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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – October 14, 1945

Thursday, October 14th, 2021


Soule Motors on Main Street from a late 1940’s postcard.

Building Going Up At Susanville
October 14, 1945

Work on Susanville’s newest building is expected to start this week, according to Dale Soule.

It will be the new Dodge-Plymouth salesroom and garage, to be located on Main street between Sierra Jewelry in the Home Hotel building on the corner and the Sierra Theater. The new structure will be 75 by 140 feet. The contract has been let to Stoltle, Inc., of Oakland, and construction equipment is expected to be here this weekend. The building itself will be concrete, steel and glass construction.

At the west, along Main street, will be a 40-foot showroom; then a 14-foot driveway and door, with the remaining 21 feet filled by steel window sash.

The entrance door and the 21-foot section will be set back from the sidewalk to allow for a gasoline pump island, two driveways and a canopy. The east and north sides of the building will be constructed of a concrete wall topped by continuous steel window sash.

Soule is the distributor for Dodge and Plymouth cars and trucks for Lassen, Modoc and Plumas counties. For the past three years, Soule has been flying for the navy as a senior test pilot. He spent a year and a half at Corpus Christi, Texas, eight months at the Navy experimental base at Maryland, followed by ten months at Alameda.


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