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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – December 12th, 1956

The Susanville Elks Lodge at the top of Main Street, 1955. An Eastman’s Studio photograph

Parking Meters Protest in Susanville
December 12, 1956

A group of local citizens this week gave notice that they intend to circulate a petition demanding a special election for the purpose of voting on repeal of Ordinance No. 316, the parking meter ordinance.

The notice of intention states in part: “It should be noted that this ordinance does not require parking meters to be provided in any particular place. This matter is purely discretionary with the city engineer. The result of this is that two members of the city council have places of business within the parking meter zone, yet neither of these places have parking meters in the nearby parking places.

“Within the past two years when the parallel parking on Main street was before the city, the majority of the businessmen were assured by the then city council that parking meters were not to be placed in the City of Susanville, yet now, with less traffic in the City of Susanville than there was two years ago, we now have parking meters.

“The parking meter program now in effect in the City of Susanville allows for great injustice, discrimination, and inequities to prevail.

“It is not believed that the traffic and parking problem in Susanville is such as to warrant the installation of parking meters. And it is further believed that the presence of parking meters in the business district of the City of Susanville will encourage shoppers to trade at stores out of the parking meter area, and in stores away from the proximity of the City of Susanville.”

Harold L. Abbott is the attorney for the proponents.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – December 11th, 1949

The ladies from the Susanville Soroptimists in the 1953 Christmas parade.

Susanville Plans Christmas Party
December 11, 1949

Susanville volunteer firemen are going to erect a giant Christmas tree Sunday at the intersection of Main and Lassen streets. Members of the fire department will go out in the woods and get the tree which will be donated by the Paul Bunyan Lumber Co.

Plans are also being completed for the annual Christmas tree and theater party sponsored jointly by the volunteer fire department and the Sierra theater, Friday, Dec 23.

A movie show will be given at 10 am. For all pre-school children; those through the fourth grade and for students of Honey Lake Valley schools. At 1 p.m. of the same day another show will be given for fifth, sixth, seventh and eight graders.

All other school students may see the show at 3 p.m. Harold Grayson, assistant fore chief, will be in charge of the affair. The firemen will distribute candy and fruit to the youngsters at the parties.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – December 10th, 1916

Along the highway on the way to Reno – Doyle in the late 1910’s

Fine Auto Road May Connect Two Places
December 10, 1916 

Thoroughfare from Susanville And Reno Will Be Built if County Will Do Its Share

Providing Washoe county will do its share, one of the finest automobile roads in the country will connect Susanville and other parts of Lassen, Modoc and Northern counties with Reno is the word conveyed to the county commissioners of Washoe County by A. J. Mathews, member of the California legislature from Lassen County and one of the boosters of the Northern California city.

Mathews was in Reno Saturday and spent the greater part of the day in company with County Commissioner R. B. Henrichs discussing the road situation. He said that Lassen county was going to bond itself to build a good road to Washoe county line providing Washoe county will build a road to meet it.

There will be other roads constructed in the county but the one towards Reno will be of the best. Mathews and other prominent men of Lassen County are behind the proposed bond issue and they realize that Reno is the gateway to the entire Northern country.

It is expected that the county commissioners of Washoe County will provide for building the road from Reno to the county line.

A good road from Susanville to the Washoe county line is one of the aims of the residents of Lassen County.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – December 7th, 1936

A snapshot view of Lassen High School in 1941

Night School for Lassen Aliens to Start Next Month
December 7, 1936

A night school for Lassen county aliens who desire to apply or have applied for United States citizenship will be started in January, with classes being held two evenings a week in the Lassen Union high school under the direction of E. A. Hansen.

Plans were inaugurated recently at a conference attended by W. J. Kane of Reno, acting inspector in charge of immigration and naturalization services; Judge Gladys S. Burroughs, Lassen county superior court; W. C. Mass, county superintendent of schools, and I. V. Funderburgh, principal of the Lassen Union high school.

Judge Burroughs has conducted two naturalization proceedings during her period of office on the bench and she stressed the great need for a citizenship school in this district.

Thirty pupils are available at the present time and it is believed that the number will increase before the school gets underway.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – December 6th, 1940

Susanville’s City Hall and Fire Station on N. Lassen Street in 1947. ~Courtesy of UC Davis, Special Collections

Funds Assure Fire Protection
December 6th, 1940

With raising of more than $700 by popular subscription in the residential districts outside the city limits, permanent fire protection is assured that area, according to members of the Johnstonville Grange of which Mrs. Sarah Buffum is master.

The money, secured by popular subscription by Supervisor Tro Emerson, member of the grange, not only assures the use of seven state forestry division fire trucks and keeps two paid men in call at all times, but forms the nucleus for including a similar sum annually in the county budget for fire protection in nearby rural districts.

The state forestry in the past has discontinued fire protection service with the end of the hazardous summer season. The interest shown in providing fire protection will result in the tax payers of the district dividing the burden thereafter.

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