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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – November 26, 1944

Lassen High and Main Street from the Air, 1944 ~ Photo Courtesy Lassen Historical Society

Brothers Injured in War Recover in Same Hospital
November 26, 1944

A war story with a happy ending relates to two well known Lassen county boys, Pfc. Fred Ellena, 19, and his brother, T/S. Leon Ellena, 27.

According to Mr. And Mrs. Fred Ellena, Sr., of Standish, word was received from their sons that both had suffered injuries while serving with the United States army on the continent.

Pfc. Fred Jr. was wounded in action on July 14, in France, when shot through the body, because of the violence of fighting around him, he was forced to lie unaided on the ground for four days and nights. It was not until the fifth day that he was able to crawl a short distance to a stream where he was found by an American lieutenant.

T/S. Leon Ellena has been wounded in action twice. On D-Day in France, his right leg was fractured in two places. After a period of recuperation, he was sent back to the front and on August 31, while fighting in Belgium he was shot twice through the left leg. One bullet penetrated below the knee and the other shattered the kneecap.

In spite of the fact that both boys had not seen each other since going overseas, they are now recovering in the same hospital in England, due to efforts of their parents and the Red Cross.

The Ellenas have another son, Ray, 23, seaman 1/c, attending a special school in Coronado.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – November 25, 1934

Susanville’s Main Street from Inspiration Point in the 1930’s

Susanville Policemen Have Burglar Clue
November 25, 1934

Clues in the hands of officers are expected to lead to the arrest at an early date of the thieves who broke into the store of Frank Sorsoli at 1613 Riverside drive and stole $32.

The burglars entered through a basement window and emptied the cash register in the place. They did not find, however, more than $1000 which was hidden in a desk. They also took several packages of cigarettes and some cigars.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – November 24, 1934

A snowy uptown in the mid-1930’s from an Eastman Studio postcard

Susanville Prepares for Yule Seal Sale
November 24, 1934

Plans have been formulated for the annual sale of Christmas seals in this district. The various Parent-Teacher association will have charge of the sale in their particular sections, according to announcements made by officials.

Officers named for the campaign include Dr. C. I. Burnett, president; Mrs. Robert Winchester, secretary; and C. H. Bridges, treasurer.

Plans this year are different than those of other years, when the United PTA had charge of the entire sale. Stamps will be mailed to each home this year, the committee announced, rather than have members of the association make a personal call as in former years.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – November 23, 1932

Uptown Susanville in the late 1930’s

Lassen Man Shot in Jealous Row
November 23, 1932

A jealous argument ended in a shooting here today, when Joe Stanislau, alleged bootlegger, fired a shot at Ed Wasco, guest at his party, for suspected attentions to his red-headed wife.

Sheriff James Leavitt took Wasco to the hospital, where physicians extracted the bullet form Wasco’s hip.

Stanislau was gone on arrival of the sheriff at the scene of the shooting, but he returned later and was taken into custody. Both men were said to have been drinking.


LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – November 20, 1930

Entrance to Lassen Park in 1925 ~ National Park Service photo

Susanville Finds Height of Nerve
November 20, 1930

The height of nerve. Thieves Saturday night stole State Highway Patrolman T. W. Birmingham’s white flivver sedan while he was purchasing some cigarettes preparatory to attending the state’s school for patrolmen in Sacramento.

The car was found later on a highway near there, wrecked.

Birmingham was in anything but a jovial mood today as a result of chiding.

Optimism Voiced by Congressman

Congressman H. L. Englebright from this district , in an interview granted today, stated that he was certain of a great change for the better in America’s unemployment situation next February.

Englebright also told of plans now underway for the construction of a million dollar resort and hotel accommodations to compare with the best of America’s national parks for the Mt. Lassen volcanic national park, near here. Actual construction operations would not begin for some time, however, Englebright said.


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