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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – June 29th, 1925

Virginia street in Reno around 1930 from a photo postcard.

Virginia street in Reno around 1930 from a photo postcard.

Thief Steals Clothes, Gold Star and Watch While Sheriff Sleeps
June 29th, 1925

While Sheriff G. W. Carter of Lassen county slept in a hotel in Reno a week ago, thieves broke open the door of his room and robbed him of his gold star, a suit of clothes, a gold pencil, his patch and several dollars in cash, it was learned yesterday.

As a courtesy to a brother officer, Reno police authorities who knew of the robbery of the sheriff, kept the episode secret.

Sheriff Carter’s companion Jack O’Brien, a Lassen county motion picture man, also was robbed of his personal effects and clothing on the fateful night.

News of the Susanville sheriff’s predicament came to light when authorities sought to trace of Carter’s possessions through the sheriff’s office in Sacramento.

Sheriff Carter had come to Reno to take back to Susanville two prisoners who had been arrested, when the robbery of his room occurred.


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 – June 28th, 1938

The collapsed remains of the boy scout camp at Butte Meadows in the late 1930's

The collapsed remains of the boy scout camp at Butte Meadows in the late 1930’s

New Campsite is Opened at Silver Lake
Construction Now Contemplated for Scouts
June 28th, 1938

Construction of a new Boy Scout campsite at Silver Lake, near Susanville, is being contemplated by the Nevada Area Council, J. E. Horgan camp committee chairman, announced Tuesday.

An extensive building was outlined at a recent meeting of the council at the present Scout camp at Lake Almanor by Lester D. Summerfield, council president, who said that the program, when completed will provide local scouts with one of the finest camps in the west.

Damaged by Snow

The old camp buildings, constructed a number of years ago, were damaged last winter by heavy snows, while snow-blocked roads delayed start of the building program in time for summer camp.

Summerfield asked scout executives at the meeting to present the building program to their troop committees for consideration and to report to the council in the near future.

An unnamed donor, Summerfield disclosed, has offered to match all money raised by local districts for completion of a mess hall, sanitary buildings, a hospital building and camp headquarters. If sufficient funds are pledged to warrant the construction of a mess hall, work will start within the next two weeks.

A dining hall, 25 by 60 feet, with a kitchen, 12 by 16 feet, will be constructed first, with the building to be made of peeled logs in a log cabin fashion sufficiently large to accommodate 175 scouts. Tent platforms will also be erected to house capacity of 20 scouts and leaders.

In addition to the western division camp, Grant Smith Jr. of Elko announced that the eastern division is planning to construct a camp in Lamoille Valley. Funds have been raised and the forest service and railroads have offered their co-operation. A. R. Togerson is in charge of the camping program for that section.


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 – June 27, 1947

Fruit Grower's mill pond from the air in an early 1940's Eastman Studios photo.

Fruit Grower’s mill pond from the air in an early 1940’s Eastman Studios photo.

Water Shortage Declared Serious
June 27th, 1947

Rapid drop in the level of the mill pond at the Fruit Growers Supply Co plant here this week was called serious by Resident Manager C. H. Vincent.

The pond level has lowered about a foot in a week because of failure of the Susan river as a water source Mr. Vincent commented that the dry year has made the water so low as to fail to supply the pond for the first time in his memory.

In hopes of relieving the situation a new large well is being completed at the lower end of the Fruit Growers Supply Company lumber yard. But the bottleneck for its use has been a delay of five weeks so far in delivery of a new pump from Pomona for the well.

This new well is expected to substitute for another large, deep well which was made useless last February when its pump struck deep in its casing. Drillers from Klamath Falls, Oregon, who have just completed the new well beside the old plugged one, Tuesday began trying to retrieve the pump stuck in the old well. However, on Wednesday, they had been unsuccessful.

The new well has been drilled beside the old one. A 500-foot well, it will produce 1,200 gallons a minute. The first 160 feet have been fitted with 16-inch pipe and the last 340 feet with 12-inch pipe. Cement was poured around the casing this week.

The water shortage is so critical that watering lawns and gardens in the F.G.S area has been prohibited except evenings and weekends. The pond at the Lassen Lumber and Box Co. has prior water rights over the F.G.S Co. pond.


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 – June 26th, 1932

A 1931 model Pitcairn auto-gyro from thisdayinaviation.com

A 1931 model Pitcairn auto-gyro from thisdayinaviation.com

California Candidate Downed at Susanville as Autogyro Breaks
June 26th, 1932

Tallant Tubbs, candidate for the republican senatorial nomination, said tonight he was safe and planning to continue his tour of the northern counties in an autogyro, despite an accident to the plane today. “We were six miles out of Susanville, at an altitude of 6000 feet, starting to climb the Sierras, bound for Downieville, when one of the two strut wires supporting the left wing crystalized and broke,” Tubbs said.

“Due to the fact we were in an autogyro instead of an airplane, we were able to return to Susanville and land. We will continue our tour of northern counties Saturday morning after the wire has been repaired.” he declared.

The airship’s pilot Hugo Bauhaus, from the Bauhaus family of aeronauts, said that although there were some tense moments after the struts failed he at no point felt as though he and his passenger were in danger of crashing to the forest below.


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 – June 23rd, 1930

Red River Lumber's fire train and crew in 1936

Red River Lumber’s fire train and crew in 1936

Susanville Fire Darkens Town; Loss Reaches $100,000
June 23rd, 1930

A survey of the district which was the scene of one of the most disastrous fires known here for many years, indicated today that the loss would reach at least $100,000 and part of this is covered by insurance.

The fire plunged Susanville into darkness last night and it was stated today that it may be a week before sub-station and pole lines are repaired sufficiently to provide this city with light and power.

The blaze, which started in the rear of the Borghi grocery store on the Richmond road opposite the Southern Pacific depot at noon, spread rapidly and destroyed the Red River Lumber Company’s lumber yards, apartments and office, coal and lime that was stored, the restaurant of Morgan & Malone, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Straup and many small buildings. The sub-station of the Lassen Electric company was destroyed and many of the company’s poles.

The Hansen Ice Company’s properties were threatened for a time, and it was only the Southern Pacific firefighting engine that ran along the track and turned steam full force on the buildings and coal that saved that plant.

Along with the help of fire fighting forces, the Lassen Lumber & Box Company sent their fire apparatus to the scene, while the Southern Pacific engine fought along the tracks.

The buildings were located out of the fighting had to be done with garden hose and chemicals. The heat from the coal and burning lumber was so intense it was impossible to save that part of the district. Windows of buildings across the street were cracked and people in the neighborhood moved their furniture and household goods from their homes, because the fire seemed so threatening.

Hundreds of people lined the hills and watched the devastation. The coal and lumber and lime will burn for days.

Theodore Walker, resident manager of the Red River Limber Company of Westwood, after having been informed by telephone of the fire, drove from Westwood to Susanville, a distance of twenty miles in nineteen minutes, but by the time he arrived their property was burned.

A few months ago P.A. Quigley of Lovelock, NV, contracted to buy the Red River lumber yards here. About two weeks ago he died very suddenly with a heart attack. Mrs. Quigley has just returned from having buried her husband at Fresno and was attempting to take up the broken threads of life and carry on the business, but was powerless to do anything but stand and see the property burn.

Many beautiful trees were burned. Some of them were forty years old and the beauty of that section of Susanville is ruined. As the strangers step from the Southern Pacific train charred and black ruins will greet their view.


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.

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