Remember When for Aug. 19, 2014

115 years ago

Susanville residents got some advice about vacations because the medical men of the day asserted vacation season was actually the most dangerous time of the year.

Americans, they said, rush from one extreme to the other as “for two or three months the struggle for pleasure is as intense as the struggle for life during the rest of the year.”

The secret to a good vacation? Take a vacation from yourself — that is, “have a change of natural surroundings and of intellectual life.

“A week of complete newness will be the beginning of doing a body more good than all the medicines in the world.”

Remember When for Aug. 12, 2014

115 years ago

An incredulous Nebraska jury handed down a remarkable verdict in a criminal trial. After a brief deliberation the jurors said “We the jury in the above named case do not believe one word that the witnesses have sworn to.

“Neither do we believe that any of the attorneys spoke the truth, nor that either of them could do so even if they should care to take the trouble to try.”

Remember When for Aug. 8, 2014

115 years ago

A tall muscular stranger with dark hair, a sandy complexion and a two-inch scar in the middle of his forehead died on Prattville Road near the Mountain Meadows summit.

The stranger, who registered for the stagecoach ride to Chico as W. O’Donnell, boarded the stage “with a roll of blankets wrapped in black oil cloth.” He rode up top with the driver, who was surprised to hear the sound of a pistol hammer failing.

When the driver saw the passenger had a revolver, he asked him what he was doing, and the passenger replied he was “emptying a pistol.”

The driver did not think much of the man until he had put the revolver to his own head and pulled the trigger again. Seeing the need for action, the driver pulled up the horses, and he and fellow passengers tried to disarm the man.

The stranger lost them in the brush and the others ended their search. Before they could travel another half mile, they hear the retort of a pistol ring out across the summit. Susanville Sheriff Wilson brought the body back to town, and the coroner’s jury ruled the stranger “came to his death by gunshot wound inflicted with suicidal intent.”

Remember When for July 29, 2014

91 years ago

A forest fire burned more than 500 acres near the Pit River, located around Nubieber, and threatened several ranchers. Most of the fire was allowed to naturally burn because of the lack of firefighting personnel in northern Lassen County.

Remember When for July 22, 2014

25 years ago

Lassen County’s oldest cultural event, The Bear Dance, was held for the first time at its new location on Willard Hill. Five teepees were erected and about 200 people participated in the ceremony. The dance had been held for many years at Gladys Mankins’ Ranch near Janesville, but the property was sold after her death and the new site was found on United States Forest Service land west of Susanville.

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