Last Wednesday, the Milford Hotel caught on fire, with flames pouring out of the roof about the middle of the building. It was said at once there was no hope of putting it out and a general alarm was given which everybody in the town responded to with all haste.
Willing and industrious hands made quick work of saving furniture, beds, clothing, stoves and everything movable.
90 years ago
On Monday, the sheriff made a trip to Standish in search of a man he suspected of being a member of the bootlegging fraternity.
The sheriff found his man a half-mile east of town and unearthed a still of large proportions as well as five barrels of mash and 1-1/2 gallons of the furnished product.
65 years ago
Lead-covered telephone cables are being strung in the areas of north Main Street and east of Weatherlow to accommodate requests for service in the area, according to A.J Matthews, local manager of the Public Utilities California Corporation.
When completed, by April 15, more than 100 applications for service in this area will be handled, said Matthews.
25 years ago
Westwood’s wood-burning electric plant has been cited by Lassen County Air Pollution Officer Ken Smith for non-compliance on five counts.
Smith said the Ultra Power Plant has been in operation without a proper permit since Jan. 15 in addition to various pollution counts which have been turned over to the district attorney’s office.
Smith noted the misdemeanor charges could bring fines up to $10,000 per violation if the court so desires.
15 years ago
Lassen County continues to remain under a state of emergency from flooding since the first of the year. A bridge on Hackstaff Road in Doyle still remains washed out and impassable because high water along Long Valley Creek overflowed its banks and caved away a large section of the roadway.
10 years ago
Eight days after her death, a fire of unknown origin that is under investigation gutted Margaret Gaspar’s home on Gold Run Road.
When the fire crews arrived at the scene, Susan River Fire Chief Glenn Hodgson said the engines were forced to fight the fire from nearly 200 yards away because access was not immediately available. Hodgson said 17 firefighters were needed to control the blaze.
The late Gaspar was a Susanville activist and philanthropist.
Five years ago
A public hearing for a proposed Bioterrorism decontamination supply shed at Banner Lassen Medical Center raised no comments from members of the community during the regular meeting of the Susanville Planning Commission, Tuesday, Feb. 14.
However, despite the lack of community concern, the commission unanimously denied the shed’s placement at the hospital after listening to Planning Director Bill Nebeker describe the aesthetically displeasing impacts a 20-foot-by-20 foot storage shed would have on the environmental features of the land.
Most parents don’t expect their 5-year-old children to save their lives, but that’s exactly what happened to Herlong resident Michaela Beauchman and her daughter Rylie Pizzola.
“You know for most kids, when they see a parent go down, it’s natural for them to panic,” said Grover White, Department chief of the Herlong Volunteer Fire Department. “Not for Rylie though. She seemed calm the entire time. She did some serious life saving. She had such charisma and was very helpful during the situation. I guess it goes to show you’re never too young to teach them how to call 911.”
Michaela, Rylie and 3-year-old son Dylan Pizzola were at their home on Susanville Road in Herlong when Beauchman suffered a debilitating, pain-induced seizure. The pain was severe enough to cause Beauchman to pass out.
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