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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 18, 1942


Herlong in 1950 from an Eastman Studios photo ~UC Davis Collection

Emergency School for Honey Lake Valley
September 18, 1942

Arrangements are being completed this week by Helen S. Hallowell county superintendent of schools for the opening September 14 of an emergency school at Hackstaff in Honey Lake Valley to serve an estimated seventy-five grammar school students.

Due to the influx of families to this defense are which is normally served by small rural schools, it has been found necessary to establish a new school capable of providing for the greatly increased number of children. A building is to be furnished by the federal government while the responsibility of furnishing teachers rests with Lassen County.

The new Hackstaff school will consist of grades 1 to 8 inclusive Miss Hallowell revealed and two teachers will be required.

To date only one instructor, Mrs. Francis Keys has been secured for the emergency school and some difficulty is being experienced in making arrangements for the second teacher.

Students of high school age will attend classes in Susanville with bus transportation to be provided for them from homes to school.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 17, 1947


Fruit Growers mill in Westwood, 1946 from an Eastman Studio postcard.

Westwood Judge Indicted for Embezzlement
September 17, 1947

Lassen Grand Jury Accuses Justice On Four Counts

Lassen County’s grand jury indicted a Westwood justice of the peace Monday on four counts of embezzlement and charged him with keeping false accounts of the public moneys.

Sheriff Olin Johnson arrested the judge, T. G. Johnson, this morning following the return of the indictment. In Lassen County superior court, Judge B. V. Curler set bail at $2000, which Thompson immediately posted.

Total amount embezzled, according to the grand jury report was $1115.

The indictment broke this down into four separate funds allegedly taken on these dates: May 25, 1946 – $65; March 10, 1946 – $350; May 27, 1947 – $200, and June 28, 1947 – $500.

Foreman Nolan Hallowell called the grand jury meeting for Monday and the jury returned its indictment Monday night after meeting all day. Investigation of Thompson’s activities was reported to have started August 28.

The following witnesses, all of Westwood, testified at the day’s hearings: Alfred Faulkner, W. W. Packwood, Robert Kingsbury, Arthur Carmichael and Mrs. Carmichael, Ernest Noble and Mrs. Noble, Henry Doering and Joe Benelli.

Date of Thompson’s arraignment has not been announced by Judge Curler.

Thompson first assumed his duties as justice of the peace in 1931 where he served until 1935 when James Lamson was elected to the office.

After Mr. Lampson’s death in office, Thompson again took over the justiceship and following his reelection in 19+46 he had three more years to serve.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 16, 1945


Deer at Hill’s Market during hunting season 1941 from an Eastman Studios postcard

Deer Hunters Crowd Lassen
September 16, 1945

A record number of deer hunters, estimated to be well up in the thousands, invaded Lassen County for the opening of the season here.

Rangers said no definite count was possible but unhesitatingly described it as the biggest hunt in the county’s history.

One hunter, returning to Susanville from Sheepshead Valley, said it looked “like the gold rush days, the camps were so thick, it looked like 4000 men were camped in that one valley.”

Bucks taken so far, though in good condition have been mostly young and small. Numerically, however, the kill has been large.

Biggest buck reported so far was one shot by James Dow at Snowstorm n the opening day. It dressed out at 232 pounds and boasted four points and a 29-inch spread.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 15, 1945


The old Washington School on Cottage Street.

Susanville Pupils May Learn Religion
September 15, 1945

By agreement between the school authorities and cooperating churches, classes on religious education are to be held in Susanville this year, beginning with the second week of the school term, namely September 24. Time for the classes will be provided in the school schedule.

Upon request from their parent’s pupils of the seventh and eighth grades will be excused from school for the last period Monday afternoons to go to church of their parents choice for religious instruction.

Students not so excused will remain under their regular teachers to receive instruction in cultural subjects. By the provisions of the state law, which permits the released time classes, the instruction given by the school during this hour shall be of a nature that absence from the classes shall not hamper the advancement of those who are not excused.

Churches planning to cooperate in this way include the Assembly of God, Baptist, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, and Pentecostal.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 14, 1943


The Lassen County Courthouse in the late 1930’s from an Eastman Studios postcard

Tax Rate Lowered in Lassen County
September 14, 1943

General county taxes covering the year 1943 will be slightly down with a general tax rate eleven cents lower than in 1942, according to a Lassen County assessor’s office statement made today.

Prospects for lower taxes were originally dimmed by the loss of two large and valuable pieces of property from the assessment rolls, the Fleming Ranch near Wendel, purchased by the State Fish and Game Commission, and the Fruit Growers Supply company’s ranch, five miles south of Susanville, taken over by the California-Pacific utility company. Tax receipt prospects were yet further restricted by the area required by the United States government for the Sierra Ordnance depot. A further factor which reduced values was the depleted state of lumber yard stocks, a condition brought about by the great demand for the forest products.

In spite of these factors generally tending to reduce revenues and thus increase taxes, a slight increase in valuations was achieved through the re-zoning of country timber lands as well as by an increase in the quality and value of livestock.

A measure of credit for lower taxes is also attributed to careful budget planning and control of country governmental expenditures.


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