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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 19, 1945


Soule Motors on Main Street from a late 1940’s postcard.

Building Going Up At Susanville
October 19, 1945

Work on Susanville’s newest building is expected to start this week, according to Dale Soule.

It will be the new Dodge-Plymouth salesroom and garage, to be located on Main street between Sierra Jewelry in the Home Hotel building on the corner and the Sierra Theater. The new structure will be 75 by 140 feet. The contract has been let to Stoltle, Inc., of Oakland, and construction equipment is expected to be here this weekend. The building itself will be concrete, steel and glass construction.

At the west, along Main street, will be a 40-foot showroom; then a 14-foot driveway and door, with the remaining 21 feet filled by steel window sash.

The entrance door and the 21-foot section will be set back from the sidewalk to allow for a gasoline pump island, two driveways and a canopy. The east and north sides of the building will be constructed of a concrete wall topped by continuous steel window sash.

Soule is the distributor for Dodge and Plymouth cars and trucks for Lasse, Modoc and Plumas counties. For the past three years, Soule has been flying for the navy as a senior test pilot. He spent a year and a half at Corpus Christi, Texas, eight months at the Navy experimental base at Maryland, followed by ten months at Alameda.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 18, 1945

Timberland Found to be Good Cow Fattened
October 18, 1945

Definite evidence that timber pasture will put as much beef on a cow as meadows was presented to Lassen county stockmen Monday at the Burgess Springs Experimental Station.

Remaining to be answered is the question of how to keep the cow on the hill feed, according to A. L. Hormay, who is the director of the feeding experiment conducted by the California Forest Ranger Experiment Station in cooperation with the university extension service.

The test this year largely repeated and confirmed last year’s results. Pierce McClelland supplied 45 yearling heifers, and these were divided into three groups of 15. One was run in the timber; one on meadow land and one on a combination of the two. The timber group were one week behind those on the meadow.

T. S. Brown, county farm agent, described the method of selecting the heifers, and described how the poorer grade animals surprisingly had gained equally with the better ones.

There are several likely answers to the range problem, Hormay and Phil Lord of the Grazing Service say. With the meadows being overgrazed, there should be a system set up for resting some meadows for a year to give the choice grasses a chance to recuperate.

Fences seem the most likely solution of the timber feed problem. Possibly it will be necessary to fence entire allotment areas and divide the meadows from timber. Although electric fence has not been tried here, it holds some promise as an economical method.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 17, 1945

Entrance to Lassen Park in 1925 ~ National Park Service photo

Susanville Asks Assistance From Reno To Secure Federal Aid for Lassen Park
October 17, 1945

Assistance of the Reno Chamber of Commerce was enlisted yesterday by the Susanville Chamber of Commerce in efforts to secure federal funds to purchase privately owned land within borders of Lassen National park which are blocking complete development of the park.

A delegation from Susanville came to Reno yesterday to discuss the proposal and the members were the luncheon guests of the Reno group. J. V. Lloyd, park superintendent for the National Park service explained the project and colored motion pictures showing the many attractions in the park which was created in 1916 were shown.

There are fourteen parcels of privately owned land under the shadow of Mount Lassen, which are so situated that the park service cannot construct roads and do other necessary work to bring the park to full utilization, it was explained. There are but 2,660 acres in the private-owned land while the park contains approximately 100,000 acres.

An act of Congress, directing the park service to buy the privately owned land and appropriate the fund is necessary.

Representative Engle of the California district in which the park is situated plans to introduce the necessary legislation and the Reno Chamber of Commerce directors voted to ask the Nevada congressional delegation to help Representative Engle secure favorable action on the bill.

The park, where skiing on the Fourth of July attracts thousands of enthusiasts, is growing in popularity as a tourist attraction close to Reno and Susanville. The supervisors of the four California counties in which the park is situated want the private land purchased and the California State Chamber of Commerce is assisting in securing favorable action, it was explained.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 16, 1943

Uptown Susanville in the early 1940’s from an Eastman Studios postcard

Thief Walks Out With Money Bags
October 16, 1943

The Torrey Rexall Drug Store on Main Street was looted of $500.50 last Saturday evening during open hours. Ardel Torrey, owner, discovered the loss about 8:20 p.m. shortly after he heard the crossbar of the rear door drop.

The thief apparently walked in with the ordinary customers. And then went to the office where he picked up the leather bag containing the money out of the unlocked safe. Torrey said the money was chiefly in twenty dollar bills.

Footprints were found leading out of a small window from the office and through the rear storeroom. The rear door can only be locked from the inside by a large crossbar. Torrey said he locked it at 6 p.m. as customary, and after he heard the large iron bar drop about 8:20 p.m. he discovered the door was unlocked.

Thinking that someone had gone out of the rear door at a later hour, he paid little attention until a few minutes later, when he stepped into the office and found things disrupted in the safe and discovered the loss.

Nothing else was apparently molested in the office. Torrey said the money is not ordinarily there.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 15, 1946

Susanville’s branch of Bank of America, at the corner of Main and Gay streets, 1947

Honor Accorded Bank Official
October 15, 1946

At a ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the local branch of the Bank of America, Arthur J. Mathews was tendered a service pin, which made him a member of the Bank of America Quarter Century Club. The presentation was made by the bank’s Susanville president, C. H. Bridges, in the presence of the bank staff; his brother, C. D. Mathews, county treasurer, and sister, Mrs. Albert Bantley.

Mr. Mathews is now assistant cashier working out of the Chico district office of the Bank of America, and is a key man, often assuming manager responsibilities in the banks in the area during vacations.

A native of Plumas county, Mr. Mathews moved to Susanville with his parents in 1916, and is a veteran of the two World Wars, serving in the navy.

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