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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 2nd, 1938

The picket line at Westwood, 1938 ~ From the Eastman Studios Collection at UC Davis

Ejected Union Crowd Flocks To Susanville
31 Injured When Mob Drives Strikers From Westwood
July 2, 1938

Angered residents of this Red River Lumber Company town tonight dragged suspected C. I. O. members or sympathizers before a kangaroo court for “trial” in continuing a purge which drove scores of strikers from the town.

The little lumber town was in a state of siege after 2,000 men battled each other with clubs, rifles, pick-handles and fists, and 80 C. I. O. men and their families were scattered along the roads out of Westwood.

A group of approximately 100 C. I. O. workers were reported in Susanville Wednesday afternoon, but residents there said they expected no trouble.

At a meeting in the Susanville city hall, a number of citizens pledged their support to the chief of police to aid in preserving order, and a signal to warn the citizens should any trouble arise was chosen.

Rumors that an attempt to picket the Lassen Lumber and Box Company, which obtains logs from Red River company, could not be confirmed.

L. R. Cady, vice-president and manager of the California Utilities Company, reported that no interference with electric service to Westwood or Susanville is expected as a result of the dispute.

Cady, following a conference with T. S. Walker, manager of the Red River Lumber Company at Westwood, reported that Walker had said the strikers had promised not to interfere with electric service.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 1, 1937

The scene of the accident, 1937. From the Couso Collection

The scene of the accident, 1937. From the Couso Collection

Gas Truck Driver Averts Tragedy
July 1, 1937

The quick action of Don Gott, truck driver for the Union Oil company, this morning prevented what might have been a tragedy when the truck he was driving turned over spilling gasoline, after colliding with a car driven by Richard Edenholm.

The minute he felt the impact, Gott turned off the ignition key.

Although both cars turned over after meeting at the intersection of Roop and North streets none was seriously injured. Edenhokm was taking several friends picnicking.

The truck escaped damage but the car owned by David E. Edenholm, father of the driver, was badly smashed.

It Takes 30 Days To Find Out Judge Means His Words

George E. Williams, 33, learned last night that Judge N. V. Wemple of Lassen county does not confuse the words “suspension “ and “dismissal”.

It was a costly lesson for Williams will spend 30 days of his life in the county jail after being arrested for the second time in two weeks for being intoxicated and disturbing the peace.

He was brought to the Lassen county jail last night by Sheriff Olin S. Johnson on the charge of violating the same sobriety ordinance which caused his arrest June 24, and resulted in a 30-day suspended jail sentence.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – June 30, 1947

The Mt. Lassen Hotel burns, from an Eastman Studios photograph

Blaze Razes Lassen Hotel
Night Clerk Reported Missing; Fire Damage Estimated at $500,000
June 30, 1947

Firemen yesterday evening probed the smoldering ruins by a $5000,000 fire in Susanville, searching for the body of a missing hotel clerk who is believed to have perished in the blaze.

The missing man is James J. Daugherty, 50, night clerk of the Lassen Hotel in which the conflagration began.  He is believed to have been trapped in a basement room when flames roared through the three-story structure.

The hotel and six business establishments were razed by the fire, which broke out from undetermined cause about 9 a.m. The flames were still burning fiercely by 2 p. m., but spread of the fire had been controlled by that time.

Fourteen pieces of fire equipment battled the blaze to prevent it from spreading even farther in the Lassen county town, but were unable to prevent destruction of several stores and offices. They included a clothing shop, hardware store, real estate office, insurance firm, oculist’s office, and offices of the California State Automobile Association and those of the U. S. Bureau of Internal Revenue.

The last-named office lost all income and federal tax records, according to report.

The blaze began in the hotel basement, spreading quickly to the hotel restaurant and bakery. The entire building, Susanville’s largest hotel, was soon enveloped in flames. Thirty hotel guests were escorted to safety by firemen before the fire reached its climax, and last night were being cared for by the Lassen County Red Cross chapter.

Six firemen were overcome by smoke in battling the blaze, but no other injuries were reported as occurring during the fire fighting. Equipment was sent from Westwood and Herlong to aid the Susanville force, while other fire trucks were dispatched from the U. S. Forest Service facilities, state division of forestry and the Paul Bunyan Lumber Co.

Firefighting scenes from the Eastman Studios Collection at UC Davis

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – June 29, 1953

Susanville in the 1950’s from an Eastman Studios photograph

Lassen Attorney Recovering From Gunshot Wounds
“More Bullets Where First Came From” Says Gunman
June 29, 1953

Hardin Barry, a leading Susanville attorney, was yesterday believed recovering from two gunshot wounds inflicted under strange circumstances Friday afternoon.

Held at Lassen County jail is Frank George Stifano, 53-year-old Susanville laborer, who is said to have admitted firing the shots at Barry as he sat in the State Café.

Witnesses said Stifano entered the café by a side door shortly after Barry was seated. Walking past his victim, Stifano suddenly whirled, drew a .32-caliber revolver and shot twice. One bullet lodged in the attorney’s back and the other passed through his shoulder near the neck.

“If that isn’t enough, there are more where these came from.” Stifano is quoted as saying as he left. He went directly to Deputy Sheriff W. F. Hoppe, announcing, “I’m in trouble,” and surrendered the gun.

Sheriff Olin Johnson said that Stifano seemed to be suffering delusions about Mr. Barry. It is possible, the sheriff added, that Stifano is nursing some vague grievance from many years back. He keeps insisting he was ‘blackballed, the sheriff said. Mr. Barry and Stifano had no known connections, Sheriff Johnson said.

Mr. Barry, who is about 61 years of age, spent a restful night at the hospital and is expected to survive his wounds.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – June 26, 1932

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.

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