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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 18, 1941

Susanville in 1941 from an Eastman Studio postcard

Increase Granted Lassen Workers
January 18, 1941

Payrolls in Susanville area took another $25,000 jump yesterday when H. W. Bridgford, superintendent and manage of the Lassen Lumber and Box Company’s mill here announced a two and a half-cent increase for all hourly labor in the mill, which employees 300 men.

It is the second increase by the company in 30 days, the last jump in wages being announced on December 19, 1940, both being effective on the day of the announcement.

Common labor in the mill will now receive 621/2 cents an hour for a 40 hour week. This covers planning mill and box factory. In all other departments, the minimum wage will be 65 cents an hour.

The Red River Lumber Company at Westwood, was the first to announce a similar wage increase. The Fruit Growers Supply Company in Susanville followed. Some 3,500 mill employees are affected.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 15, 1960

Uptown Susanville in 1955 from an Eastman Studio photo

Susanville Ups Speeding Fines
January 15, 1960

Speeding fines in the Honey Lake Judicial District Court at Susanville, Calif., will take a 100 percent hike effective tomorrow, Saturday, January 16.

The new order, issued by Judge J. Yeakey, applies to all speeding citations issued within the city limits of Susanville.

The fine will increase from $1 to $2 per mile per hour of speeding regulations. In addition, a five percent penalty assessment will be imposed.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 14, 1941

A snapshot view of Lassen High School in 1941

Measles Epidemic Strikes School
January 14, 1941

With an epidemic of influenza, which closed practically every school in the county late last year, subsiding, a flurry of measles threatens to close a number of schools.

According to N. H. McCollom, principal of the Lassen Union High School in Susanville, 17 students were bedridden yesterday and will be out from two to three weeks. A couple of others were dismissed today.

Horner Edgcomb, principal of the elementary schools of Susanville, reported 30 cases of measles among students yesterday, with prospects of more before the flurry ends.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 13, 1946

An undated photo of Fruit Grower’s Mill in snow

48-Hour Week is Announced
January 13, 1946

The Fruit Growers Supply Company, starting January 17, went on a 48-hour week basis instead of the former 54 hours.

The mill will work from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., six days a week, the change being due to winter conditions.

In the six days ending January 12, the local branch of the company shipped to southern California, 60 carloads of box shook, setting up a weekly record.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 12, 1946

J.F. Menth Auto Supply Company in 1939 from the Eastman Archive at UC Davis

Smith Brothers Acquire Auto Co.
January 12, 1946

Edmund L. Smith and brother, Charles C. Smith, this week took over the business of the Menth Auto Supply Company, 1030 Main street, which they purchased from J. F. Menth. The new name of the concern is “Smith Brothers Motor Supply.”

Menth retains the building. Ed Smith has resigned as secretary and office manager at the Lassen Lumber & Box Co., and will be succeeded by Merlyn Mulroney, former paymaster.

Charles Smith, formerly machinist for the Fruit Growers Supply Co., also resigned. On August 10, 1942, he joined the seabees, saw service throughout the south Pacific and returned last October.


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