In 1901, miner John Rose died in a mine accident near Copper City. He was working the Winthrop mine for the Bully Hill Co.
In 1951, former Tehama Superior Court Judge Herbert South Gans, 77, died in Red Bluff as a result of a brain hemorrhage. He had completed 24 years as a judge before retiring in December.
In 1976, the Skinner's Mill Fire was 90 percent contained after burning 72,000 to 80,000 acres near Red Bluff. Twenty homes were evacuated.
In 1991, the rain year, which concluded June 30 with 22.07 inches, was
near the record for the driest season of 21 inches in 1976-77. The dry
weather also marked the lowest rainfall season in a continuing five-year
Today is Monday, July 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Shasta County led all counties in California with their production of copper and of the combined total of minerals. Shasta County miners reaped $5,574,026 worth of minerals and $4,748,242 worth of copper.
In 1951, Shasta County property was assessed at $28,130,262. Property totaling $1,684,035 belonging to veterans, churches, hospitals and nonprofit organizations was not included.
In 1976, a family of 8 was left with nothing after its trailer burned down in Round Mountain. The family was not at home at the time of the fire, which caused $10,000 worth of damage.
In 1991, 50 firefighters fought a late-night blaze in a warehouse-sized
kiln at a south Redding lumberyard. The fire at Girvan Lumber Co. cost
an estimated $250,000 in damage.
Today is Tuesday, July 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the parts for the county's first automobile arrived in Redding to be assembled for owner Robert J Anderson. The steam-propelled automobile was to be used for traveling between Weaverville and Redding, where mines were located. It was feared the auto would scare the horses.
In 1951, a bridge crossing the Sacramento River between Redding and Anderson was close to completion. Construction had been delayed by high waters in the Spring.
In 1976, Redding prepared to celebrate the nation's 200th birthday with much enthusiasm. The Record Searchlight printed a copy of the constitution in a special bicentennial edition of the paper.
In 1991, the temperature soared to 110 degrees, just one degree short
of the record set in 1950. Temperatures were predicted to reach 114 degrees
by the next day.
Today is Wednesday, July 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, in a local baseball tournament, Yreka lost to Willows, 14-7 in the first game and 7-6 in the second. The Bloomer Girls of Boston beat the Corning team, 17-8. The Redding baseball team wasn't invited to play.
In 1951, the junior Chamber of Commerce Forth of July Celebration ended with fireworks in Lake Redding Park.
In 1976, Redding's Fourth of July celebration was small compared with the parties held around the country. However, to make it special, the Whiskeytown National Park Service women's organization filled a time capsule full of items commemorating the year.
In 1991, approximately 15,000 people celebrated independence day with
a colorful display of fireworks in Redding despite the 114-degree temperatures.
Today is Thursday, July 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, G.H. Pierson, a gambler, was expected to die after falling 15 feet from a saloon after being pushed by Phillip Patterson, a "saloon man." Patterson was escorted to the county jail.
In 1951, the Redding City Council increased the salaries of city employees for the next fiscal year. The most substantial raise went to City Manager Phil Storm, whose total annual income would go from $7,800 to $9,000.
In 1976, Shasta County Sheriff John Balma's truck was vandalized with sugar and red paint while parked at his home. The vandals wrote "Death to Pigs" on the vehicle.
In 1991, temperatures as high as 115 degrees broke records and triggered
fire suppression sprinklers to go on in the attic of the Super 8 Motel
in Red Bluff.
Today is Friday, July 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, two trains collided at Black Butte Summit after a possible switch failure or a miscommunication. Five of the six engineers saw the danger and jumped from the trains to escape injury. A stowaway baseball player was killed in the wreck.
In 1951, Jack Marlin, owner of a fishing resort at Balls Ferry, caught a 33-pound striped bass measuring 36 inches. Striped bass were considered rare this far north.
In 1976, three of Cascade's seven wells were shut down because of an unknown gas, which caused an odd smell and taste in the water. Cascade had recently voted to join Redding, which would supply it with 800 gallons of water per minute.
In 1991, Burney, the unofficial home port of a rejected battleship,
the USS Missouri, was treated to a patriotic float in the Burney Basin
Days parade, donated by the crew of the ship. "Mighty Mo" was rejected
from a San Francisco port because of nuclear armaments.
Today is Saturday, July 7, 2001. On this date.
In 1901, Wylie Davie of Redding was believed to smallpox and was quarantined in his home. Davie insisted that he was not infected and didn't need to be quarantined, so city officials hired a man to patrol his home with a shotgun to make sure he wouldn't leave.
In 1951, triplet boys were born at Memorial Hospital to a couple in Summit City. The infants brought the number of children in the Kinyon family to six.
In 1976, 423 Simpson Lee Paper Co. union employees were threatening to on strike the following afternoon if a settlement could not be reached regarding contract wages. The Anderson plant was the only plant affected.
In 1991, the Redding Rebels softball team lost in the final round of
the Rebel Bud Light invitation to the Alpha Sports, a team from British
Today is Saturday, July 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Hiram Westlake was charged with waiting in ambush for John Moore. Two unexpected travelers prevented Westlake from shooting Moore. Moore had Westlake arrested, and Westlake had Moore arrested for shooting his dog, which was his motive for waiting for Moore.
In 1951, Walter Billings, 14, of Whitmore was killed in a hit and run accident at Sunset Drive and 299. His mother was driving when a car sideswiped their pickup, turning it over.
In 1976, a crew from Knighton Gallino Construction Co. began to turn the former Pine Street School into a complex with 30 shops and three restaurants. The former principal of the school was there for the ground-breaking ceremony.
In 1991, The Plunge reopened after being closed for the weekend when
chlorine levels dipped below the state standards. Reasons for the lack
of chlorine were heat, wind and the nearly 350 people who swam in the pool
Today is Monday, July 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a fire tore through the Dozier Brothers assay office and the Masterson Brothers marble works on Yuba Street, causing $4,000 in damages. The cause of the fire was unknown and rescue efforts were hampered by lack of water.
In 1951, the Citizens Utilities Co. of California petitioned the state public utilities commission for an additional $64,500 interim increase in annual rural northern California telephone rates. This raise would have Modoc, Lassen, Shasta, Plumas and Tehama Counties.
In 1976, workers went on a round-the-clock strike at Simpson Lee Paper Co. None of the machines that produced 170 tons of pulp for the 400 tons paper the mill could produce daily were running.
In 1991, a 7 percent tax was allowed to be added to monthly telephone,
electricity, gas, water and cable television bills by the Redding City
Council. The tax was called an investment in the future as the money was
for city programs and services.
Today is Tuesday, July 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, reports of the death a baseball player stowaway during a Black Butte train accident the previous week proved to be false. The boy, Otto Schell said he was one of three men stowed on the train and that he jumped to safety. The deceased man was actually a cigar maker from Fort Harrison, Iowa.
In 1951, Gov. Warren signed bills boosting the annual salaries of Superior Court judges in Shasta and Trinity counties from $9,000 to $12,000. The bills also included pay raises for the chief justice and other associate judges.
In 1976, there were no leads and no known motives to the stabbing of an Anderson girl found dead in Clear Creek. The girls mother reported her missing July 8 but could not find her when they searched around Clear Creek.
In 1991, a name-the-new-school-district contest began as officials looked
to christen the recently unified schools in the Shasta Lake area. The person
who submitted the winning name would receive a $100 savings bond.
Today is Wednesday, July 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials were reviewing a report that emphasized the need for expansion of irrigated agriculture in Butte, Tehama, Glenn and Colusa counties. The report recommended building a dam south of Red Bluff, a power plant at Mooney Island, and new canals, among other things.
In 1951, D.G. Reed, a member of the Shasta County Law Library Association, petitioned the Board of Supervisors to help preserve the records of the old Circuit Court and those of the auditor and assessor before the establishment of the Superior Court. The records were to be indexed and rearranged for storage in a basement at the courthouse.
In 1976, Shasta County supervisors formally requested that the county be declared a drought disaster area to become eligible for state and federal economic assistance. Agriculture and recreation industry representatives attested to the county loss of $1.27 million because of the drought.
In 1991, Redding astronomer Ken Adams was watching a total eclipse
in the moon's shadow in San Jose Del Cabo on the southern tip of Baja California,
Mexico. The previous year Adams had traveled to Helsinki, Finland, to watch
another total solar eclipse.
Today is Thursday, July 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, five men bathed in the Sacramento River in full view of some ladies and children in Keswick, provoking locals to file the complaints charging them with indecent exposure for their considered disregard for the laws of decency.
In 1951, it was reported that witnesses came forward admitting there was no other car involved in the car accident that killed 14-year-old Walter Billings. The crash was the first reported hit and run, but Mrs. Hopkins, the boy's mother and the driver of the car confessed she was driving drunk.
In 1976, the Dunsmuir High School girls basketball team, the Tigeretts, were invited to play in a tournament in Warsaw, Poland, July 22-26. In preparation, the team raised $1,200 and were donated red, white, and blue uniforms by a firm in Illinois.
In 1991, an investigation of two Redding escort services led police
to arrest two women on suspicion of soliciting prostitution. Another man
was arrested in connection with the case on suspicion of pimping, or profiting
from another's prostitution.
Today is Friday, July 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the well known W.J. "Old Bill" Johnson was bucked from a mule and killed in Round Mountain. The aged man, whose head hit a rock when he was thrown, died 2 1/2 hours after he was carried carefully to his home.
In 1951, four people, two women and two children, were killed when the intoxicated driver of their car hit a tree on Highway 44. Two other passengers were critically injured.
In 1976, charges of arson, connected with a fire bombing of Trinity High School in Weaverville, against an 18-year-old male were dropped because of a technicality. The fire on June 2 of that year caused $80,000 damage.
In 1991, waitress Julie McGram was the honorary mayor of Burney after
her customers at B.J.'s Coffee Hut voted for her during a Burney
Basin Chamber of Commerce fund-raising election. The chamber sold
the votes for $1 each. McGram's sole duty was to appear in the Burney Basin
Days parade, as Burney was not incorporated and had no formal city duties.
Today is Saturday, July 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a laborer known only as Allen was seriously cut on the head in north Redding, but he refused to divulge the name of the assailant or the trouble that caused the fray.
In 1951, the Record Searchlight reported 21 people died and many others had been injured in traffic accidents in Shasta County since the beginning of that year.
In 1976, a $3.5 million J.C. Penney Co. store opened at the Mt. Shasta Mall in Redding. It was the biggest Penney's store north of Sacramento and the biggest single store in Redding.
In 1991, seven cars on a Southern Pacific train derailed and dumped
thousands of gallons of a chemical herbicide into the Sacramento at Cantara
Loop north of Dunsmuir.
Today is Sunday, July 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, F.M. Archer, veterinary surgeon and mining man, manage to avoid injury after his horse, Injun, was spooked and fell after slipping in wet ground. Archer pulled his feet from the stirrups before the animal fell and slid several feet.
In 1951, the body of a missing 20-year-old Newhall woman was found near Redding in a ravine, nine days after she was reported missing. It was speculated that she had been kidnapped by her jealous stepfather, and evidence found near the body supported this claim.
In 1976, after studying the impact on an ancient Indian burial ground, the Redding Board of Administrative Review approved construction of a two-story office complex at Hemsted Drive and Cypress Avenue.
In 1991, a Mountain Gate man leaped off the Shasta Dam and fell 128
feet to his death. It was the second time in two months that someone had
died jumping from the dam.
Today is Monday, July 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the body of a man was found in the brush above the Sacramento River on Sheep Island below Balls Ferry. There was no way to identify the person because he had been dead for several months.
In 1951, a 47-year-old Anderson man suffered a fractured skull after being thrown from his car as it was hit by a train. The man was crossing the tracks in Anderson, although the crossing signals indicated an oncoming train.
In 1976, the Dunsmuir High School girl's basketball team, The Tigerettes, and three chaperons were scheduled to travel to Portland for a basketball tournament after the money was raised for the 23 day trip behind the Iron Curtain.
In 1991, was assessed after a train derailed at Cantara Loop, dumping
toxic chemicals into the Sacramento River. Thousands of fish clogged the
river as they raced away from the spill.
Today is Thursday, July 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, it was rumored that he former owner of Lawrence Mine on Union Creek in the Coffee Creek District, died from shock in Los Angeles hearing the news that his mine had struck gold. New owners Marshal Osborne and associates uncovered $14,000 worth of gold from the mine they had bought from Lawrence for $5,000.
In 1951, a 55-year-old man was killed instantly in Project City when the tire truck he was driving crossed over the center line and hit a car of four young men from Seattle. The driver of the tire truck had been drinking.
In 1976, Memorial Hospital opened its new $4 million expansion. The hospital had new equipment and got rid of most of the old hospital, which was built on the beams of a conveyor belt used to build the Shasta Dam.
In 1991, bright red dye was added to the Sacramento River to mark the
progress of the poisonous herbicide spilled after a derailment at Cantara
Loop near Dunsmuir. As the chemicals reached Lake Shasta, three resorts
closed while news of the spill made national headlines.
Today is Wednesday, July 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, 15 hobos began a beer-drinking fiasco in Redding, but law enforcement officers were determined to pay no expense to jail them and tried to ship them out of town by locking them inside a boxcar. However train workers kicked the men off the train. So the officers walked six of the hobos out of town. The others left on their own.
In 1951, William Aplin of Ventura, a photographer for Sunset magazine, was in Redding to shoot a photo story on "what there is to do and see along Highway 299 between Redding and Alturas." Leavitt Dudley, another Sunset staff member, was there to assist attended a Lions club meeting for background.
In 1976, the 12 contestants for the Maid of Shasta County pageant at the Shasta District Fair were profiled in the Record Searchlight. The winner wouldreceivee $300 to compete in the Maid of California contest in Sacramento and a $50 savings bond.
In 1991, former Redding Mayor Nancy Buffman was booked and released
from Shasta County Jail after being charged with 18 felony counts of misappropriation
of public funds, three counts of adverse financial interest and 15
counts of willful or corrupt misconduct by a public official.
Today is Thursday, July 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an entire warehouse worth of provisions, stored to feed guests of W.H. Toankin's boarding house in Castella, was stolen by a John Doe. Footprints led Sacramento River Township deputies to the unknown man who was housed with a "lewd woman" and surrounded by incriminating boxes of goods marked with Toankin's name.
In 1951, cousins were reunited after no contact since 1904. Frances
Ward of Bella Vista found at her front door, her first cousin, Harry Falconer,
whom she'd last seen in a little country school in Lake Preston, S.D.,
47 years before. Falconer's grandfather, who had been a member of the Donner
party, drew the family to California after settling here in 1852.
In 1976, the Washington Plaza building, a four-story, 29,400-square-foot structure was getting its final inspection. The building would house some state government agencies as well as local professional offices. Smart & Clabaugh, project architect, noted a special "mirror glass" was installed to repel heat.
In 1991, Shasta Union High School District trustees were considering
a bond election to finance construction of Foothill High School in an attempt
to reduce classroom crowding. The bonds would be repaid over 25 years with
a surcharge on property taxes. The district needed $18 million to build
the Palo Cedro school.
Today is Friday, July 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Southern Pacific Co. converted nearly all its freight train cabooses to passenger coaches when it was sure a particularly large number of travelers would be visiting California for the national convention in San Francisco. SP realized that its sleeping-car service and seating capacity were inadequate, and even several box cars were filled with "cupolas" and side-steps to use in an emergency.
In 1951, 126 telephone operators went on strike in Redding over demands for a 10 percent wage increase and other wage disputes. The work stoppage disrupted telephone services temporarily throughout Northern California and Nevada.
In 1976, former students of the old Twin View School, which was closed
down in 1951 to make way for the Whitmore Union School, returned to the
one-room school for an "any year" reunion. Six members of the 11-member
class of 1951 were present. That class composed what was to become
pledge for the United Nations.
In 1991, a new state food tax on snack items, bottled water, newspapers
and other periodicals was taking effect, just two weeks after it passed.
North state customers and clerks were upset saying a child who goes in
for a 50 cent candy would now have to have 53 cents. There were now more
than 4,000 items listed as products under the tax.
Today is Saturday, July 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a "tramp with every indication of being a victim of drugs" mistakenly chose night watchman Dack's residence when he stole a hat from the porch. A neighbor saw him and immediately reported the crime to the sleeping deputy. The tramp was charged with petty larceny.
In 1951, any children age 11 or over were invited on the first of series of fishing trips leaving from Pine Street School in a covered truck that morning. The kids were asked to bring a signed permission note and their own fishing and swimming supplies. They were headed to Hat Creek near Lassen Park.
In 1976, Kenyon Knourek, a Weed carpenter who ran for president as a write-in candidate in the June 8 primary election, said he was "grateful" that 12 people voted for him. Knourek got one Peace and Freedom Party, one American Independent Party, five Republican and five Democratic votes that ranged over four counties where he had campaigned on foot.
In 1991, Dave Eaton of Mount Shasta became a "mountain man" for the
McCloud Fiesta Days. He and three other members of the McCloud Free Trappers
portrayed two mountain men and two Indians in the Fiesta Days parade.
Today is Sunday, July 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a correspondent of the Anderson News reported 25 camps and 80 people crowded the Big Bend Hot Springs. The place was beginning to resemble a town with a photo gallery, an ice cream/candy stand, and violin and guitar music every night. Talk was to build two or three bath houses to accommodate the crowds.
In 1951, construction began on city projects to pave Court Street, to prepare the street entrance to the new Mercy hospital site, and to tear out curbs for a wider entrance to the police department on Market Street in Redding.
In 1976, the Montague Police Department burned a marijuana plant it had been growing to put on exhibition to teach what the weed looked like. The police chief destroyed the plant after rumors circulated about its ultimate purpose.
In 1991, the upper Sacramento River was opened except for fishing as
tests showed metal sodium in the water dropped to levels thought safe to
humans. This was eight days after the train derailment at Cantara Loop
spilled thousands of gallons of the toxic chemical into the river.
Today is Monday, July 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a supposed love-sick fellow was blamed for the recurring theft of a photo of a young Redding woman from two separate locations in town. The photos were part of a display from Honn studio and to prevent a third incident, Miss Honn removed the photo from the rack.
In 1951, a Fairchild Scha-a-Graver was installed at the Record Searchlight plant. Taking up only a corner of the news-room, it replaced the former room-sized set of camera, arc lights, and an acid-etching machine that had been used to produce pages for the paper. The new machine reduced time to complete a printing plate from one of more hours to 7 to 35 minutes.
In 1976, movie star Burt Ward, who played "Robin, the Boy Wonder" on the Batman television series, was at Cousin Gary's Mobil Home Sales lot in Redding as part of the company's 5-year anniversary celebration. The actor was available during set times during the three-day event.
In 1991, public radio station KCHO workers installed a new signal booster
on Shasta Bally to improve radio reception in the north state. The translator
was installed with about $5,000 of grant funds from the McConnell Foundation.
Today is Tuesday, July 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the latest in calculating machines arrived in Redding. Called "comptometers," the machines, which could do the work six times as fast as man, looked like safe deposit boxes with a keyboard on top. They cost $125.
In 1951, a 46-year-old man was killed when his company's dump truck he was driving was struck by a Southern Pacific train at the Girvan Road crossing in Redding. It was the second railroad accident that week.
In 1976, Shasta County supervisors were considering a $7,000 study of rain-making possibilities to help eliminate drought conditions.
In 1991, some 700 marijuana plants were confiscated east of Hirz Bay
along the McCloud arm of Lake Shasta. It was the biggest raid so far that
Today is Wednesday, July 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, W.A. Scott was one of two men arrested for destroying trout with dynamite explosives near Dunsmuir in the Sacramento River.
In 1951, trucker William Alexander of Redding quickly disengaged the tractor-trailer he was hauling when he noticed the load was on fire. A smoldering cigarette that had been tossed onto the load of lumber by another driver was believed to be the cause. The lumber was destroyed and $160 worth of damage was done to the truck and trailer.
In 1976, the world's longest and largest earrings were on display at Bedazzled in the Mt. Shasta Mall. Made with 6,930 beads and 326 pieces of filigree by Laura Dobbs of Sacramento, the earrings weighed 10 pounds and were 4 feet 7 1/2 inches long from end to end. They were to appear in the Guinness Book of World Records.
In 1991, the McConnell Foundation of Redding approved nearly $2 million
in grants to nonprofit groups and public agencies. The largest grant was
for $330.000 to the Alliance of Redding Museums for developing drawings
and models of a proposed Turtle Bay Museum.
Today is Thursday, July 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Clerks Club of Redding, determined to have a unanimous compliance with all businesses in Redding to obey an early closure ordinance it had passed, placed a public boycott on two stores that would not agree to the plan. In addition, three clerks at a time were to picket each of the two stores to dissuade customers from entering after set hours.
In 1951, Loren L. Ewing, former vice president for Shasta Union High School, was named as the new deputy juvenile probation officer and would earn $300 per month. He would start Aug. 1.
In 1976, the Redding Planning was considering a request for a public hearing on a proposed dance hall at 1135 Pine St. John Burlake made the request, stating that the nonalcoholic discotheque would create a nuisance there.
In 1991, a bee flew into a vehicle on Lake Boulevard in Redding, causing
its 32-year-old driver from Project City to swerve into a tree. The woman
was seriously injured after being partly thrown from the vehicle. Her husband
and son, the car's passengers, suffered minor injuries.
Today is Friday, July 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Capt. A.G. Bridge of Balls Ferry, a veteran of the British Army, proclaimed his disbelief in wire news from a London Dispatch. It said that a number of officers and men home from South Africa had refused medals offered to them by King Edward because they had not received their service money and had to pawn their medals to support their families. "If England can't pay her soldiers, who can?" Bridbe said.
In 1951, Mayor Wilber Simons was signing letters to mayors throughout the state who would be joining in the 10-day Central Valley water festival starting Aug. 1. The letters told of an "Operation Water Wealth" boat which would deliver casts of Shasta water to the mayors involved and to Gov. Warren.
In 1976, trench diggers found four human skeletons, believed to be more than 2,000 years old, while putting in a sprinkler system in Chico. Researchers planned to study the remains and grounds to see if the bones were part of an Indian burial ground.
In 1991, Southern Pacific began to use an "aeration barge" to sweep
remaining metal sodium to the surface of Lake Shasta. Meanwhile, the first
two lawsuits were filed against the company following the toxic soil from
a derailed train at Cantara Loop near Dunsmuir.
Today is Saturday, July 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, prospector Charles Holmes of Happy Valley walked too close to a moving train and was struck and killed by steps protruding from the train. The 73-year-old man died a few hours later. He was first thought to be shot when he was found next to the tracks.
In 1951, possibly infected with the first case of polio in Redding, Lorraine Cook, 30, was bound for San Francisco for treatment when the plane she was in threw a connecting rod minutes after takeoff from the Benton Air Field in Redding. An ambulance returned the woman to the hospital after an emergency landing and kept her there until another plane was found for the trip.
In 1976, Lana Smith of Anderson was named the Maid of Shasta County for 1976 at the opening day pageant at the Shasta District Fair. The 17-year-old beat 12 contestants and would receive $300 for a trip to Sacramento to compete in the Maid of California contest.
In 1991, three juveniles led police on a chase through Redding after the stolen vehicle they were in was spotted heading the wrong way on a downtown street. The boys, residents of a Whitmore group home, ages 11, 12, and 15, were stopped by a blockade of police cars on Highway 44.
Today is Sunday, July 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, W.D. Pratte, a newspaperman from Washington, had just shipped equipment including a press and type to the Redding area. The De La Mar and Bully Hill area was to have its own weekly newspaper by the end of the first week in August. It would be called the De La Mar Enterprise.
In 1951, a man aimed a fully loaded .45-caliber Colt revolver at a Continental Trailways bus driver headed south toward Redding. The driver, Homer Sellars, 36, of Redding, drove 10 miles while the gunman demanded that he drive to San Francisco. Finally, a Redding police officer apprehended the man after he decided to let Sellars stop.
In 1976, Roy Buchanan received a waterbed as a prize for winning the March of Dimes Walk-a- thon in Redding. The event raised money for a campaign to treat and prevent birth defects.
In 1991, authorities said that a man was using the name of a legitimate
Redding chimney sweeping company to offer residents lifetime chimney maintenance
for $100 paid in advance. The con men was claiming to work for Top Hat
Chimney Sweep, but the company claimed to have no association with them.
Today is Monday, July 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a well-known miner of the Shasta King mine, Tim Foley, sprained his knee while trying to sidestep a rattlesnake in his path. He was in Redding for recovery.
In 1951, Margaret Jenks reported a burglary at the Village Grill in Project City in which someone had sat and ate behind the counter and ate sardines, potato salad, pickles, milk, bread and pie, and took $15 from the register drawer, The culprit had gotten in through a rear window over the weekend,
In 1976, Shasta District Fair attendance was estimated to be down by half from the previous year on the second day. It was the first year that a pay gate was used. Visitors who had gotten in free before now had to pay $1.50 per adult and 50 cents per child.
In 1991, tiny volcanic ash particles suspended high in the stratosphere
from a June 12 explosion from Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines were painting
striking colors across the sunrises and sunsets in the Redding area. Residents
reported salmon-pink and fiery red-orange spectacles across the sky.
Today is Tuesday, July 31, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a contract was signed for the construction for the four-story Lorenz Hotel building in downtown Redding. Planners expected to finish the project by mid-December.
In 1951, $102.80 was collected in the first week of a local Red Cross effort to aid in a Kansas-Missouri flood crisis. The organization was attempting to reach a $750 quota for the county by the end of the week.
In 1976, more than $800 was missing from the Shasta County public guardian. The district attorney was investigating the case. The missing money belonged to people the court had ruled unfit to manage their own finances.
In 1991, the Redding City Council approved a 5 percent tax on utilities
that would begin Nov. 1.
August & September missing
Today is Monday, October 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, illegal timber cutting drew government attention, and some predicted many arrests to be made in the near future. Sources said a government agent went undercover as a laborer, working in the Shingletown, Big Bend and Bully Hill woods with timber companies all summer.
In 1951, two teen-age escapees from La Tour spike camp in Whitmore surrendered to Sheriff John Balma. The crimes they would be charged with during their escape were armed robbery, burglary and grand theft.
In 1976, a sniper was still at large after shooting a man in the head from a lit overpass in Yreka. The man from Washington had been driving with friends south on Interstate 5 and was listed in critical condition at an area hospital.
In 1991, a Shasta County man was hit over the head with a metal pipe
by one of three teen-agers trying to steal his wallet. The man suffered
a skull fracture but held onto his money.
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Could Brothers of Red Bluff secured contracts to begin hauling refuse from 40 businesses in Redding. The waste was to be taken to the public dumping ground in west Redding.
In 1951, Shasta County Sheriff John Balma suggested to CYA authorities that the La Tour spike camp be closed after two inmates escaped. It was suggested that there was unrest at the camp in Whitmore. In 1976, jurors were excused for a three-day recess after the defense attorney in the Janice Parnell murder trial hinted that authorities had intimidated his client during questioning in Weaverville. Parnell was accused of arranging her husband's death.
In 1991, a local cable company owed Shasta County $92,189 in franchise
fees and had filed for bankruptcy. The company reported it would not make
any changes in services or raise rates to its 3,800 subscribers.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the influential German colony in Redding, after proposing solutions ranging from a foot race for a wrestling match to resolve a dispute between two local men, decided to end the feud with a sword fight, as both men were trained in this art. Armed with 4-foot swords, they were to meet that evening at on Redding's free bridge.
In 1951, Anderson High School students picked prunes to earn money to pay for lights for their new football field. The estimated total earned was about $1,000.
In 1976, a gasoline tanker overturned on interstate 5, south of Dunsmuir, spilling 8,600 gallons of burning fuel. The driver had only minor injuries but the truck and trailer were destroyed.
In 1991, a man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 1989
killing of a flea market worker. The convicted man had earlier confessed
to shooting the man, but said it was during a confrontation where he felt
Today is Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, George Scholes of Dunsmuir slipped between two railroad cars and was almost run over as he attempted to ride the freight train toward Red Bluff. Bystanders pulled him free of the tracks.
In 1951, a 10-year-old Shasta County boy was the latest polio victim and was flown to San Francisco for treatment. He was the 24th reported case in the county for the year.
In 1976, a truck driver was pinned inside his cabin for three hours after his truck blew a tire and rolled down an embankment. The driver had only minor injuries.
In 1991, a controversial Dodson Lane subdivison got another
go-ahead from the Anderson City Council, although the original plan was
amended. The city would allow two homes per acre but no sidewalks and other
features that caused opposition by residents.
Today is Friday, Oct. 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, sulfur fumes had eaten away the corrugated iron roof on the north side of the Redding Foundry but left the south side unaffected. The damaged portion was being replaced with asbestos-covered board sheeting.
In 1951, police were investigating the attempted murder in Oroville of Thomas Dwyer, a prominent almond grower in Durham. Dwyer found a home-made bomb behind the seat of his pickup.
In 1976, the Redding City Council decided to offer free parking at mall as soon as possible for a three-month trial period to observe its affect on shopping. The council decided to also cover the parking meters, not just for the Mall, but for all downtown stores.
In 1991, a 13-year-old Redding boy was in fair condition at Mercy Medical
Center in Redding after he collided with a vehicle while riding his bicycle
on Victor Avenue. The vehicle's driver had swerved onto the side of the
road to pass a turning vehicle when she struck the boy.
Today is Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, local Judge Garden, while shopping in Sacramento on his way home from Napa, said he'd seen former Redding residents doing well in the capital. One was making $150 a month, and the other was a bellboy at the Western Hotel.
In 1951, a truckload of salmon and halibut overturned when the truck's tire blew out south of Dunsmuir, spilling fish over the road. The fish were moved into another truck to haul away.
In 1976, three sets of twins were born in 14 hours at Shasta General Hospital in Redding, making the maternity ward a little cramped. The births were believed to have set a record.
In 1991, shoppers came to the rescue of a woman whose purse was snatched
at the Shasta Factory Outlets, catching the suspected thief and setting
on him until police arrived. The man ended up being arrested in connection
with license plates stolen from cars in the shopping center parking lot.
Today is Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Redding residents were making money fast in Nome, Idaho. An Idaho resident stopped in Redding and showed pictures to friends of two Redding men in the gold mining fields.
In 1951, Mayor Wilber Simons declared "Employ the Handicapped" week in Redding.
In 1976, the Trinity County Board of Supervisors enacted a law prohibiting the spraying of herbicides by U.S. Forest Service helicopters because the county believed people and animals were at risk from the poisons.
In 1991, sheriff's deputies were looking for a 15-year-old boy after
an incident in Burney in which a man was shot in the hand.
Today is Monday, Oct. 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a brush fire in Redding led to criminal charges being brought against W.H. Sanford. Mr. Sanford was trying to clear the brush by burning it. However, he started the fire after dusk, violating the city ordinance.
In 1951, 6-year-old Tommy Miller of Central Valley was the forth polio fatality. He was the 26th person from Shasta County being treated in San Francisco.
In 1976, three Shasta County residents sued the director of the county welfare department seeking an increase in their welfare payments. The three residents were disabled and claimed they could not exist on their monthly welfare payments.
In 1991, the FBI and Redding police were looking for a quiet man who
slipped a Redding bank teller a note demanding money. The FBI was involved
because the bank was federally insured.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, it was discovered in the will of Mrs. Susanna Kountz, who had died in September, that she had bequeathed her entire estate to her daughters and gave nothing to her son, Frank, and his daughter because he had not been a comfort to her in her declining years.
In 1951, the Anderson chapter of the FFA won the master chapter award for the third time in a row at a conference held at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
In 1976, only minor injuries were reported after a head-on collision in Redding. A 16-year-old driver had come around a corner too fast, hitting an Oregon couple.
In 1991, Redding reached a record high temperature for the day of 101 degrees. The old record of 98 degrees had been set in 1971.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, officials announced that Shingletown would be supplied with electricity by Nov. 15. The power would come from the Keswick Electric Co. in Shingletown.
In 1951, the Red Bluff Macy and Co. feed store, warehouse and elevator were destroyed by fire. The initial estimate of damage was $250,000.
In 1976, two maintenance men saved Anderson High School from a fire that started when a ceramics kiln overheated and caught the school's roof on fire.
In 1991, Central Valley High School students were shocked to find "Hornets
rule" painted on the gym doors and sidewalks of the school. Enterprise
High School student body officers sent a letter of apology to Central Valley.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 an Idaho businessman purchased a lot on the corner of Market
and Tehama Streets, where planned to build a brick business building,
two or three stories high.
Today is Friday, Oct. 12, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 at the Keswick crude well on the Sand Flats, driller Dougherty
was driving a small hole beside and adjoining the regular well to try to
loosen a string of tools stuck at the bottom to get them out. Very slow
progress of a foot day was made.
Today is Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 Frank P. Alexander, an ice cream vender, a proprietor of a restaurant
on wheels, an owner of considerable Redding property and a "gentleman of
color," filled for quiet title against George and Josephine Richards for
lots seven and eight of the first block of Trinity street.
Today is Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 Jack Radley, a gambler and a man of unsavory reputation, shot
George Matthews in the chest, critically wounding him, at a ball in De
La Mar. Radley's motive was revenge after Mrs. Matthews denied Radley
a dance at her husband's instruction.
Today is Monday, Oct. 15, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 a 9-year-old boy was diagnosed with scarlet fever. The boy's
home was quarantined. No one was certain how the boy had contracted the
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 John J. Carberry was murdered by Thomas Dawson, a homeless alcoholic
who Carberry had befriended. Dawson shot Carberry for an unknown reason
and then threatened Mrs. Carberry and her children.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 a juror called for an inquest to exhume the body of alleged
suicide victim Louis Christison, who had been found dead with a gunshot
wound in his head, a pistol in his hand, and money in his pocket. Ira Smith,
the juror, said that the fact that the man was buried without the
jury's knowledge aroused suspicion of murder.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 55 laborers showed up in Redding expecting transportation for
their baggage and a short walk to work at the Sweepstakes Pipeline. They
were threatening to sue the San Francisco Construction Co., which had promised
those things, when they realized there was no one to get the bags and it
was over 60 miles to the work site.
Today is Friday, Oct. 19, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 officials reported on the sad state of John Guill, confined
to the Shasta County Jail. Guill believed he was being attacked by mystical
Today is Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001. On this date: (1901 only)
In 1901 in a horse and buggy accident Margaret Gillespie and Mrs. J.
Merrill and her child were left to walk home, stiff and sore, on their
way from Keswick to Redding. The horse let the buggy slip on a narrow grade
atop Diestlehorst hill. Merrill grabbed her child and jumped out. Gillespie
was thrown off as the buggy overturned.
Today is Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, J.P. Lacerda sold his Keswick Exchange Saloon to John McGarrety, formerly of San Francisco. Lacerda was traveling to the Azores Islands in November. (The Azores is a group of islands in the N. Atlantic, 800 miles west of Portugal.)
In 1951, Marine Corps Cpl. Gerald E. Castagnetto, 20, of Redding, who had been killed during the Korean War, was to be buried in Redding Cemetery that week. He was to have National Guardsmen at his service.
In 1976, $200,000 worth of lumber was saved from a fire at Sierra Pacific Mill when a dry kiln erupted into flames. Firefighters were unable to save the kiln.
In 1991, two Oregon men, killed in a hiking accident, were airlifted
from the 12,000-foot elevation of Mt. Shasta. Three others had died climbing
the same glacier the previous year.
Today is Monday, Oct. 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Robert Weigart of Inwood brought a 6-foot mountain lion pelt to show in Redding. He said he had killed the animal near his home.
In 1951, a former Redding student, then an ex-semi pro baseball player turned Jesuit priest, stood before the house committee in Washington, D.C., to protest a "reserve clause" in baseball player's contracts. He said the cause, which limited the players from shopping around and signing with the highest offer, was morally unjust.
In 1976, Janice Parnell was found not guilty of arranging her husband's death in Trinity County Superior Court. Reasons for not convicting her included lack of proof and that the $300,000 life insurance policy she had taken out on her husband was not enough for a motive.
In 1991, over 100 law enforcement officials, wearing black bands
around their badges joined in the search for two migrant workers, wanted
for killing a Shasta County sheriff's deputy. Teams from as far away as
Klamath County, Ore., searched the 10-mile woods near Burney where the
men were believed to be hiding.
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, state veterinarian officials said cholera was the confirmed killer of area hogs. The cure was a serum not readily available due to a lack of funds and the absence of experts to make it.
In 1951, three Redding women accused an 18-year-old man of being a nude prowler who had entered their bedrooms.
In 1976, a plan to move KIXE-TV to the Chico State University's medical center basement was debated by the cities of Redding and Chico.
In 1991, banjo, fiddle and mandolin players of all ages were preparing
for the 10th annual Western Open Fiddle Championship at the Redding Convention
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, evidence , including torn shirt sleeves and beaten down shrubbery, indicated the toils of Leon McDonald, a young De La Mar man who had been missing for several weeks. He had disappeared after a hunting trip and was still missing.
In 1951, seven head of cattle were killed in a traffic accident in Bella Vista. The driver of a cattle truck had swerved to avoid a head-on collision and rolled into a dry stream bed.
In 1976, a 20-year-old man who was to be sentenced that day after he pleaded guilty to armed robbery charges was found dead from a fractured skull in the alley between Market and California Streets in Redding. Investigators believed that he had attended a party uninvited and that a fight had ensued.
In 1991, a winning lottery ticket worth $62,998 that had been sold at
a Redding supermarket was unclaimed.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a train conductor shot and killed the train's brakeman in McCloud following a series of arguments. J.W. Newby was approaching William Page on top of a box car. Page told him to stay away and then shot Newby twice in the neck when he disobeyed.
In 1951, a runaway trailer hit a car on Highway 99 near Redding, killing two people. The truck driver did not realize he had lost his empty flatbed trailer until he heard it collide with the car behind him.
In 1976, Ira Magee a hypnotist and graduate of the institute of Applied Hypnology, brought his international tour to Redding for a two-day program at the Hilton Inn.
In 1991, Weed police discovered an apparent mobile meth lab after it
was involved in a single-vehicle accident. The wrecked and abandoned truck
was found near an Interstate 5 overpass.
Today is Friday, Oct. 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, public schools were closed in Klamath Falls, Ore., because seven people fell ill with smallpox. The woman believed to have brought the disease was ordered out of town and was placed on the next stage to Ashland Ore.
In 1951, a mobile X-ray unit was scheduled to come through Shasta County for tuberculosis testing. The unit traveled throughout California taking X-rays that were reviewed by doctors. The diagnoses were mailed back to the patients.
In 1976, the Redding City Council endorsed the annexation of the Enterprise district, which the public would vote on Nov. 2. Many saw it as an unprecedented stand on annexation issues.
In 1991, more than 2 tons of donated food, clothing, tools, and bedding
collected by Parsons Junior High School students were heading to Oakland
and Berkeley to aid fire victims.
Today is Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, it was reported that George Matthews, shot by Jack Radley, had taken a turn for the worse. Matthews was shot by Radley at a Ball in De La Mar when Mrs. Matthews refused Radley a dance.
In 1951, two more cases of polio were reported in Shasta County. The victims were a 6-year-old boy and a 2 1/2 year-old-boy. Both were hospitalized at the County Hospital until beds were available in the San Francisco Children's Hospital.
In 1976, contractors were waiting for the final two tenants, Shasta Tire Service and the hospital barber shop to vacate the Lorenz Hotel to began renovating the building. The plan had been initiated by the HUD program as part of the city's senior citizen housing project.
In 1991, search and rescue personnel and Jeep posse were searching the
Dana area of Fall River Mills for two missing hunters, a 38-year-old man
and a 13-year-old from Orland.
Today is Monday, Oct. 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, thugs murdered fellow traveler Harry Conway on a freight train in Redding. After heavy gunfire between the men and police, the thugs were successfully arrested.
In 1951, the largest party in Redding's history was set for Oct. 31, also the first observance of Youth Honor Day. The party would start with a parade in the evening at Pine Street School and would move down onto Tiger Field.
In 1976, the Redding Hotel, home to 75 seniors, was spared when Bank of America chose another site for its new headquarters. The new site would cover an entire block between East, Liberty, Yuba and Placer streets.
In 1991, the two men accused of killing sheriff's deputy Ken Perrigo
were formally charged with murder in Shasta County Municipal Court. Investigators
identified which of the two men shot the deputy before fleeing and leading
over 100 officers on a weeklong manhunt.
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Ollie Garvin was arrested and charged with grand theft by Constable Snivley. Garvin, a respectable young fellow, borrowed a saddle horse and did not return it in a reasonable time.
In 1951, Shasta County was putting on the final touches of a huge, youth-oriented celebration for Halloween. Events were set up all over the city for preschoolers to college students. The motto of the party was "Have fun without destruction of property."
In 1976, Anderson High School students Steve Hadley and Doug Parent won the school's annual car decoration competition by turning their Pontiac sedan into the Batmobile. The two friends spent 15 hours making the car look authentic for the homecoming contest.
In 1991, a naked man was killed after being hit by two cars as he ran
across Interstate 5 near Red Bluff. The driver of the first car to hit
the man did not stop and was wanted on hit-and-run charges.
Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Redding youngsters celebrated Halloween by moving various items around town to different locations. Moved items included wheels, a brewery wagon, gates and business signs, which caused considerable confusion.
In 1951, a crowd of high school and college students assembled at Yuba and Market streets and had to be dispersed by police. The group left fruit scattered on streets and sidewalks and roamed town in "packs" during the evening. Police were considering pressing charges against some of the youths.
In 1976, in mock presidential votes in Redding, Gerald Ford beat Jimmy Carter by a landslide, despite national polls showing the race was very close. The results were 63 percent for Ford over 37 percent for Carter in a vote at the Mall downtown.
In 1991, popular Halloween costumes in Redding included
Freddy Kruger of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies and Teen-age Mutant
Today is Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Ira Cannon of Modoc County was in Redding bearing a load of butter. He was headed for San Francisco to visit former Modoc Superior Court Judge C.L. Clafton, Cannon's brother-in-law.
In 1951, 15-month-old Carol Rockwell was helping her mother make a Christmas message to send to her father, Capt. Bill Rockwell, who was serving with the Army Infantry in Japan. The last time he had seen her was when she was 6 months old.
In 1976, the Redding City Council approved a plan for merchants to pay for a three-hour free parking policy at the Mall downtown. The merchants would double a self-imposed tax they had for improvements and promotions at the Mall.
In 1991, only minor mischief was reported over Halloween night in Redding,
Anderson, Burney, and throughout Shasta County. Numerous calls came in
to police stations reporting juveniles throwing eggs. One child was knocked
down, and his bag of candy was stolen.
Today is Friday, Nov. 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Southern Pacific Co. paid the first installment of taxes on its land in Shasta County. The bill totaled $7,908.79
In 1951, two Redding Cal Aggie students, Blaine Menning and Charles Jacobson, won high honors at the Grand National livestock exposition at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
In 1976, voter turnout was unprecedented at some polls early on throughout Shasta County. The Moose Lodge in Redding frustrated some voters when they had to search for misplaced polling booths.
In 1991, a measure A was on the ballot that would give the Shasta Arts
Festival and Old-Time Fiddlers Jamboree a permanent location.
Today is Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, no more passengers would be given accommodations on freight train lines between Dunsmuir and Red Bluff, said Southern Pacific Railroad Co.
In 1951, 3 1/2-year-old Alan Hunt spent the evening with Redding police after wandering away from his mother while shopping. Several chocolate candies later, when his mother came to retrieve him, he told her that he simply "went after gum."
In 1976, while Jimmy Carter was elected as the new U.S. president, local elections resulted in Bill Phelps as Shasta County Superior Court Judge, Ray Johnson as new senator for District 1, a ninth term for Harold "Buz" Johnson as congressman, and a first term for Assemblyman Stan Statham, among other races.
In 1991, parents were circulating a petition against year-round schooling
at Metteer School in Red Bluff chiefly because they said it would reduce
family time in the summer. The year-round policy had been approved without
a public hearing that previous April in order to gain $3 million in state
Today is Sunday, Nov. 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a runaway team of horses attached to an unoccupied wagon collided with a brick outhouse at the edge of an alley behind the Frank Yung Saloon.
In 1951, a fisherman found an unidentified Indian man dead in Eastman Lake near Redding. An autopsy revealed the man had died from severe blows to the head and a possible gunshot under the right eye.
In 1976, U.S. Plywood Co. decided not to rebuild its Anderson particle board plant, which had been gutted by fire. Executives questioned the future profitability of the product.
In 1991, a Redding abortion clinic was hoping to profit from pickets
outside its facility by asking supporters to pledge money for each picket
who showed up outside the clinic.
Today is Monday, Nov. 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the old Eaton farm on Stillwater, a 200-acre property owned by Elmus Nickolas of Anderson, was soled to the Kelly brothers, stockmen of Bully Hill, for $1,500.
In 1951, two Shasta County men returned from Korea after accompanying 1,000 Marines to San Diego under Sgt. Howard Woodford. They were Cpl. William Wilson of Redding and Staff Sgt.Grady Rutledge of Anderson.
In 1976, a small bomb exploded in an alley next to the fire hall on Shasta Street in Redding. The bomb, believed to be made of gunpowder, left only a large black smudge on the wall of the fire house.
In 1991, a Redding fire engine sideswiped a car as the car tried to
pass the emergency vehicle. The collision damaged the fire truck's door
and bumper area. No one was injured.
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, it was discovered that an earlier report of a robbery made by the free press was nothing more than a practical joke. John M. Basset of Redding reported to the paper and to police that he was robbed of $3.50. His assailant was described as a tall light and short dark man.
In 1951, Jack Richard of Redding ask the City Council to arrange some way of walking from the park subdivision to the city. He said the only way to go was through the unlighted city park or down Market Street, which had no sidewalks.
In 1976, the owner of a horse that got loose and collided with a car north of Kidder Creek in Siskiyou County was sued for more than $ 1,000 in damages. The driver of the car said he sustained sever injuries that kept him from working.
In 1991, a teen-ager wrecked the car he was attempting to steal as he
fled from Redding police. Although the driver had to be pried from the
wreckage, he suffered a broken arm and was listed in fair condition at
Redding Medical Center.
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2001. On this date.
In 1901, attorney F.P. Primm rode his horse out to Quartz Hill and returned to report he had seen more quartz than he'd ever seen before. He said, "If all that quartz were as rich in gold as most of Shasta County's quartz, the owner of a mining claim thereon would be a veritable Croesus."
In 1951, a man whose battered body was found in Eastman Lake near Redding was identified as Raymond Pedee, 24, of Fall River Mills. He was identified by fingerprints sent to Sacramento that matched his criminal file for minor offenses.
In 1976, a pickup collided with a power pole on Sacramento Drive, knocking out power for 650 houses from almost an hour for some to all night for others. The 17-year-old driver was reportedly driving too fast and lost control when he hit and severed the pole.
In 1991, Record Searchlight Editor Robert Edkin announced that the paper
would drop the syndicated comic strip "Doonesbury" in response to forthcoming
installments depicting a federal cover-up of alleged drug use by Vice President
Dan Quayle. Authorities had investigated and cleared Quayle of allegations
that he purchased and used drugs while in the Senate in the 1980s.
Today is Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the thugs who had earlier murdered a fellow traveler were identified as Frank Moran, Mike Gratz, and Edward Silva. Silva was reported as being from Anderson and having a hard reputation. The men were brought into Shasta County Court, though they had no council, for the murder of Harry Conway,
In 1951, Amos Johnson of Lassen County admitted to Sheriff John Balma that he had shot the man found in Eastman Lake. Johnson said he did it because the man had made advances toward his wife, Nora. However, police were not convinced it was the full story.
In 1976, a Yreka grocery store was robbed by a man with a 12-gauge shotgun. The man entered the store about 8:20 p.m. while two accomplices waited in a getaway car. The man shot at the grocery clerk, wounding her, police reported. The robber stole $589 from the store, believed to be the store's daily receipts.
In 1991, Southern Pacific crews began pumping residual chemicals from
the Sacramento River and banned leaf burning in the area of the Cantara
Loop spill. Consultants and engineers reported the ban on leaf burning
was a precausion after another "hot spot" was found.
Today is Friday, Nov. 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a small child in a Redding family was reported to have an advanced case of scarlet fever, The family members were quarantined against their wishes and said they would come and go as they pleased, allowing others to do the same.
In 1951, Sheriff John Balma closed the investigation of the murder of Raymond Pedee who had been found in Eastman Lake in Redding. Amos Johnson confessed that he had shot Pedee because had attempted intimacies with Johnson's wife. The couple had dumped the body in the woods and returned two days later to move the body to the lake.
In 1976, city crews quickly cut down two palm trees from in front of the Redding police station after they were found to be infected with bore worms. Residents protested the removal of the trees, which were planted in 1908, although they posed a significant risk of falling.
In 1991, the Shasta College football team lost to Butte College, 69-26,
in its last home game of the football season. This despite a record-breaking
performance, including breaking the national junior college record for
all-purpose yardage by Knights wide receiver Jackson Sehorn.
Today is Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Tom Fitzpatrick shot John Hall at the Market Street Saloon in Redding. The bullet passed through Hall's right breast and exited under his arm, leaving him with a painful but not serious wound.
In 1951, the Whitmore California Youth Authority camp reported it would close by Feb. 1. At that point, it was unsure where the inmates would be relocated. The closing of the camp came after citizens' requests and a suggestion from Shasta County Sheriff John Balma.
In 1976, the Record Searchlight received an Associated Press award for an on-the-scene photograph of the arrest of Lynette Formme, a member of the Manson family. Editor Robert Edkin took the photos of the woman attempting to assassinate President Ford in Sacramento in 1975.
In 1991, a hang glider accident left passenger Jan Marie Choo, 39, of
Yreka dead and the owner of Silent Night, a Siskiyou County hang gliding
business, seriously injured. The duo's hang glider got tangled in the parachute
of a stuffed toy they were circling and plummeted 400 feet to the ground
at the Siskiyou County Airport.
Today is Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a maid was accused of stealing nearly $500 worth of jewelry from her employers and leaving her baby as collateral. The maid was intercepted after leaving the home at 4 a.m. with none of the jewels in her possession.
In 1951, the Dam Shack cafe and bar in Central Valley was burned, causing $5,500 in damage. The fire was believed to have started in the living quarters at the rear of the building.
In 1976, a man was killed after the truck he was in flipped over as it drove up a hill off Backbone Road in Jones Valley. The driver had minor injuries and was arrested for alleged drunken driving.
In 1991, leaf burning restrictions were expanded to a total ban in southern
Siskiyou County, although scientists reported there was no reason to believe
that smoke from a burning leaf pile would expose a person to the
toxic chemicals spilled at Cantara Loop.
Today is Monday, Nov. 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, two men robbed their two traveling companions in Trinity County and were arrested in Redding. Michael Dillen was robbed of $135 and followed the culprits on foot to Redding where he had them arrested.
In 1951, unemployment rates for Shasta and Trinity Counties went down from September to October. Shasta County's rate was 11.1 while Trinity County's rate was 9.3.
In 1976, James Jackson, of Redding, was charged with arson and Joe McGowan was charged with conspiracy in the fire. Jackson said McGowan would pay him with the insurance money collected if he would burn down his house. Police became suspicious of the fire after it was discovered that McGowen's house was the only house insured of the three that burned down as a result of the fire.
In 1991, a visiting San Francisco Bay area man was found unconscious
in his car in a Redding parking lot. He was apparently hit over the head
while he was getting out of his car. Police were investigating.
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Col. Will S. Green, editor-owner of the Colusa Sun, had written a review of Redding following a visit. He said, "Redding must, at no distant day, be a city of 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants," in response to the vast building and commerce that he saw under way.
In 1951, George Garkow of La Moine, who allegedly robbed $500 from the Klondike club in Lakehead at gunpoint, dodged bullets in an early morning car chase by sheriff's deputies. Garkow was caught after a locked gate halted him on a road.
In 1976, Lassen National Forest officials said that 99 percent of the year's 202 fires were started by people.
In 1991, the Redding Police Department was investigating an attack on
a Southern Pacific Railroad consultant by a member of the so-called "Cantara
Revenge Team," The consultant was repeatedly hit over the head by
a blunt object by a man hiding in the back seat of his car, police said.
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, suspicious conduct led Depot Hotel managers to search a man calling himself Dr. Wilson, his claimed young wife and a third man who was traveling with them. They had the overcoat of J.E. Terry. The "doctor" reportedly had received financial aid from Red Bluff Odd Fellows to get to Yreka.
In 1951, the Community Chest held a kickoff breakfast at LaPorta's in Redding, with a fund-raising goal of $33,082.
In 1976, a Redding woman was seriously injured after the car she was in drove off a bridge and into a berry patch several feet below. The driver was under investigation for drunken driving.
In 1991, a Bechelli Lane business suffered $100,000 in damages in an early morning fire after salvage efforts were hampered by heavy smoke.
Today is Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. Byron, former proprietor of the Palace Restaurant in De La Mar, escaped conviction by heading to Redding in a buggy with her attorney. She'd been charged with obtaining goods by false pretenses but charges were dropped. While new charges were being drawn up, she fled.
In 1951, architect E. Geoffery Bangs, who had been faulted the previous week by Shasta County supervisors for the quality of work being done on the Cascade sanatorium, was criticized by Butte County supervisors for work on Oroville High School. He was said to be adding costs without raising quality.
In 1976, a 59-year-old Redding man crawled from his crumpled sports car after it overturned on Highway 44 at the Sacramento River with only minor injuries. He'd swerved to avoid an out-of-gas vehicle being pushed across the bridge.
In 1991, a review team would discuss the infant mortality rate of Shasta
County. The county's average of infant deaths was more than twice the state
average in 1989, which officials stated, was more than just a fluke.
Today is Friday, Nov. 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a piece of a fire plug on the corner of Gold and Pine Streets blew out, spraying and flooding most of the district. The manager temporarily solved the problem by having the hole corked with a wooden plug.
In 1951, cooper wire for Bonny View Elementary School was to be shipped in the following few days, all the way from New York City.
In 1976, Jim Williams of Insurance Associates and Rudy Balma of McDonald's Redding Chapel were participating in a one-day reverse telethon to benefit Shasta County United Way. They planned on calling 30 to 40 business men to raise $3,830 already earned toward a $15,000 goal.
In 1991, developers of a 33-unit, self-help housing project in Cottonwood
received a $277,750 loan from the state Department of Housing and Urban
Development. Homes between 1,000 to 1,200 square feet would be built by
families on a 7-acre lot east of Interstate 5 in Cottonwood.
Today is Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Lewis E. Aubury, a state mineralogist from San Francisco, was in Redding to review the work being done on the copper belt before publishing a bulletin of copper deposits of California. He would spend the next few days at the mines to obtain information for a mineral map and register of Shasta County.
In 1951, Bill Anderson was elected temporary chairman of local barbershop quartet singers. He immediately selected 13 new songs for the group to learn.
In 1976, tracts of American Indian land including six from Trinity County, four from Siskiyou County, and 16 from Shasta County were part of 91 tracts being sold publicly by the Bureau of Indian Affairs for California. The tracts varied in size up to 16 acres.
In 1991, three Redding men were rescued from the banks of the Sacramento
River in Redding. One man jumped in after an unidentified man had fallen
in and swam away. It took two other men to rescue the "rescuer." However,
all three were unable to climb back up the cliff they had jumped off of
until kayaks were sent to get them.
none for the 18th
Today is Monday, Nov. 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an unclaimed knife was found on the closet floor of Charles Pope's rented room in Redding. A young girl claimed she heard noises there the night before, hinting there could have been a murder plot gone bad.
In 1951, after 5 days of fund raising, the Redding Community Chest was woefully behind its goal of $33,082 with just $8,424. Officials blamed a lack of volunteers to help with fund raising, but others blamed residents for not being generous.
In 1976, Patricia Hearst, earlier released on $1.5 million bail after spending 14 months in jail, did not go to the Hearst estate in McCloud, to the disappointment of many north state residents. Hearst chose, instead, her parent's mansion on Nob Hill in San Francisco.
In 1991, search and rescue teams found a group of Boy Scouts in Siskiyou
County. They had gotten lost in a heavy snow storm while hiking,
but were found by a helicopter and flown, uninjured, out of the area.
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Redding police reported three forced entries overnight to two businesses and one home. A watchdog foiled the would-be burglary of the Snug saloon on South California Street, and the owners of the home chased burglars away from a house on West and Butte Streets.
In 1951, a 16-month-old baby died at Trinity General Hospital in Weaverville after drinking kerosene.
In 1976, a car smashed into a house after the driver failed to negotiate a turn. The crash also severed a gas line. No one was injured.
In 1991, Redding investigators found no evidence of environmental terrorists
attacking workers from Southern Pacific. An SP consultant from San
Francisco confessed he had not been attacked by the "Cantara Revenue Team"
outside a Redding hotel, but that his wounds were self-inflicted.
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a jury awarded Mr. Stolberg $645.50 in damages, Stolberg had bought land from the Mt. Copper Mine intending to grow almonds; however, experts later testified that Stolberg had been deceived and that almonds could never grow at the elevation of land.
In 1951, a 23-man crew of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. workers brought a 103-foot, 6-inch fir tree down the mountains to Market and Yuba streets, where a crane lifted into its place as Redding's annual Christmas tree. The tree was to be a highlight of the city's Christmas Pageant of Light the following Friday.
In 1976, sign-ups for the 1977 Redding parks and recreation learn-to-ski program were beginning despite a lack of bus transportation for the program and an apparent lack of early show. It was the first year in the nine years it had been running that participants would have to find their own way to the Mount Shasta Ski Bowl.
In 1991, a Weed employee was arrested on suspicion of using a man sentenced
to community service to work on his home. Those sentenced to community
service are suppose to be employed only for public projects.
Today is Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a case of scarlet fever closed the school in Ono. The son of Mrs. Montgomery had contacted scarlet fever. The boy and his mother lived with the teacher of Ono School, Miss Florence Gill.
In 1951, Redding residents had contributed only 250 pints of blood, with the deadline for an 800-pint goal four days away. The blood was flown out of the area every evening to Korea with a stop in Oakland.
In 1976, dedications were given on three new boat launching facilities at Lake Shasta. Another at Bailey Cove was nearly complete. The Shasta County and U.S. Forest Service spent an estimated $500,000 to build the facilities.
In 1991, the parents of a 4-month-old baby pleaded innocent to
charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in a Shasta
County court. The baby died of meningitis after the parents and a minister
tried to heal the baby through prayer instead of seeking medical treatment.
Today is Friday, Nov. 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a train derailed at Middle Creek Station, killing one passenger. Stowaway Frank Springfield of Nebraska was suffocated beneath a cargo of coal.
In 1951, the City Council voted to give 10 unclaimed bicycles that had been turned over to the Redding Police Department to a high school Christmas toy program. The high school was to repair or rebuild the bicycles and then donate them to charities to benefit underprivileged children.
In 1976, Patricia Hearst, free on $1.25 million bail and awaiting appeal of her bank robbery conviction, was asking Siskiyou County Sheriff Bud Taylor about security if she decided to retreat to the 60,000-acre Hearst forest estate near McCloud. Taylor worried that Hearst would attract "an influx of undesirables" to the area.
In 1991, glowing strings of gold an red bulbs lighted up a 72-foot white
fir tree felled near Shingletown that was the centerpiece of the 62nd Redding
tree-lighting ceremony at the California Street parking lot of the Mall
in downtown Redding. Several hundred people encircled the tree singing
"O, Christmas Tree" along with members of the Enterprise High School Victorian
Today is Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a train derailed the second time in just 36 hours. Three miles north of Delta, seven train cars rolled down an embankment in a jumbled mess. Speeding was the suspected cause.
In 1951, Willard Eaton, requested by the Redding Ministerial Association, was announced as director for a united church clothing drive for overseas relief. Between Dec. 2 and 9, he would be in charge of collecting items from several area churches and turning them over to the church world service,
In 1976, at least three people said they saw a small plane that appeared to be trailing smoke flying at a low altitude over Lake Shasta in the afternoon, but FAA officials reported that there were no missing or overdue planes on record for the area and no crash sites were found.
In 1991, reversing an earlier decision, the Redding City Council said
it would not rule out building a 10,000-seat arena at Turtle Bay. The council's
earlier decision was against the project for fear that it would crowd a
proposed museum complex in the area.
Today is Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, reports of smallpox in an Indian family in Churntown reached Redding. Three cases of a mild nature were reported in one family.
In 1951, search crews hurried to find Chester Bates, who was lost for more than 50 hours, 30 miles outside of Redding. The man was the head of Bates Lumber in Portland, Ore.
In 1976, it was reported that rock group Tower of Power would play at Redding's Civic Auditorium. The group had recently released its best-selling "Ain't Nothing Stoppin' Us Now." The group would be accompanied by Orleans with its best-selling LP "Walking and Dreaming." Tickets were $5.50 and $6.50.
In 1991, two men were arrested for stealing a water truck from an Interstate
5 construction site. Their car had broken down near the site when they
found the water truck with the keys inside. The driver was also arrested
on suspicion of drunken driving.
Today is Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a band of thieves attacked F.H. Owen and a companion as they left the Frank Young saloon in Shingletown. The two were beaten an robbed of $400.
In 1951, three Oroville youths were arrested in Redding for six holdups between Chico and Knights Landing. A gun was used in at least one holdup, but no one was injured. All the youths confessed upon their arrest.
In 1976, Ella Mae Gerlinger was named president of the Mount Lassen Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. She was the first female council president in Boy Scout history.
In 1991, two 13-year-old girls were arrested for a possible burglary at a Redding school. They were found in the cafeteria about 3:30 a.m.
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Redding residents cheered the bravery of Olen Vestal, who halted a potential burglary before it started. Vestal was walking home when he noticed three men "looking threatening." He pulled his gun and ordered the trio to halt, at which point they ran away.
In 1951, a man who had been missing for three days was reunited with his family after being found near Minnesota Mountain just outside of Redding. The man said that his lame knee slowed down his hike and that he'd taken refuge in an abandoned cabin.
In 1976, U.S. Forest Service records showed the number of visitors to Shasta Lake had dropped 76 percent that summer from the year before. The lack of visitors was blamed on the lack of water in the lake.
In 1991, a mistrial was declared in the case of a woman charged with
cruelty to animals in Red Bluff. Some 140 toy poodles were removed from
the woman's ranch, which was described by authorities as a "puppy mill."
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Shasta County Grand Jury made a formal recommendation to the Board of Supervisors to build a fence around the courthouse to be " suitable and ornamental enough to make it an honor for the people of Shasta County and the state to look upon."
In 1951, 176 men from the U.S. Plywood Co.'s three local plants signed up to donate blood for the Red Cross less than 24 hours after a report that the mobile blood bank was short of volunteers. The blood was needed for the armed forces in battle.
In 1976, a 13-year-old boy was shot through the hand with a .22-caliber rifle in Cottonwood by a friend while the two were "playing guns." He had waited a full day to report the incident because the 14-year-old boy who had shot him said he would beat him up if he told.
In 1991, Adolph Stankus, 42, of Redding turned himself into the Shasta
County Jail in Redding after an arrest warrant was issued charging him
with three counts of illegally possessing automatic weapons. After a two-month
investigation by Redding police and FBI, agents recovered a .50-caliber
machine gun, parts of several M-60 machine guns and other machine guns
from his home and business.
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, selected guests of a popular local resort watched a staged fight between Keswick's champion bulldog and a raccoon that was furnished by a resident. Bets were wagered, but after a ferocious battle the bulldog killed his foe.
In 1951, new father John Billington handed out toothbrushes instead of the traditional cigars to celebrate the birth of his son earlier in the week. Billington, whose spiritual beliefs prohibited smoking, was a dentist. He attended a midweek prayer service and handed out the toothbrushes to other church members.
In 1976, a Redding man was in critical condition after being hacked in the head with a hand ax. His alleged assailant was being held at the Shasta County Jail for investigation of attempted murder. The hacking took place during a fight between the two men, which left the victim so injured that his brain was visible.
In 1991, a motor home exploded in Jones Valley leaving two men in fair
condition. The two men were lighting a cook stove when the force of the
explosion blew the sides off the motor home they were in, causing $10,000
Today is Friday, Nov, 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Billy De Coursey and Tommy Cox were to box in a 20-round rematch at the Redding Armory Hall. The Pacific Coast "Glove Contest" was sponsored by the Athletic Club and seating cost $1 per person.
In 1951, nominations were being accepted for Shasta County's 10 most useful citizens. Eighteen entries were received so far at the Record Searchlight for the contest, which was open until mid-December. The previous year, 64 people were nominated.
In 1976, a group of Oregon businessmen decided to buy Redding's long troubled Hilton Inn on Hilltop Drive. The plush hotel had been managed by Shasta Investment Properties, working with the U.S. District Court in Sacramento to straighten out the real estate company's enormous debts. The court would have to agree to the sale.
In 1991, Santa Claus got the first ride in a new fire Engine just purchased
by the Anderson Fire Department on his way to the annual tree-lighting
ceremony, where more than 350 people gathered in the Anderson square.
Today is Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the championship fight between Tommy Cox and Billy De Coursey ended in a draw after 20 rounds at the Redding Armory Hall the previous night. Neither received a decisive knockout.
In 1951, 30 pounds heavier and 50 weeks later, James McKay and Robert Strum returned to the Shasta County Courthouse, where they had convicted of murdering Earl Sholes and Deputy Sheriff Dan Heryford. Since their conviction, they had been on Death Row at San Quentin.
In 1976, the Enterprise Residents Legal Action Against Annexation Committee filed papers in Shasta County Superior Court asking that the Nov. 2 annexation election be overturned and a new election be held. The earlier vote approved adding the Enterprise district to the city.
In 1991, a fire killed an 36-year-old man whom sheriff's deputies had
attempted to save and destroyed a 130-year-old house and former stage stop
in Cassel. The deputies were treated for smoke inhalation after trying
to free the man from the burning house when he shouted for help. The alleged
cause of the fire was a spark from the fireplace.
Today is Saturday, Dec. 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Warren P. French, a pioneer of Northern California, was found dead in his home, where he lived alone. He had been dead for three days.
In 1951, record rainfall was continuing after the past week dumped 11.7 inches at the Shasta Dam, which raised the lake 13.8 feet. In the previous 24 hours the lake went up 5.6 feet.
In 1976, 250 people jammed the 50-seat board room and hallways at the Shasta County Courthouse to complain about taxes. The unexpected turnout caused Supervisor John Caton to move the meeting to Nova High School. Speeches broke into a fighting match between the people and the county officials.
In 1991, Laurence Carr, 79, a longtime Shasta County Lawyer, died. He
was credited with ridding Redding of prostitutes while he was district
attorney during Shasta County's rougher days.
Today is Monday, Dec. 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, rainstorms left Redding without running water and electricity. Calaboose Creek and Malaria Slough, which feed into the canal that flows through Keswick Electric Power Co., was so full it burst. Also, the pipe and pump that draws Redding's water from the river was washed away.
In 1951, the Crowe Hereford ranch in Millville played host to more than 400 people at he first major breeding beef cattle auction in Shasta County history. The sale earned $152,800 for 69 head of cattle.
In 1976, two new stores opened at the Mt.Shasta Mall, Tobacco and Brew and Economy Optical.
In 1991, 1,300 PG&E customers went without power in Cottonwood.
The cause was unknown. It took four hours for crews to restore power.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Barney Jackson, a lineman inspecting telegraph lines along the railroad tracks in Cottonwood, was struck and killed by a train.
In 1951, an 18-year-old driver at Shasta Speedway faced 12 criminal charges in Shasta County Superior Court. The charges included prowling, peeping, attempted rape, burglary and assault.
In 1976, the Redding Area Merchants Association was formed after an informal meeting to discuss common business problems.
In 1991, country music legend Merle Haggard of Palo Cedro canceled plans
for a benefit concert in Shasta County.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2001. On this date.
In 1901, it was reported that triplets had been born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed Johnson of Shasta County. Three babies had been unexpected and left the couple with a shortage of clothing. News of one baby with no covering but cotton batting and a blanket lead to the donation of many fancy dresses and toys for the babies.
In 1951, a new Redding home, not set to be occupied until January, was damaged by a tree. The large oak fell across the roof, causing such severe damage that the house would have to be rebuilt.
In 1976, the Shasta County Sheriff's Posse held a giant flea market at the Redding Civic Auditorium. The proceeds would go to search-and-rescue operations, upkeep of facilities and the rodeo.
In 1991, two crab feeds planned by community service groups were canceled
because of a crab strike in Oregon. A dispute between Oregon fishermen
and seafood processors over the price for crab made fresh shellfish unavailable.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the news reached Redding of daring rescue by L. Dockery, a driver of the Redding and Harrison Gulch Stage line. Dockery was attempting to ford a stream, swollen by the recent storm, when one of his horses slipped under the water and threatened to drag the other horse and the stage downstream. Dockery jumped into the icy, fast-moving waters, freed the horses and led them and the stage to safety.
In 1951, Gene Frank's Service center was honored for its window display of a Nativity scene. The winner was chosen by a secret committee of retail merchants for the City of Redding Chamber of Commerce.
In 1976, a water main broke at Shasta and Almond streets in Redding, flooding yards and streets as water shot 10 feet into the air. The water, under 100 pounds of pressure per square inch, exploded out of the ground.
In 1991, a Concord man reported missing in Shasta County was found dead
near Montgomery Creek. A passing motorist discovered the man's wrecked
car and found him 150 feet away.
Today is Friday, Dec. 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Redding residents started a Shakespeare Club that would hold regular meetings at the members' homes to study the famous playwright. Mrs. D.N. Haskell was elected president.
In 1951, Buckeye residents decided to fix the highway between a Keswick cutoff and Summit City. The residents said they were tired of waiting for county employees to fix holes made by storms.
In 1976, a truck hauling a backhoe stalled on Grandview Avenue in Redding. The driver tried to turn off the road but ended up tipping the backhoe off the truck, blocking traffic.
In 1991, blaming a continuing drought and low water levels for profits
at Digger Bay Marina, the outfit announced it might close for two years.
About 100 moorage customers were notified by a letter from the General
Manager Larry McCracken that said the operation would possibly close the
following month and be moved to Bridge Bay Resort and Marina.
Today is Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Della Rader was sent to the State Asylum for the insane at Napa for a second time, after she had been previously sent home to die following an attack by another patient. Her unexpected recovery meant returning her to the asylum. Since her husband's murder in 1895, she had been "unbalanced," and she showed "unmistakable signs of insanity" when her husband's convicted killer, Thomas Maupin, was pardoned by Gov. Budd.
In 1951, Summit City lighted and decorated its city tree. Although not as large as Redding's holiday tree, the 22-foot evergreen was a living, permanent fixture in the town.
In 1976, a family of five was still homeless after a fire demolished a trailer in Anderson. Members of the community had taken the family in during the search for a new, affordable home.
In 1991, skeletal remains were found by a fisherman at the waterline
near the north end of the Pit River Bridge. Officials thought they
possibly belonged to one of several drowning victims whose bodies were
never located. The lake was more than 80 feet lower than normal.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a franchise for a road to Keswick was sold for only $70. The parties who were awarded the franchise were also required to post $250 to guarantee their compliance with every condition of the state law.
In 1951, Pvt. Guido Rizzo of Weed was reported missing in action in Korea. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Rizzo of Weed.
In 1976, a 16-year-old Redding boy, released from juvenile hall just two weeks earlier, was arrested again for breaking into a home and stealing $100 in Canadian money.
In 1991, police arrested a man on suspicion of burglary after he allegedly
broke into an ice cream shop and stole a cash box. The man was found with
the cash box as he tried to escape by wading into the Sacramento River
under the Cypress Avenue Bridge. The man was held on $10,000 bail at the
Shasta County Jail.
Today is Monday, Dec. 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a landlord reunited two half brothers in Redding as he introduced the two men, both staying at his Paragon Hotel, pointing out that they both had the same last name of Bragg. Frank Bragg of Maine, had come to Redding to act as a foreman of a crew working on the summer palace for Phoebe Hearst being built in McCloud. William Bragg of Redding was an upholsterer working for a business in the hotel building. The two had never met, but found that they had the same father.
In 1951, a jury found a local reverend guilty on charges of indecent exposure and for trying to give a woman a ride home in his car. He was sentenced to 90 days in county jail.
In 1976, two men were injured after their hydraulic lift used for pruning collapsed. The men were 20 feet in the air when the truck carrying the lift, overturned.
In 1991, Enterprise Skypark Club was two years late in making improvements
to help their property and had filed for bankruptcy. After being open for
40 years, the facility faced closure, which would limit the airport runway
to light commercial planes on one small area.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Peter Scherer, a Shasta County mine owner, declared he would be dead within the month and began making his own funeral arrangements. Scherer, whose entire family had died and had most of his business ventures fail, picked out and paid for his coffin and left detailed instructions of how to dispose of his body.
In 1951, the Clear Creek School addition's stone walls blew down during a storm. Construction had stopped nearly a year before when state inspectors said that the school wasn't being built strong enough.
In 1976, a 19-year-old boy was arrested for drunken driving after a head-on collision at Market and Trinity streets. The extent of the victims' injuries was not known at the time.
In 1991, after 18 years of being located inside The Mall in downtown
Redding, Field's Jewelers announced it would move 50 feet away to the former
Crocker Bank building at 1320 Yuba St. The new space would combine the
closed Mt. Shasta Mall store and the Mall store into a 5,000-square-foot
section of the 24,000-square-foot, three-story building.
The extra space would be rented out.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, H. Clineschmidt of Redding was arrested at the request of his wife because he would not come to dinner. Mr. Clineschmidt had been "entranced" by "Bucking the tiger," a game at a local saloon, and forgot to come home. The wife enlisted the law against him, to ensure it didn't happen again, and the saloon for allowing gambling on the premises.
In 1951, an Everett Wash., woman sat waiting all night for her husband in their pickup in downtown Redding after he'd left to go shopping. When she went to report him missing the next morning, she discovered that he had dropped dead of a heart attack in front of a Market Street store the previous evening. The couple was returning home from Arizona after they had been traveling for about three months.
In 1976, Lazio's Old Town Bar and Grill of Eureka announced plans to open a restaurant at the newly remodeled Pine Street School in Redding. The Restaurant would feature seafood dishes, for lunches and dinners, and evening entertainment.
In 1991, a 23-year-old man, on parole for a 1987 killing, was arrested
on suspicion of attempted homicide after a shooting spree in the Whitmore
area. He allegedly shot the passenger door of a pickup driven by Whitmore
Volunteer Fire Chief Leonard Suter. He also pointed a 22-caliber rifle
an Suter's wife who was driving in front of her husband.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. A. Webb of Redding was shocked to hear the unusual news of her father's death. In a letter dated less than six months before, he was reported as doing well in a state hospital for the insane in Napa. The truth was he had been dead for over a year.
In 1951, retail merchants and chamber of commerce directors, after meeting at the Hotel Redding, approved a proposal for a Redding parking authority and asked the chamber's parking committee to present it to the City Council. It was mainly over concern of parking near downtown businesses.
In 1976, a federal census, just released, confirmed that Shasta County agriculture wasn't what it used to be. Total farm acreage shrunk as well as the size of the average farm. Total farm acreage was down 28 percent from 1969, and the number of major producing farms decreased from 365 to 358.
In 1991, the Redding City Council tentatively agreed to purchase $35
million worth of jet-powered electric generators from a Santa Rosa
company on the condition that the company would use local labor.
Today is Friday, Dec. 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Mount Shasta Gold Mines Corp. was expanding its operations. The company, which operated the McClure Group in Bully Hill and the Mt. Shasta Mine near Shasta, decided to build a new plant that would smelt and treat ore in addition to retrieving it.
In 1951, a Shasta College survey revealed the average student to be 19 years old, a business or teaching major, and single. Of the 320 students enrolled, 51 said they were majoring in business and 44 listed teaching majors. The male-to-female ratio was 6-to-4, and only 14 students were over 30.
In 1976, Shannon Wooten of Palo Cedro may have saved his 7-year-old son, Cory, when the boy was struck by a school bus. Wooten had taken a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class the night before and used what he had learned to revive his son. The boy was in "guarded" condition at Memorial Hospital .
In 1991, two Redding businesses were robbed at gunpoint by a person
wearing a Halloween mask. The One Stop Market on Eureka Way was robbed
at 4 a.m. when a man took two 12-packs of beer and ran. The BP gas station
on South Market Street was hit around 6 a.m., and the intruder escaped
with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Today is Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a new 5-room cottage, three blocks from the courthouse, on a 50-foot-by-140 foot lot, was on sale for $850. Another property, 100 acres just two miles from downtown Redding, was selling for $500.
In 1951, weekend skiing conditions were reported good at both Sulphur Works and Snowmen's Hill. Mt. Shasta, Mt. Siskiyou and the Sierra Nevada snow covers were said to the heaviest in years. Each area drew large crowds.
In 1976, Enterprise annex opponents lost their bid to have the district's merger with Redding blocked by a court injunction. Judge Clyde Small of Shasta County Superior Court denied a request for a temporary restraining order that would have stalled annexation proceedings. He said there were procedures in the election code that should be done before the courts took action.
In 1991, authorities were asking for help in connection with the discovery
of cremated human remains found in a plastic bag along Highway 96 near
the Collier rest area north of Yreka. An uncovered brown metal urn was
Today is Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a quarrel between two clerks at the Big Store in Redding led to quite a sensation and possible court action. The feud started when a male clerk accused a female clerk of mistaking a sale price. Then the woman claimed the clerk struck her and pushed her down. The male said she only tripped on her dress and fell.
In 1951, James G. McConnell was reported dead after an accident in an Iron Mountain copper mine. He was believed to have died of a brain injury.
In 1976, a singing boycott by Juniper School left children in tears. The Juniper School staff chose to boycott the district Christmas program in protest of prolonged contract negotiations.
In 1991, the bones of a man found in Lake Shasta were determined to
be those of a 1985 suicide victim though dental records and clothing descriptions.
The Washington man was last seen jumping from a bridge in 1985, but officials
were unable to find his body.
Today is Monday, Dec. 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a young Dunsmuir man appeared for the second time in Shasta County Superior Court on charges of using dynamite to catch trout in the Sacramento River, a high-grade misdemeanor. The jury unanimously voted the man innocent.
In 1951, Dewey Donald Eagan, 53, district liquor control administrator, died in Alturas of a heart attack. He was in charge of liquor control for district 13, which included seven north state counties.
In 1976, Juniper School students got a second chance to sing after a boycott of the school Christmas program. Teachers boycotted in protest of prolonged contract negotiations but were there to lead students in a different Christmas program.
In 1991, a warehouse fire in Red Bluff was ruled arson. No arrests had
been made at that point for the fire that gutted the $60,000 building.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a 62-year-old Ono area man shot himself after finding no relief from medical treatment from a long illness.
In 1951, Leo Denton, Shasta County's first reported casualty of the Korean War, was believed instead to be a POW. He had been missing for more than a year.
In 1976, property valued at nearly $20,000 was recovered, and a Redding man and a 16-year-old girl were arrested for burglary. Property reported stolen from homes, mountain cabins and Shasta High School were found in a Klamath Falls, Ore., home.
In 1991, 10.3 acres of Caldwell Park was being considered by the Redding
City Council as a site for a new elementary school. The area included a
soccer field, swimming pool and teen center.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, it was reported that George W. Bush and Lottie M. Helen were married at the groom's parents' home on South Market Street. Mr. Bush was a young resident attorney at the Southern Pacific Co.
In 1951, there were two fires in Cottonwood. One was in the Jim Music sawmill and another was in a home. Neither fire did much damage.
In 1976, three Siskiyou County residents were killed after two separate highway accidents. Four people were injured in the accidents.
In 1991, a man was in critical condition after being hit by a car in
Dunsmuir. The car spun out on an icy road and hit the man as he was tending
his own disabled car.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, two knockouts were reported at the Black Diamond saloon on California Street in Redding. The bartender hit a patron over the head with a beer bottle after being threatened. The other knockout was to another patron by a beer glass to the head from the proprietor.
In 1951, Redding children were gearing up for a day long Christmas party planned by the Chamber of Commerce and the city Recreation Department. Events would include free movies at Cascade Theater, games, refreshments and prizes.
In 1976, a space heater lighted a piece of furniture on fire in a Redding home. The piece smoldered for hours until firefighters opened the door to the home, causing the fire to quickly ignite a wall and floor.
In 1991, a bus traveling from Seattle to San Francisco was gutted by
fire minutes after the driver pulled off Interstate 5 near Corning. All
the people who had been on the bus escaped without injury, though most
lost everything they had with them.
Today is Friday, Dec. 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a railroad was planned to connect Keswick and Redding. The owners planned to have the railroad stop at other neighboring towns around the area that were owned by the Mountain Copper Co.
In 1951, a 5-year-old Central Valley girl was listed in fair condition at Mercy Medical Center after swallowing a metal slug. The barbed piece of metal was lodged in the girl's esophagus for two days before it was discovered by an X-ray and removed.
In 1976, on the first official day of winter, Mt. Shasta Ski Bowl had no snow. The unusual lack of precipitation left the mountain dry where there would normally be four feet of snow.
In 1991, 35 gallons of termite killer was spilled on Highway 299 between
Redding and Helena. Traffic was blocked in both lanes but the chemicals
were cleared up before harming the nearby Trinity River
Today is Saturday, Dec. 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, little Oscar Pollock Jr. was the latest victim of scarlet fever and was quarantined. There were, at that time, three cases of the illness in Redding and all the victims were in the same class at school.
In 1951, out of 4,089 chest X-rays taken from a mobile unit visiting Shasta County, 90 were marked suspicious, up from 38 suspicious X-rays the previous year. The mobile X-ray unit was sponsored by Christmas Seals and used to check residents for tuberculosis.
In 1976, police were looking for the body of a Florida man that a homeless man claimed to have buried near Diestelhorst Bridge. The Florida man had been missing for 10 weeks.
In 1991, county, state and federal law enforcement officers served five
search warrants in the Fall River Mills area and discovered evidence of
elk allegedly poached earlier in the month. The remains of what was believed
to be five elk that roamed the region north of Fall River Mills all year.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Kate Mundy of Redding dropped an incompetency case against her father, George Schiller. Mundy's brothers had fought alongside their father against all charges.
In 1951, a dog led to the discovery of a submerged car and a drowned Weaverville resident. The dog, sitting on top of the car in the Trinity River, was spotted by a passer-by who alerted the California Highway Patrol.
In 1976, for the first time, the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District began drawing water on an emergency basis out of its canals to irrigate crops, recharge wells and help support livestock.
In 1991, 6-year-old Berek Fasking of Ono ask for a watch with
Leonardo, of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame, on the face, when he visited
Santa at the Ono Store on Platina Road. Santa entertained about 200 visitors
after riding on horseback down a hill to a grassy area by the store to
give gifts to children in the area.
Today is Monday, Dec. 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, at the first gathering of the Northern California Driving Club, W.M. Cummings' horse won both mile heats with times of 2 minutes 45 seconds and 2 minutes, 40 seconds. Witnesses called the three events of the day clean and successful, with little or no betting.
In 1951, Jonnie Barnes of Redding won a new bicycle at the Redding Christmas Party for having the closest guess of the number of pine needles in a jar.
In 1976, two Redding-area boys, ages 16 and 17, were arrested for vehicle theft. They were being investigated for stealing seven cars in six weeks.
In 1991, despite an outgoing strike by crab fishermen in Oregon that
nearly made fresh crab unavailable in the area, George Santilena, owner
of Buz's Crab Stand in Redding, arranged a deal that got him enough supply
for the day. He was able to buy the meat through collecting a favor owed
to him from some Oregon fishermen who went out privately the previous weekend.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Kinney Mac, ridden by Lou Rowles, broke the Redding track record in the second day of holiday racing events. The horse ran a mile heat at 2 minutes, 21.5 seconds.
In 1951, homes in Project City were under three feet of water after two days of rain. Angry home owners blamed the flooding on new school construction because, they said, the project leveled ground filled ditches.
In 1976, water released at 6,000 cubit feet per second from Shasta Dam was to be doubled to reduce salinity intrusion in the San Joaquin Delta.
In 1991, Chris Darker, a Redding police officer, organized an off-duty operation called Operation Blue Santa to help ailing children and poor people during Christmas.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 26 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the third day of holiday horse racing in Redding ended as riders sought large cash prizes. A large crowd watched several very close races.
In 1951, three people, including a Glenn County sheriff's deputy, were killed in a three-car crash near Maxwell. The wreck occurred when one car attempted to pass another and hit oncoming traffic.
In 1976, four accidents were reported within one hour on Interstate 5 at the Bechelli Lane exit. There were no serious injuries.
In 1991, a Placer County couple was killed in an airplane crash at Happy
Camp airport in Siskiyou County. Brian Shaffer, 55, and his wife, Patricia,
50, of Forest Hill, were killed when their small rented plane crashed shortly
after taking off from the airport.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Frank Cunningham, a county pioneer, was found dead from burns he suffered while trying to save his burning cabin in Shasta.
In 1951, Redding received 2.73 inches of rain in 24 hours, giving the city the most rain in the state. More heavy rain was expected.
In 1976, a Christmas display possibly caused a fire that destroyed a portion of a Redding gas station. No gas storage tanks were in danger.
In 1991, dozens of house-boats at three locations on Lake Shasta had
tape decks stolen from them in the previous week, officers reported. The
boats were unlocked when the thefts occurred and weren't vandalized.
Today is Friday, Dec. 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a second man in the area decided his days were short in number and began preparing for his funeral. The 48-year-old man consulted his family and decided to order his coffin and have it fitted.
In 1951, rescue crews took advantage in a break in a storm to search for a C-47 military transport that had been missing for three days near Red Bluff. Thirty rescue planes were used to search for the eight men aboard the plane.
In 1976, $10,000 was awarded to the wife of a man shot and killed by a Shasta County sheriff's deputy in a wrongful death suit. The woman had originally ask for $100,000.
In 1991, a woman was injured after being hit by a car as she crossed
South Market Street in Redding. The driver of the car was a 15-year-old
without a license.
Today is Saturday, Dec. 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, two more cases of scarlet fever were reported in Redding. Both victims were children of Mrs. Richard Harry of west Redding, and their home was quarantined.
In 1951, the post office raised the price of postcard stamps from 1 cents to 2 cents.
In 1976, Mt. Shasta got 9 inches of snow, not enough to open the ski park but enough to make people hope that the area's drought would end.
In 1991, a Greyhound bus carrying 43 passengers rear-ended a big rig
near Mount Shasta. Only minor injuries were reported.
Today is Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, W.A. Schroter was elected as the Redding Fire Department's chief. Foreman Ed S. Reynolds of No. 2 Company was elected assistant chief.
In 1951, 60 planes were unable to find to find a missing military transport plane believed to be near Red Bluff. Rumors were the plane was lost under high river waters.
In 1976, a time capsule was buried in the front lawn of the Shasta County courthouse in front of the statue of justice. The capsule would be opened in the year 2000, reburied and opened again in the year 2176.
In 1991, about 10,000 Redding residents lost power after an apparent
drunken driver hit a power pole. The driver fled the scene but was later
found after asking an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer for a
Today is Monday, Dec. 31, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a new and controversial opinion began to grow among Redding mothers concerning the scarlet fever epidemic. Since the disease can only be had once, and since most cases of the disease had been mild, many mothers would rather have their children get scarlet fever at that time than risk getting a stronger case later in life.
In 1951, a 69-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning outside his home near Millville. He was found by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employees who had come to read his meter.
In 1976, the end of the year marked the beginning of Superior Court Judge Richard B. Eaton's retirement. Several other judges and Sheriff John Balma attended his retirement ceremony.
In 1991, two juveniles were arrested and a third escaped after they were found in a closed pizza parlor in Central Valley. The two who were arrested were both 17 years old, the juvenile at large was 13.
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