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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – April 28th, 1944

Uptown Susanville in the 1940's from the Lassen Historical Society

Uptown Susanville in the 1940’s from the Lassen Historical Society

Flood of Oil Covers Street
Tank Truck Wrecked in Susanville
April 28, 1944

A flood of 5,000 gallons of stove oil poured down the full length of Susanville’s main street when a tank truck was wrecked late yesterday.

Miss Cecil Ray Thomas, a passerby, was stunned momentarily by flying debris as the big machine plunged over a curb, careened off a tree and came to rest against a corner of the residence of Neal Griffin. Griffin’s car was sideswiped by the tanker.

It was said the brakes on the big tanker failed as the driver, unidentified, came here from Westwood.

Susanville’s fire department stood by until the river of stove oil was dissipated.


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 – April 27th, 1943

An aerial view of Lassen High School in the early 1940's

An aerial view of Lassen High School in the early 1940’s

Faculty Member Enters Service
April 27, 1943

Albert T. Petersen, instructor of bacteriology, anatomy and physiology at Lassen Union high school, will leave April 15 for the army medical center at Washington D.C. to do research in his capacity as first lieutenant in the army.

Petersen is the eight faculty member of Lassen high to be called into the service of his country. Others serving in the armed forces are:

Ralph Hillsman, former coach, ensign in the United States navy; Walter W. Metcalf, formerly of the junior college business department, also an ensign in the United States navy; Richard Hagadorn, former, art instructor, private in the army; David White, former language instructor, private in the army; H. N. McCollom, former principal of the Lassen Union high school and junior college, first lieutenant in the army air corps; J. D. Blacow, former head of the high school business department, first lieutenant in the army air corps; P. C. Llewellyn, former chemistry teacher, lieutenant (j.g.) United States navy.

Six of the eight faculty members now in the armed forces have obtained commissions.


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 – April 26th, 1942

Hunting along the Susan River just west of Susanville

Hunting along the Susan River just west of Susanville

High Waters in Lassen Streams
April 26, 1942

It is feared Lassen county fishermen will be disappointed on the opening days of trout season, according to information gathered here this week, owing to high waters with predicted slow runoff of the snow pack.

Susan River, which annually draws a large number of fishermen, is still high and fast, besides being middy and consequently even bait fishing will be difficult.

According to word released by the U. S. forest service, similar conditions exist in Lassen and Plumas national forests. Trout fishing in the streams of the Plumas national forest will not be at its best until mid-May, according to Ranger H. A. Kloppenburg. There are lots of fish, however, Ranger Kloppenburg declared, and experienced fishermen who know the ropes will get their usual opening day limits.

Fishing in Lassen volcanic national park will open on May 1 in the following waters: Manzanita Lake, Reflection Lake, Hat Lake Creek, Summit Lake and Echo Lake.


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 – April 24th, 1937

A snapshot view of Lassen High School in 1941

A snapshot view of Lassen High School in 1941

Lassen Board Votes Against Funderburgh
April 24, 1937

The Lassen County Union high school board today voted not to renew the contract of Principal I. V. Funderburgh, central figure in a recent sensational trial which ended in exoneration of Funderburgh on charges of immoral and unprofessional conduct.

Decision to terminated Funderburgh’s term at the local school was one of several moves which apparently were designed to remove from office all who figured in the trial.

George Odette, school janitor and one of the chief witnesses against the principal in the trial, was discharged by the board, as was Mrs. Minnie Roseberry, also a witness against Funderburgh and who preferred the immoral and unprofessional conduct charges.

Five teachers, R. M. Fulton, M. R. Buckles, M. R. Arnold, Mary B. Hardy and E. A. Hansen, were asked to either resign or have charges filed against them with state board of education.

Attorneys Hardin Barry and Grover Julian requested the proposed educational board hearing be held in Susanville, after failing in appeals to have the charges dismissed.

The five teachers could not be removed by direct vote of the local board because all are “tenure” teachers, having credentials for a permanent position under the state 10-year service act.

The state board will have its choice of three decisions. First, to suspend their licenses for a definite period. Second, to revoke the license of teachers found “unprofessional.” Third, to find them not guilty of the charges and recommend they be retained.

Decision to end Funderburgh’s contract brought a sharp division among board members, with several motions being made to retain the principal but losing by a single vote. During the discussion, Funderburgh appeared in his own behalf, saying he believed some consideration should be given him because of his efforts to improve the institution during his term of Office.

He also declared that if he were discharged “it would be hard” on his family.

Motions to suspend “Gov” Chittock, also a janitor and the junior college music teacher, Miss Berg, were withdrawn.


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 – April 21st, 1941

The intersection of North and Roop streets in 1941 from an Eastman Studios photo

The intersection of North and Roop streets in 1941 from an Eastman Studios photo

Plans Completed for Street Work
April 21, 1941

Surveys have been completed and bids are to be called for extensive curb and gutter and street paving activity in the city.

Cottage street is to be improved from Pine to Weatherlow, a thoroughfare where there is probably more heavy hauling than on any other street.

Lassen, Roop and Mill Streets are also to be improved. The city has ordered curbs and gutters throughout certain specified areas. The property owners are to pay $1 per running foot for the improvement, the city paying for the curbs and gutters about corners.


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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