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Remember When for April 1, 2014

95 years ago

An array of gold mining artifacts was discovered in an undisclosed location in Lassen County.

According to the Lassen Advocate newspaper, it was the third such reporting since mid-1918.

70 years ago

Only 52 of the registered 700 Susanville voters turned out at the polls to elect a full slate of city officials.

H.L. McMurphy, J. Baker McQueen, Georgia Jensen and Jim Bronson were voted to the city council, while Burta Fulton was elected treasurer and Shirley Beaver as city clerk.

The voter turnout was one of the smallest in Susanville history.

45 years ago

The local community mourned when Michael Bollinger, 15, and Richelle Simpson, 16, were killed when the car they were riding in went out of control eight miles out of town on Highway 36.

Hundred of friends and relatives attended the funeral services.

30 years ago

Susanville policemen Mike Haldane and Jim Kiely saved the life of 2-year-old Albert Brazzanavich after he fell into the Susan River.

The officers performed CPR on Brazzanavich after he spent 15 to 20 minutes in the water.

Kiely and Haldane revived the child’s breathing and pulse, just before paramedics arrived on the scene. Doctors later reported Brazzanavich did not suffer brain damage.

20 years ago

The “Adopt-a-school” partnerships program between the Westwood Unified School District and the California Correctional Center was drawing to a close.

The partnership, which began the June before, had been a major benefit to the district.

Prisoners from the center provided labor to make a number of school projects a reality.

Coupled with donations of materials, the program produced significant benefits for both schools.

15 years ago

A chemical with unknown hazards was one of the items stolen during a break in at the Pine Creek Fish Hatchery in Spalding.

Up to 140 Eagle Lake Trout spawners measuring 13 to 23 inches and weighing from 1 to 5 pounds were taken, along with two little plastic bottles of Finquel, an odorless white powder used as an anesthetic for fish.

10 years ago

Taking a proactive approach to stopping speeding through town on Main Street, Susanville Police Department and the California Highway patrol formed a joint Special Enforcement Unit.

Between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. one day, the unit worked speed enforcement with the radar on Uptown Main Street.

During that one and a half hour period, the unit issued 18 citations for speed violations, with all violators being cited for traveling at least 10 miles per hour above the speed limit.

Sixteen of the 18 cited were local residents, and none were commercial vehicles.

Last year

Spencer Leebolt, of Eureka, Calif., passed through Susanville on his trek from coast to coast. Leebolt decided to walk across the country in order to raise awareness and donations for cancer.

He said he was walking for a coworker who had just passed away from cancer and the number of children in Eureka suffering from clear cell sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. 


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