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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 20th, 1941

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

Board Discusses Highway Project
January 20, 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 17th, 1941

Bieber High School in 1949 from the Eastman Collection at UC Davis

School Problem is Considered
January 17, 1941

J. P. Parker, principal of the Bieber branch of Lassen Union High School of Susanville, presented yesterday the predicament of Adin high school district to the board of trustees of the local school in the hope that the Bieber and Adin high schools might be combined to the benefit of both.

Adin’s schoolhouse has been condemned as unsafe and a $45,000 bond election is proposed in February.

Parker points out that Bieber high has 42 students and four instructors. Adin has 45 enrolled students and as many on its faculty. Combining the two schools at Bieber would result in doubling the attendance, and pave the way for adding two more to the faculty, thus increasing educational facilities and the material enlargement of the school program, he said.

Lassen high’s board of trustees declare that they cannot act unless proper application is made. It’s stated that Lassen will be invited to act and pave the way for another strong high school in Northern California.

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.”

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – January 15th, 1950

Southern Paciic ‘Snow Special’ at Norvell Lake, 1939 ~ From the Eastman Collection at UC Davis

Aerial Search Made in Lassen
January 15, 1950

Two pilots failed to spot any signs of plane wreckage at Norville Flat Wednesday when they covered about 20 square miles in an aerial search of the area.

A section hand at Norville Flat had reported to the Westwood authorities that he saw a flare of light about ten days ago, that lit up his whole cabin.

Dave Barr of the Susanville Municipal Airport checked with the Civil Aeronautics Association at Reno upon request of Sheriff Olin S Johnson, and learned that two planes were reported missing at about the time the section hand reported he saw the flare up.

Mr. Barr and John McLeod flew over the area Wednesday morning while Dr. A. E. Priest flew over later in the day with a passenger, and neither of these attempts revealed any trace of the plane.

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