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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – July 2nd, 1938

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020

The picket line at Westwood, 1938 ~ From the Eastman Studios Collection at UC Davis

Ejected Union Crowd Flocks To Susanville
31 Injured When Mob Drives Strikers From Westwood
July 2, 1938

Angered residents of this Red River Lumber Company town tonight dragged suspected C. I. O. members or sympathizers before a kangaroo court for “trial” in continuing a purge which drove scores of strikers from the town.

The little lumber town was in a state of siege after 2,000 men battled each other with clubs, rifles, pick-handles and fists, and 80 C. I. O. men and their families were scattered along the roads out of Westwood.

A group of approximately 100 C. I. O. workers were reported in Susanville Wednesday afternoon, but residents there said they expected no trouble.

At a meeting in the Susanville city hall, a number of citizens pledged their support to the chief of police to aid in preserving order, and a signal to warn the citizens should any trouble arise was chosen.

Rumors that an attempt to picket the Lassen Lumber and Box Company, which obtains logs from Red River company, could not be confirmed.

L. R. Cady, vice-president and manager of the California Utilities Company, reported that no interference with electric service to Westwood or Susanville is expected as a result of the dispute.

Cady, following a conference with T. S. Walker, manager of the Red River Lumber Company at Westwood, reported that Walker had said the strikers had promised not to interfere with electric service.

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