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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 17, 1929

Susanville’s telephone switchboard in 1962. Photo from Jan Alpert. Follow this link for a really neat story about the photo.

Telephone Company To Expand Lines
July 17th, 1929

Announcing an extensive construction program at Susanville yesterday, officials of the Nevada, California and Oregon Telephone and Telegraph Company, said a new copper circuit to Reno will be installed, providing a faster service and relieving the present heavy wire traffic between the two cities. Work on the improvements will start August 1.

The equipment will include the addition of phantom coils, providing a three-circuit line.

An entire new pole line will be constructed between Doyle and the Reno-Quincy highway, replacing the present line which follows the old right of way of the N. C. O. railway. The new line will follow the highway and will cost approximately $30,000, officials said.

A crew of fifteen men will be employed on the work under the supervision of Foreman Al Spitz and will be completed by November 1. Construction headquarters will be established at Doyle.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 16, 1924

Hallelujah Junction in the late 1930’s from an Eastman Studios postcard.

Lassen County Free From Alfalfa Pest
July 16th, 1924

Entomologist Enow of the United States Department of agriculture has just completed a survey of Honey Lake valley for alfalfa weevil, but he was unable to find any trace of the pest. In addition to this, the county horticultural commissioner has swept a large number of fields adjacent to campgrounds and other places where it was feared the weevil might have gained entrance.

Hundreds of weevil have been taken by the inspectors at Doyle and Chilicoot from tourists traveling from Nevada into California. There is little doubt but what weevil would have reached the valley before this time had not the inspection been carried on.

At present, there are two inspectors on the Red Rock road leading to Reno, one inspector on the Constantia lane leading from Constantia to the Red Rock road and two inspectors at Chilicoot. Of these, the inspectors on the Red Rock road and those on the Chilicoot road are maintained by the state.

The inspector at the Constantia lane is maintained by Lassen County.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 15, 1947

The St. Francis Hotel, Main and Union Streets, in the late 1940’s. From an Eastman Studios postcard.

Lassen Closing Hour Unchanged
July 15th, 1947

Susanville’s bars and restaurants serving liquor, nightclubs and similar businesses will continue to close at midnight it was decided unanimously at a meeting of representatives of 13 establishments.

Those to observe the midnight closing hour, each day of the week including Saturday, include all places that serve liquor in Susanville and immediate vicinity.

There are no places which will open before 8 o’clock in the morning, although the legal opening hour is 6 a. m.

On July 1st, it became legal for liquor-serving establishments to remain open until 2 a. m. instead of the midnight closing law.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 12, 1938

The picket line at Westwood in 1938. ~Eastman Studios Collection at UC Davis

Shots Fired Over Labor Dispute in Lumber Town
July 12th, 1938

Striking members of the Committee for Industrial Organization’s Sawmill and Timber Workers’ Union were driven from this northern California lumber town Wednesday after a fierce fight in which one man was shot and 30 others injured less seriously.

Sheriff Olin Johnson of Lassen County and a force of 800 deputized men took over the town as the C. I. O. workers fled to Red Bluff, 35 miles away, to reorganize their forces.

A platoon of 30 National Guardsmen, rushed from Lodi on orders of Governor Frank F. Merriam, was intercepted at Sacramento when Johnson reported the situation was under control.

Two thousand men were involved in the fighting that began shortly after midnight and reached its climax when a signal from the town fire whistle brought a general rush on the C. I. O. picket line and a strikers’ soup kitchen in the town, which houses the mill of the Red River Lumber Company, one of the largest in the state.

“The town seemed to have gone mad,” an eyewitness said. “Men on the streets were carrying guns, clubs, blackjacks and almost every weapon of war. At 6 a.m. the general fire whistle blew.

“Hose was strung out on the streets. C. I. O. men were wetted, clubbed and generally run out.”

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 11, 1937

The scene of the accident, 1937. From the Couso Collection

Gas Truck Driver Averts Tragedy
July 11, 1937

The quick action of Don Gott, a truck driver for the Union Oil company, this morning prevented what might have been a tragedy when the truck he was driving turned over spilling gasoline, after colliding with a car driven by Richard Edenholm.

The minute he felt the impact, Gott turned off the ignition key.

Although both cars turned over after meeting at the intersection of Roop and North streets none was seriously injured. Edenhokm was taking several friends picnicking.

The truck escaped damage but the car owned by David E. Edenholm, father of the driver, was badly smashed.

It Takes 30 Days To Find Out Judge Means His Words

George E. Williams, 33, learned last night that Judge N. V. Wemple of Lassen county does not confuse the words “suspension “ and “dismissal”.

It was a costly lesson for Williams will spend 30 days of his life in the county jail after being arrested for the second time in two weeks for being intoxicated and disturbing the peace.

He was brought to the Lassen county jail last night by Sheriff Olin S. Johnson on the charge of violating the same sobriety ordinance which caused his arrest June 24, and resulted in a 30-day suspended jail sentence.

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