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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 24, 1950

Susanville from Inspiration Point in the early 1950’s. From an Eastman Studios Postcard.

Lassen Housing Plan Supported
September 24, 1950

Purchase of the veteran’s housing units for Lassen Junior College students families by the school district was approved this week by the state department of finance, according to word received by Supt. L. V. Greenleaf.

The school district will pay $6,500 for the buildings to the state department of finance which has held 90 percent of the title to the buildings. The federal government originally erected the buildings.

The school district has owned 10 percent of the buildings. Full ownership will give the local school district freedom to use them as needed; now only veteran students may be housed in the units.

Twenty family units and a dormitory for 35 men are involved.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 23, 1942


US Navy Reserve Civilian Pilot Training Program at the Susanville airport January 8th, 1943

Reserve Pilots Start Training
September 23, 1942

Twenty army air force reserve pilots began training Friday at the Lassen Junior College in an eight week course. Twenty-five naval reserve pilots joined the army fliers this week and there’s a possibility that an additional ten army fliers may be assigned here from Santa Rosa Junior College according to Ralph Lloyd, coordinator of the civilian pilot training program. Lloyd was appointed to replace N.H. McCollom who will leave for the army in the near future.

Making up the first complement of twenty army fliers are ten men recruited locally and ten assigned here for training from the Salinas Junior College. Training of students from coast schools has been necessitated by western defense command ruling against flying in the combat zone.

The local junior college provides housing and sustenance for the fliers besides the ground school training. Flight training is goven in conjunction with the Jaysee by Flint, 1035 Lander street for the Susanville municipal airport.

Recruited by the Lassen Junior College are fliers from Westwood, Susanville, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, Palo Alto, Chico and Salinas


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 22, 1958

Lassen High School in the early 1950s from the Eastman Collection at UC Davis

Eight New Instructors at Lassen High
September 22, 1958

There are eight new teachers at the Lassen High School this year.

They are, Robert Battaga who, under an Air Force policy of releasing personnel to teach math and science in civilian schools, was discharged from the serv ice to accept the position here. He is 23 years old.

Donald Bowman 28 a graduate of the University of Oregon who will teach driver training, bookkeeping, commercial math and typing.

Warren Chapman, 35, advanced art, ceramics, freehand drawing, design. He is a native of Montana and a graduate of the Montana State College.

Betty Purvis, girls physical education. She is a graduate of Alameda High School and the University of California in Berkley.

Norman Rudnick English. He is 27 years old and is transferring from Herlong where he taught for three years.

Harold Shean civics, world geography. He is 31 years old and a graduate of the University of Washington. His home is in Burlington. He taught in Washington State for two years.

Katherine Warner, office practice, typing and shorthand. She is a graduate of Lassen High School and this year graduated from the University of Nevada. Her home is in Chester.

Kirk Young, algebra, general math, solid geometry, trigonometry. He is a native of San Carlos and comes here from Sequoia High School in Redwood City.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 21, 1942

Standish, California in the early 1920’s
Photo courtesy Lassen Historical Society

Lassen Landmark is Missing
September 21, 1942

A Standish landmark is rapidly disappearing this week, as workmen wreck Pringle Hall, one of the first buildings erected in that community. Built by the late James Pringle about 1898, the structure was the center of many day activities of the area.

Housing Phillip’s Mercantile store on the ground floor, the second story hall was used for dancing on week days, and for church and Sunday school on Sundays. Sometime later, the Frank Wrede hotel was attached to the Pringle building.

Replacing Phillips’ store later was a branch of the Bank of Lassen County, while the upstairs hall continued to be used for dances and lodge activates, replacing church services which moved to an edifice of their own.



LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 20, 1913

Looking south down Gay Street in a 1908 postcard. The hospital is the big white building at the end of the street.

Lassen County Hospital Is Prey To Flames
Private Institution Burns; 17 Patients Have Narrow Escape
Woman Suffers Serious Burns in Effort to Protect Invalid Charges
September 20, 1913

The Susanville hospital, containing 17 patients, was destroyed this morning by fire which broke out in the building shortly after 7 o’clock. No lives were lost, but Mrs. Coburn, head nurse at the institution, received severe burns in attempting to subdue the fire when it first broke out.

The building, a two story wooden structure, is a total loss.

That none of the patients were victims of the fire is attributed to the fact that at that hour all who were not confined to their beds, had risen for the day. Those confined to their beds were carried out of the building before the flames gained headway.

Owing to the location of the hospital, the fire-fighting force of the city was unable to do much to stay the fire as it had gained headway under a brisk wind before aid arrived. No other buildings were close enough to suffer.

The institution was conducted by Dr. Garner, who formerly conducted a hospital at Rawhide, Nevada, and Dr. Drucks. There was no insurance.


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