave a talk on the parent-teachers work.

William C O’Donnell explained the parent-teacher’s part in putting over a successful Chamber of Commerce program to cover a period of years.

Rev. Elijah Hull Longbrake discussed the assistance the parents may give children by example.

Chairman Sharp read six letters written at the request of the school principal in the boys’ and girls’ own language stating what they thought of their fathers. These letters were especially interesting.

Following two musical numbers the program was adjourned and more than 50 persons took part in the general feast of sandwiches, coffee and cake.


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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 24th, 1947

The Paul Bunyan Mill in 1950 From the Eastman Archive at UC Davis

The Paul Bunyan Mill in 1950
From the Eastman Archive at UC Davis

New Lumber Mill Will Open Soon
February 24th, 1947

The new mill at the Paul Bunyan Lumber Co., purchased by the Walker interests in Louisiana to replace the mill burned last May, is scheduled to begin operations soon, according to Manager R. L. Kemp. The plant will employ about 30 men and the whole operation, including logging about 120.

Capacity of the mill is estimated at about 65,000 feet of lumber per day. It is an eight-foot band mill, compared to the former six-foot diameter band.

A modern all electric mill, it is housed in a well ventilated building, windowless and lighted with fluorescent lights. It features an electric operated log slip, instead of the well. Capacity of the deck is about five million feet of timber.

An automatic draw saw cuts the logs into 16-foot lengths on the deck after they have been hosted on bull chains. Logs are moved on a “live deck” by chains instead of the former gravity rolled arrangement to the carriage. More modern trimmer saws are lowered by compressed air.

The filing room is on the main sawing floor. An automatic sprinkler system is to be installed for fire safety. The mill is heated with six large blower-type units. Sufficient logs are said to be on hand to operate until the woods open in April.
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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 23rd, 1954

Postcard view of Susanville in the early 1960's

Postcard view of Susanville in the early 1960’s

Retail Merchants Plan Expansion
February 23rd, 1954

Rue Dastrup, president of the newly formed Retail Merchants Association of Susanville, appointed J. E. McKahan chairman of a committee to elect directors and Herbert Hersey chairman of a membership committee, at the first full-fledged organizational meeting of the association at the Hotel Mt. Lassen.

Bob Yanger, Charles Courvoisier and Mrs. Myrtle Munley were appointed members of the director selection committee and Gabriel Laxalt, Yanger and Courvisier were appointed members of the membership committee.

Ethel Anderson was elected vice president by a vote of association members, and Mrs. Pearle Lewis, secretary-treasurer. A formal resolution was adopted setting membership dues at $1 per year, and 20 charter members were formally included in the association.

A resolution was also adopted setting the aims of the association to promote better business in Susanville, and to promote better relations between merchants and the public.


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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 22nd, 1943

Willard's Hill in the late 1930's from an Eastman Studios postcard

Willard’s Hill in the late 1930’s from an Eastman Studios postcard

Rangers Conduct Unofficial Survey
February 22nd, 1952

Susan River District Ranger Charles Arment and Assistant ranger Arn Snyder of the U. S. Forest Service made unofficial snow measurements in the Willard Creek-Fredonyer areas Wednesday. They found that the average snow snow depth for the area was 40.3 inches with a water content of 15 inches.

“The ground was not frozen under the snow and it was obvious that a great proportion of the present snow melt is percolating into the ground where the beneficial results will be felt this summer,” Arment commented.

Continued cool evenings will help to keep the snow melting at the point where heavy runoff will not occur, he predicted.

The rangers found the snow crust sufficient to support their weight without the use of snowshoes or skies.


We are always looking for new pictures to preserve and share in our historical photo collection and we would love to see yours.Your picture will be added to our digital archive for future use and we will make sure you receive credit whenever possible. Email your contribution along with your name and a short description of what you’ve sent to webxtra@susanvillestuff.com. A digital copy of every submission will also be donated to the Lassen Historical Society for preservation in their files.

Wheels West Day in Susanville History – February 21st, 1954

polio1954Polio Drive Ends In Lassen County
February 21st, 1954

Lassen county residents donated more than $10,000 in the March of Dimes drive, which concluded last night with the big Mothers March. Mrs. Frank Murillo, county chairman, announced.

With contributions still pouring in, the total may easily top the $10,000 mark for Susanville alone.

Mrs. Murillo listed funds raised through the several programs of the March as; $240.15 from the basketball game; $367.41 from the Cindercone dance and super; $2,136.73 from the Mothers March in Susanville and the valley; $783.25 from the Mothers March in Westwood; $4,445.10 from the 20-30 Club radio auction and approximately $2,200 in donations from individuals, schools, clubs and organizations.

Still to be collected and counted are the donations placed in March of Dimes canisters all over the county, and March of Dimes cards coming in through the mail, and the contributions from Bieber and Herlong.

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