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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 22nd, 1954

Peter Alosi makes a first down in a photo from the 1953 Rays from the Purple annual. Thanks Mrs. Bennett!

Alosi Honored For Athletics At Susanville
Football Awards Announced At Lassen High
January 22, 1954

As a result of points awarded at the completion of the 1953 football season under the Lassen Union High School athletic award plan. Anthony Alosi, scat halfback for the Grizzlies football eleven, has become the fourth Lassen athlete to qualify for the coveted third award (all gold) block letter. Previous winners have been Lassen graduates Robert Diggle, Kelley Herchberger and Dario Cunial.

To receive the second award (gold on purple) block letter are juniors Norman Dillinger and Barry McClure, who bring to five the number of the present student second-letter award winners in addition to Alosi. Other previous winners are seniors Melvin Goghill, Arthur Grohs and Bobby Hicks.

Juniors Tom Ancell, Jerry David, Lynn Gammell and sophomore Dino Cunial qualified to wear the letterman award sweater.

In addition, juniors Ed Barba, Bob Montgomery and Jerry Workman, and sophomores Glen Givens, Raymond Mass and Bill Pliler qualify for Block L Society membership by receiving their first award (purple on gold) block letters. The current membership of the letterman organization at Lassen is now 34 athletes.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 21st 1951

Main Street Doyle in 1949
~From the Eastman Collection at UC Davis~

Floor of Valley Sinks After Quake
January 21, 1951

Drop in the floor of Long Valley, Lassen county, as much as ten inches, has been discovered along one side of a crack in the earth in the Doyle area, apparently the result of the series of earth quakes in December.

The ground has sunk along one edge of the crack from two to six inches in width running along the foot of Fort Sage mountain, about a mile northeast of Doyle. Depth of the crack varies from a few inches to six feet.

The course of the crack has been followed by observers in a jeep for more than four miles. The drop in the ground is very noticeable, and causes a major bump in the road crossing.

Prof. Vincent Gianella of the geology department of the University of Nevada, spent several days in the area last week making a study of the drop.

Several wells in the area have gone dry as the result of the earthquakes, according to Pete Zamboni who operates a garage at Doyle, and whose well has gone dry.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 18th, 1948

Susanville Chapter of the Future Farmers of America in 1948. Left to Right, seated: Don Gelmstedt, Bev Farwell, Stuart Robinson, Mr. Kinsey.
Left to Right standing: Ray Boneck, Wallace Nye, Wilbur Stampfli, Jimmy Fraley, Lee Ragsdale, Ralph Fouse.

Lassen Youths Enter Contest
January 18, 1948

Wallace Nye, senior FFA member, and Jim Fraley, junior member, will represent the Lassen county FFA chapter at the public speaking contest in Alturas on January 24. Subject of Nye’s talk is soil erosion and Fraley will speak on cooperative marketing.

Participating in this contest will be representatives of FFA chapters in Tulelake, McArthur, Cedarville, Alturas and Susanville.

Winners of this contest will go to Redding for the regional meet. Winners of the six regions will compete in the state contest, and first place in the state FFA public speaking contest will receive $100 and second place $50.

At the national convention, winners of each of the state contests will compete for top honors in the nation. The national convention is held in Kansas City each year in the fall school term.

Last year Ed Zangger represented the local chapter and placed second in the California contest.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 17th, 1941

Jumping the road at Lassen National Park near Mineral in 1941. From an Eastman Studios Postcard.

Board Discusses Highway Project
January 17, 1941

The board of supervisors, meeting yesterday with the highway committee of the Susanville Chamber of Commerce, agreed to cooperate in the matter of securing right of way over small strip of land necessary to the completion of the projected Feather Lake highway. The road provides an almost direct route from Hawthorne, NV, to Eureka, on the California coast, via Susanville, Redding, Mt. Shasta and way points.

The forestry service has appropriated $1000,000 for the improvement of this road, declaring that it will cut 30 miles between Susanville and Redding and 65 miles to Mt. Shasta. The highway is held of military importance because of its direct and shorter route to the Nevada arsenal and munitions depot at Hawthorne.

J. E. Bronson, chairman of the chamber committee, accompanied by Don P. Cady, the body’s president; George N. McDow, Jr., secretary, and Abe Jensen, Thomas K. Oliver and County Surveyor T. W. Ogilvie, attended the meeting and pointed out that there were 10 miles to which the road district did not have rights of way. Most of this was in the national forest reserve property and the title to rights-of-way were assured. There remained between three and four miles of rights-of-way to obtain.

The board declared that it did not know how far its powers went but that it might be counted on to lend every assistance wherever possible.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 16th, 1906

Lassen Street and the Methodist Church from a photo postcard, 1906.

Sheriff After Horse Thieves
Lassen Officers Chase Men Engaged in Killing Animal for Hides
January 16, 1906

Armed with search warrants of arrest, sworn to by Charles Rager of Washoe county, Nevada, and James Russell of Lassen county, Cal., Sheriff Wilson of Lassen county proceeded to the state line on or about the 20th of this month to apprehend a party of men engaged in killing horses on the range for their hides.

The scene of slaughter, so far as investigation went, appeared to be on and along Rush Creek, in Lassen and Washoe counties, where the animals were bunched up in places that were most barren of snow.

From the fusillade of rifle shots heard by the officer just before reaching the rendezvous of the horse hunters, he says he knew that “something was doing.” On his arrival at the appointed place the firing ceased, as the men had evidently caught sight of him and decamped beyond reach or possibility of capture.

In reconnoitering for evidence fifty-seven hides were found, most of them being rolled up, tied and tagged for shipment to Bissinger & Co., Reno, “from J. F. Mathews, Hot Springs.”

Fourteen of the hides were brought to Susanville for further inspection. Of the number several bore distinct brands but the brands from the greater number of them had been cut out to foil identification.

It is but fair to state, however, in justice to the marksmanship of the parties, that four of the pelts did not bear the sign of any brand mark – except the bullet holes.

On his return trip, after a seven days search for the culprits, the sheriff incidentally learned at Amedee that a young man named Dugan was suspected of being implicated in the horse industry with Mathews, Emanuel, et al, and would arrive that day on the N. C. O. from Reno, on his way to rejoin his comrades.

Confronted with sufficient evidence, Dugan was arrested by the officer and lodged in the Susanville jail, a preliminary hearing of his case being set for February 7th.

“The wholesale slaughter of horses has undoubtedly been going on for some time, as it is revealed that shipments of their hides have been frequent in the past.”

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