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Wheels West Day in Susanville History – September 8, 1923

Friday, September 8th, 2017

A Forest Service Information Station on the Lassen National Forest in the early 1920’s

Lightning Stuns Forest Ranger
September 8, 1923

Louis Peterson, a forest ranger attached to the Bogard Ranger station between Susanville and Pittville, was stunned by lightning during the electrical storm last Wednesday night, according to the Lassen Mail of Susanville.

Peterson was sitting near a stove in one of the buildings at the station when a ball of fire rolled in over the telephone wire, jumped to the stove pipe and from the stove to his legs.

He was not seriously injured, but his legs were scorched and were paralyzed for several hours. He is gradually recovering the use of his legs and was in Susanville Friday for medical treatment.

The same bolt of lightning burned out the fuses and did other damage to the phone in the main ranger building.


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One Response to Wheels West Day in Susanville History – September 8, 1923

  1. Edward Beterbide

    Edward Beterbide

    Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Back when Pittville was a known destination.

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