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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 20, 1950

Roosevelt School on Richmond Road in an undated Eastman Studio photo

Marble Tourney for Susanville
April 20, 1950

The Veteran’s of Foreign Wars post No. 2381 will sponsor a marble competition for Susanville boys on the playground back of Roosevelt school May 6. Al Pliler is chairman for the VFW.

Local winners will move on to district competition at Herlong on May 13, the winner of which will vie in state finals.

The meet will be open to all boys through the eighth grade. Contestants are asked to bring their own marbles. Rules will be announced at the meet.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 19, 1953

Uptown Susanville in 1953
~From the Eastman Collection at UC Davis~

Alleged Jewel Thief Wanted by Long Beach Captured in Cemetery at Susanville
April 19, 1953

Officers from Long Beach arrived here Saturday to get Virgil C. Lewis, wanted in Long Beach on a jewelry theft charge and apprehended by county, city and FBI officers in the Lassen cemetery at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, following a tip that he was in Susanville.

The cemetery was surrounded by officers. Lewis offered no resistance when he was taken into custody by Sheriff Olin S. Johnson and Officer Otis Hibbs.

Johnson stated that when arrested Lewis had $242 in cash and a full set of burglary tools. A native of Susanville, Lewis had been arrested on numerous various charges.

Prior to World War II he was arrested here on a check charge and sentenced to San Quentin. While in there Lassen county jail pending delivery to San Quentin he escaped from jail by the use of blades passed through the window. He was taken into custody shortly after at Medford, Ore., and returned to Susanville.

During World War II he was pardoned from San Quentin to enlist in the armed services. During the term of service he deserted and was picked up by military authorities. Following the war he was released.

Later Lewis was arrested for passing postal money orders and sentenced to McNeil Island. Last December he was arrested at San Diego on a burglary charge, and while receiving treatment at a San Diego hospital where he was placed under armed guard, he again escaped, taking the guard’s gun.

Sheriff Johnson said local officers had been on the lookout for Lewis since his last escape. Lewis told the officers that he had arrived in Susanville at 4 o’clock Thursday morning.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 16, 1894

Looking towards Bass Hill from the road between Susanville and Janesville in 1898.

Susanville Rabbit Drive
April 16, 1894

Yesterday the first rabbit drive took place. About 500 men, ladies, boys and Indians were on hand for the drive.

A pair of wings one mile each in length were stretched and the drive began. A strip of ground two miles wide and three in length was drove over and nearly 2,000 of the pests corralled, and meet the fate of all transgressors on Leavitt’s ranch.

There would have been more killed, but the lack of proper management of the ground greatly helped the poor jacks to escape. It was estimated that one half of the rabbits escaped.

There will be regular drives each week for some time to come.

Farmers are seeding and the outlook so far is all that they want for good crops – plenty of snow on the hills for irrigating for the season.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 15, 1950

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

Democrats Lead in Lassen County
April 15, 1950

Democrats outnumbered Republicans in Lassen County more than two to one as shown by the recently completed count of registered voters.

Total registration was 7,588, with 5,087 Democrats and 2,182 Republicans. The count showed 303 non-partisans, 11 for the Independent Progressive party; three for the Townsend party; one for the Prohibitionist and one for the Socialist party.

Susanville had a total of 2,921 registrations. In District three where five candidates are competing for the office of supervisor, 1,079 registered in Herlong and 659 registered in the ranching areas.

LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – April 14, 1952

An aerial view of the Lassen County Fair from August 1950. Eastman Studio postcard

Susanville Studies Auto Racing Plans
April 14, 1952

The possibility of auto racing at the Fair Grounds was discussed at a meeting of the county fair board and representatives of the 20-30 Club, which is interested in sponsoring the races, and a representative from the American Racing Association.

The matter was taken under advisement until another meeting of the fair board at the end of this month. The county board of supervisors would also have to approve. James Bone and Leo Carman from the 20-30 Club and Al Frager from Reno, representative of the National Racing Association, urged the racing be permitted at the Fair Grounds.

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