In 1902, a three-legged man was on exhibit with a circus visiting Redding. All three legs had been, at one point, fully functioning, according to the man, until a train accident crushed one leg.
In 1952, two men from the north state were among the 19 West Point cadets killed in a plane crash in Arizona. The two were on their way back to the academy from the West Coast.
In 1977, Richard Steven Todd Keys was the first baby born in Shasta County. Delivered at 5:33 a.m. at Shasta County General Hospital in Redding. He weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
In 1992, Michael Cole Winberry, 8 pounds, 10 ounces, was born at his
parents' New Year's party. He was the north state's first baby of the year.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Deputy Sheriff Charles Strong reported to the paper a strange happening. According to Strong, his watch, which had kept perfect time, stopped dead at exactly midnight on New Year's Eve.
In 1952, Rodney Forrest Cook of Redding, weighing 7 pounds and 8 ounces, was the first baby born in Shasta or Trinity County hospitals. No babies were reported born in the area Jan. 1.
In 1977, parts of Interstate 5 were closed and chains were required for mountain roads during a much-needed storm. Many areas of Shasta County got more than a foot of snow.
In 1992, store owners began the cleanup after a water line broke in
the Mall in downtown Redding. Some offices were filled with up to 3 feet
of muddy water.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Shasta County treasurer reported the county was in good financial standing, with nearly $130,000 in the county strong box and $20,000 of that belonging to the high school building fund.
In 1952, new desks were moved into Bonny View Elementary School, set to open in a few days. The opening followed months of delays and enabled all of the Redding elementary schools to go off double shift.
In 1977, a new passenger terminal and a runway extension were part of an updated master plan for the Redding Municipal Airport. Federal money would cover 90 percent of the cost while the city would cover the remaining 10 percent.
In 1992, an Oregon man was identified as the victim of a fatal car crash
south of Yreka. The man's van became wedged in some trees after falling
about 200 feet off a cliff.
Today is Friday, Jan. 4, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, an owner of a Redding saloon paid a $100 fine for conducting gambling games on the premises. A wife of a patron filed the charges because she was upset that her husband was missing dinner to gamble.
In 1952, the Record Searchlight reported about a 77-year-old man who had been missing since Dec. 18. The Redding man was nearly blind.
In 1977, 6,500 trout were dead as diesel fuel spilled into the Sacramento River from a derailed train. Despite a barrier built to contain the spill, the fuel was already being detected in Lake Shasta.
In 1992, the mayor of Weed announced that chronic health problems would
force her out of office. She ask the City Council to appoint an acting
Today is Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Redding Improvement Association and other residents petitioned the city for several changes for Redding. These included draining the Diestelhorst Reservoir, building granite sidewalks and establishing arc lights on dark city streets.
In 1952, Redding was hit by a strong winter storm. Shasta Dam got 4 inches of snow while Redding got 2.5 inches.
In 1977, two separate accidents made a mess of Interstate 5 as a U-Haul truck and big rig wrecked near Mount Shasta at almost the same time. Authorities blamed the accidents on ice and snow on the roads.
In 1992, a man was arrested after pulling a fake gun on Redding store
clerks. The man became irate after the clerks accused him of fraudulently
trying to return an item.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Charles Butler had a close call in a mine in the area. He had lighted two charges in the mine, one of which went off as he had planned. The second charge did not explode until Butler had gone back into the mine. He suffered bruises and temporary paralysis.
In 1952, Buckeye residents would get 2.7 miles of new road after putting relentless pressure on county supervisors. The 2.7 miles were part of a plan to stretch Keswick road to Summit City, a $100,000 project.
In 1977, a 13-year-old Redding girl was invited to Jimmy Carter's inauguration. Lindy Ward suspected the invitation was because of the letter she wrote to Carter wishing him luck in the presidential election.
In 1992, a fire damaged an estimated $80,000 worth of clothing and other
items donated to the Salvation Army. A faulty light sparked the fire in
a warehouse that stored the items. No one was injured.
Today is Monday, Jan. 7, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mr. and Mrs. Houston of Redding had their hands full. Mrs. Houston had just given birth to her second set of twins. The first set had just turned 2 years old.
In 1952, two Fresno men were injured near Redding after being struck by a car while they were pushing their stalled and lightless car out of the road. Visibility was hampered by falling snow.
In 1977, Lassen Ski Park finally opened with only 28 inches of snow. With temperatures warming, it was expected the park would only be open for a few days.
In 1992, the downtown Redding post office was closed to test asbestos
levels. Construction on the 60-year-old building kicked up some cancer-causing
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Board of Of Supervisors approved plans for the Shasta County high school. The school would have an assembly room with capacity for 750 people. The board recommended the chain gang be employed at the site on West and Placer streets to prepare for construction.
In 1952, a Redding man was charged with several burglary. The man also had previous run-ins with the law in Eureka and Phoenix. Included with the stolen property found in his home were police badges.
In 1977, the first of several lawsuits was filed in Shasta County Superior Court on behalf of the family of a man who died in the Novoply plant explosion in Anderson. The suit claimed the fire and explosion, which destroyed the plant and killed several workers, were the result of negligence by several agencies.
In 1992, Trinity County planned to use a $127,000 grant to buy computer
technology for its 911 system, creating one of the most advanced emergency
call systems in the state.
none for the 9th
Today is Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a person was seen scaling the Shasta County Jail walls at night, possibly to communicate with prisoners or to pass them tools used to escape. District Attorney Dozier ask the Board of Supervisors to appoint a special night watchman, but his request was denied.
In 1952, the drying shed at Rocky Mount Manufacturing Co. collapsed under heavy snow in Central Valley. About 100,000 board feet of lumber was inside
In 1977, Lake Shasta resorts reported having lost an estimated $4 million in 1976 because of an extended drought. Water levels dipped to their lowest levels since the reservoir was filled.
In 1992, Jim Gubetta became the new mayor of Weed. He replaced Calvin
Vanderhoof, who resigned because of health concerns.
Today is Friday, Jan. 11, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a 12-year-old boy was found dead by his brother after being shot in the head while duck hunting near Clear Creek. How the boy was shot was unknown.
In 1952, Redding changed its voting precincts for that year's elections, bring the total number of precincts to 17.
In 1977, thanks to some generous offers, Lindy Ward, 13, of Redding would go to Jimmy Carter's inauguration. Local Democrats donated $500 toward her trip while a Lewiston man put the family in touch with his son-in-law, the director of the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. who offered them a place to stay.
In 1992, firefighters from Anderson, Cottonwood and Happy Valley burned
down a donated house as a part of a drill.
Today is Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a pregnant woman was severely beaten by a drunken assailant in Bella Vista. The attacker was identified but escaped. The woman was not expected to recover.
In 1952, the March of Dimes house was being built in a three-day rush despite the rain. The house, in the Kutras tract, was being built with donated labor and materials to benefit the March of Dimes.
In 1977, assurances were received that Gov. Jerry Brown would declare drought-stricken north state counties disaster areas. Shasta County claimed it was in a state of economic disaster in both agriculture and recreation.
In 1992, Dobrowsky's Jewelers in the Mall in downtown Redding announced
its closure. The store, founded in 1851 in Shasta and moved to Redding
in 1872, and passed from father to son for four generations. It was the
oldest continually owned business in the county.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mose Sisk, a notorious trouble maker in Redding, tried unsuccessfully to escape from where deputy J.H. Russell had him confined. He was arrested for disturbing the peace by being noisy and abusive and using vulgar language in the vicinity of a hotel.
In 1952, a Shasta County Superior Court Judge rejected a petition for nullification of the election that annexed the Enterprise area to Redding. The judge also stated that there was no reason to recount the ballots even though the district attorney was handling ballots while drunk.
In 1977, heavy snow fell in the north state. Iron Mountain reported 54 inches of snow with more on the way.
In 1992, a faulty electrical outlet was blamed for a fire in a McArthur
home that caused $30,000 in damages.
Today is Monday, Jan. 14, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Valentine Dunlap, an original 49er of Redding, was going to sue the federal government for damages to his pack train by government troops as he crossed the Midwest in 1875. His fortune made from gold mining at Bidwell's Bar was destroyed by the troops.
In 1952, the March of Dimes house, across from the ACID canal in the Kutras tract, was completed in only 27 work hours. Almost 175 workers built the $10,000 house. The proceeds would go to the fight against polio.
In 1977, protesters of rising property taxes packed the Nova High School auditorium to sign petitions and demand reform. Many government officials spoke as people shouted at them in the audience.
In 1992, Margaret Polf, 1983 Citizen of the Year in Central Valley,
died at her home. A park in Summit City was named in her honor in 1985.
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, before taking a final visit to his native state of Nebraska, Allen Slocomb, who lived with his son George, made a will. George Slocomb inherited the entire Slocomb estate, valued at more than $2,000, save 50 cents for each of Allen Slocomb's four other children.
In 1952, snow and fallen trees trapped 35 Redding skiers at the Manzanita Lodge near Viola. Fallen trees also collapsed power lines.
In 1977, 12-year-old Diane Peters of Weaverville would get to see President Jimmy Carter's inauguration after receiving many donations. Peters wasn't planning to attend the inauguration after she was invited because she couldn't afford the $348 round-trip plane ticket from San Francisco to Washington.
In 1992, five people were arrested for smuggling drugs into the Shasta
County Jail in Redding.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Col. R.M. Moore, mayor of Salee, was robbed of $80 in gold coins while he visited Redding by an unknown laborer at Bully Hill, Mayor Moore had invited the laborer to stay with him after he said he could not find a room. When he awoke, the man and Moore's money were missing.
In 1952, 15 Redding skiers trapped in the Manzanita Lodge near Viola safely skied the eight miles to the Viola Lodge. It took them four hours to ski through the heavy snow. Rescue crews were attempting to free 29 other skiers still trapped at the lodge.
In 1977, the Redding City Council agreed to reconsider whether Buenaventura Boulevard should cut through Linden Avenue in Redding. Landowners protested the original decision after receiving extremely low purchase offers from the city.
In 1992, Vice President Dan Quale surprised Anderson residents when
he made an unscheduled stop at the Safeway store in Anderson to buy some
cookies. The Vice President was on his way to the Municipal Airport for
discussions with timber executives.
Today is Thursday, Jan 17, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Thomas Hartman, a German immigrant and resident of Igo, was found dead in his cabin home. Hartman had been a pioneer of Shasta County.
In 1952, nearly all of Plumas County was covered by 9-foot snowdrifts. As the storm passed, people from all over the north state dug themselves out of snow that buried their homes, cabins and ski lodges.
In 1977, a worker for the Kimberly-Clark saw mill died in Redding after being hit with a piece of timber at the Anderson plant. People working at the time of the accident were sent home.
In 1992, Ozzie, a Shasta County Sheriff's Department police dog, was
in good condition after being stabbed five times during an attempted arrest.
The dog's assailant escaped.
Today is Friday, Jan. 18, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Assemblyman J.A. Hubbard of Anderson swore he was the victim of a practical joke when someone stole his stick pin. Hubbard said that it could not have dropped and that someone must have stolen it from his necktie.
In 1952, the wives of military men aboard a C-47 that went down Dec. 26 were offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of the airplane. The plane was last heard of over Klamath Falls, Ore., and rumored to have been seen over Red Bluff.
In 1977, Shasta College officials said they were preparing to lose more than $400,000 if enrollment did not increase. The previous semester's enrollment was 5,500 students, down from an expected 6,300 students.
In 1992, fire lookouts were outraged to hear that six of the 14 lookout
towers in the Shasta Trinity National Forests would close and some lookouts
would be laid off. Forest Service officials blamed restrictive budgets
and personnel laws.
Today is Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Stanley Sheares of Dunsmuir tried to stop a train in its tracks, but instead of plowing him, the train merely bunted him off the tracks and left him uninjured.
In 1952, a report said Shasta County had 42 polio victims. Of those, 16 were from the Redding area.
In 1977, the Shasta General Hospital board of supervisors asked administrator Jack Connelly to resign. He reluctantly did, and there was speculation that many more resignations would follow.
In 1992, a passer-by spotted a baby coughing and choking in a locked
car in front of a grocery store in Mount Shasta. Police broke into the
car and gave the baby mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The parent was in the
store for less than five minutes.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 20, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, George Eades, brother of Isom Eades, one of the men on trial in Alturas for a lynching, made a frightening statement regarding Constable Brown while in Redding. Brown was also on trial for complicity with the quintuple lynching. Eades said, "Brown will never be convicted with that jury."
In 1952, classes began at Shasta College. At that time, 269 students had registered for classes, 50 more than the pervious semester.
In 1977, while snow fell in Miami for the first time since weather was recorded, the Mt. Shasta Ski Park still had not opened. The park reported barely 4 1/2 inches of snow where there was normally 10 feet.
In 1992, the Redding City Council voted to kill a long-planned softball
complex that was to be built off Knighton Road. Council members blamed
a financial crisis that could mean the layoffs of city workers to stop
the $4.5 million project.
Today is Monday, Jan. 21, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, several weeks of dry weather caused the rainfall total to fall behind in the area. There had been 19.25 inches of rain that season. The previous season's total was 30.50 inches.
In 1952, figures showed Shasta County's population had a 4.3 percent increase during 1951, bringing the total population up to 37,980. Trinity County increased by 24.8 percent, bringing the county's population up to 6,350.
In 1977, four homes in Old Shasta were deemed historically insignificant and would be razed. The homes were going to be destroyed to clear land for the Shasta State Historic Park.
In 1992, the Redding City Council approved a $1.9 million budget cut,
which included $1.3 million worth of reductions within city departments.
Council members discarded other options including a utility tax and the
sale of property.
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Thomas Dawson, charged with the murder of his friend John Carberry, claimed the gun he had pointed Carberry went off accidentally. Dawson also spoke of his 28-year friendship with Carberry.
In 1952, charges of using obscene language on a public street against Edward Oaks Jr. were dropped. Oaks also paid a $5 fine for blocking traffic, which was the motivation for the language offense.
In 1977, observant Redding residents may have noticed Max, a dog perched on a housetop. The dog's owner, who was building the roof, said he put the dog there to keep him out of trouble.
In 1992, a former Red Bluff teacher was found not guilty of grand theft.
She was accused of stealing $3,300 worth of school supplies in the last
few weeks of her employment. Lawyers testified that the school marked all
the school supplies with the school stamp before the teacher had a chance
to claim any of her property.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Southern Pacific Co. announced it would build large oil tanks along rail lines, including one in Redding. The oil tanks would hold 2 million gallons of fuel for trains.
In 1952, Pvt. Carlson was Jr., who was killed Oct. 4, in Korea, was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart. He was a graduate of Shasta High School.
In 1977, Lorraine Munhollon of Anderson was credited with saving the life of her son's 3-year-old playmate after the boy fell into a pool. She pulled the boy from the pool and resuscitated him.
In 1992, the Redding office of the American Cancer Society was warning
residents of a possible fund-raising scam that was claiming to collect
money for cancer research.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Thomas Dawson, who shot and killed his longtime friend John Carberry on Oct. 15, 1901, was found guilty of manslaughter. The maximum sentence for manslaughter was 10 years. The minimum was one year.
In 1952, Gilbert DeForest, trustee of Shasta Union High School District, was found dead in a Lorenz Hotel room. His death was attributed to a heart attack.
In 1977, a grocery store in Redding was robbed by two masked men. Armed with a sawed-off shotgun, one man made a clerk empty several registers before firing two shots into a wall. The men were later found near Vallejo.
In 1992, Nancy Buffman, was convicted on 16 counts of corruption in
office and was removed from her position on the Redding City Council. Buffman
was accused of using the city credit card for personal use, ringing up
$2,000 in charges. Buffman was also removed from her position of
mayor in 1991 after disclosure of the allegations.
Today is Friday, Jan. 25, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Richard Stiller, treasurer of Trinity County, stabbed himself in the throat in an attempt to kill himself in Deadwood. Bystanders overpowered the demented Stiller and took his knife, saving his life.
In 1952, the Redding post office reported record receipts of $202,471.90 for 1951, an average increase of $1,000 a month from 1950.
In 1977, the new McCloud Volunteer Fire Department truck passed through Redding. The truck, purchased by McCloud Community Services District, was made in Allentown, Pa., and was being driven to its new home.
In 1992, a Southern California woman was killed after being run over
by a tractor trailer as she lay on Interstate 5 near Red Bluff. The woman
had been ejected from her vehicle when it rolled over. The driver of the
big rig did not see the woman or her black pickup in the darkness.
Today is Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, an attempt to repair the road from Redding to the free bridge
by the city was a dismal failure. It was recommended that travelers find
an alternate route or wait until summer.
In 1952, Stanley Clark, manager of a Redding business, was reported missing. Clark was to deliver meat in Hayfork, but never made the delivery and had not been heard from or seen since he left. The California Highway Patrol was looking for him.
In 1977, Anderson received a grant from the Economic Development Administration to building a $1.38 million city hall and community center.
In 1992, search crews found a Redding man who had been missing overnight
near Bella Vista. The man was hunting squirrels when he fell and injured
Today is Monday, Jan 28, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Tony Jaegel announced his plans to build a two-story building on Market Street in Redding. The building would have a 90-foot brick front and would cost $20,000.
In 1952, a Central Valley couple escaped a fiery crash near Redding after a woman drove off a cliff on Highway 99. The woman was pulled from her vehicle by her husband who had been ejected from the pickup halfway down the cliff moments before the truck burst into flames and was destroyed.
In 1977, a state water agency ruled that Southern Pacific railroad was at fault in a 2,600-gallon fuel spill. A train derailed at Cantara Loop, spilling the fuel into the Sacramento River. The ruling would cost the company $90,000.
In 1992, three men surrendered to Redding police on charges of conspiracy,
embezzlement and grand theft against a snack food distributor. The men
were accused of fraudulent food sales and embezzlement of $31,000.
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, four men who recently purchased 80 acres of the old Bonanza mine in Shasta County were happily surprised to find a rich gold-bearing quartz mine, renamed the Sunlight mine. Miners estimated the value of the ore to be worth $200 to $300 per ton.
In 1952, 40 students from 19 different countries were visiting Redding for a junior- United Nations assembly. All the students attended the University of California and would have to stay in Redding for four days.
In 1977, several hundred of gallons of diesel fuel were accidently spilled in Dog Creek, which runs into the Sacramento River. Crews were trying to clean up the spill, four miles from Cantara Loop.
In 1992, police in Red Bluff stopped a car for a traffic infraction
and found $9,000 worth of drugs in the vehicle. Three people were
taken into police custody.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Ruth and Geraldine, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Shannon of Redding, had scarlet fever. Their house was quarantined.
In 1952, a house-numbering program in the Shasta Dam area completed its first two parts and residents were preparing for their house numbers. The numbering program was being directed by the improvement association.
In 1977, a trust fund for Corey Wooten, a 7-year-old who was hit by a car on Deschutes Road in December, had more than $3,000 in contributions thanks to an old-fashioned community buffet dinner and hoe-down in Millville. The money was raised to help the Wooten family with Corey's medical bills.
In 1992, a Redding Circle K store closed. It was one of five in Shasta
County. The chain filed for bankruptcy in 1990 and said it would close
1,500 of its 3,700 stores.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Nellie Burghner was arrested on charges of conducting a house of ill-fame on South California Street in Redding. Also arrested was Maria Ferris of the house.
In 1952, drunken driving charges were reduced to reckless driving charges for the man who hit the Redding Christmas tree shortly after it was erected. On the lesser charge, the man would pay a $50 fine for damages to the tree.
In 1977, 15 railroad cars derailed near Mount Shasta, stopping rail traffic for 26 hours. The cars were carrying wood products.
In 1992, Russian buyers purchased a Redding home for 135 million rubles
in a highly publicized auction. Also for sale were four apartments in Spain
and four houses in Australia.
Today is Friday, Feb.1, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a cigar factory and an adjoining home caught fire near Inwood. The home and business of E.J. Yager were destroyed, except for one piano.
In 1952, Stuart's Fork Bridge at Millville and half the Douglas City were impassable due to storms. Other bridges in the area were also threatened.
In 1977, 18-year-old Anita Tidmore, Miss Weed and Siskiyou County Sweetheart, was to travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Miss California-Universe contest. Friends and local organizations donated more than $900 for her trip.
In 1992, more than 560 applicants competed for 100 jobs at Sweetriver
Saloon, a new Redding restaurant. The numbers reflected Redding's unemployment
rate of 9.3 percent, or about 6,000 people out of 64,000.
Today is Saturday, Feb 2, 2002.
In 1902, a divorce was expected between Elize and August Betsch of Redding when Mrs. Betsch intercepted love letters from her husband to a German girl. Mr. Betsch also sent money to the girl to come from Germany to Redding.
In 1952, police had a busy weekend with a rash of petty and vehicle thefts. Two men in the Golden Eagle Hotel were robbed and two teenagers were arrested for vehicle theft.
In 1977, $2.4 million of forest reserve funds finally reached Shasta County schools after a two-year legal battle. The money had been frozen while parties discussed the allocation of funds. Money given to 31 schools districts would vary from $6,000 to $550,000.
In 1992, a teen-age driver was arrested on charges of drunken
driving after running into a utility pole. The incident caused no power
outages, but both the driver and passenger were treated for injuries at
Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a burglary suspect punched Sheriff Behrens, giving him a large lump on his forehead, and threw a rock at a Sheriff's deputy in Redding. The two arrested two arrested the man after what was described as a lively tussle.
In 1952, a Redding woman accidently shot herself in the thigh. She was expected to recover from her injuries. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was showing her gun to Mrs. Bettye Schillo when the gun fired.
In 1977, the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District would raise the price of water by 38.8 percent to those irrigating more than 5 acres of land. The price increase followed a record-breaking drought leaving Shasta County in a state of disaster.
In 1992, one of every seven dollars spent on a $3.4 million project
to straighten a curve in Highway 299 would be used to protect a rare type
of grass. Highway 299 near Crystal Creek was possibly the only place Howell's
Today is Monday, Feb. 4, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, T.J. Harrison, 84, died at his Quartz Hill home. Harrison was one of the first white men to come to Shasta County. He came to Shasta County in 1848 from Tennessee to be a miner.
In 1952, John P. Scripps, chairman of the board of Redding Record Inc., sent a cable to the Redding paper from London, telling of the death of King George VI. Scripps reported that the king had been very popular, as was his successor, Elizabeth.
In 1977, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation was considering drawing more than half the water from Whiskeytown Lake to meet its electrical power contracts with PG&E. Shasta County merchants and people who serve tourist, could have lost up to $12 million. Lake size would have been greatly decreased, with most of the water lying toward the center, away from popular tourist areas such as Brandy Creek.
In 1992, 12-year-old Amanda Doherty of Redding won a $500 scholarship
in a statewide competition at the California Association of the Gifted
convention in Long Beach. Among Amanda's talents were playing three musical
instruments, the clarinet, oboe and bassoon.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Barnard Gartland, a French Gulch pioneer, died in San Francisco after doctors amputated his foot to stop blood poisoning.
In 1952, the caddy house at Riverview Golf and Country club burned, destroying 100 golf bags and bottles of liquor.
In 1977, diesel fuel spilling from a broken sawmill pipeline was threatening the picturesque Burney Falls. Emergency crews working in the partially frozen Burney Creek stopped the oil just two miles from the falls.
In 1992, firefighters saved $110,000 worth of artwork from a fire in
a Happy Valley home, but $110,000 worth of damage was done to the
building and its contents.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Dr. C.C. Corbiere, a Redding dentist received $300 worth of new equiptment. Included in the shipment was an electric engine for faster work and a spittoon. The spittoon had a little fountain to wash its contents directly into the sewer, rather than have the dentist try to clean it.
In 1952, damage from a fire to the Riverview Golf and Country Club in Redding was estimated to be $40,000 on golf clubs alone. The building was only worth between $1,500 and $2,000.
In 1977, Redding officials said it was too late to stop the construction of Buenaventura Boulevard, altho it meant cutting through a neighborhood. Residents were angry because of the extremely low purchase offers they received from the city.
In 1992, U.S. Customs agents searched two Redding homes after a major
opium seizure in Los Angeles. Two Redding residents were arrested
at a Los Angeles airport and 24 pounds of opium was seized.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a Lewiston man named Junkan was finally cleared of any wrongdoing after being a suspected jewel thief for two years. Junkan worked at the Frick and Davis farm, where $1,500 worth of jewels were stolen from Mr. Davis. Police suspected it was Junkan, but couldn't prove it. Two other men were caught pawning the jewels in Sacramento, and Junkan's name was cleared.
In 1952, Shasta Dam reported that 5,377 people from 33 states and seven counties visited in January. The most visitors to come on one day was 1,079 on Jan. 27.
In 1977, the state gave a Round Mountian company a cleanup and abatement order, charging that its limestone quarry operation had dumped soil into a tributary of Cedar Creek. Officials said the soil was not a problem at that point, but would become one when it rained.
In 1992, five Redding teens were arrested for car stereo theft. The
stolen property was found in their possession. More than 30 car stereos
had been stolen in the area since December.
Today is Friday, Feb. 8, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a Big Bend man, who had his coffin built just weeks before in anticipation of his death, died in west Redding. The man's family was considering not using the coffin the man had ordered, though, and possibly finding a more modern one in Redding.
In 1952, a 24-year-old Redding resident and two Stanford University students died in Merced following a traffic accident.
In 1977, approximately 4,000 people went to the Shasta District Fair grounds in Anderson for a logging equiptment show. At the same time, Redding was host to the Sierra Cascade Logging Conference.
In 1992, an 11-year-old girl was struck by a pickup in Redding when
she stepped into traffic. The girl suffered head and leg injuries while
the driver, a 16-year-old male, was treated for shock.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 9, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a 10-foot wave of water rushed down Mt. Bradley near Dunsmuir, flooding the south end of the town and washing away six homes. The cause was unknown.
In 1952, a 7-year-old boy was hit by a car as he got off a bus in Redding. The driver claimed the bus was barely moving when it hit the child. He suffered only minor injuries.
In 1977, a fasion show highlighted the Sierra Cascade Logging Convention in Redding. Kathryn Crosby, wife of singer Bing Crosby, was one of the models who wore fashions from throughout history.
In 1992, Redding firefighters and police rescued six people from their second-story apartments as a fire blazed through the stairwell. The fire started when a man threw a burning chair cushion into the stairwell after a cigarette caught the cushion on fire.
Today is Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a rumor of attempted suicide spread through Redding. A resident was reportedly ready to slash his throat at the end of a several-day drinking binge. The man's father-in-law disagreed with the rumors saying it was more likely the man would pawn his razor for more drinking money, which in fact he did.
In 1952, the Shasta County Historical Society was planning a celebration to mark the 102nd anniversary of the founding of Shasta County. The anniversary would be marked with a civic luncheon at the Golden Eagle hotel.
In 1977, Redding police searched a car of a group of religious sect members, finding police scanners and CB radios. The group was asking for donations outside area grocery stores and would only chant when police tried to question them.
In 1992, items left at the replica of the Vietnam memorial that had
been on display in Redding were buried at Lawncrest Cemetery. The items
were cataloged with a list on display in the chapel.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the No. 5 furnace at the smelter of the Mountain Copper Co. exploded, covering a man with molten metal and igniting his clothes. The man, Gilbert Nicholson, was expected to die from his injuries.
In 1952, John Shaw of Redding announced that he had leased the Gossett planing mill in Cottonwood and would unite it with the operations in Redding and Anderson. Shaw said there was enough lumber in the area for all mills for at least 10 years.
In 1977, Redding reported a high temperature of 83 degrees, a record since 1948, when temperatures began being recorded. Warm temperatures and wind posed a fire danger, one fire was reported in the county.
In 1992, two people were arrested in Anderson on charges of possession
of heroin and for the sale of stolen property. Shasta Interagency Narcotics
Task Force agents fished traces of the drug out of a toilet after the suspects
tried to flush it.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mrs. R.A. Marten became violently ill at a church social in Redding. The doctor who attended to her said her symptoms resembled strychnine poisoning. The only thing Mrs. Marten ate at the social was a single peanut.
In 1952, the retail clerks union was asking for help in settling differences on the new grocery contracts for area stores. One of its demands was a 40-hour work week for $74.85 per week.
In 1977, guns and a pipe bomb found in a Weaverville home led to the arrest of a 16-year-old boy. Sheriff's deputies were searching the home for stolen property.
In 1992, a Lewiston man called Trinity County sheriff's deputies to
his home and then fired more than 30 rounds at them when they arrived.
The deputies did not return fire and no one was injured.
Today is Friday, Feb. 15, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mr. Harmon of Idaho spent a day in Cottonwood where he was rumored to want to start a dairy business or grist mill. Harmon said Redding looked like a good place to sell flour or bran.
In 1952, a man arrested in Yreka, was sent back to Redding to face charges of writing bad checks. The largest check he wrote was for $5,000 to an automobile dealership. Most of the other checks were wrote for appliances.
In 1977, 200,000 trout were being planted in area lakes and streams months earlier than normal because Darrah Springs Trout Hatchery faced partially shutting down in response to extreme drought. The trout wouldn't normally be planted until April.
In 1992, in a telephone poll of 120 people conducted by the Record Searchlight,
the majority of votes went to Cypress Avenue as being the worst traffic
spot in Redding. The second worst area was voted as the intersection of
Hartnell and Victor.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the fire in Iron Mountain was reported to be almost out. A large storm helped considerably to conquer' the smoldering ore. Rain water Thick with copper had begun to run like green streams out of the mountain.
In 1952, the retrial in the McKay-Strum murder case began in Red Bluff. Two men were charged with killing two sheriff's deputies. The men had been found guilty previously but were granted a retrial because of community pressure.
In 1977, law enforcement agents discovered two blades and two sawed-through bars in a Shasta County jail cell. Agents were investigating how the blades were smuggled into the jail and were considering the cell's occupant with an attempted escape.
In 1992, a man was arrested after he slammed his car into a Redding
building. The building, the former Angle Inn on Market Street, had been
hit several times already.
Today is Monday, Feb. 18, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, James Hoyle and Emma Lorenz were married in Redding. Miss Lorenz was the daughter of Susan Lorenz and one of 11 heirs to the Lorenz estate.
In 1952, a small but unexpected storm dropped snow on much of Shasta County. Chains were required on most roads leading west and north out of Redding.
In 1977, as water levels in Shasta Lake continued to decline, more of the head tower, used to build the dam, emerged. The complex metal structure protruded out of the water by several feet.
In 1992, boat owners hurried to remove their vessels from Whiskeytown
Lake, worried that the water levels would soon be low enough to beach
the boats. Water from the lake was being drained and diverted to
Keswick Lake in preparation for a possible overflow from the Spring
Creek debris dam.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, it was reported in the Searchlight that there would not be a merger of two nearby companies. Negotiations to join Bully Hill Mining and Smelting Co. to the Trinity Copper Co. fell flat.
In 1952, the Redding City Council voted 4-1 to keep Benton Air Park and to build hangars. Among the reasons cited to keep the airport was because of its close location to Redding hospitals.
In 1977, U.S. Forest Service crews installed floating boat ramps at the Centimudi launch area at Lake Shasta.
In 1992, Churn Creek flooded homes in south Redding and in the Central
Valley area of Shasta Lake, which recorded 5.15 inches of rain in 24 hours.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Joseph Kahny announced he would build a one-story brick building between the two Moody buildings on Market Street. Kahny said he would rent his building.
In 1952, Redding City Councilman Bill Morrison discussed using $20,000 from the sale of the dog pound in order to pay for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. lines in Benton tract. The council could then borrow the rest from the parking meter fund.
In 1977, burglars took $1,300 worth of jewelry from a Redding home. Many jewelry thefts had been reported in the month.
In 1992, a malfunctioning water heater sparked a fire in an Oak Run
home. No one was injured in the fire that caused smoke damage throughout
Today is Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, S.P. Roller, a former brakeman on the Shasta division of the Southern Pacific railroad, received a letter of his great-grandfather's passing in England. The letter went on to explain that Roller was one of 200 heirs to an estate. Roller's share was worth $50,000.
In 1952, the retrial of James McKay and Robert Strum went to a jury. The men, 19 and 21, faced the death penalty or life in prison for the murders of Shasta Undersheriff Earl Sholes and Deputy Dan Herryford.
In 1977, the body of a missing mountain climber was found on Mt. Shasta. The woman was with a party of experienced mountain climbers practicing for their climb of Mt. Kenya and Mt. Killimanjaro in Africa.
In 1992, heavy rains caused the Spring Creek debris dam to overflow.
The metal-contaminated water from Iron Mountain Mine was not as bad as
expected but still posed a threat.
Today is Friday, Feb. 22, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, it was discovered that Amelia Clineschmidt and Carl Forester had been secretly married the previous April in San Francisco. The union was secret, they said, because relatives disapproved. Upon hearing the news, both families insisted they remarry in Redding at once.
In 1952, James McKay and Robert Strum were sentenced to life in prison at San Quentin for murder charges. Tehama County Sheriff Wayne Kranig said he was happy to send them back to San Quentin after they were repeatedly found smuggling knives and chains into their cells.
In 1977, snow fell onto dry shores of Shasta Lake and on dusty Mt. Shasta. While residents were happy to see the snow, it did little to lighten the drought. A manager of Mt. Shasta Ski Park said the business had lost $135,000 during that snow-less season.
In 1992, Highway 299 was closed for six hours near Burnt Ranch because
of a rock slide. No vehicles happened to be in the rocks' path at the time
of the slide.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Trudgeon of Shasta had a son who weighed 13 pounds at birth.
In 1952, a silver and green Cessna 170 airplane carrying four U.S. Air Force men from Spokane, Wash., to Sacramento was reported missing over Northern California when it didn't make it to its Red Bluff checkpoint. Redding pilots were waiting for snowy weather to clear so they could begin searching the area for the plane.
In 1977, an increasing number of dried-out wells in southeast Redding were blamed on drought and population growth.
In 1992, 22 mailboxes, including valuable custom-made ones, were smashed
by vandals in Red Bluff. A $500 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction
of the responsible person or persons.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 24, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the biggest snow storm in Redding's history blew through. All traffic was stopped and stores were closed. Many telephone lines were downed throughout the area.
In 1952, four Air National Guardsmen were not injured when they had to make a forced landing on the north slope of Mt. Shasta after their plane ran out of gas. The men walked 14 miles to McCloud during the night. The guardsmen wrote "All OK" in the snow to notify search planes.
In 1977, a small plane and a helicopter began searching for two hikers last seen at Stuart Fork at Trinity Lake. The two were planning to hike to Junction City. Recent, unexpected snowstorms triggered the search.
In 1992, the Shasta County supervisors filed a temporary restraining
order to prevent the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from draining Whiskeytown
Lake of 75 percent of its water.
Today is Monday, Feb. 25, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a moral crusade began in Anderson after rumored flagrant acts of indecency and immorality. The acts were committed by two young women, left unattended, and two young men. The scenes of ribaldry were witnessed by a young boy, and he immediately reported the occurrence to citizens who organized an investigation and demanded the acts to stop.
In 1952, a 13-year-old Pine Grove girl was shot by her 17-year-old hunting companion. Jackie Demke tripped over a rock and accidentally shot Mary O'Reilly in the shoulder.
In 1977, the rescue of two hikers in the Trinity Alps prompted a new permit policy. Officials said they would not issue a wilderness permit until after they had done an equipment check. The hikers rescued earlier, who had prompted the change, had been rescued once before, earlier in the season.
In 1992, more than one-third of Shasta Union High School District teachers
would have to be laid off. The teachers who would be able to keep their
jobs would be allowed only $25 per student for classroom supplies while
handling classes of up to 50 students. The district was facing a financial
crisis due to declining enrollment.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, after just 12 minutes of deliberation, jury foreman John Ogburn read the guilty verdict of "Booze" Montague and "Biddy" McCandliss. They had been charged with robbery after beating a drunken miner and stealing his possessions. The men faced up to life in state prison.
In 1952, it was reported in the Record Searchlight that Susan, a 3-year-old ewe owned by Jesse Hufford Jr. of Millville, had given birth to quadruplet lambs----a rarity. Susan had also given birth to three sets of twins.
In 1977, a grand opening celebration was held for the opening of Taylor Motors at its new location at Churn Creek and Lawncrest roads in Redding. Taylor Motors, owned by Howard Taylor, had been on California Street for the previous eight years.
In 1992, the snow depth and water content at most mountain stations
were at or better than the 10-year average. It was good news for parched
lakes and streams but would take much more to fill Lake Shasta.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, stolen property was found inside the Shasta County Jail. John Ritchie was robbed of a valise of clothing that somehow found its way onto the backs of several prisoners already in the jail.
In 1952, grocery clerks were still in labor negotiations with their employers. Employers offered the grocery clerk union $78 for a 48 hour week.
In 1977, a home at a private school in Oak Run was destroyed by fire. No one was injured, though many students lost all their possessions.
In 1992, two Parsons Junior High School students were hit by cars in
separate accidents within one hour while crossing Hartnell Avenue in Redding.
Officials said at least one student a year is hit by a car while leaving
one of the area schools, but no one had been seriously injured in the previous
Today is Saturday, Feb. 28, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, in a surprise verdict, James Brown was found not guilty of lynching Martin Wilson. It was assumed that Brown's acquittal meant the dismissal of charges for the other 13 residents of Lookout who were also accused of lynching Calvin Hall and his two sons, Daniel Yantis and Wilson.
In 1952, Mrs. Lotta Chenoweth, won the Riverview Golf and Country Club women's point-par golf tournament in the 18-hole division. Many of the women played with new clubs since a recent clubhouse fire had destroyed many of the members' clubs.
In 1977, the Clear Creek Community Services District board of directors in Happy Valley decided to go ahead with the annexation proceedings for 1,841 acres despite an ongoing drought. District Manager Arlan Tift said the decision wouldn't affect the water supply because many of the residents depended on wells and others wouldn't be added until the end of summer.
In 1992, a citizen's group filed suit against the city of Dunsmuir in
an attempt to resurrect the town's police force. The eight plaintiffs claimed
the city no authority to disband the department, which had been replaced
the week before by the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department.
Today is Friday, March 1, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, local resident, Mrs. Etter, received a telegram that sent her rushing to her husband's bedside in San Francisco. There doctors were trying to remove a piece of silver from his eye.
In 1952, at a monthly Weaverville Chamber of Commerce meeting, members approved an updated draft of plans for the Trinity River diversion, or Weaverville dam. They also discussed progress on construction of a new Weaverville airport and painting the town's name on the roof of the elementary school as a guide for the pilots.
In 1977, a misunderstanding was blamed for an action by the state Department of Fish and Game that would cause Redding's new regional sewage treatment plant to cost $200,000 more than expected. The department notified Redding officials when someone realized the originally approved plans had a pipeline that would enter a salmon-spawning bed on the Sacramento River.
In 1992, trustees of the debt-plagued Shasta Union High School District
prepared to layoff 64 teachers and 11 administrators as a way to help ease
budget woes. At a special Sunday meeting, trustees voted 3-1 to send the
layoff notices to principals and all assistant principles at Shasta, Enterprise,
Foothill and Pioneer high schools. Central Valley High School was spared
layoff notices since it was slated to join the Gateway Unified School District
Today is Saturday, March 2, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, John B. Radley was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon after shooting George Matthews in Sallee. Radley shot Matthews at a ball where Matthews told his wife not to dance with Radley.
In 1952, the oldest known existing copy of the Shasta Courier, Issue 2, published March 20, 1852, was borrowed from the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Mass., to display at the museum in Shasta throughout March. It was to honor the Courier's 100th anniversary. The first issue was not located.
In 1977, the Bella Vista Water District agreed to buy 2,000 acre-feet from the city of Redding. For Bella Vista, it meant clear water during winter storms that sometimes turned its Sacramento River supply into thin mud.
In 1992, Redding roofer Robert Wilkerson was awarded $1 million by a
Shasta County jury for injuries he received from falling at a construction
site in Redding. While roofing a new home in the Knolls subdivision, someone
moved the ladder Wilkinson had been using and it collapsed when he stepped
on it. The 15-foot fall left him with a broken right leg and a shattered
March 3, 2002, missing.
Today is Monday, March 4, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Brown Bear Mine reopened after being closed for several weeks due to a large storm. The Brown Bear had produced millions of dollars worth of gold.
In 1952, during a discussion on why Redding could not buy Pacific Gas and Electric lines in Benton tract, Daniel Carlton resigned as city attorney. He said, "The council is obviously not in harmony," and he felt that , although his legal knowledge was accurate, he was always being questioned.
In 1977, three Anderson residents complained that Simpson Paper Co.'s effluent ponds were blocking water drainage from a leaking irrigation ditch and flooding three houses and gardens. They filed a $385,000 lawsuit against the company for creating a public nuisance made by the odors from the ponds.
In 1992, three people escaped a burning home after their barking dog
woke them up. The fire, which at 3 a.m., destroyed the home, but no one
Today is Tuesday, March 5, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, John Dack, pioneer of Shasta County and native of England, died in Redding. He was survived by four sons and a daughter.
In 1952, a Shasta College student was the victim of a hit-and-run on highway 99 near Pine Grove. A passing motorist found the unconscious man and drove him to Mercy Hospital.
In 1977, a chimney flue fire caused $20,000 in damage to a Redding home, but no one was injured.
In 1992, several Shasta County and Tehama County schools would receive
free school buses. The new buses would be diesel, compressed natural gas
or methanol powered.
Today is Wednesday, March 6, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mrs. John Martin sued Jerry Culverhouse and the Weaverville Stage Co. for $25,000. Mrs. Martin and her ward were dropped off in Weaverville in the early hours of a stormy morning. Culverhouse refused to open the stage office for her to escape the rain, and she became ill as a result. Mrs Martin also sued Mr. and Mrs. Morris for $10,000 after they wouldn't admit her into their hospital on the grounds of questionable morals based on her wearing silk underpants and carrying her own frying pan.
In 1952, snow fell in Redding in March for the first time in memory. The few inches covered the ground, flowers and oranges.
In 1977, a group of Redding residents persuaded the City Council to overturn a decision to build apartments near Alta Mesa Drive and Marlene Avenue. Residents complained the complex would cause traffic problems and overcrowding at Alta Mesa School.
In 1992, approximately 240 pounds of pennies being collected by
Enterprise High School students for their Sober Grad party were stolen.
The five, five-gallon water bottles held about $375 worth of pennies.
Today is Thursday, March 7, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, D.A. Dozier claimed there were too many schools in Shasta County. Many schools were having trouble keeping the required amount of children in attendance.
In 1952, Mrs. Evelyn Graves beat Edward Barngrover during an argument over a minor traffic collision in Yuba City. Graves was arrested and released on $25 bail.
In 1977, a 21-year-old woman from Dorris pleaded innocent to murder charges. She was accused of stabbing a 77-year-old man in Yreka.
In 1992, Robert Novo, principal of Mount Shasta High School died of
a brain tumor at age 58. He was known for his enthusiasm and crusade to
instill pride in his students.
Today is Saturday, March 9, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, in light of recent robberies in Redding stores, merchants teamed up to hire a night patrolman to guard the stores. The merchants wanted to stop what the referred to as the "carnival of crime."
In 1952, hospital workers celebrated the one-month birthday of Marcia Fletcher, who weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces. The baby was said to be Shasta County's smallest resident when she was born at 2 pounds 11 ounces.
In 1977, 36 passengers were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in Corning. Officials speculated that an earlier vehicle accident may have damaged the tracks that caused the derailment.
In 1992, a magnitude-5.2 earthquake hit off the coast south of Eureka
and was followed by a 4.3 shaker south of Weaverville. Geologists reported
that they were from two different fault lines and were not related.
Today is Sunday, March 10, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, W.H. Nutting of Iron Mountain had Mr. Nervo arrested for robbery. Nutting accused him of stealing the $300 he had hidden in a can buried under his house.
In 1952, an Anderson man was killed after a car crash in Anderson. The car in which he was riding crashed through a plate-glass window of an auto parts store.
In 1977, Redding residents reacted with anger to the Food and Drug Administration's decision to make saccharin-based products available only by prescription starting Sept. 1.
In 1992, one lane of Interstate 5 near Red Bluff was closed for two
hours after a truck carrying car parts flipped over. The driver had swerved
to avoid hitting a deer. No one was injured.
Today is Monday, March 11, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Redding women were starting an improvement club for the city. The club would be an auxiliary of the Redding Mothers Club.
In 1952, a Shasta County man was found guilty of assault with intent to commit sex perversion and not guilty on two counts of sex perversion. The man faced a $500 fine and one to five years in prison.
In 1977, four people were arrested and $500,000 worth of contraband was confiscated from a home in Ono after a drug raid by the Shasta County Sheriff's Department. Narcotics agents seized lab equipment and 60 pounds of phencyclidine, a hallucinogenic drug.
In 1992, two inmates escaped from an exercise yard at the Red Bluff
jail, where they were unsupervised because of a lack of staff. The
inmates were considered very dangerous.
Today is Tuesday, March 12, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Edgar Carr of Redding finally had the chip of steel removed from his eye by a surgeon in San Francisco. Carr had a history of unfortunate eye injuries.
In 1952, a man filed a $118,000 damage and personal injury suit against two truck drivers. The man sued the drivers after their truck stalled on Highway 99, south of Redding, and he crashed into it, killing his wife.
In 1977, storms brought little snow to mountain regions, bringing little hope that the drought would end quickly.
In 1992, animal control officers tried, unsuccessfully, to catch a goose
in the Park Marina area. The Canadian goose had a large wad of fishing
line caught in its mouth, and residents feared it might hurt him.
Today is Wednesday, March 13, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a Redding plant was planned to manufacture Lelter's Cough Care. The tonic, crafted by Igo's Alex Lelter, was called "sufficient for advertising."
In 1952, it was the 100th birthday of the Shasta Courier, the oldest paper in Shasta County. The Record Searchlight produced a special anniversary publication for the event.
In 1977, word came that Gov. Edmund Brown Jr. would not come to Redding for the opening hearing of his special drought task force. The commander of the state's National Guard would attend instead and planned to meet with the public to discuss water shortages.
In 1992, two escaped inmates who walked away from a Red Bluff jail were
found and arrested in an apartment in Corning following an anonymous
Today is Thursday, March 14, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Redding attorney George W. Bush filed on behalf of his client Theresa Seller for the restoration of her maiden name, Theresa Smith. The woman claimed that because of the incompatibility of temper of her husband and because she was physically weak and of a sensitive nature, she could no longer live with him.
In 1952, mountain areas in Shasta and Siskiyou counties got record-breaking snow with water content 150 percent of normal. Officials feared flood conditions.
In 1977, a water main broke in downtown Redding, cracking pavement and
sending a torrent of water into city streets. Storm drains overflowed and
a small pond formed at Yuba and Oregon streets.
In 1992, two Redding men walked away from Crystal Creek work camp. Officials said that escapees from the camp are usually caught within two weeks.
Today is Friday, March 15, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a four-man committee, formed to look-into incorporating Anderson, met in Redding to gather information. The group was examining the potential profits Anderson would gain from keeping license taxes after incorporation, rather than staying just a town and letting those taxes go to the county.
In 1952, Redding was blanketed with almost 5 inches of snow. It was the third time it had snowed in little over a week. People attempting to drive without chains were arrested and jailed for five days.
In 1977, the Cottonwood Creek dams and three Sacramento River projects won approval in the 1978 federal budget. For many years, the dams, at two places along Cottonwood Creek in Shasta and Tehama Counties, had been lobbied for.
In 1992, mine pollution spilling from the Spring Creek debris
dam forced the Bureau of Reclamation to increase water flow from Shasta
Dam, causing minor flooding in Redding. The extra water released was to
dilute acid spilling from Iron Mountain Mine.
Today is Saturday, March 16, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, A.H. Tucker, local manager of the Sunset Telephone Co., was confined to his home after an accident in which he "sustained terrible injuries" when he struck his nose on a switchboard he was working on.
In 1952, Rep. Clair Engle denied approval of a timber access road between Kobel and Hyampom. Despite the decision, timber officials announced that the $3 million road would be built.
In 1977, despite the great amount of beef produced in the area, a survey of beef prices in 12 California cities showed that Redding consumers paid 37 cents more per pound than residents of San Diego, where beef prices were the lowest.
In 1992, officials were investigating the cause of a small plane crash
in Redding. The plane's two passengers were badly burned and had not yet
been identified. The last word from the pilot was that he was going to
make an emergency landing at Benton Airpark.
Today is Sunday, March 17, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Redding men met to discuss the conversion of the armory Hall into an opera house. Stocks were offered at $1.25 each to defray the costs.
In 1952, Mrs. Paul Blaisdell, a doctors wife from Pasadena, spoke to Shasta County doctors and their wives in Redding. Blaisdell's message was that Gov. Earl Warren was "just a socialist" and that doctors should not support "socialized medicine" or any candidate who supported it.
In 1977, Mount Shasta was considering installing water meters to gauge residents' water usage. A $50 fine would be in place for first-time water wasters and $250 for second-time offenders.
In 1992, an early-morning fire severely damaged a porch area of Pilgrim
congregational Church in Redding. Fire investigators were trying to determine
if the fire, in one of the last buildings designed by architect Frank Lloyd
Wright, was arson.
Today is Monday, March 18, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the skeleton of Leon McDonald was found between Town Creek Mountain and Campbell Creek. McDonald had last been seen heading into the hills to go hunting Sept. 22, 2001.
In 1952, Moon Lee of Weaverville was installed as president of the Inter-County Chamber of Commerce of Northern California. He was the first president to be elected from outside Shasta County. The chamber discussed a proposal of homestading the Tulelake Wildlife Refuge.
In 1977, the Redding City Council was preparing to discuss raising water at its upcoming meeting. The council would be ask to consider doubling the price of water. The council would also have to consider building a water plant to take drinking water out of Whiskeytown Lake instead of the Sacramento River.
In 1992, Siskiyou County's top elementary and junior high spellers advanced
to the state-wide spelling competition. Jordon Thomas correctly spelled
"perseverance" and "ardor" to win the elementary school division,
and Katie Nichols spelled "plagiarize" and "privilege" to win the junior
Today is Tuesday, March 19, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, "Red" Scott of Keswick was arrested again for burglary. He had served three separate sentences in San Quentin before he moved to Keswick.
In 1952, Norman Chase of Redding was shot in the abdomen in Summit City by a friend. The shooting was said to be an accident.
In 1977, it took four Shasta County Sheriff's deputies to break up a party near China Gulch Road. Out of the estimated 200 partygoers, only two were arrested.
In 1992, heavy rains caused toxic chemicals from Iron Mountain Mine
to spill over Spring Creek dam at the rate of two tank cars every half
hour, leading water officials to release 22,000 cubic feet of water into
the Sacramento River to dilute the poisons. A biologist said the amount
of poison that spilled from the mine would not only kill fish, but that
it would dissolve them.
Today is Wednesday, March 20, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Coroner Thomas Greene determined the cause of death of Leon McDonald to be fatigue and exposure. McDonald was found dead after going missing for several months.
In 1952, 5,204 people registered to vote in Redding for the upcoming April 8 election. The last party breakdown before registration closed counted 3,009 Democrats; 1,846 Republicans; and three Socialists.
In 1977, the Redding City Council approved a water-rate hike designed to penalize large water users and reward those who use less. The new rates would be 50 percent higher for people who consume more than 5,000 cubic feet per month and 90 percent higher for people who use 10,000 cubic feet per month.
In 1992, Shasta Union High School District students marched down Eureka
Way to the Yuba Street district office to protest the layoffs of 26 teachers.
The layoffs were part of a $1.4 million budget cut. The cut would also
shrink the sports and art programs and increase the average class size
to 50 students.
Today is Thursday, March 21, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a practical joke was played on Undersheriff James Richardson by Judge Sweeny. Attorney James Issacs wrote a jury summons to the wrong man to be delivered by Richardson. The mistake was noticed by Sweeney, but he elected not to tell Richardson, who set out on a 30-mile horseback ride to deliver a jury summons to a man who had been dead for six years.
In 1952, the Shasta County Red Cross announced it had collected $2,284 of its $8,047 annual goal. Fund Chairman Lou Gerard said that unless more volunteers started in their door-to-door campaign, the drive would fail.
In 1977, Champion Building Products faced 13 criminal charges and violations of the State Health and Safety Code stemming from the 1976 Novoply fire in Anderson. The fire in the Novoply plant killed seven people and injured 11.
In 1992, in a call-in poll conducted by the Record Searchlight, an overwhelming
majority of callers said the Shasta Union High School District should save
teachers' jobs from budget cuts, but there was no strong alternative option.
Other options included moving the district offices out of The Mall
in downtown Redding or laying off administrators.
Today is Friday, March 22, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Red Scott was saved from serving time at San Quentin State Prison on a technicality. Scott could not be convicted of a felony theft because he had already been convicted of a petty theft. He was to serve time in the county jail instead.
In 1952, on man died and a woman and seven children were injured following a single-car crash in Round Mountain. The vehicle lost control and turned over.
In 1977, a Redding woman was arrested for stealing a purse. Police said she stole the purse and then arranged to meet the owner to return the purse for a reward.
In 1992, a Redding boy who escaped from Crystal Creek Regional Boys
Camp turned himself in to police while another escapee was still at large.
Today is Saturday, March 23, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, "stark naked, with long beard and flowing hair, powerfully limbed and with eyes that reflected the flashing impressions of a brain gone mad, a human being is running wild in the woods of the Buckeye district, spreading dismay among the women and children." So read an article in the Searchlight. After its publication, local women and children were warned to stay close to their " men folk."
In 1952, Modoc County supervisors sent a desperate plea for hay to feed thousands of starving cattle. The Cattlemen's Association said it would be willing to drive anywhere to pick up feed since recent storms ruined its stock of hay.
In 1977, Redding residents protested the state Air Resource Board's plan to protect north state air. The board had chosen several wilderness areas to be considered Class 1, where no air deterioration would be permitted. Timber industry spokesmen were also angry about any new controls on the use of national forests.
In 1992, two men were arrested for breaking into the Palace Theater
in Weed. The men stole four candy bars and $15 in cash. They were taken
to the Siskiyou County Jail and held on $10,000 bail.
Today is Sunday, March 24, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, The Mothers Club of Redding met to discuss important issues concerning school children. On the issue of moral training, the mothers contended that boys should start being held to the same moral standards as girls.
In 1952, following a heavy rain season, Lake Shasta reached 84 percent of its capacity, which was the highest it had been since the dam was built. Officials predicted it would be the year the lake would be completely filled.
In 1977, heavy rain brought relief to the north state residents. For the first time in a while, more water was going into Lake Shasta than out and snow on Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak was deep enough for skiing.
In 1992, three men were arrested for stealing $700 worth of cans from
a Redding recycling center. They were caught after one of the thieves
dropped an identification card at the center. Bail was set at $11,000.
Today is Monday, March 25, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, residents of Modoc County held a party for the recently freed men who had been jailed in Alturas on charges of lynching in Lookout. The men had been acquitted after the supposed leader of the lynching was found not guilty.
In 1952, an emergency call for hay in Modoc County was answered with 400 tons of the cattle feed from various sources. One donator offered to supply all the hay for the Modoc County Cattlemen's Association.
In 1977, a controversial plaque was constructed at the Trinity Dam. It read, "Built by and for the people of the United States to conserve and wisely use the waters of these mountains." County officials and residents were skeptical because of the pipe that was drawing water from area to fill Whiskeytown Lake.
In 1992, a fuel leak was blamed for a vehicle fire in Redding. No one
was injured in the fire that caused $2,300 in damage.
Today is Tuesday, March 26, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, "Bill" Brown allegedly snagged a rifle and a keg of wine from C.F. Shade's residence. Brown, in the previous month, had also been accused of knifing the family of "Indian Mike" Reed. Brown also was taken into custody at the Shasta County Jail insane ward after spending 48 hours out in a storm with no food. Officers were looking for him near his McCloud River home.
In 1952, record-breaking temperatures were felt in Redding. Redding had the hottest temperature in the state at 85 degrees, just weeks after receiving snow.
In 1977, a flight from Portland, Ore., to San Francisco was diverted to Redding Municipal Airport after a bomb was reported aboard the plane. Passengers and crew exited the plane while authorities searched for a bomb, but nothing unusual was found and the passengers were able to reboard and continue their flight.
In 1992, 15 people, including alleged drug dealers and drug users, were
arrested in Redding in a drug sweep following a four-month investigation.
Today is Wednesday, March 27, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Afterthought mine had new equipment on order. The old equipment had been hauled into Redding to be shipped away. The reopening of the mine was hoped to promote development of Furnaceville District.
In 1952, Shasta County received its bill from Tehama County for the McKay-Strum murder retrial. Total cost to the county for both trials was now $17.776.87.
In 1977, a giant pile of sawdust chips caught fire at the Kimberly-Clark Corp. in Anderson. Damage was minor but the blaze caused a lot of smoke.
In 1992, the Tirra Oaks annexation was delayed over a tax dispute between
the city of Redding and the Central Valley Fire Protection District. The
subdivision was to be the site of a golf course and an upscale housing
area on 750 acres near Bear Mountain Road and Old Oregon Trail.
Today is Thursday, March 28, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, $990.30 was being held in the Shasta County sheriff's safe as several claimants fought to prove the money was theirs. The money represented total costs and damages in the Stolberg and Mauer case against the Mountain Copper Co. The question was would the money go to Stolberg or Mauer. Lawyers debated which person was more instrumental in the winning of the suit.
In 1952, flood water from the Pit River reached new levels and forced the evacuation of 100 people living near Alturas. Melting snow from nearby mountains inundated the river.
In 1977, the Bureau of Land Management bulldozed a house outside Redding after a long battle between the government and the family that owned the home. The bureau razed the home creating 20 acres of open space for wildlife. One member of the family was serving 10 years to life in prison after waving two pistols around the BLM office in Redding the year before.
In 1992, a 900-foot miniature train set depicting historic railways
between Gerber and Dunsmuir was completed. It took $75,000 and 42 years
to complete. The mayor of Dunsmuir drove the final spike.
Today is Friday, March 29, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Laura Diener, newly married to Eli Dack, inherited $1,800,000 -- one-fifth of the $9,000,000 fortune made by her uncle. The uncle's name was Emerick and had been a business partner of John Jacob Astor.
In 1952, the reservoir behind Shasta Dam gained 100,000 acre-feet in three days, according to the Bureau of Reclamation, giving the quickly forming lake 3,940,000 acre-feet. It was expected the water level would reach 4,000,000 acre-feet within a few days.
In 1977, the main rail line from Oregon to California reopened after 87 cars derailed in downtown Dunsmuir. There were no injuries in the crash, but more than 500 feet of track was ripped out.
In 1992, nine people were injured in Cottonwood after the van they were
in rolled over. Despite the severity of the accident, only one person required
hospitalization for injuries. She was in fair condition at Enloe Medical
Center in Chico.
Today is Saturday, March 30, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Jay Smith burst into tears after the court awarded him custody of his 8-year-old son, Ralph. Ralph had been in the care of his aging grandmother after his mother abducted him in his schoolyard.
In 1952, a Redding resident was arrested for drunken driving after missing a turn and running into a fence. The man had a blood alcohol level of 3.0. Police said they made a practice of citing drivers for drunken driving at 1.5. At 3.0. a person is close to passing out.
In 1977, The Mt. Shasta Mall would hold an Easter parade and fashion show. The parade and show at the Redding Mall would be held twice during the weekend.
In 1992, longtime Shasta County resident Robert Middleton died in Redding
at age 72. He had been active in the community, serving on the Redding
School District board of trustees for 11 years and was a founder of the
Nor-Cal Shrine Club.
Today is March 31, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, two deaths with ironic twists occurred in Shasta County. In both cases, the men had just received large sums of money. One miner had just found his fortune before his sudden death and another miner died in the county hospital just hours after receiving money for his ticket home back east.
In 1952, 10 airplane hangers were nearly finished at Benton field. The rent fund from the structures would go to the city.
In 1977, the Kimberly-Clark Corp. sawmill in Wildwood, in Trinity County, would close unless a buyer was found. The mill would lay off its 50 employees in the town of 150.
In 1992, a Mount Shasta couple bought the McCloud River Railroad from
a corporation in San Francisco. The railroad, built in 1898, hauled commercial
freight on 96 miles of track in Siskiyou and Shasta counties.
Today is Monday, April 1, 1902. On this date:
In 1902, an old woman attempted to commit suicide in Redding. She claimed her husband spent all her money and then forced her to leave him. The husband said her mind was affected.
In 1952, a 28-inch trout was caught in Lake Shasta. While over 2 feet long, the fish weighed only 6 pounds. The fish was released.
In 1977, a rabies outbreak was confirmed in southern Shasta County, leading to a skunk-trapping effort. Officials told residents to shoot any skunks that bite livestock and brings their brains to the health department for analysis.
In 1992, approximately 250 people crowded around the monolift near the
Redding Convention Center after morning radio personalities announced the
would be destroyed. While it was only an April Fools' joke, police and
fire personnel had to be called in to control the crowds and dispel the
Today is Tuesday, April 2, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Louise Huggins asked for a divorce in Shasta County Superior Court, claiming her husband had failed to provide for her and their son. She was asking for the return of her maiden name and $20 a month.
In 1952, a salesman reportedly assaulted a housewife at her home in Anderson. The salesman ask the woman for a glass of water, and then attacked her when she let him into her home.
In 1977, Lassen Ski Park closed a week early due to lack of snow. Park officials said it was the worst season since 1966.
In 1992, a rabid cat was found in east Redding, prompting a quarantine
zone to go into effect
Today is Wednesday, April 3, 2004. On this date:
In 1902, the Western Navigation Co. was looking into the Sacramento River between Redding and Red Bluff as a possible method of freight transportation. If boats were used, the company would compete with the railroad.
In 1952, the Record Searchlight withdrew an endorsement of a candidate for Redding city treasurer after learning he had been convicted of grand larceny and embezzlement 23 years earlier. The candidate dropped out of the race when the information surfaced.
In 1977, the Redding city council withdrew support of plans to tap Whiskeytown Lake for water. Many of the city's alternative plans seemed just as controversial and costly.
In 1992, the Redding Police Department and the*FBI were investigating
a Redding bank robbery. A man walked into a bank and gave the clerk a note
demanding money. No one was injured.
Today is Thursday, April 4, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a young Redding girl saved her family home from fire. The coal oil stove overturned, sending flames into the air. The girl wrapped her jacket around the stove and tossed it out of the house.
In 1952, sirens awoke 5,000 Alturas residents at 3:45 a.m. to warn them of approaching flood water of the Pit River. Dozens of families evacuated the area and waters crept within two blocks of the main business district. It was the second flood in six days.
In 1977, Shasta County issued 264 building permits during the month of March, a new record. The permits, $5.98 million worth, totaled more than January and February combined.
In 1992, the city of Redding attempted to drop a condemnation suit against
a business and offered to buy it at fair market price. The business refused
to sell the property to the city to make way for a freeway on ramp, and
the city had the building condemned. The action drew controversy on both
Today is Friday, April 5, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Albert G. Schuler, a locomotive fireman, fell from his engine between Cascade and Tamarack and was killed. He had spent all of his 25 years in Shasta County and left behind a wife of one year.
In 1952, a man burned to death in his Clear Creek home while his wife and son stood by, unable to help him. The wife had tried to carry her invalid husband out of the house, but could not lift him. The cause of the fire was unknown.
In 1977, a thief spoiled the goodwill tour of the Royal Hudson steam train by stealing an exhibit item while the train was in Redding. The item could not be replaced.
In 1992, two minor accidents on Highway 299, east of Redding, backed
up morning traffic. The jam, which had cars backed up onto Interstate 5,
caused a third minor accident on the freeway.
Today is Saturday, April 6, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a gold nugget, the shape of a small potato, was unearthed by J.F. Schilling of Whiskeytown. The nugget was worth about $113.
In 1952, two youths died and five injured after their vehicle swerved off Highway 89 at the Highway 299 junction to avoid a car parked in the middle of the road. The group was in the area from Sonoma County looking for summer jobs.
In 1977, butchers planned to go on strike at midnight in Redding and nine other counties. They would picket all food stores that had not signed an agreement with them. The strike was planned after a new contract was submitted that the union felt was unacceptable.
In 1992, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to close
the inmate work camp at Crystal Creek. The plan was a part of a $1.4 million
budget cut from the Sheriff's Department.
Today is Sunday, April 7, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, "Cap" Vickers was in the Shasta County Jail having pleasant hallucinations. Vickers was brought to the jail from Kennett, where he believed a mob was after him. Vickers also believed that he was not in jail, but in a nice hotel, his only complaint being he did not have a key to his room.
In 1952, a 17-year-old was in good condition in Fall River Mills after being struck in the chest with an ax. The boy was fighting with his brother when he was hit, splitting his breastbone.
In 1977, two Redding homes caught fire within minutes of each other. In a home on East Street, the family was moving out. In the other fire, the tenant had just mover into a house on Olive Street.
In 1992, an anonymous donor paid the $1,000 fee for the rabies shots
a Redding woman needed after her cat became infected with the disease.
Today is Monday, April 8, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a chance reunion of county pioneers in Keswick led to the discovery of a man of impressive age. Well-known Judge Wells, 77 spoke of the news from his father, 95, and his grandfather, 117, who lived in the east.
In 1952, Redding phone workers left their jobs at the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph office on Market Street as part of a nationwide strike. Phone service from Red Bluff to Yreka was cut.
In 1977, a Mount Shasta resident had an explosive idea for water, and the city was against it. The man's plan was to set off 3,000 pounds of dynamite under his property in an effort to shatter the underlying rock and give the water a chance to trickle into his dry wells.
In 1992, Shasta County sheriff's substations in Palo Cedro and Central
Valley would close in June or July due to budget cuts. A third in Cottonwood
would also close. They would be replaced by one substation in south
Today is Tuesday, April 9, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, it was a banner day in Keswick as the Iron Mountain Mine shipped more ore in one day than any other day during the past three years. All five train crews were kept on a constant go.
In 1952, Johnnie McNabb, 4, of Redding was returned safely to his parents after being missing for six hours. The boy's father found him around 6 p.m. two miles away from home at a woman's home along Highway 44.
In 1977, a bizarre robbery took place along the banks of the Sacramento River. A fisherman from Redding had just caught a 20-inch steelhead when a man jumped out of the bushes, grabbed the fish and took off on a black motorcycle. Police were investigating the strong-arm robbery.
In 1992, two men were arrested after a Redding bank was robbed for the
second time in less than a week. Police received an anonymous tip that
another robbery would occur.
Today is Wednesday, April 10, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, A.M. Dick, a carpenter working on the Swassey building, met with a accident. While swinging his hammer, he missed the nail and smashed his kneecap instead, causing it to swell considerably.
!n 1952, nonstriking PT&T telephone operators were locked out of their downtown office. The manager said he hire on a day-to-day basis and would not schedule regular shifts.
In 1977, a Redding boy was in stable condition after being hit by a car while riding his motorcycle. The boy was walking around after the accident, but the doctors found internal injuries and he was rushed to San Francisco in critical condition.
In 1992, Crane Mills in Corning announced it would close its Paskenta
sawmill in mid-June. The family owned mill would have to let go of 81 employees
because of a shortage of timber.
Today is Thursday, April 11, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Belle Fitzgerald, 18, of Dunsmuir drowned in the Sacramento River. She was walking with her sister when they decided to take a shortcut across the water. The girl misjudged the strength of the river and was carried away with the current.
In 1952, directors discussed why the Cascade Sanatorium was still not open. The delay was blamed on the construction company that had not finished the building. The building was suppose to open the previous November.
In 1977, a young girl was bitten on the head and neck by a neighbor's collie in Cottonwood. The dog, which was quarantined to the owner's home, often was loose in the yard but never seemed unfriendly.
In 1992, a crowd gathered at the Monolith to celebrate the beginning
of construction to the Turtle Bay museums. The project was expected to
cost $50 million.
Today is Friday, April 12, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the women's Improvement Club of Redding planned to give Redding a park on an area that overlooked the Sacramento River at Reid's Ferry. The ladies bought the land from John Diestelhorst for $1,500.
In 1952, two convicts were captured near Corning after escaping from the Tehama County Jail. The men had broken into the sheriff's office and stolen two guns, which were later thrown away. The men gave up after a short chase.
In 1977, 2,000 people who opposed the proposed expansion of Redwood National Park marched through downtown Eureka, blocking traffic for two hours. The proposal was to expand the 64,000-acre park by 74,000 acres, which was mostly timberland.
In 1992, a recent storm brought the yearly rainfall total up to 70 percent
of normal, but the state was still behind at 52 percent of normal rainfall.
Officials worried the year would critically dry and carry on a sixth year
Today is Saturday, April 13, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Northern-Partisan ticket won all the salaried offices in the city election. The trustees were Ferdinard Hurst, Abb Merrill, W.C. Powell and A.I. Ashcroft. Marshal was L.D. Peoli; clerk was W.G. Dozier; and treasure was R.G. Dunn.
In 1952, a second atomic blast was set off in Nevada and was visible in Las Vegas, 75 miles away. Unlike previous tests, this was not seen or felt by Shasta County residents.
In 1977, teachers from the Redding Elementary School District walked out early to protest slow contract negotiations. It was the second day teachers violated the policy requiring them to stay until 3:45 p.m.
In 1992, as the poling places were set to open, the numbers showed only
35 percent of registered voters were expected in Anderson and only 25 percent
Today is Sunday, April 14, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Volney L. Fox, mail contractor between Weaverville and Redding, employed men with horses and plows to repair the road on the Trinity County side. Trinity supervisors said their county didn't have the money to make the repairs.
In 1952, Superior Court Judge Albert F. Ross, while presiding over criminal cases in Redding, said that all police officers should take more care in getting names right instead of assuming they're right. The judge complained of regular mistakes by officers.
In 1977, three businesses, all owned by the same person and one which was built by Chinese immigrants in the 1860s, were lost to a fire in Weaverville. The early morning blaze threatened to destroy all of the historic Weaverville business district.
In 1992, Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan was planning
to stop in Hayfork on his campaign trail. Residents hoped to get support
for the timber industry, which had been adversely affected by the Endangered
Today is Monday, April 15, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, three prominent lumber mills in Shingletown area threatened to put on traction engines and haul their lumber to the Terry dump if the Teamsters raised the price of hauling lumber too high.
In 1952, Bo Covington was fined $120 on a petty theft charge. He was accused of taking two cans of oysters from Hinkle's Market on April 4.
In 1977, a rabid skunk found at Pioneer High School in Redding was the 10th sick animal found in a month. Officials urged pet owners to have their animals vaccinated to prevent a more serious outbreak.
In 1992, Redding veterinarians urged people to vaccinate their pets
against rabies following two reported cases of the disease found in a dog
and a cat in Redding. This outbreak was the first reported in a pet since
1986, although they said rabies perpetually exists among Shasta County
Today is Tuesday, April 16, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, A 13-year-old Montgomery Creek girl was credited with saving four of her siblings after their house caught fire.
In 1952, 1,117 items confiscated by the Shasta County Sheriff's Department were auctioned off to the highest bidder.
In 1977, hobo Richard Wilson, aka the Pennsylvania Kid, passed through Redding on his way to Oregon. Wilson, 67, claimed he had been on the road for 50 years, but was considering retirement.
In 1992, a Redding bomb shelter was robbed of three boat oars and a
radio antenna. The bomb shelter was owned by two radio stations, which
required to have a bomb shelter as the primary emergency broadcasting stations
for Shasta and Trinity counties.
Today is Wednesday, April 17, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Redding city officials were having a difficult time deciding when the newly elected officials would take over. The city attorney said they were not to be seated before May while the city clerk said they were to be seated the next Monday.
In 1952, two Shasta Plywood workers had serious eye injuries after an accident. A cylinder suddenly released compressed air and blew carbon flakes and oil into their eyes.
In 1977, a robbery suspect and his companion were wounded as they tried to escape Trinity County sheriff's deputies. The chase began in Orland when the suspect fled from a Glenn County officer during a routine traffic stop.
In 1992, eight ex-instructors settled their suit with Shasta College
after an eight- year civil lawsuit. The teachers were laid off in 1982
to cut costs, but were not rehired when the school accepted new teachers.
The eight were seeking to either be rehired or and/or $540,000 in
Today is Thursday, April 18, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, 17-year-old Flora Parker of Bella Vista died, weeks after the death of her infant. Miss Parker had conceived the child in crime, bore her in disgrace and abandoned her on a Redding doorstep where the infant died. Parker died because of lack of attention received when she gave birth to the unwelcome baby.
In 1952, Shasta Lake was just 4 1/2 feet short of its capacity, the highest it had been since the construction of Shasta Dam. Water was being released daily from four valves depending on the demand for power.
In 1977, the Shasta County Peace Officers Association sponsored a circus at the Sheriff's Posse Rodeo grounds. Passers-by were surprised to see several elephants roaming by the Sacramento River near the Civic Auditorium.
In 1992, 600 classic cars were on display at Cool April Nites at the
Redding Convention Center. Admission was $2 to benefit the
Today is Friday, April 19, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a pear-shaped, gold nugget, as smooth as glass and worth $100, was found in Spring Creek by a miner working on the claim for 10 years.
In 1952, Esther Birkholder of Fall River Mills won the Lyons Club speech contest held in Redding. She qualified to enter the District 4-A contest. The subject was "Learning to Live Together."
In 1977, a building burned down in the New Trails School grounds in French Gulch. A cigarette dropped onto a couch was the suspected cause.
In 1992, more than 4,000 people responded to a non-scientific poll conducted
by the Record Searchlight, of which 94 percent agreed that Robert Harris,
convicted murderer of two San Diego teens, should be executed.
Today is Saturday, April 20, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, miners, looking for quartz, stumbled upon a phenomenal amount of copper. Already, 25 tons had been extracted, making it the richest ore Shasta County had ever seen.
In 1952, a man was stabbed in the abdomen and throat outside a Red Bluff department store. Police did not know the cause of the assault but were searching for a suspect and witnesses.
In 1977, Redding's Wienerschnitzel restaurant had recently opened and was faring well. The hot dog restaurant franchise was owned by 20-year-old Wyatt Hironimus and his 18-year-old wife, Linda.
In 1992, the Shasta Union High School District decided to cancel classes
rather than hire substitutes for 42 teachers who would spend a day in court.
The teachers were challenging the district's layoff process.
Today is Sunday, April 21, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Red Bluff was lighted with electricity for the first time in almost three months. Its electrical plant had burned down Feb. 1.
In 1952, City Manager Phil Storm was fired at a Redding City Council meeting. Councilman Bill Anthony proposed a resolution that the city manager's office be vacated. Storm was not present at the meeting.
In 1977, crews were widening and straightening Victor Avenue between Dana Drive and Highway 44.
In 1992, police responded to a railroad crossing in Red Bluff where
train crews said they thought they had hit someone. Police found a man
with an injured arm nearby who said he thought he had been hit by a train.
The man had been drinking and did not hear the warning blasts from the
Today is Monday, April 22, 2002.
In 1902, J.O. Turner, a trustee to the creditors of Nellie and J.W. Conant, brought a lawsuit against the couple for trying to defraud the creditors. Mr. Conant had recently declared bankruptcy, but not before he signed over valuable stocks to his wife.
In 1952, two of three missing people were found dead in the Dorris reservoir near Alturas. The three fishermen had been missing since April 13.
In 1977, Wilfred Hetzel, 65, once world record holder for most consecutive free throws (144), preformed at Enterprise High School in Redding. Hetzel specialized in trick shots.
In 1992, two students were suspected of arson after a second major fire
at a Shasta County school in two days. One fire at Sequoia Middle School
caused $35,000 in damage.
Today is Tuesday, April 23, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the body of Roy Corrigan was recovered after he accidentally drowned near the San Joaquin Delta. The boat he and three others were cruising in capsized.
In 1952, Lee Barry, 22, of Redding was returned to Red Bluff after being apprehended in Salem, Ore. Barry was wanted in connection with a stabbing of another Redding man in the Red Bluff area.
In 1977, JoAnna Jacoby of Redding placed first in her division and second overall at the state fiddle competition in Fresno. The members of the Redding district of the California State Fiddle Association claimed 13 of the awards.
In 1992, motorists stopped behind an accident on Interstate 5 in Shasta
Lake helped in the cleanup effort to get traffic moving again. All lanes
were blocked after a lumber truck overturned, spilling its. No one was
Today is Wednesday, April 24, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Redding baseball team began to prepare for the season. It would play the Sisson Team on May 4.
In 1952, Authur Wall, 23, of Cottonwood was one of 30 sailors killed in an explosion on the cruiser USS St. Paul off the Korean coast. It was feared his twin brother, David, was on the same ship.
In 1977, a fire burned 2,300 acres of the Klamath National Forest and International Paper Co. timberland near Yreka. An estimated 2.2. million board feet of pine and fir and watershed brush cover was destroyed.
In 1992, the city of Redding got the OK to annex a 720-acre subdivision,
detaching it from Central Valley Fire Protection District boundaries. The
land was worth an estimated $2 million.
Today is Thursday, April 25, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mrs. Allie Van Buren was awarded $15,000 in damages against the Mountain Copper Co. Her husband was buried alive in an accident while working for the company.
In 1952, a Red Bluff woman was seriously injured as she was shot five times in a downtown store by a crazed bartender. The man shouted, "If I can't have you, no one can!" as he fired into the busy market place. He was later found dead in his home of a self-inflicted gunshot-wound.
In 1977, Shasta County doubled the price of a dog license to $10. The increase would benefit low-income families who needed assistance in spaying or neutering their pet, which cost about $40.
In 1992, a magnitude-6.9 earthquake rocked the small town of Ferndale,
near Eureka. Despite serious structural damage to many of the area's historic
buildings, injuries were minor and no one was killed.
Today is Friday, April 26, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Gladys Honn of Redding won the title of May Queen and was to
preside over the county's May Day festivities. It was a close election,
with Honns receiving 6,920 votes and Marian Filius receiving 6,755. It
was also a close race for the maid of honor, Edna Dickinson, who won with
2,856 votes, beating Edna Drynan's 2,500.
In 1952, elementary and high school bands marched down Market Street during the Sacramento Valley music festival. The bands also preformed concerts around town.
In 1977, representatives from the state Air Resources Board warned Simpson Paper Co. to stop the smell coming from its ponds and to settle two lawsuits filed by people living near the ponds in Anderson.
In 1992, two major after shocks, measuring 6.0 and 6.5, following a
magnitude-6.9 earthquake near Eureka, caused a major fire in Scotia and
had Ferndale residents sleeping outdoors because of fears that their homes
would collapse. The earthquakes were felt throughout the north state.
Today is Saturday, April 27, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, two men were electrocuted in separate Shasta County incidents. Pat Riley was zapped by 20,000 volts of electricity in Cottonwood after a power line fell across a section of barbed wire fence. Riley touched the fence while mounting his horse and both he and the horse were killed instantly. In the other incident, E.J. Flipps died while painting a crossbar of a power pole in Palo Cedro.
In 1952, 50,000 timber workers were set to go in strike at midnight if final negotiations did not resolve a wage dispute for two companies, one in Anderson and one in Burney.
In 1977, only 233 people showed up for the premiere of the film "Rocky," in which proceeds benefited The Center, the only organized public youth facility in Redding. As a result, organizers only collected about $450 of the $2,000 they'd hoped for. Some blamed the low turnout on the price, a steep $450.
In 1992, a radio personality built himself a little shack on top of
a tower of scaffolding on the corner of Shasta and Market Streets. The
disc jockey's plan was to raise $20,000 for high school sports programs
before coming down. At that time, he had already collected $2,500.
Today is Monday, April 29, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a 74-year-old Round Mountain was missing. Neighbors noticed the man's hungry cows, chickens and pigs and investigated. The man was nowhere to be found and the last day marked off the calendar was April 19.
In 1952, Bob Milton of Anderson was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Stanford University for his "superior scholastic record." Milton maintained a 2.98 grade-point average at Shasta High School; a 3.0 would have been straight A's.
In 1977, a fourplex under construction was burnt when a welders torch ignited some wood chips. The building, on Churn Creek Road, would have been worth $76,000 upon completion, which was suppose to be three weeks away.
In 1992, rescue teams searched for a drowning victim in the Sacramento
River near Red Bluff. The Bay Area man was floating in an inner tube when
he fell out and did not resurface.
Today is Tuesday, April 30, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mrs. Greenwood was found dead in her home on East Street in Redding. She was discovered by a neighbor who noticed that she had not been out that day. The woman lived with the company of only her small dog.
1952, three people were stranded in Lake Shasta after the motor fell off the boat. They had to camp out over a rainy night before being rescued.
In 1977, weekend thunder storms dumped more than 2 inches of rain at Whiskeytown and nearly an inch in Redding. In addition to the much needed precipitation, lightning lighted most of the skies over Shasta County.
In 1992, two Southern California drivers were seriously injured in a
head-on collision on Deschutes Road. One driver was arrested for drunken
May 1, missing;
Today is Thursday, May 2, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Southern Pacific Co. would plant grass and palm trees on the grounds of the Depot Hotel in Redding. A tennis court would also be added to the rear of the roadmasters house.
In 1952, Redding would host the Moose Parade with more than 100 floats, cars and bands. The parade was a part of the Moose convention, which drew thousands of lodge members from all over the state.
In 1977, "A Day in Camelot" was held at the Pine Street School shopping mall in Redding. Belly dancers performed, shopkeepers dressed in medieval costumes and Shasta College students sung at the festival conducted by the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism.
In 1992, nearly 130 Enterprise High School students staged a two-hour
walkout to protest teacher layoffs and budget cuts. Principal Scott Hepburn
said he would not take any disciplinary action, though the students would
be marked truant.
Today is Friday, May 3, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, fire destroyed every wood-framed building and severely weakened brick buildings on the east side of California Street between Yuba and Butte streets in Redding. Businesses lost in the blaze included the Paragon Hotel, the Olney Saloon, the Black Diamond Saloon and the Free Press, all of which were completely engulfed within 45 minutes after the fire was spotted. Firefighters used dynamite to blow up other small buildings on Market Street to prevent the fire from spreading to another street.
In 1952, the body of 13-year-old David LeGalley was still missing somewhere in the Sacramento River near Castella. The boy fell in the river while fishing with his father and was swept downstream.
In 1977, the nine-member board overseeing a federally funded, nonprofit corporation that served hot meals for the elderly throughout Northern California quit during a dispute over expense allowances. The board was demanding to be reimbursed for travel and other out-of-pocket expenses.
In 1992, more than 800 competitors vied for a $50,000 prize in the Western
Classic Trail Shoot held at the Redding Straight Arrow Bowhunters range
west of town. Competitors came from as far away as Arizona for the event.
No May 4;
Today is Sunday, May 5, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, barbers and shoemakers who lost their businesses in Saturday's fire resumed work in the shops of their fellow Redding tradesmen. Nearly all business owners who lost buildings planned to rebuild modern brick buildings immediately.
In 1952, the Cascade sanatorium was handed over to the staff as the architect filed a notice of completion of work. The sanatorium was financed by the Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Lassen counties.
In 1977, a Redding home was invaded by thousands of swallows that flew down a chimney. Redding police officers Bob Blankenship and Steve Davis answered the calls from a frantic baby sitter who found the panicked birds trapped behind glass fireplace doors. Firemen made a makeshift funnel from the fireplace to outside the house for the birds to go through, however, about 500 birds were still trapped the next day as the chimney was stopped up with dead birds.
In 1992, Redding broke another temperature record with a high
of 102 degrees. The extreme temperatures led to a power outage along Cypress
Avenue during rush hour. An air conditioner blew up at a Cypress Avenue
restaurant when the power went out, causing the building to fill with smoke.
Today is Monday, May 6, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, five babies were born in the last few days, four were born in French Gulch and one in Redding. The babies were born to the wives of Mr. Wolf, Mr. Fox, Mr. Westlake, Mr. Foster and Mr. Kendrick.
In 1952, a Redding woman and her two children were rescued when a fire erupted in her home. Three garbage collectors and a passer-by pulled the woman and her children out of the burning house through a window.
In 1977, the Record Searchlight became the first newspaper in the state to be equipped with a Laser photo transmitter. The transmitter was linked to news services' national networks, allowing the paper to send photos throughout the world.
In 1992, a teen-ager was in critical condition at a Chico hospital after
jumping off a bridge from a moving vehicle in Red Bluff. Several teen-agers
were jumping off the bridge into the Sacramento River when one decided
to try it from a pickup. He broke several bones after landing in shallow
Today is Wednesday, May 8, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, several boys, ages 10 to 14, found a crate of wine in the ruins of the Oleny Saloon in Redding and drank themselves sick. Residents laughed at the boys who did their best to wobble home to their angry mothers.
In 1952, The Wonderland Garden Club members replanted the traffic island south of town with verbenas. The club also donated $25 to help pay for shrubs to be planted at the Shasta College.
In 1977, 1,000 small prune trees were destroyed when a car drove through a Cottonwood orchard. Also the vandals' auto became stuck, so they stole a tractor to move the car. The tractor was left running and then ran over some trees.
In 1992, a propane truck slid down an embankment and into the Lewiston
reservoir after the driver over corrected. No propane was spilled into
the water, according to authorities.
Today is Thursday, May 9, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, four people, including a 5-year-old and an infant, were miraculously uninjured after a buggy they were riding in overturned as they forded a creek in Tehama County. The mother of the children clung to the overturned buggy, using it as a raft while her brother-in-law and infant somehow made it to the bank. The woman's five-year-old daughter was swept downstream before catching objects protruding from the bank and pulled herself out.
In 1952, Redding police officers finally arrested a pair of serial pugilists for drunkenness. The two were found wrestling at the Rex Club, where police made them stop. The same officers later found them fighting in the Barrel-House, where they dispersed them again. They were later arrested at the Olney club, where they continued to fight.
In 1977, for the second time in less than a week, small birds invaded an Anderson home. Instead of a funnel, firefighters worked as a bucket brigade to remove the thousands of birds from the chimney. The birds were so plentiful that they appeared like a black cloud and perched on everything including dogs and people. Many of the birds that flew down the chimney got stuck and died. After hours of removing birds by hand, a chimney sweep was called to suck out the dead birds with a giant vacuum.
In 1992, career and volunteer fire chiefs were honored in Shasta County.
Anderson Fire Chief Don Matheson was among the honorees, as was Jim Bogus,
assistant fire chief of the Volunteer Oak Run Volunteer Fire Company.
Today is Friday, May 10, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, George Albro, a janitor at the courthouse, designed a work-saving method of cleaning the courthouse spittoons. He placed the cuspidors upside down on a rack over a trough leading to the sewer. He then placed a revolving nozzle used for sprinkling lawns beneath the spittoons and turned on the water. The result was clean spittoons without much effort.
In 1952, residents of Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity and Lassen counties were invited to an open house at the newly completed sanatorium. The first patients would be admitted May 14.
In 1977, 2-year-old Brian Noel and 17-month-old Reaghan Bostwick were declared Redding's cutest babies in a contest at the Mall in downtown Redding. Both children received trophies, blue ribbons, toys, and gift certificates.
In 1992, a Davis teen-ager was arrested on suspicion of vehicular
manslaughter after a passenger in the boat she was operating fell out as
she made a turn. The girl was driving under the influence of alcohol. Lake
Shasta was being searched for the body of the victim.
Today is Saturday May 11, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, miners at the Shasta King mine reportedly found the largest body of copper ore in the world. The vein, near the Balaklala location, was said to be able to produce 4,000 tons of ore a day for 20 years.
In 1952, Richard Barnert of Oak Run was finally going home after spending two years in the county hospital. Barnert was moved to the county hospital from Children's Hospital in San Francisco after doctors ther said they could do nothing about a malignant growth on his spine. After a great deal of care, he was finally well enough to go home.
In 1977, a dispute between the state Department of Water Resources and Pacific Gas and Electric Co. over operation of Oroville Dam threatened to force the release of 100,000 more acre-feet of water than planned from Shasta Lake. PG&E was owed the water as part of an energy contract. It was feared the release would dry up the area's recreation business.
In 1992, organizers collected more than 350 signatures for the recall
of the Dunsmuir mayor and two City Council members.the recall was in response
to the disbanding of the Dunsmuir Police Department.
Today is Sunday, May 12, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Alex Graham, roaster foreman at the Bully Hill smelter, suddenly died at a friend's residence. Graham was in Redding to see a doctor for a cold when his condition quickly worsened and he died.
In 1952, the first rodeo of the season in Redding was in its final preparation. Many high school and college students from the area had entered and would compete in the rodeo events.
In 1977, omithologists explained the recent swarms of birds dive-bombing people's homes was because of California's unseasonably cool and wet weather. The birds, gray Vaux swifts, made kamikaze attacks on two Shasta County homes.
In 1992, the loot stolen from a Redding bank was recovered at the Redding Convention Center. It was all part of Redding Rodeo Week.
Today is Monday, May 13, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a theory aroused in De La Mar that Mr. Bastion set both the fire and the dynamite explosion at his hotel. It was suspected he set fire to the hotel to collect the insurance money and exploded the dynamite to awaken the tenants so that they could escape the burning building.
In 1952, Scott Lumber Co. in Burney opened as a court order stopped the picketing by mill workers. However, not enough workers showed up for the plant to start.
In 1977, Nova High School celebrated its annual "Nova-wants-to-know" day. High school students spent the day at various work sites in the county to learn about future job possibilities. These work sites include the airport, Coleman fish hatchery and a Redding mortuary.
In 1992, eight homes in a central Redding neighborhood were robbed.
All of the robberies took place between 8 a.m. and noon. The most common
stolen item was jewelry.
Today is Tuesday, May 14, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Clara Wilcox, a young schoolgirl of Manton, recounted her narrow escape from a panther. Clara was walking home from school when a mountain lion jumped from behind a bush and growled at her. Clara first screamed and ran before shaking her dinner pail, containing a glass and a spoon, which frightened the animal away.
In 1952, Shasta Dam reached its capacity with water spilling over the 487-foot spillway. It was expected the reservoir would remain full with 4.5 million acre-feet of water until the release of water for power and irrigation.
In 1977, a trailer overturned on Oak Run Road, spilling a load of potatoes. Passing motorists stopped to gather the spuds to take home.
In 1992, the Redding Rodeo's Lone Stranger and Sidekick were unmasked.
The duo were contractor Chuck Lema and developer Bob Spaid.
Today is Wednesday, May 15, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Anderson would have electricity for the first time. The wiring was nearly complete and expected to be turned on at the end of the week.
In 1952, the Cascade Sanatorium admitted its first patient, Betty Brooks. More patients were expected by the end of the day.
In 1977, 2,000 people showed up for Redding's Third Annual West Coast Bluegrass festival and contest. Ten had been expected, but promoters promised to return next year despite the low turnout.
In 1992, two grass-roots groups from Trinity and Siskiyou counties were
drawing up a lawsuit claiming the habitat regulations for the
northern spotted owl violated federal statutes. The lawsuit claimed the
unemployment rate had nearly doubled since the habitat regulations were
Today is Thursday, May 16, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, $18,000 would be available for the construction of a new grammar school in Redding. Taxpayers were called to a city meeting to decide the best location for the school.
In 1952, a Redding-Eureka bus was destroyed by fire on Highway 299 near Weaverville. The fire started in the engine, and everyone was evacuated from the bus before it was engulfed by flames.
In 1977, a dump truck rolled over and off the road in Palo Cedro before being hit by a passing car. Both drivers sustained minor injuries.
In 1992,, two people were injured in a car crash in Redding. The two
adults were hospitalized in fair and satisfactory condition. Two
children and an infant also in the vehicle were not injured. No one was
wearing a seat belt except the baby, who was in a car seat.
Today is Friday, May 17, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, The area commonly known as the Gruttner site was chosen as the place for the new grammar school. The site was at the corner of West and Tehama streets to the rear of the Gruttner home.
In 1952, Shasta College students celebrated Dry Gulch Day. Activities included a frog race at Lake Redding Park and a shave party where students received an old-fashioned shave from local barbers.
In 1977, the Redding city budget increased by $7 million following the annexation of the Enterprise and Cascade areas. The city's tax rate, however, would stay the same.
In 1992, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to speak in Redding on behalf
of her husband, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, who was almost assured
the Democratic presidential nomination.
Today is Sunday, May 19, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, strong winds fueled a fire burning in Anderson, seven homes were on fire, and residents feared the entire town would be lost.
In 1952, 26 people were injured while enjoying a hayride down Bechelli Lane in Redding. The hay wagon, sponsored by the Reliance Club, was struck from the rear by a car. Twentythree of the injured passengers were women.
In 1977, traffic was blocked in Weaverville when a 22-foot fishing boat slid off its trailor, blocking both lanes of Highway 299. Traffic was stopped for a half-hour while crews collected the boat.
In 1992, a man in custody for violation of parole walked away
from Crystal Creek Conservation Camp. He was discovered missing during
a check of the inmates at the minimum security work camp.
Today is Monday, May 20, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Joseph Kueny, 53, of Bear Creek,20 miles southeast of Redding, shot and killed his wife's brother, Charles Scharsch. Scharsch had been living in the Kueny home for eight years, but had recently became violent, severely beating Kueny's 15-year-old son.
In 1952, Mrs. Hazel Schafer died of her injuries following a collision involving a hay wagon and an automobile in Redding. Twenty-six people were injured. Eight remained hospitalized.
In 1977, truckloads of flowers, public statements and newspaper ads had been made in the past week by country music singer Buck Owens to his wife of about two weeks Jana Greif, National Fiddle Champion and former Hee-Haw star, of Redding. Owens said filing for an annulment three days after their wedding was the biggest mistake of his life.
In 1992, Shasta County health officials warned Redding and Anderson
residents to stay out of Churn Creek until waters could be tested. A leak
had been discovered in which thousands of gallons of raw sewage were gushing
from a manhole near the creek. Crews blamed the leak on grease residents
had poured into the sewer.
Today is Tuesday, May 21, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Joseph Kueny was released from jail and would not be prosecuted for killing his brother-in-law, Charles Scharsch. Kuney had turned himself over to authorities in Anderson, claiming he had shot Scharsch in self-defence.
In 1952, a second victim died as a result of a collision between a hay wagon and an automobile in Redding. It was suspected that the hay had covered the wagon's reflectors when it was rear-ended about 9 p.m.
In 1977, a court order stopped country music singer Buck Owens from placing more newspaper ads asking for his wife, Jana Greif of Redding, to come back to him. Owens filed for an annulment three days after he and the National Fiddle Champion were wed. After he withdrew the petition, Greif filed one of her own.
In 1992, police and the FBI were searching for a woman who was wanted
for robbing a Redding bank. The woman, wearing a large dress and a blond
wig, presented a teller with a note stating she had a weapon. After taking
a large sum of money, she walked to J.C. Penney, where she disappeared
into the shopping mall.
Today is Wednesday, May 22, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a woman and her infant were killed in the explosion of the Deltite Power Works in Delta in Shasta County. Three others were badly wounded. The explosion was suspected to have been caused by an employee smoking in the plant.
In 1952, Silva Bernardino was crowned Shasta Damboree queen. As queen, she woould appear on television and radio shows in the San Francisco Bay area.
In 1977, Sandy McCaulley was crowned 1977 Shasta County Shriff's Posse rodeo queen by the Asphalt Cowboys to reign over Redding Rodeo Week.
In 1992, five pay telephones were stolen in Red Bluff. Entire telephone
booths were dragged from their foundations.
Today is Thursday, May 23, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Mrs. George Miller and her infant were buried in the same grave in Redding Cemetery. The Millers' 5-year-old daughter had not yet regained consciousness since the blast at the powder works works in Delta that killed her mother and sibling. The Millers' 4-year-old son was recovering quickly.
In 1952, Assemblyman Lester Davis died of a heart ailment. His district covered Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Modoc, Lassen, Plumas and Sierra counties.
In 1977, the Lone Stranger robbed the United California bank in Redding, making off with the loot and taking teller Susan Clary hostage. The Asphalt Cowboys took off in persuit but did not catch the masked bandit despite his his turtlelike getaway.
In 1992, Redding reported the hottest temperatures in the country for
the start of the holiday weekend, All area lakes were crowded with people,
and resorts were booked for all three days.
Today is Friday, May 24, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Alice McDonald's attorney asked to be dismissed from the suit brought by McDonald for the recovery of her son from the care of Mrs. Wagner. Wagner had cared for McDonald's son almost since birth. The lawyer said McDonald could not pay him.
In 1952, one man was killed and three others injured when their car went off the road near Weaverville and threw nearly all seven passengers from the vehicle.
In 1977, Shasta County's computer was installed for the assessor, tax collector, elections and welfare departments. The computer, roughly the size of three refrigerators, cost $210,000.
In 1992, seventh-graders at Whitmore Elementary School constructed a
Vietnam War memorial to honor the 40 service members from Shasta County
who died in action. The project started with 13-year-old Greg Bosworth,
whose uncle died in Vietnam at age 22.
Today is Saturday, May 25, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Hilton Howard and Clara Harvey were thrown from their buggy when the horse was spooked upon entering a baseball field. After throwing the passengers, the horse began to pull the buggy around the baseball grounds until it was caught.
In 1952, the four-week strike of 850 McCloud lumber workers ended. The workers would get a 5 1/2 cent hourly pay raise.
In 1977, Shasta College celebrated Huck Finn Day with local elementry schools. The pond at the college was stocked with 2,700 trout for kids to catch and 3,700 pounds of ice to keep the pond cool enough for the fish to live.
In 1992, a close call worried friends and family of a 54-year-old racer
at the Red Bluff Boat Drages. During a final race, the racer's boat jerked
to the right, nearly throwing the driver.
Today is Monday, May 27, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, William "Skeets" Martin fired five shots at a fleeing man he found in his room in Redding. Martin believed the man was from the Portland gang and was there to murder him for the part he played in the capture of two men wanted for murder and later hanged.
In 1952, a malpractice suit was filed against two Redding doctors for losing a child's teeth. A 9-year-old girl had a tonsillectomy and somehow lost four teeth during the operation.
In 1977, the Asphalt Cowboys put on the 24th annual Pancake Breakfast, their biggest ever. More than 5,000 people filed into Roaring Gulch for the $1 meal.
In 1992, two teen-agers were arrested for stealing a car from an auto
dealership in Redding. The driver was traveling at speeds more than 100
mph before hitting a tree and destroying the car in Cottonwood.
Today is Tuesday, May 28, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a Redding physician beat a local dentist who called him and his wife names. The name calling was apparently caused by a dispute over the price of a piano.
In 1952, most Redding businesses were closed for Memorial Day, as were city, county, state, and federal offices. A parade began at 10 a.m. on Market Street and finished at Redding Cemetery on Eureka Way.
In 1977, three people were injured by flying glass and metal when a man shot out the rear window of a vehicle in Oak Run. The man thought someone in the vehicle shot his daughter.
In 1992, Redding School District Superintendent Bill Kipp, 60, underwent
hip replacement surgery at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. Kipp was expected
to make a full recovery and be able to return to work in three or four
Today is Wednesday, May 29, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a young Keswick man, James Crawford, was electrocuted and expected to die. He was stringing telephone lines for Mountian Copper Co. when he accidentally touched an electrical line. He was thrown 50 feet into a ditch.
In 1952, a bright object was seen flying near Shasta and was reported to the Shasta County Sheriff's Department. The UFO was seen at 9:55 p.m. and was bright enough to illuminate a small area.
In 1977, a special election for a $9.8 million general obligation bond and other important issues had a dismal turnout. Voting officials expected a turnout of 35 percent of registered voters, but got less than 10 percent.
In 1992, three women were injured, one seriously, when their car ran
off Interstate 5 near Mount Shasta. The accident occured when the driver
looked away from the road to spit out her chewing gum, officials said.
Today is Thursday, May 30, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a wood-cutter accidentally cut off two of his toes with an ax. He was rushed to Redding doctors who tidied up his homemade amputatiion.
In 1952, three people were killed when their car was hit by a train in Anderson. The driver was allegedly trying to beat the train. The driver from Berkeley, an 18-year-old man from Redding and a 17-year-old girl from Anderson were killed.
In 1977, Shasta County supervisors heard emotionally charged arguments for "Class K" housing. Hundreds of people from Montgomery Creek and Round Mountian areas came to eather support or protest "Class K" housing, which would mean less restrictive building codes in rural areas. The meeting was almost ended because of the shouting and catcalls until Chairman Pat LaPointe told one audience member to sit down and shut up.
In 1992, the proposed 1992-1993 Redding budget was released. It was
$10 million less than the previous year's budget. Speculation was that
City Hall and a fire station would be closed on Fridays beginning in January
of the next year.
Today is Friday, May 31, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Morris Nourse, 60, fell 50 feet from a flume near the Tower House. He was found unconscious and bleeding, but was expected to make a full recovery.
In 1952, a woman was killed and two others injured in a freak accident in Redding. Four people were in a car that stalled on the railroad tracks. All the passengers got out of the vehicle, but the car flew off the tracks and hit two of the people when it was hit by a train.
1977, turnout was low for a special general obligation bond proposal. At issue was the proposed sale of $5 million in bonds to finance the acquisition of power facilities from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in newly annexed Enterprise.
In 1992, a fact sheet was distributed by friends of Shasta County Library
in response to county officials' indicating they would cut the library
system's budget by $100,000, or 25 percent. Library supporters were encouraged
to attend budget meetings. and to call or write city council members and
Today is June 1, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Superior Court Judge Sweeney granted a request for a change of date for a trial when Judge Herzinger object to the original date of Friday, June 13. Judge Herzinger felt the 13th was "a hoodoo" and was to be avoided.
In 1952, eight bodies were found with plane wreckage on Lassen Peak. The plane carrying airmen went missing Dec. 26, 1951, on its way to Travis Air Force Base.
In 1977, in a survey conducted by Shasta College, 88 percent of respondents said they would be willing to conserve energy if others did, too. While 68 percent of the people believed there was an energy shortage, only 48 percent believed the problem would carry into the next decade.
In 1992, the sixth annual Ugly Tie Contest was to be held at the Mt. Shasta Mall. Prizes were to be awarded to the three ugliest ties, and a quilt featuring the previous year's ties was to be given away.
Today is Sunday, June 2, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Northern California Gold Miming Company was sued by J.A. Kahny. Kahny claimed he had not been paid for his services at the company for several months and had not been reimbursed for the money he advanced his employers.
In 1952, a malpractice suit against two Redding doctors ended with a jury award of $15,000 in damages to the 9-year-old plaintiff and her father. The girl somehow lost four teeth during a tonsillectomy.
In 1977, a judge in Weaverville found a man not guilty of illegal shooting and killing of his 15-year-old neighbor's dog. Evidence showed the dog had been killing the man's chickens, thus making shooting the dog legal.
In 1992, a small plane had to crash-land at Benton Airpark in Redding.
The plane landed just short of the runway, clipping power lines on its
way down starting a brush fire. No one was injured.
Today is Monday, June 3, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Oregon Express wrecked near Clear Creek, four miles south of Redding. The train ran into a half-open switch, tampered with by fiendish maliciousness. The train engineer and fireman were killed.
In 1952, a fire alarm that sounded in Redding was found to be only because of a young boy's curiosity and not because of a fire. The boy pulled the at California and Butte streets and almost immediately surrounded by firemen.
In 1977, a lawsuit was filed in Trinity County on behalf of Weaverville Sheriff's deputy claiming damages totaling $100,000. The deputy's name was engraved on a man's tombstone indicating that he had murdered the man. The deputy had shot and killed the man in 1976 as he escaped from the Trinity Jail, but was cleared of all wrongdoing following an investigation.
In 1992, the four students graduating from Indian Springs Elementary
School in Big Bend spent a much-deserved week in Hawaii. The students raised
the $3,500 needed for the trip by making and selling apple cider, doing
yard work for community members and by cleaning up area road sides.
Today is Tuesday, June 4, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the health officer of Shasta County arrested a physician for failing to report two cases of varioloid. Varioloid was smallpox modified by previous inoculations or vaccinations and was contagious.
In 1952, break failure was blamed for a parish bus overturning in Redding. The Sacred Heart bus was carrying 32 children when it overturned, but the most serious injury was a broken arm.
In 1977, Northern California suffered extremely high temperatures. Redding had the hottest temperature in the country with a high of 109 degrees.
In 1992, Pioneer High School in Redding handed out 94 diplomas to graduating
students, the largest number in the school's 25-year history.
Today is Wednesday, June 5, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a second postal clerk in Redding became ill with smallpox. Few dared to enter the post office until it was fumigated. Health inspectors feared the disease was being carried through the mail from Harrison Gulch and could start an epidemic.
In 1952, election statistics were reported regarding the number of votes for each candidate and the number of people who voted in the recent elections. In Shasta County, 10,925 people voted, 59 percent of registered voters.
In 1977, the state awarded $350,00 to the city of Redding for a community swimming pool and lighted tennis courts at Enterprise High School. Community fund-raisers and donations would pay for 25 percent of the project.
In 1992, Lassen County had its first tie between two Susanville City
Council contenders, each had 774 votes. It was decided the current council
would draw the winner's names from a box after the idea of a coin
toss was thrown out.
Today is Thursday, June 6, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Deputy Constable Charles Cummings was shot by Ben Williams in De La Mar. Williams fled into the hills after the shooting. The motive was unknown.
In 1952, Harrry Bateman of Weed drowned after falling into Fall River. His friend Percy Gibson jumped into the river and tried to save him, almost drowning himself. He was saved when his wife pulled him out with a fishing pole.
In 1977, construction began on a $2 million bridge that would connect Bechelli Lane and I-5 with East Bonnyview Road. It would be Redding's fifth link across the Sacramento River.
In 1992, for the second time in less than six months, computer and electronic
equipment was stolen from the Shasta County Office of Education. Officials
said the same type of equipment was stolen in both burglaries.
Today is Friday, June 7, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Deputy Constable Charles Cummings died as the result of a shooting that took place in De La Mar. Ben Williams, who fled into the hills after shooting Cummings, was captured and hurried away to avoid enraged citizens. More detailed reports from witnesses said Mrs Cummings, upon finding her fatally wounded husband, took his gun and fired at Williams as he fled.
In 1952, Supreme Court Judge Jesse Carter wed court aide Jean Woodward in Crescent City. The marriage was verified by Judge Carter's son, Harlan Carter, a coach at Shasta High School.
In 1977, Shasta County supervisors told E.J. Colley for a second time that he could not use 84 acres in Churn Creek Bottom for commercial development. When the deciding vote was cast, the crowd gave the supervisors a standing ovation.
In 1992, a man was mistakenly released from the Shasta County Jail after
his county sentence ended. Police forgot to check if he was suppose to
serve other sentences before releasing him. He was expected to turn himself
in to serve the rest of his time.
Today is Saturday, June 8, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a flatcar broke loose from a train on a steep hillside going up to Iron Mountain. Three people on the car jumped off and suffered minor injuries. The engineer of the train, seeing the car break loose, threw the engine in reverse and took off after the car. An automatic coupling device snapped the cars together and saved the runaway car.
In 1952, Shasta County Judge Hiram Baker raised fines for failure to appear in court on traffic citations. A meter violation of $1 would go up to $5 if the motorist did not in court.
In 1977, a lack of water was blamed for the destruction of a house by a fire in Anderson. Seven units from four different fire agencies made 15 to 26 runs for water more than a mile away.
In 1992, for the second time in less than six months, computer and electronic
equipment was stolen from the Shasta County Office of Education. Officials
said it was exactly the same type of equipment stolen in the first burglary,
which happened a week before Christmas.
Today is Wednesday, June 10, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, fire ripped through De La Mar just before midnight and consumed half of the business side of town. Residents scrambled to form a bucket brigade, but ten structures were quickly burned. One was blown up with dynamite to stop the fire's path.
In 1952, a man was arrested in Redding for indecent exposure. Residents made many calls to police to report a naked man peering around the corner of a downtown building.
In 1977, a fire caused $100,000 worth of damage to a Redding dealership. The fire started in a second story conference room. It spread to the showroom and damaged three new cars.
In 1952, 20 families were forced to evacuate their homes in Old
Station to escape a fire. The Red Rock Fire had burned 300 acres
and closed a portion of Highway 89.
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Today is Sunday, June 13, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, rumor spread that millions of locusts were hatching in western Shasta County. Near Centerville, a Redding resident encountered a strip of territory three-quarters of a mile wide covered with locusts.
In 1952, a 15-year-old fisherman was found after being lost overnight near Montgomery Creek. The boy was found by a U.S. Forest Service ranger after being seperated from his companions.
In 1977, the snowpack on Lassen Peak was rapidly dimishing where snow was usually still heavy. People were afraid about what this meant for the severe drought conditions in California.
In 1992, supporters of Ross Perot turned in an estimated 11,000 signatures
to Shasta County elections officials. The act was a statewide effort to
have Perot's name on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Today is Friday, June 14, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, R. Harris, an engineer of the briquette machine at the Keswick smelter lost a hand in a painful accident. Harris was working on a broken machine when his hand was caught in the cogs.
In 1952, three people died in Red Bluff following a car accident on Highway 99. The family's car skidded on wet highway and was struck by another car.
In 1977, Helen Bell of Redding harvested several apricots off her tree for the first time since it was planted. The apricots weighed about a half pound a piece and were the size of a baseball. It was being considered a world record.
In 1992, a 22-year-old Redding man was rescued from the Sacramento River
where he was clinging to a tree. His body temperature was 89 degrees after
the 45 minutes he spent in the water.
Today is Saturday, June 15, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, 350 invited guests gathered in Keswick for a picnic conducted by railway employees of the Mt. Copper Co. The guests were driven to Iron Mountain in elaborately decorated railway cars.
In 1952, a man committed suicide in the Redding City Jail by hanging himself with his belt. He had been brought into the jail for being drunk.
In 1977, fire destroyed an automobile, a motorboat and a motor home in Central Valley. Firemen said the fire started in a shed, but they didn't know how.
In 1992, a transient from Riverside was killed when he fell off a freight
train and was hit by another near Castella. Sheriff's deputies suspected
the man was sleeping when he fell off the train.
Today is Monday, June 17, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Miss Daisy Reynolds was confined to a darkened room for three weeks after falling ill. The illness caused pain in her eyes caused by dust or foreign substance.
In 1952, Republican John Bryant was declared winner of an assembly seat. Bryant did not receive more votes than an opposing candidate, but the other candidate was dead.
In 1977, a 19-year-old prisoner was found stabbed to death in the barber shop area of the Susanville prison. He was serving a six-months-to-life out of Southern California.
In 1992, 20 Holiday Quality Foods stores in Northern California were fined $103,500 by the U.S. Department of Labor for child labor violations. The stores had children under 16 working more than three hours on school days and were operating heavy machinery. The chain planned to appeal.
Today is Tuesday, June 18,2002. On this date:
In 1902, the board of library trustees was working to build a library in Redding. An architect was drawing plans in San Francisco for the $5,000 Spanish-style building.
In 1952, two men were arrested in Fresno for the robbery of the Pioneer Store in Burney.
In 1977, lightning touched off 65 small fires in Northern California. Lightning also caused a power outage in portions of Redding and Anderson.
In 1992, a tanker spilled about 1,500 gallons of jet fuel into Grass
valley Creek at Buckhorn Summit. The spill was contained, but officials
warned of possible drinking-water contamination.
Today is Wednesday, June 19, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a sensational rumor spread that the Sweepstakes Gravel Mine in Trinity County was salted. Thousands of dollars were invested into a mine that may never exist.
In 1952, a house in Enterprise was destroyed by fire. It was one of six fires burning in the area. Several acres of grass and a shed were also burned in the other fires in Shasta County.
In 1977, Shasta County sheriff's deputies confiscated nine roosters----five live and four dead--- from a cockfight in Millville. Eighteen suspects were questioned ranging from age 14 to 60.
In 1992, a jet fuel spill into a creek at Buckhorn Summit was bigger
than first reported. Crews initially thought only 35 to 50 gallons actually
made it from a crashed tank truck to Grass Valley Creek, but later realized
that nearly half of the truck's 3,500 gallon load had seeped into sandy
shores. A massive cleanup effort was put into operation.
Today is Thursday, June 20, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a punch in the nose was the first punch thrown in a fistfight between members of the County Board of Education. Harsh words escalated into violence over a difference of opinion.
In 1952, a former used car salesman was arrested for grand theft in Ventura and returned to Redding where the crime was committed. The man was charged with stealing a $400 down payment for a car he was selling.
In 1977, Shasta County had record farm income of $30.9 million despite a severe drought in 1976. The high figures were part of a statewide trend.
In 1992, firefighters fought two blazes a few miles apart in Cloverdale.
Dry winds and 100-degree heat pushed the fast-moving fires to burn several
hundred acres in an afternoon. One fire was arson.
Today is Friday, June 21, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, M.G. Jones, a miner in Trinity County, learned that his family in Pennsylvania had heard he was dead and conducted funeral services for him. Upon hearing the news, Jones rushed home to prove to his mourning family that he had not died on the frontier, but had made his fortune.
In 1952, a jealous husband fired 22 shots into a car in which his wife and another were riding. After a 23-minute chase through Dunsmuir, the husband forced the car over and shot the man six times and beat him. After killing the man, the husband turned himself in to police.
In 1977, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Redding was given the go-ahead to build a $2 million plant on Belt Line Road in Redding. The 60,000-square-foot factory would have 40 new employees.
In 1992, a Redding gas station was robbed at gunpoint. The business
had already been robbed many times.
Today is Saturday, June 22, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the owners of the Sweepstakes mine in Trinity County did not abandon the mine as expected. As rumors flew that the mine was salted, the owners sent 200 men to begin serious mining in the area.
In 1952, a new Catholic school would be built in Redding. St Joseph school would be constructed on Gold Street. Sister Mary Theresa would be principal.
In 1977, unusually high temperatures and winds fanned fires in Shasta County. Small lighting fires still smoldering roared to life again, burning several acres.
In 1992, a burglar broke a window and entered a Redding woman's home.
The noise awakened the owner, who confronted the burglar and talked
him into leaving. Police later arrested him at his nearby home.
Today is Sunday, June 23, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, an escaped patient started a grass fire near the county hospital. The patient, an eccentric old man, stayed nearby hiding in the bushes until he was found by hospital workers.
In 1952, two men were rescued from the Sacramento River near Kutras Lake after their boat capsized. They swam to shore, and the boat was pulled out by Herb Dicker and Bob Spaid.
In 1977, two teen-age drivers were injured in a car accident on Hilltop Drive. They were driving in separate directions when they hit head-on while rounding a curb.
In 1992, lighting touched off more than 3,000 fires between Oregon and
Chico. Heavy rain accompanied most of the lightning strikes, but not in
the parched Happy Camp area, where a 246-acre fire was burning.
Today is Monday, June 24, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Board of City Trustees and the Board of Health asked Redding residents to help clean the city and to report unhealthy business practices. The effort was to hamper the spread of contagious disease.
In 1952, five Redding businesses were looted overnight. Money and guns were stolen from most stores. Police said the burglaries look professional.
In 1977, a Carter administration proposal to expand Redwood National Park caused tension between many residents of Arcata and nearby logging towns. Loggers accused hippies of running their town, while plan advocates said the expansion was necessary.
In 1992, police recovered a wallet stolen from a woman during a purse
snatching. The woman broke her shoulder in the incident. The suspects involved
were ages 13 to 18. The teens were also suspected of other purse
snatchings, one involving a woman in her 90s.
Today is Tuesday, June 25, 2002, On this date:
In 1902, a new power plant would be built in Shasta County. The power house would be built at Mill Creek in Whitmore.
In 1952, new homes in Redding, built within the year, would be washed out by the Sacramento River if they not immediately removed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. The river was rapidly rising due to the increasing release of water from Shasta Dam.
In 1977, more than 66 employees were added to the city payroll as a part of the annexation of the Cascade area to Redding. The new jobs would cost the city $1.9 million and would be included in the city's record $19.5 million annual budget.
In 1992, Redding started a new recycling program. Under state
law, the city had to reduce the amount of garbage going into landfills
50 percent by 2000.
Today is Wednesday, June 26, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, D.G. Wheeler shot D.F. Smith three times, killing him, near Harrison Gulch. Wheeler, a mining partner of Smith, said Smith was too intimate with Mrs. Wheeler. Wheeler wanted to be paid for his work so he could leave the claim and his wife with Smith. Angered by his comments, Mrs. Wheeler and Smith beat Wheeler, who retaliated by shooting Smith.
In 1952, residents were angry over a decision to change Pioneer Lane to Kirch Lane. The Board of Supervisors voted to change the name despite testimony that the people living on that street didn't want it changed. After the decision, one woman warned any signs put up with the new name wouldn't be up for long.
In 1977, Lake Shasta dropped below 1 million acre-feet, the lowest since it was filled in 1952. Officials feared it would reach critical levels by the end of the summer. The lake was only 305 feet deep at the dam. Its capacity was 490 feet.
In 1992, $200 and beer were stolen from a restaurant in Mount Shasta.
The burglar broke out a window during the night to steal from the business.
Today is June 27, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, Cassie Clawson married William Middleton in Redding. Middleton had been recently cleared of wrong doing after killing John Yeakey on June 15. Yeakey also sought Clawson's hand.
In 1952, five people were injured in a two-car crash at the foot of Sulphur Creek Hill. A car hauling a trailer of junk broadsided another car injuring an older woman and two boys.
In 1977, the Shasta County Historical Records Commission hit a snag in its efforts to preserve documents of Shasta County's history. Volume 1 of the Shasta County Courier was missing, and with it the identity of Shasta County's first sheriff and many other important events of the year the county was founded.
In 1992, county dignitaries and business leaders attended a ground breaking
ceremony of the Shasta Gateway Industrial Park in Central Valley. Those
in attendance said they were confident the park would spur economic recovery.
Today is Friday, June 28, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a drunken man lifted a watch from a customer of Dobrowsky's Jewelry store, and then tried to sell it to the store owner standing a few feet away. Marshal Poole, also in the store at the time of the incident, arrested the man.
In 1952, the estate of a Redding doctor killed more than a year earlier finally was appraised at $158,733. The man had invested heavily in Redding real estate and the Lorenz Hotel.
In 1977, a grass fire charred 60 acres in Palo Cedro. Fire crews were able to stop the blaze within 3 feet of a market and two homes.
In 1992, A Bay Area hiker was missing in Trinity County after becoming
separated from her companions near Grizzly Lake. The search was hampered
by heavy rains. The missing hiker was eventually found in good condition.
Today is Saturday, June 29, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, the Shasta County Fruit Growers' Association held a meeting in Anderson and elected officers for the year. J.D. Dosier was elected president and S.C. Dick was elected vice president.
In 1952, the Shasta County Aero Squadron was searching for a plane that did not make its scheduled stop in Redding. The plane took off from Hayfork.
In 1977, the Redding Planning Commission ordered an analysis of growth management in other cities to see how Redding's management could be improved. The commission was looking into city growth limits and borders, which it said were probably the worst in the state.
In 1992, Redding Medical Center hired a new chief executive officer,
replacing Gerald Knepp. Donald Griffin, 36, came from Pinole, where
he was CEO of Doctors Hospital.
Today is Sunday, June 30, 2002. On this date:
In 1902, a horse was lost down an embankment near Big Bend Hot Springs. L.W. Vaughn's horse slipped off the trail and down a cliff into the river. The springs were becoming an increasingly popular place because of its promised cures.
In 1952, one of the wettest years in Redding history was recorded. Total rainfall for the year was 53.93 inches, almost 20 inches above normal.
In 1977, a survey conducted by the Record Searchlight and newspapers from Santa Cruz, Vacaville, Merced and Lompoc, all cities of the same size, placed Redding in the middle in regard to cost of living. A new home cost $47,500, a doctor's visit was $12 and a movie ticket was $2.50. Other costs surveyed included the cost of beef, eggs and potatoes.
In 1992, a lost hiker walked out of the Trinity Alps after being reported missing for three days. She was hungry and thirsty, but otherwise OK. She had found shelter in an abandoned mining cabin.