140 years ago
There’s gold in them thar hills! On Dec. 31, 1869, a group of prospectors from Yreka discovered gold in what would later be called Hayden Hill.
They were searching for the fabled Lost Cabin Mine, which they never found.
But a member of the party cleaned a spring and found a golden, glittering substance too prevalent to be gold which he thought was mica. Turns out, when the mineral was assayed, it really was gold.
86 years ago
A man was caught traveling 20 miles per hour through the heart of Susanville in an early model Ford. Sheriff’s officers arrested the man and sentenced him to one day in jail.
The newspaper used the occasion to issue a strict reminder to its readers that no one was allowed to go faster than five miles per hour in any motor vehicle traveling through town.
110 years ago
Merchants in Susanville must have been pleased with the holiday shopping rush as the paper reported “quite a good crowd of people from the valley were in town last Saturday, some of them doing their Christmas shopping.” According to the paper, shoppers came from Buntingville, Janesville, Standish and the Tules.
“The weather of the week has been at peace with the season,” the paper reported. “Monday a continuous rain fell all day, Tuesday and Wednesday were pleasant enough for May, except that Tuesday night gave promise of ice-making weather. Wednesday night, a slight fall of snow and today an unsettled condition generally.”
110 years ago
The more things change, the more they stay the same. A hundred years ago a Lassen County newspaper editor complained, “the vagaries of California legislation are remarkable. They might be said to be laughable if they did not cost the people so much hard cash.”
The editor railed about expensive highway laws which could not be enforced, a countywide ordinance prohibiting the shipment of game out of the county — despite the fact such laws had been declared unconstitutional by the state supreme court — and a new voter registration law set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 1900. The editor referred to this legislation as “bungling.”
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