In 1901, preparations were nearly complete for the installations of an electrical power plant in the Shingletown area. The earliest delivery of machinery was in June, and by that time everything was sure to be ready for the transmission of power.
In 1951, a quiet New Year's weekend was reported in Shasta County with "no fires, one drunk and no drunk drivers."
In 1976, Russ Dawson, the son of a Redding police lieutenant, was beaten and robbed in Redding's South City Park by five men.
In 1991, a chimney fire at a Palo Cedro group home ignited the home's
roof and destroyed the home. Authorities estimated the damage to be more
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a rumor was circulating among the "pugilistically inclined" that the approaching boxing match between Sylvester Day and Joe Reay was likely to be conducted in Red Bluff rather than Redding. It was said Day had been dissatisfied with the terms offered by the Redding athletic club.
In 1951, skiers opened the winter season at Sulphur Works in Lassen Park during the holidays. Lassen was the only ski area in California to be operating under normal conditions at the time.
In 1976, seven people filed for candidacy for the two seats to be filled on the Redding City Council in the March 2 municipal election. They were Christine Perry, Larry Kearney, Frank Wilson, Dorothy Baldwin, Dr. Lee Fulton, David Williams and Barbara Gard.
In 1991, continued cold weather set a string of record temperatures
across the north state and sent an economic shiver through California's
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the retired Rev. Bishop Moreland of the Episcopal Church of California was set to visit the local Episcopal church for several days.
In 1951, Leonard Adams was Trinity County's new undersheriff. He succeeded Harvey Arbuckle, who had held the post since 1948. Arbuckle resigned to devote time to his logging interests.
In 1976, Redding Elementary School District trustees passed a resolution agreeing to sell Magnolia School to the Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Office for $185,000.
In 1991, Walker's Furniture on Park Marina Drive in Redding announced
plans for the business's expansion into an adjacent lot.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a glass of beer at Grilitner Saloon across from the Temple Hotel in Redding cost 5 cents. An advertisement in Redding's Morning Searchlight claimed the beer at the saloon was "the coolest and sharpest in town."
In 1951, the state Office of Civil Defense issued a pamphlet,"Survival Under Atomic Attack,"that was available at City Hall and other public buildings in Redding.
In 1976, Sierra Pacific Industries was planning to shut down its $1.65 million sawmill on Branstetter Lane in Redding and consolidate it with a new $4 million complex in Shasta Lake.
In 1991, a study guiding where the city of Redding would build a garbage
transfer station and bus maintenance yard showed it would be cheapest to
operate the facility from the city's south side.
Today is Friday, Jan, 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. W.J. Gillespie of Redding was announced as the winner of a drawing by Golden Eagle Jewelry store conducted at the Fireman's Ball on New Year's Eve in Redding.
In 1951, 22 more men from Shasta and Trinity counties were classified 1-A by the Selective Service board.
In 1976, Shasta County Superior Court Judge Richard B. Eaton charged that state interference in county juvenile hall matters had lowered efficiency and raised costs at the hall. He called the application of state standards "...... an unwarranted invasion of powers of local self-government and an unjustifiable burden on local taxpayers."
In 1991, the city of Redding was quietly exploring the chance to buy
an interest in a $47 million electric plant and sawmill on Clear Creek
Road operated by Redding Power Co.
Today is Saturday, Jan 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a petition was being circulated for presentation to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors asking for the construction of a bridge across Calaboose Creek at the junction of West and Shasta streets in Redding.
In 1951, Colby G. Smith, a Redding car dealer, was elected president of the Redding Chamber of Commerce at its luncheon meeting in Redding. He succeeded R.A. Thomas.
In 1976, a $55,800 bank deposit was reported stolen from a Red Lion Motor Inn automobile parked in front of a bank in Redding. The car had been left unattended for several minutes.
In 1991, visiting Trinity County Superior Court Judge John Letton ruled
that the Shasta Union High School District had not violated environmental
laws when targeting land in Palo Cedro for a new high school site. The
ruling allowed the school district to continue planning for a high school
campus on Deschutes Road.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a dispatch from Yreka said 6 feet of snow had accumulated in the city and snow was still falling. Shoveler's were being paid $2 per hour to "keep the town from falling in."
In 1951, a total of 147 deaths had been investigated by Shasta County Coroner Claude E. Whiteman during 1950. Heart ailments were listed as the lead killer in the county with automobile accidents a strong second.
In 1976, Patricia Butts Tarleton, organist for the United Presbyterian Church in Redding, died when flames gutted her Oak Street home in Redding.
In 1991, a report that found city of Redding employees needed $1 million
worth of raises to make their wages equal to those of city workers elsewhere
was put aside. The City Council agreed employee pay should be based more
on what the local market would bear rather than on comparisons with salaries
in other cities.
Today is Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Postmaster Reynolds announced that Redding residents would soon enjoy a free mail delivery system.
In 1951, the new year brought additional interest in lumber projects to the area, with several new enterprises announced. One such enterprise involved Cheney-Grant Lumber Co. taking over the Scanlon Mill on the old Arrowhead Lumber Co. site south of the Ralph L. Smith plant near Anderson.
In 1976, Shasta Union High School District trustees were set to decide whether juniors and seniors would have to take physical education classes.
In 1991, 80-year-old Redding woman Dorothy Park was recovering from
a night of fright after being threatened at knife point by a burglar in
her apartment. Park said she had escaped harm by pulling a hand-gun from
under her pillow and scaring off the intruder.
Today is Tuesday, Jan, 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, John William Hathaway, a farmer in the Oak Run area, was accidently shot and killed near his home when his gun fell and discharged.
In 1951, small machine and manufacturing shops in the Redding area were being sought by the U.S. government. The Redding Chamber of Commerce office was receiving daily notices requesting bids on a variety of items needed by the government for defense and general supplies.
In 1976, Congressman Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson said he would appeal to the secretary of the interior to reopen the visitor center and private lodge at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park.
In 1991, frigid temperatures froze areas along the shore of Shasta Lake.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Harrison Gulch mining camp, near Ono, was covered in 7 feet of snow. Hikers returned to report more than 250 men had stopped working and that camps were experiencing a wood, water, and whiskey famine.
There is no 1951 today: In 1976: Nor-Cal Demolitions of Napa was leveling the old Dicker's building on Market Street to make room for a new addition to the Mall, which was home to the new Dicker's store.
In 1991, some 200 hopefuls auditioned at the Mt. Shasta Mall for parts
in "America's Funniest People" TV show.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, 7 inches of snow fell overnight in Redding. Train traffic was hindered and no mail had gotten through from Weaverville -- due to snow -- in 10 days.
In 1951, street lights were installed at the intersection of Butte and Market Streets to sample which kind the city wanted to purchase. The city planned to improve lighting on Market Street and other streets by installing a new system of street lighting.
In 1976, Holiday Inn in Redding officially opened a $400,000 Solar Dome Entertainment Center with a swimming pool, a putting green and a dining room extending into the center, covered by a glassed in solar dome.
In 1991, Mt. Shasta Ski Park closed for the season due to lack of snow.
Today is Friday, Jan. 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Board of Supervisors completed "routine work" during its session, which included counting 88 coyote hides and one lion hide for which claims of bounty had been presented. The bounty total was $225.
In 1951, the March of Dimes hosted a kickoff dinner at the Golden Eagle Hotel in Redding for its annual fund drive. New contribution containers were showcased.
In 1976, Shasta County Bank opened a new branch in Palo Cedro with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
In 1991, an informal Record Searchlight call-in poll resulted in 56
percent of respondents saying they were opposed to military action to free
Today is Saturday, Jan. 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, despite the weather, several hunting parties went out and R. Harry Dun and George Bush bagged 21 quails.
In 1951, George Salvo, owner of Franc's bar, was found unconscious in the alley with a severe head injury. Police were investigating what happened.
In 1876, a young girl was attacked by three dogs while playing in her yard. She was listed in guarded condition at Shasta General Hospital. The dogs were taken to the pound.
In 1991, as Congress gave the go-ahead for war, most north state Vietnam
vets gave their support as they monitored developments in the Persian Gulf.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the general merchandise store of E. S. Gill, in Ono, was "blown to atoms." It was a small store and damage was estimated not to exceed $1,000.
In 1951, the wreckage of a Navy Hellcat fighter plane and the body of its pilot were recovered by a 58-man search party 28 miles southwest of Redding.
In 1976, a runaway car crashed into an apartment on Hilltop Drive. The driver of the car was shaken but not injured. The resident of the apartment was not at home.
In 1991, more than two-thirds of participants of the Redding Searchlight's call-in-poll reported they favored continued peace talks, economic sanctions or withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Persian Gulf rather than war.
Today is Monday, Jan. 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a miner at Iron Mountain, John Mullen, 40, of Ireland, died after coming into contact with an electric wire while connecting cars in the mine.
In 1951, City Council authorized City Manager Phil Storm to ask for bids to relight Market Street from Eureka Way to Hill Street. Councilman Williams expressed fears of citizens' protests as the lights may make women look like ghosts.
In 1976, construction continued at Digger Bay despite claims that the project was halted by government red tape. Even without building permits, there was no county ordinance to prevent the construction of a launching ramp.
In 1991, hundreds gathered in Redding to protest and support the possibility
of war in the Persian Gulf. Anti-War protesters sang songs of peace at
the post office on Yuba Street while a counter-demonstration was held just
Today is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a rumor was circulating that Sen. Maggard would introduce a bill to the Legislature to divide Tehama County, forming a new county with Corning as its seat. Red Bluff papers urged citizens to fight the proposition to the bitter end.
In 1951, the merger of Pacheco and Prairie School Districts was approved by both districts in a 92 to 2 vote.
In 1976, the Record Searchlight was sued by deputy James Gilhula of the Shasta County Sheriff's Department, claiming the editor and a reporter libeled him in articles published between Nov. 8 and Nov. 11 of 1975.
In 1991, as America and its allies begin bombing Iraq, north state residents
fought tears as their family members were among the first soldiers
deployed for Persian Gulf duty.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the blockade of the Redding Harrison Gulch wagon road caused by a recent unusually heavy snowstorm had been raised and all mail and express matter between the two points was carried through in a day.
In 1951, three students, Franklin Cibula, Shirley Mottern and Barbara Winters, received awards in a nationwide contest by Follette Publishing Co. of New York City. They were among 860 students ages 8 to 10, who wrote a review of the book, "Johnny Texas."
In 1976, a report showed that use of Whiskeytown Lake was up 61 percent from 1974.
In 1991, comedian Jay Leno was set to preform at the Redding Civic Auditorium.
Today is Thursday, Jan 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Oak Bottom residents protested against the wanton slaughter of game deer in the area.
In 1951, Shasta County was given notice that it was to receive $3,759.10 from Congress for an accumulated 26-year shortage in its Forest Service grazing fees.
In 1976, Happy Valley residents got together to build a playground including a "snake run course," a sand pit with a rope swing, a log fence for climbing, tractor tires set up for bouncing and hiding and two tubes to crawl through made with large drain pipes.
In 1991, schools offered special counseling sessions for north state
children who has expressed fears about terrorist attacks at home and worried
about the safety of relatives or friends in the Persian Gulf.
Today is Friday, Jan. 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a "handsome" piece of gold was unearthed at the Last Chance Mine by George W. Boswell, a miner in the Shasta and Middletown areas. It measured 24 1/8 ounces and valued at $440.
In 1951, the Redding recreation department announced that if it rained Saturday that there would free motion pictures shown at the Pine Street School for boys and girls.
In 1976, a film made by two Redding men about a threat to red salmon in their migration was shown at Red Lion Motor Inn in Redding and at the Sheraton Hotel at Fisherman's Warf in San Francisco.
In 1991, two rallies were planed in Redding, arguing opposing views
of the events in the Persian Gulf.
Today is Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a petition was being formed and circulated to have all businesses in Redding to close by 7 p.m. weekdays and stay closed all day Sunday.
In 1951, the board of trustees in Weaverville approved construction of a $2,924.19 bus repair shop for Trinity County High School.
In 1976, Redding City Council became the last of four local entities to approve a governing agreement for a proposed $16.5 million regional sewer system.
In 1991, Redding City Council decided to raise garbage disposal rates
over a year from $8 to $13.50. Members also discussed specific plans
on the layout and location of the proposed City Hall building.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a 26-year-old miner died at his apartment at the Temple Hotel. He had suffered for some time with an "affection of the heart."
In 1951, a surprise storm blanketed Redding with more than 5 inches of snow. Areas of Trinity County were also hit, leaving Lewiston, Weaverville, and Hayfork without power.
In 1976, Shasta Union High School District trustees voted 4-1 to create smoking areas for students on the district's five campuses.
In 1991, a Superior Court judge halted construction of a $3 million
softball complex in the Churn Creek Bottom area until the city updated
its seriously flawed plan.
Today is Monday, Jan 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Epworth League of the Methodist Church elected its president, four vice presidents, secretary, treasure and organist for the year.
In 1951, card tables were a major issue at the Redding City Council meeting again. Councilman Williams complained that Mayor Simons' speech in favor of issuing more card tables did not have all the facts.
In 1976, Shasta County District Attorney Robert Baker announced that he would be a candidate for a Shasta County Superior Court judgeship. Baker was the fourth to enter the race for the seat from which Judge Richard Eaton planned to retire the next year.
In 1991, Redding officials hoped the newly appointed supervisors, Trish
Clarke and Maurice Johannessen, would settle a property tax dispute between
Shasta County and the city. At least 10 annexation proposals were
caught up in the dispute.
Today is Monday, Jan. 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, District Attorney Dozier asked presiding Judge Keeler to dismiss a case against Mr. Hill and discharge him from custody because the complaint against him was defective. Judge Keeler agreed, released hill, then arrested him again.
In 1951, George Huff answered in Superior Court to charges of assaulting the owner of Frenchie's Bar, George Salvo. Defense attorney Ira Shadwell moved to have the charges dropped and Judge Richard B. Eaton gave him until that afternoon to find more supporting evidence.
In 1976, an enthusiastic crowd met television star Chad Everett and movie star Charlton Heston at Redding Municipal Airport. Everett and Heston were joined by Rob Reiner and Chris Connelly for the "King of the Hill" tennis matches held at the Civic Auditorium.
In 1991, 270 Roseburg Forest Products Co. workers went back to work
after being laid off in November. Roseburg had shut down because of seasonal
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a Shasta County brick plant was sold to the Holt & Gregg Co. at the Anderson brickyard. The plant was to be made completely automated and would be able to produce 60,000 bricks each day.
In 1951, John Reginato of Shasta County chapter of the American Red Cross said the organization needed more volunteers for in-home services to help servicemen's families due to the greater number of men entering the armed forces each month.
In 1976, friends got together at the Happy Valley Fire Hall to honor Ralph "Magoo" Landon, who was retiring after 30 years of service. He was the last of the original 10 fierfighters to retire from the Happy Valley Fire Department.
In 1991, Tehama County Board of Supervisors appointed Robert Mieske
as the new auditor for the county.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, W.R. Conant, a well-known farmer, stock raiser and miner, visited Redding with reports of oil "the finest lubricating quality" seeping out on his land near Castella.
In 1951, all electrical workers of local 350 were on an "illness strike" for a second day, although a union office couldn't give any information on strikes or walkouts.
In 1976, the Redding Redevelopment Agency approved final construction plans for Dick and Marvin Burton to build a dozen shops on the south end of the Mall downtown.
In 1991, north state residents were concerned about possible results
in an upcoming report from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regarding
a fifth year of drought.
Today is Friday, Jan. 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Lassen Butte Oil Co. filed articles of incorporation with the county clerk. Two hundred forty-four thousand shares had already been sold.
In 1951, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors accepted a petition for the annexation of approximately 200 acres to the Anderson Fire District.
In 1976, the Redding Police Department was considering placing seat belts in the back seats of patrol vehicles after a suspect was injured in transport and won a lawsuit against the city costing $4,500.
In 1991, skiers were concerned that Lassen Park Ski Area might go without
an alpine or downhill ski season for the first time in its 51-year history.
Also, Mt. Shasta Ski Park was experiencing layoffs due to a lack of snow
during the season.
Today is Saturday, Jan. 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Edna Ellis, a woman charged with theft, was released on her own recognizance after being held for several days suffering from pneumonia and being attended to by the male inmates. She was released because she needed proper attention for her illness and was taken home by friends.
In 1951, a policy of fewer but better pictures went into effect at both the Cascade Theater and the Redding Theater. This meant two changes a week instead of four at the Cascade and three changes instead of four at the Redding Theater, Manager Mike Kassis said.
In 1976, airport improvements worth $6.7 million over the next 20 years, including a proposed $2 million terminal building, were the topic of two public study sessions in Redding.
In 1991, Shasta College extension courses began at the new Tehama
County Center in Red Bluff, a two-classroom, 2,000 square-foot building,
allowing day and evening classes for Tehama County students.
Today is Sunday, Jan. 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a fire caused $600 to $700 worth of damage to a home on Oregon Street. The blaze's cause remained a mystery as nobody was home and the house was lighted almost entirely by electricity.
In 1951, following a tip, police caught three men burglarizing the Fair Exchange. Police watched the men until amassing enough evidence against them to arrest them.
In 1976, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. officials denied charges that the company would fight the annexation of Enterprise into Redding. Larry Kearney, a candidate for City Council, claimed the company spent thousands of dollars to stop the annexation in 1964 and would do it again.
In 1991, Sean Hasvold walked away from Shasta County Work Furlough Program,
where he was serving the last two weeks of a six-month sentence for burglary
and theft. After he was discovered missing, sheriff's deputies and Redding
police searched the area, but Hasvold was not found.
Today is Monday, Jan 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Dan McCarthy, hotel man and capitalist of Keswick, announced he would build a four-story hotel on the corner of Market and Yuba streets. The hotel would be built of brick and modern in every way.
In 1951, Shasta County health officials collected jars of Liederkranz cheese believed to be poisonous. So far, the cheese had been linked to one death in Los Angeles.
In 1976, record-breaking temperatures reigned in the north state with a high in Redding of 73 degrees, just 6 degrees short of the monthly record of 79 degrees set in 1948.
In 1991, Shasta County officials looked to the federal government to
declare a state of emergency to help ranchers as they faced a fifth year
There is no Jan. 30, Today in history.
Today is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mr. and Mrs. W. Ford Spencer were arrested for stealing six hogs from their neighbors in Balls Ferry. Mr. W. Flowers had taken out a search warrant and was sure the missing pigs would be found at the Spencers' residence.
In 1951, educators and civic leaders gathered for the formal dedication of Shasta College by Mayor Simons.
In 1976, a bicycle dating back to 1807 was found locked in the California Department of Transportation parking lot in Redding. No one in the office knew where the bike came from or how it got there.
In 1991, Roseburg Forest Products officials announced that another 110
to 120 employees laid off in November would return to work because market
conditions were improving.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, stores in Redding closed at 8 p.m., as they would every week night from that point. Clerks from the stores paraded through the street, preceded by the Shirley Company Band, to the theater for a production of "The Ugly Duckling."
In 1951, Shasta College premiered its first play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," at the Shasta Union High School Auditorium. Virginia Chappell was the director.
In 1976, three Redding homes were burglarized. The total estimated value of the missing items was more than $5,900.
In 1991, Gov. Pete Wilson ordered the creation of an emergency task
force to deal with a scarcity of water in the state. The drought was being
compared to that of 1977.
Today is Friday, Feb. 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Sheriff Behrens was presented with a petition to remove Cottonwood deputy sheriff D.F. Tozer from office. Citizens of Cottonwood claimed that law and order was at a "low ebb" and he was in gross negligence of his duties.
In 1951, Dorothy Hescock, teacher of art and commercial subjects at Fall River District High School was called into active duty in the armed services.
In 1976, a short in an underground cable knocked out power to approximately 300 Redding customers, leaving the Mall downtown and one church in darkness for two hours.
In 1991, Redding public television station KIXE's interim manager announced
that despite a financial crisis and layoffs, the station would endure.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, surveyors, civil engineers, and businessmen gathered in Eureka to discuss possibilities of building a railroad route between Redding and Eureka.
In 1951, the Shasta County sheriff's office was established as a sub air-raid warning center under the California state civil defense plan.
In 1976, the Redding City Council began a project of updating and amending the book of city municipal codes.
In 1991, Shasta County posted the fourth highest increase in registered
voters in the state from 1988 to 1990.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Shirley Co., a theater group, finished its week-long run of shows at the Armory Hall in Redding. It got favorable reviews, especially for its interpretation of "Little Lord Fauntleroy."
In 1951, the Anderson Elementary School District received $260,000 from state funds for construction of a nine-room school on Balls Ferry Road, to be called Meadow Lane School.
In 1976, rhythm and blues entertainer Lou Rawls appeared for two sold-out shows in Redding.
In 1991, a flag was stolen from its post in front of the American Legion
Post 746 building in Anderson.
Today is Monday, Feb. 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Redding Water Co. reported 476 subscribers for the year and a net profit of $3,422.39, according to the Board of City Trustees.
In 1951, Citizens Utilities Co. of California requested an increased in rates due to a financial crisis. County residents met to protest directly to the company.
In 1976, a pressure buildup in a water main along Hilltop Drive may have caused a pipe feeding Red Lion to burst, leaving the motel on rationed water supplies for two days.
In 1991, a group formed to oppose attempts to make the spaying of pets
mandatory in Shasta County.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the demand for lumber for building and other purposes prompted a mill from Portland, Ore., to decide to locate a lumber yard in Redding at the corner of South and Center streets.
In 1951, Redding residents viewed an atomic blast 500 miles away in Nevada -- the northernmost point to view the mushroom cloud.
In 1976, a citizens advisory to the Shasta County Local Transportation commission group favored a fixed-route bus system for the Enterprise-Redding area.
In 1991, KIXE announced that 12 employees would be laid off and the
remaining 22 workers would take up to a 15 percent pay cut. The cuts were
expected to save $100,000 a year.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, "Turkish Bath," a show by F.A. Wade Co., opened at Armory Hall in Redding.
In 1951, the Sierra Cascade Logging conference began. The week of dinners, meetings and discussions in Redding drew delegates from all over the nation.
In 1976, a meeting at Weed City Hall outlined zoning options, including general agriculture with a 40-acre minimum.
In 1991, more than 140 toy poodles were removed from a ranch outside
Red Bluff after it was closed for fire damage. Animal shelters as far away
as ElDorado and Marin counties took the dogs for temporary housing.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an explosion and fire destroyed the Red Bluff Gas & Electric Light Co. building.
In 1951, the Redding March of Dimes reported having received $20,990.89 in donations so far for the year, which was more than all previous years for the county.
In 1976, the Handi-Spot Market & Gas in Anderson was robbed of $200 by a man with a shotgun. The man was later arrested by Redding police.
In 1991, Columbia School Teachers Association members unanimously accepted
a 4 percent salary and benefits increase for 1991. Beginning teachers previously
earned $22,593 annually.
Today is Friday, Feb 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a contract was signed to create a freight railway from Redding to Eureka. Surveyors began to study the area to make plans.
In 1951, a 10-day "sick" walkout by railroad workers in Shasta County and across the nation ended.
In 1976, National Medical Enterprise Inc. was awarded another year's management contract for Trinity County General Hospital after a bitter dispute.
In 1991, Shasta County school attendance authorities took parents to
court when students missed school too often. Three parents had served jail
time, paid fines, or received probation or community service work, and
arrest warrants were issued for five other parents.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, freight trains were delayed by a derailed oil car at Cottonwood blocking the track, a wrecked freight train four miles north of Dunsmuir, and a slide near Cow Creek canyon that was not cleared.
In 1951, volunteer fire fighters worked for two hours to stop a fire that caused $6,500 to the Big Dipper confectionery store in Central Valley.
In 1976, building activity set a record in January in the city of Redding with construction permits totaling $2 million.
In 1991, Redding's building permits were only 28 percent of normal when
compared with monthly permit value averages during 1990.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, B. B. Dorland was brought to trial, after waiting in jail since September, for obtaining $2,000 through fraudulent representation.
In 1951, Jim Crumpacker, 20, became Shasta College's first graduate. Crumbpacker transferred to Shasta College from the College of the Sequoias in Visalia and only needed to complete one semester at Shasta College before meeting graduation requirements.
In 1976, county officials reported that they would apply for emergency funds if it did not rain within the week. The lack of rain throughout the state had caused an estimated $90 million damage to grain crops and livestock.
In 1991, a third suspect was arrested in connection with the recent
discovery of more than $2,500 worth of stolen property and four stolen
Today is Monday, Feb. 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, students of Redding's public schools celebrated Flag Day, as well as President Lincoln's birthday, by gathering the city's new 72-foot flagpole at the corner of Pine and North streets and singing "America" and "Our Flag."
In 1951, unemployment reached a new high as virtually all the mills in Shasta and Trinity counties shut down because of a lack of lumber.
In 1976, a petition with 451 signatures called for a public vote on the annexation of Cascade into the city of Redding. Also, Westwood Manor was being studied as another possible annexation to Redding.
In 1991, four boys exploring near a canal found and rescued a dog belonging
to a U.S. Marine who had been deployed to the Mideast. The dog, which was
trapped on a ledge, had been missing for almost a month, and the boys shared
a $200 reward.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, after only 35 minutes, a jury found B. B. Dorland guilty of obtaining money through fraudulent representation. Dorland's sentencing was postponed to allow a motion of a new trial.
In 1951, residents of Grandview Heights voted 49-2 for annexation to Redding.
In 1976, Redding finally received some much-needed rain, and the National Weather Service said it would continue through the weekend.
In 1991, a trip to Europe by Shasta High School choir members was likely
to be most canceled because of fear that the students would be targets
of pro-Iraqi terrorists.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 14, 19001. On this date:
In 1901, Constable Pleisch of Anderson arrived by train in Redding from Red Bluff with William Miller, a man charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
In 1951, a 6-year-old boy was bitten by a dog during a recess period at Magnolia School. The dog was to an animal shelter for a 10-day observation.
In 1976, a bomb exploded in a vehicle injuring 55-year-old Frank wood, retired president of Teamsters Local 137, shortly after he started the engine. The blast cost Wood one of his legs and shattered windows in a house 75 feet away.
In 1991, the most drastic federal waste delivery cutbacks in state
history were announced to water users of the federal Central Valley Project
and Shasta, Trinity and Whiskeytown lakes were possibly going to be drained
to their lowest levels from lack of rainfall.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mr. Harris, manager of the Western Union Telegraph Co. office, received instructions from headquarters to move from its location, a building that had been recently vacated by the Searchlight, to the southeast corner of California and Yuba streets, inside Charles Piftschek's tailoring shop.
In 1951, grocery clerks of the Retail Clerks Union returned to work after a meeting that had lasted until 4:30 a.m., in which the possibility of a strike arose from disagreement on wage and welfare proposals involving 165 clerks from Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties.
In 1976, a Redding man was arrested by FBI agents after he allegedly tried to extort $4 million from the Southern Pacific Railroad Co.
In 1991, after power went off for four hours, the signal from Chico
State University radio station KCHO remained weak.
Today is Friday, Feb. 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a "Hobo Horde" was rounded up by peace officers to protect residents of Redding, especially the "timid ladies" who were complaining of tramps soliciting alms in the outlying sections of town. Three arrests were made on charges of vagrancy and a dozen others were convinced to leave the area.
In 1951, an explanation of what to do in case of enemy action or other disaster was offered to Shasta Dam area residents by heads of the Shasta County civilian defense organization at the Central Valley American Legion Hall.
In 1976, Mallory Chevrolet of Weed and the Chevrolet Motor Co. donated a wrecked 1976 car to the College of the Siskiyous automobile mechanics department. The car had been damaged on the way from the factory to a dealership.
In 1991, a petition containing the signatures of 135 residents opposing
a proposed gun range on Iron Mountain Road was given to the Shasta County
Board of Supervisors.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Shasta County mine owners were asked to send in statements to the U.S. mint in San Francisco to contribute to a study designed to determine actual production of gold and silver by county in the state.
In 1951, Redding City Manager Phil Storm warned residents not to park under sycamore trees as they were all being sprayed for fungus.
In 1976, Redding City Council discussed a petition that 51 residents signed in opposition to a request for commercial zoning near Midway Drive and Ridge Road.
In 1991, the Mount Lassen Area Council Service Center opened in The
Mall in downtown Redding.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Shasta County cattlemen fear spread of "Black Log" disease among their cattle. M. P. Hildreth, of Bald Hills county, was in town on his quest to find a vaccination to give the valuable cattle.
In 1951, 80-year-old doctor David Thorton, practicing since 1896, retired in Trinity County.
In 1976, Ted Laag resigned as Trinity County undersheriff, citing job stress and threats against his family as his reasons for quitting, Laag had earlier been suspended by Sheriff Tom Kelley due to " battle fatigue
In 1991, JorJa Dyer, 17, a senior at Enterprise High School, applied
for and received a $2,000 grant for the Shasta County Library from Metropolitan
Life Foundation. The grant was only one of five $2,000 grants Metropolitan
issued during the year.
Today is Monday, Feb. 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Charley Fong, a Chinese man who had wondered away from his cabin in Jones Ranch a month before, was found dead east of Clear Creek. He was described as "heap crazy" with fits of epilepsy.
In 1951, 25 new recruits were being sought by the National Guard, Company M, 184th Infantry in Redding. The Guard was set up in Veterans Hall until Feb. 22.
In 1976, Anderson Elementary School had 120 absences out of 670 students enrolled because of the flu. Parsons Elementary School had 135 students absent of their 590 students and had more than hundred absences for five consecutive days. The flu strain was similar to a virus found in swine.
No 1991, history for today.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, fire destroyed the major part of the thriving mining camp at Harrison Gulch despite efforts of a volunteer "bucket brigade." Most of the houses were a loss and damages were estimated to be near $20,000.
In 1951, eastern Shasta County was blanketed with 12 inches of snow from a surprise storm. Hatchet Mountain received 38 inches of snow.
In 1976, Burney High School won first place in the high school division of the Redding Republican Women Bicentennial Art Show at the Mall in downtown Redding. They sang a vocal college of bicentennial music.
In 1991, after a two-week delay, the Anderson City Council approved
an operational agreement to bring bus service to Anderson and Cottonwood.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, incorporation papers were being prepared for the Utah and California Oil Development Co., which had a capital stock of $1 million and holdings of 3,600 acres in western Shasta.
In 1951, grocery clerks put up picket lines around the two Farmers Markets in Redding to start a strike. Some stores in the county were already signing contracts with the union.
In 1976, Redding real estate agents contributed $600 to the Darci Gibbs Trust Fund. The money had been raised by soliciting real estate agents' offices and through a donation from Shasta County Board of Realtors. Gibbs was a 2-year-old Redding girl who had been mauled by dogs in January of that year.
In 1991, customers of the Clear Creek Community Services District were
put on notice that mandatory rationing requiring cuts up to 45 percent
of water use could go into effect.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mt. Shasta Oil Co. was reported to be the first to begin drilling for oil on its property in the Redding/Buckeye area.
In 1951, all clerks who were on strike in 18 food stores in Shasta County were dismissed by owners until the dispute was settled. The stores were only operating on a limited basis awaiting a final contract.
In 1976, more than 50 people "walked for Darci" to raise money for the Darci Gibbs Trust Fund, an account set up for a 2-year-old girl who had been mauled by dogs. Another 30 people participated in a bike-a-thon for the same cause in Redding.
In 1991, seventh-and eighth-graders from 12 north state schools took
part in a mathematics trade fair at Simpson College in which the 72 students
learned from engineers and scientists how math concepts are used in the
Today is Friday, Feb. 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a locomotive was knocked off track by a huge boulder that rolled down a steep bluff four miles north of Hornbrook. The passengers were shaken but not injured and after five hours, the train was back on course.
In 1951, "Born Yesterday," the second of three Civic Guild plays that were brought from New York City by the Redding Lions Club, was presented at the Shasta Union High School auditorium. The Redding Elementary School band opened the show wearing uniforms purchased by the Lions.
In 1976, a mysterious package delivered to the hospital room of Teamster official Frank Wood caused police a 2 1/2-hour ordeal before they determined that the box contained no explosives. They were cautious because Wood was hospitalized from injuries from a bomb that exploded in his car.
In 1991, customers of the Shasta Community Services District were rationed
to a 250-gallon-per-day limit on water because of drought conditions.
Today is Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Redding Undertaking Co. was setting up its business in the McChesney building on the southwest corner of Market and Placer streets.
In 1951, it was called "Redding's little civil war" when market owners joined a picket line in front of L. J. Presley's Hinkle's Market. This was part of an on-going strike between the grocery clerks' union and market owners all over Redding.
In 1976, progress in transporation over the past 200 years was the theme of a mural presented to Shasta County supervisors by fifth-grade students from Sacred Heart School in Anderson. It was put on display on the second floor of the county courthouse.
In 1991, a bridge taking traffic over Red Bank Creek south of Red Bluff
closed when its wooden planks caught fire.
Today is Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a group of Redding merchants met and discussed plans to give businessmen a place to spend their evenings sence an action had been set to have businesses close early. They decided to form "The Clerks Club of Redding" and set up a committee to start plans.
In 1951, Harold L. Christensen, 31, new owner of the Ingot Cafe, was electrocuted when he stepped on an 11,000-volt power line that had been knocked down earlier by an automobile accident on Highway 299 between Bella Vista and Ingot. The pole was knocked down by a PG&E employee who fell asleep at the wheel. Christensen had been running the cafe for only one week.
In 1976, the public was ask to comment on recreational use of riverbank land on the upper Sacramento River at a public meeting in Redding before the Multiple Use Advisory Board for the Redding district of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
In 1991, Shasta County Board of Supervisors unanimously declared an
emergency because of the continuing drought. The Tehama County Board of
Supervisors had already declared an emergency.
Today is Monday, Feb. 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Southern Pacific Rail Road Co. was giving its agents postcards with a brief statement on the back giving reasons wood-be settlers from the east should come to California.
In 1951, Nora Marshall, 69, died of a heart attack at her home just 21 hours and 20 minutes after her 71-year-old husband, Frank had a heart attack.
In 1976, a Susanville mother of five admitted in court that she supplied marijuana to four of her children, ranging in age from 11 to 14.
In 1991, Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District directors voted to
offer the district's 1,200 customers $250 for each acre of land they agreed
not to irrigate.
Today is Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the cause of a city blackout was found to be more serious than expected. It was announced that it would take 10 days to get new coils and rewind the armature that gives them power, costing the city $750.
In 1951, the contract for construction of a $299,970 elementary school in Anderson was awarded to Central States Construction Co. of San francisco. It was planned to cover 14,600 square feet and cost about $20.50 per square foot.
In 1976, John Washington of Dunsmuir was found innocent of killing his friend Donald Bashum. Lawyers on both sides said it was because the murder weapon was not found. Washington confessed that after his arrest to shooting Bashum with a .22-caliber rifle, but the autopsy later showed Bashum was shot with a .45-caliber pistol.
In 1991, in routine show depth surveys conducted by the U.S. Forest
Service, hydrologists found a thin and dwindling snowpack. Snow was so
sparse on the Trinity Alps, the survrey crew pilot had trouble finding
a place to land the ski-equipped helicopter.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a part-time employee of the Trinity Copper Co. was seriously injured while blasting for a new pipeline for an air drill at Shasta King mine. After being thrown 35 feet by an explosion, he was carried out on a stretcher by his peers for five or six miles before a wagon was used to get him to help.
In 1951, the state wildlife conservation board approved transfer of $477,630 to the Darrah fish hatchery in southeastern Shasta County.
In 1976, the Shasta College Dance Co. presented two tales from "Aesop's Fables" and a preformance of Sergel Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" at the college theater. It was part of a three-part series called the Magical Mystery Tour.
In 1991, a reward of up to $1,000 was offered by Secret Witness
of Shasta County for information on a robbery of Thrifty Drug Store at
the Mt. Shasta Mall on Feb. 11. The Robber had told the store clerk that
he had a gun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Today is Thursday, March 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Harry Gans, an employee of the McCloud River Power Co., tricked his fellow employees into letting them cash their checks in Redding. After he did not return with their $200, the employees went to Redding in search for Gans, but he was gone.
In 1951, the Shasta County chapter of the Red Cross set its fund-raising goal at $9,000 as its part of the $85 million total goal the Red Cross set for the year.
In 1976, Bart Baxter, 25, was lost for six days on the slopes of Mt. Shasta before finding the Ski Shasta Lodge. He survived 100-mph winds and chest-deep snow.
In 1991, Shasta Union High School District Superintendent Joe Appel
was one of two finalists being considered for the job of superintendent
in a New Jersey school district. He ultimately was selected for the post.
Appel, 57, of Redding had been named top administrator of Shasta County's
largest school district in 1981.
Today is Friday, March 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, William F. Price, a merchant from Cottonwood, died from pneumonia, which was said to be a complication of "la grippe," a complaint given by pioneers of Shasta County and brought on by severe winter weather.
In 1951, a police report showed that a pair of ladies' silk panties and a pair of blue jeans were found hanging on a parking meter in the 1400 block of Butte Street in Redding. The owner was not found but was reported to be of small build.
In 1976, a snowstorm beginning just after 4 a.m. dumped more than 6 inches on Redding and caused nearly all schools in Shasta County to close. Motorists without tire chains were asked by Redding police to stay home.
In 1991, a group of supporting unification of Bass, Buckeye, Canyon
and Shasta Lake school districts opened a campaign office in Central Valley.
Today is Saturday, March 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a merchant who decided to open his business on Sundays provoked an informal meeting of the Redding Clerk's Club. The club sent a representative to persuade the merchant E.H. Jackson, "to adhere to the lines agreed upon" by the Merchants' Club to close businesses early daily and all day on Sundays.
In 1951, about 50 Greyhound bus drivers and station employees in the Redding area joined fellow workers in seven western states in a walkout after six weeks of negotiations between the AFL Motor Coach Employees union and the Greyhound management couldn't bring an agreement on wages.
In 1976, while a Lake Tahoe film maker was showing an adventure film at Redding civic auditorium, someone broke into his van and stole camera equipment valued at $6,000. Craig Beck was showing his film, "Daydreams," to a audience of 500 people.
In 1991, Greyhound bus drivers picketed in front of the Redding bus
terminal in honor of one year protest. About 26 Redding employees and 6,000
drivers nationwide had been on strike since March 2, 1990.
Today is Sunday, March 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, one man was killed and another badly injured after a cave-in at Bully Hill Mine. Rudloph Ansler was killed by the 10 to 20 tons of falling rock, and Frank Forbes' leg was crushed.
In 1951, George Salvo was moved from critical condition to serious by his doctor. Salvo was found beaten behind his bar, Frinchie's Place, in January. George Huff was charged with Salvo's assault.
In 1976, students of Enterprise High School collected bottle caps at the rate of one penny per cap, earning $10,000. The money was donated by the Pepsi-Cola plant in Redding. It took 1 million bottle caps for the students to earn the $10,000.
In 1991, after three reported deaths, the maker of Sudafed recalled
1 million packages of Sudafed capsules, leaving Redding store owners scrambling
to remove the products from their shelves. Apparently, capsules had been
tampered with and laced with cyanide.
Today is Monday, March 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, William Millar was cleared by presiding judge R.B. Keeler in Anderson. Millar had been charged with feloniously wounding Thomas Tansey in a cabin near Shingletown. The evidence against Millar was reported to be far from conclusive.
In 1951, more than 2 inches of rain fell in Redding in one day, adding to the season total of 35.72 inches. The normal total for a season, which ends in July, was 37.59 inches.
In 1976, a gun-wielding bandit made off with more than $1,000 in cash and credit card receipts from the SST service station on South Market Street. Police reported it was more of a loss to the store than gain to the robber, as there was only an estimated $75 in cash.
In 1991, the Red Bluff Grocery Outlet was robbed of beer, wine and food
after the store's sheet-metal siding was pried open. Police discovered
the hole about 11 p.m. but the robbers had already left the scene.
Today is Tuesday, March 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Manzanita luncheon was put on by the ladies of the Methodist Church at the residence of Mrs. Holt in west Redding. It was promised to be a "dainty affair."
In 1951, the Redding City Council asked City Manager Phil Storm to have signs reading "traffic laws strictly enforced" ready to be put at the entrances to the city.
In 1976, a federally financed project to help preschoolers improve perceptual motor skills began at Juniper School. It was the second project and had 19 students enrolled.
In 1991, a $28 million bond measure to build a school, add 83 classrooms
to seven existing schools, and repair and refurbish older classrooms was
passed by Redding School District voters.
Today is Wednesday, March 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, well-known young man Ben Bennett was killed in a logging accident near the headlight mine. Bennett presumably lost his footing, fell in the path of the saw log he was guiding, and was crushed.
In 1951, two men were injured in a street fight on California Street outside the Diamond Match company plant. Five men were arrested in connection with the fight while a sixth was being sought.
In 1976, an Enterprise area man was arrested for the alleged cultivation of 25,000 marijuana plants valued at $650,000 in a field near Cottonwood. The plants were discovered Sept. 8 and destroyed Sept. 19. It was the largest marijuana field discovered in Shasta County.
In 1991, Shasta Union High School District Superintendent Joe Appel
announced his resignation. He planned to take over as superintendent of
a school district in New Jersey that served about 2,000 students.
Today is Thursday, March 8, 2001. On thus date:
In 1901, papers stolen from Potts' cigar store were returned after police officers announced that they were of no value to anyone but the rightful owner. The papers were left in a box car at the railroad yard where they were discovered by the road master.
In 1951, Redding's rainfall reached its average year total, 10 inches above March's expected total of 27.86 inches. Iron Mountain reported 71.90 inches for its total.
In 1976, a light plane lost power and crashed, barely missing a playground full of children at French Gulch School. The plane clipped a baseball backstop and crashed 150 yards away. The pilot and his passenger were not injured.
In 1991, Redding homes were invaded by ants, including some exotic types,
in search of water. Because of the warmer weather, insects were reproducing
earlier, according to exterminators, and the bug problem was expected to
Today is Friday, March 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Redding Presbyterian Church hosted a social in which a room had been transformed into a lifelike woodland glade. The guests wore picnic costumes and ate their lunches from picnic baskets. Entertainment included guessing games, women fishing for their partners, and other "out-of-doors" amusement.
In 1951, buses started rolling out of the Redding Greyhound station at 5 a.m., ending a week long strike. Union officials reported that 92 percent of striking workers had voted to accept a new work contract that granted them a 10 percent wage increase.
In 1976, 19 cosmetologists who sold Redding-made Jhirmack beauty aids in Sweden were visiting Redding for a two day educational seminar hosted by Jhirmack Enterprises Inc. They were learning about the organic cosmetics and hair preparations manufactured at the Redding plant.
In 1991, red, white and blue balloons, alongside family and friends,
greeted 420 medics, including one from Redding, who were among the first
troops to return from the Persian Gulf.
Today is Saturday, March 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a meeting of the Redding Board of Supervisors was taken up with the trial of George Craig, who was charged with serving drugged liquor to Mrs. J.F. Shilling and Mrs. G.A. Devenpeck, both of Stella, at his Last Chance Saloon. The two ladies became "deathly ill" after having one drink each at the saloon.
In 1951, grocery clerks returned to work, ending a 17-day dispute between the grocery clerks union and local markets. A final agreement on a health and welfare program and wages was reached at 4 a.m. between negotiators.
In 1976, charged with fiscal irresponsibility and other irregularities, the Eastern Shasta County Indian Community Center lost the majority of an $11,000 federal grant.
In 1991, a Red Bluff home that had been without utility service for
about a week was damaged when a kerosene lantern caught fire. No
one was injured, but the flames caused an estimated $5,000 in property
Today is Sunday, March 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, two of Redding's most popular young folks were marred in secret. George Young and Mabel Lange were married at the bride's parents' residence and only the members of the families were allowed to attend.
In 1951, researchers from the University of California at Berkeley discovered hydromantes in McCloud River caves. These primitive creatures are normally found near the 10,000-foot elevation in Yosemite, Sardinia and French Riviera. Hydromantes are lungless salamanders that breath through throat membranes in their skin.
In 1976, a powerful explosive planted underneath Wyntoon Castle in McCloud partially exploded. A terrorist group known as the New World Liberation Front claimed responsibility.
In 1991, a Redding man hopped into his car as it was being stolen to
try to talk the thief out of stealing it. The man offered his wallet in
exchange for not stealing his car. The robber took the man's wallet and
his car and left him stranded on Quartz Hill Road.
Today is Monday, March 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Shasta Consolidated Oil Co. struck oil after drilling 300 feet into blue shale. An artificial reservoir was constructed to store water because the water supply to the plant was cut off.
In 1951, four people were arrested, in separate cases, for drunken driving, leaving Judge Eaton busy. Three of the four people were fined $250, and one was sentenced to 125 days in jail for driving drunk and without a license.
In 1976, two Shasta County men were injured when their light plane became entangled with a guyline on a power pole and crashed near the playground of Fall River Mills Elementary School. The children had just gone inside from recess.
In 1991, administrators at Mercy Medical Center in Redding began the
planning process that would allow them to construct a new hospital near
Simpson College. The hospital was expected to be built in 15 to 20 years.
Today is Tuesday, March 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, meat markets were having difficulty securing beef to sell. Local stockmen held their cattle at high prices and forced buyers to travel on "long pilgrimages" to get cattle.
In 1951, the flu and measles forced Hayfork Elementary School to close and left Trinity High School Principal Tom Preece with a choice of weather to close the high school. There were 57 absences reported at the high school as students suffered from on or both of the illnesses.
In 1976, Russell Short of Short's Scrap yard in Redding unearthed what appeared to be a collection of ancient Indian bones. Shasta County Deputy Coroner Leo Gatos estimated that they were 100 to 200 years old.
In 1991, the Tehama County Board of Supervisors approved construction
of 10 temporary kennels at the county's fire damaged animal control shelter.
A fire the month before had closed the shelter indefinitely.
Today is Wednesday, March 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, George Munkittrick was found guilty of cow-stealing after a daylong jury trial in Redding. He was the third man accused by Thomas Armstrong of Shingletown.
In 1951, Gerhard Svendsen, a farmer from Fortuna, walked into police court and yelled at Judge L. Byran for charging him with assault and battery. As Mrs. Svendsen tried to calm her husband, he began beating her, as well as the judge when tried to intervene. The judge shot Svendsen in the shoe, barely missing his toes. Svendsen was sent to Humbolt County Jail.
In 1976, fire destroyed the back half of the building housing the Burney radio station KAVA. For more than an hour, 16 firefighters battled the blaze, which was believed to have started in electrical equipment in the transmitter room.
In 1991, two trials and 16 months after Shasta County animal control
officers raided Madelin Druse's home, she was acquitted of all charges
against her, which included 11 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. She
had over 100 dogs on her remote Centerville property.
Today is Thursday, March 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Reta, the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Bergh, was attacked by a large, black dog on the property of W.G. Connery. She was bitten on the head and leg and left unconscious. Her condition was considered serious but not fatal. The dog was immediately "dispatched."
In 1951, the Shasta Courier began its 100th year in publication, making it one of the oldest papers in California history. The paper was founded by Samuel Dosh, J.C. Hinckley, and Archibald Skillman. Dosh was later elected to the state Senate, Hinckley became a justice of the peace and Skillman became a sheriff of Shasta County.
In 1976, approximately 40 people showed up to help plant several hundred seedlings at the west end of Whiskeytown Lake. The reforestation project was sponsored by the Hoo Hoo Ette Club of Redding.
In 1991, it was announced that 140 teachers in the Shasta County Office
of Education were to receive a 4 percent pay raise.
Today is Friday, March 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an explosion temporally delayed collar work at the Redding steam laundry facility. A gasoline leak in a pipe leading to the polisher machine caught fire and exploded. No one was injured, and work was expected to resume in a few days.
In 1951, two railroad switchmen from Dunsmuir were indicted on charges that they had lied to win a $52,450 damage suit against Southern Pacific Railroad. Ralph Grey claimed personal injury from a fall from a caboose, while the other accused man, Edward Kruger, claimed to be a witness.
In 1976, a malfunctioning relay that protected transformers caused a 40-minute power failure that blacked out part of Redding. It affected approximately 1,500 customers, primarily in north Redding.
In 1991, U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin Hemp, 23, returned to Redding
after serving in the Persian Gulf War. He was greeted by about 100 people
at the Redding airport, including his parents, Dave and Becky, of Millville.
Today is Saturday, March 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Big Store employees were considering organizing a baseball club. They were said to be "of a goodly number" and thoughts were that a good team would result.
In 1951, the Drive-In Liquor Store on Market Street was robbed of $500 at gunpoint. Leo Taylor, the held-up clerk, then chased the robber in a Plymouth sedan.
In 1976, the Tony and New York Critics' Circle awards-winning show "1776" played at the Redding Civic Auditorium. The musical discussed the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and was hosted by the Shasta Community Concert Association.
In 1991, swimming pool builders said that the threat of drought had
put a damper on their industry and they were worried water-rationing would
dry up their business. Several were preparing descriptions of ways people
could have pools in less water consuming ways.
Today is Sunday, March 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a young man, in his sleep, jumped out his window and onto the roofed porch below, then rolled to the ground. The man cut an artery in his leg, but his brother, awakened by the noise was able to stop the bleeding.
In 1951, construction of Mercy Hospital was delayed because specifications were not complete. The hospital, where building was to begin in January, would not be started until June, the deadline to receive federal funds.
In 1976, a fire of undetermined origin burned the historic French Gulch schoolhouse-theater to the ground. The building had stood since 1906 and served as a school until 1968.
In 1991, a Layson albatross, a seabird with a 6 1/2-foot wingspan, was
making Whiskeytown Lake its temporary home after having blown in on a recent
storm. People from all over the north state came to see the bird, making
only its third known appearance on an inland body of water in California.
Today is Monday, March 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Redding Baseball Club was formed. The first game scheduled was against Anderson the next Sunday. The players were looking for sponsors from businessmen to defray the expense of securing suits.
In 1951, acting Superior Court Judge Richard B. Eaton sentenced two men, both 21, for burglary. John Henricks was sentenced to state prison while his accomplice, Clinton Owens, was sentenced to six months in county jail and five years of probation. The two were found guilty of taking $300 worth of clothing from a residence.
In 1976, a study of sources of Space Age metals took two researchers to gold mines near Hayfork and gravel plants in Shasta County. The two men were trying to determine if platinum could be extracted from black sand, a by-product of gold mining.
In 1991, two people were arrested in Anderson in connection with an
investment fraud ring. A 27-count complaint was filed against a family
from Jordan stating that they convinced Shasta County Residents to
invest in a nonexistent computer business.
Today is Tuesday, March 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Trinity Copper Co. was making steady progress on building a smelting plant. the furnaces of the 750-ton smelter were to be fired by New Year's Day.
In 1951, it was feared that the Shasta County chapter of the Red Cross would close if it did not meet its $9,000 quota. Workers had only collected $2,000.
In 1976, a 6-year-old boy was bitten in the face by a St. Bernard while petting it. The boy was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where he was listed in good condition. The dog was quarantined to see if it showed signs of having rabies.
In 1991, Dana Lundy saved her husband, David, and son, Mark, after coming
home to find their Cottonwood house on fire. The father and son were asleep
in the house when the woman sounded the alarm. No one was injured.
Today is Wednesday, March 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. Susan Lorenz announced that she would build a three-story hotel on Yuba Street. Local architect C. H. Barrett was awarded the $300,000 project. Mrs. Lorenz stated she had long had the idea in mind.
In 1951, Shasta County took third place in team livestock judging at the Grand National Junior Livestock Show in San Francisco. Teams from all over California competed in the event.
In 1976, the Shasta County Sheriff's Department began licensing gun dealers under state law, charging $25 for the first year license and $4 for each year after. The law had been on books since 1950 but had never been fully implemented.
In 1991, Roseburg Forest Products Co. called back 120 workers for a
trial period of 60 days. The company had to bring the workers back to comply
with a federal law that requires any company to give a 60-day notice if
it will lay off more than 50 workers for more than six months.
Today is Thursday, March 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, George Munkittrick was sentenced in Shasta County Superior Court to five years in San Quentin Prison after killing a cow in Shingletown.
In 1951, a 55-year-old Hayfork sawmill owner/operator died when a log rolled off a truck he was unloading and crushed him. His son discovered him when he noticed the truck was not unloaded.
In 1976, a woman, while trying to herd a stray mule with her car, became distracted and drove into a car that collided into yet another. No one was injured, but the mule got away.
In 1991, a man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after hitting
two parked police cars. Both cars were unoccupied at the time and no one
Today is Friday, March 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Albert Moore of Keswick brought to Redding a small sample of crude oil he claimed to have found on his property. Several oil company prospectors went to his 40-acre tract of land to investigate.
In 1951, the Redding Elementary School District received an allocation of $848,745.50 from the state allocations board. Conditions were that $25,000 be raised by the district and that the money be paid back as a 30-year loan.
In 1976, a huge explosion rocked the Novoply production plant in Anderson, killing four, and setting the plywood plant ablaze. An estimated 100 fire fighters from seven fire departments battled the blaze from behind a concrete fire wall. All available life support and ambulance units stood by at the scene.
In 1991, Daniel Jue, a second-grade teacher at Shasta Meadows Elementary
School, asked if there were any current or former students who be flower
girls in his wedding to CeCe Symons. In response, 29 girls came forward
for the ceremony.
Today is Saturday, March 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a new Redding baseball team played its first game and beat Anderson 19-2. Despite the one-sided score, fans said it was an interesting game.
In 1951, patrolman Louis Record found a missing 38-caliber nickel-plated revolver after a two-day search. The gun was believed to have been used by Tom Burgess to allegedly rob three liquor stores in Shasta County.
In 1976, company officials of Champion International, a parent company to the newly destroyed Novoply production plant, announced that they would rebuild and that all the workers would receive an 80-hour gratuity payment. Six men were killed when the plant burned the day before.
In 1991, a Shasta County judge increased bail from $500,000 to $2 million
for two men arrested on suspicion of investment fraud when one of the men
presented a phony identification card while posting bail.
Today is Sunday, March 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, George Cochran reported a curious phenomenon of the woods. Cochran found a sticky, light-colored substance, resembling syrup, gathering on the bark of manzanitas. On willow trees, this effect was known as "honey-dew," but woodsmen had never observed a case on manzanita.
In 1951, Shasta County residents turned out in record numbers to attend Easter services. Some churches were so full they turned people away, while others offered extra services to handle the crowds.
In 1976, Dunsmuir High School was not accredited because Superintendent Gene Douglas felt it wasn't worth the time. A committee appointed by the board of trustees was shocked to hear the news and began the accreditation process immediately.
In 1991, Whiskeytown's rare visitor, a Layson albatross, with a 6 1/2-foot
wingspan, was found dead. The bird had only been seen on an inland body
of water in California three times. Wildlife biologists from Sacramento
tried to determine how the bird died.
Today is Monday, March 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a natural gas bubbled up from a salt water well in Mount Shasta, indicating the presence of oil. A bucket of water drawn from the well contained large bubbles that, when lit, exploded in a yellow flame.
In 1951, a third victim was robbed by two men known as Redding's "Nickel-Flippers." James Haag of New Orleans was waiting for a bus in Redding when a tall, heavyset man approached him. He urged Haag to join in coin-flipping with him and another, smaller man who claimed to be Canadian. Soon the larger man ran away with Haag's wallet and $150 while the smaller man held Hagg back.
In 1976, Shasta and Clair Engle lakes were lower than they had been since their construction. The reservoirs usually collected 9.7 million acre-feet by this time of the year, but had only collected 4.6 million acre-feet.
In 1991, six people had to be rescued after being trapped in a
snowstorm in a rugged area of Tehama County. The people spent two nights
in their vehicles before bulldozers were able to clear the road of waist-deep
Today is Tuesday, March 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Tom Kelly was arrested after beating a man he claimed tried to blow up his saloon near Iron Mountain. Kelly claimed he had found dynamite under his own bed.
In 1951, the state Public Utilities Commission in San Francisco approved a telephone rate increase for residents of eastern Shasta County from $3.50 to $5.25 per month. The commission also raised monthly business phone rates from $5.25 to $7.75.
In 1976, DeDe Nash, a 17-year-old senior at Enterprise High School, was crowned the year's Beef Princess at the Elks Club during the 10th Annual Cattlemen and Cowbell's banquet. She was judged on personality, public speaking and knowledge of the beef industry.
In 1991, an engineering geologist called in to examine a smelly part
of the Sacramento River Trail near Jenny Creek found a strong amount of
sulfur minerals in the soil.
Today is Wednesday, March 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Ed. B. Walbridge, owner of Tuscan Springs Resort in Tehama County, claimed that the springs' healing waters offered health for invalids and rest for others. A number of Redding residents vouched for the water's "curative powers."
In 1951, Twin Valley School's 11 students from Whitmore area left for San Francisco for a two-day sight-seeing tour as guests of the American Association for the United Nations. They had earned the trip by writing more than 600 letters to children in other parts of the world. They raised $125 to attend and were also sponsored by local clubs and businesses.
In 1976, 40 Universary of California at Berkeley students from 19 countries were visiting the Redding area in the Rotarians' 25th annual visit from foreign student's, set up for them to learn about the area.
In 1991, a bodybuilder suing for compensation from a minor auto accident
in April 1985 appeared in Shasta County Superior Court. He peeled off his
shirt in front of jury members to show the claimed "visual imperfection"
on his left latissimusdoris from the accident that ended his hopes of professional
bodybuilding. The jury rejected the charge after deliberating for three
Today is Thursday, March 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a 5-year-old boy set his home on fire after finding some matches and lighting them. The boy was holding a burning match when it singed his fingers and he dropped it into an open bureau drawer, whose contents quickly caught fire. A bucket brigade was able to put out the fire.
In 1951, two San Quentin prison inmates dodged death in the gas chamber after two fellow prisoners, one from Shasta County, confessed to slaying a prison barber.
In 1976, Siskiyou County sheriff's deputies were investigating the theft of $3,500 worth of antiques from the Old Southern Pacific Railroad depot at Bray, an isolated area 20 miles north of Weed.
In 1991, Shasta County Sheriff Jim Pope was elected sergeant-at-arms
of California State Sheriffs' Association at the 97th annual convention
of the group. As sergeant-at-arms, Pope sat on the CSSA executive board
for the next year.
Today is Friday, March 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, "Italian John," 62, of Flat Creek dropped dead in front of the Hotel Keswick. He was seeking medical treatment as he had been ill for some time.
In 1951, a group of 30 hand-picked students and teachers from Austria performed "Vienna Sings & Dances Again" at the Shasta Union High School auditorium. It was part of the Austrian Students Goodwill Tour and sponsored locally by the Loyal Order of the Moose, No. 1006.
In 1976, a man who escaped from Shasta County Jail the previous September by using someone else's identity was captured in Oklahoma City.
In 1991, Skippers Seafood "n' Chowder House restaurant was robbed
at gunpoint. All of the employees were forced to the rear of the building.
No costumers were in the building and no one was injured.
Today is Saturday, March 31, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a hat found on a riverbank in Redding looked to be one that belonged to a stranger who had committed suicide. A "mournful"-looking man wearing the hat was seen at the Temple Hotel asking directions to a bridge before the suicide.
In 1951, the Business and Professional Women's Club was told by a panel of speakers that Anderson did not meet legal qualifications necessary to establish a 25-mph speed limit or to install traffic lights at that time.
In 1976, computer projections of what traffic might look like 20 years from then caused another delay for development of a 21-acre parcel on Hilltop Drive, north of the Mt. Shasta Mall. The California Department of Transportation computer predictions made some believe that it might be wiser and less expensive to improve Hilltop than build an underpass at Canby Road.
In 1991, three boys, two 14-year-olds and one 11-year-old,
were arrested on suspicion of taking U.S. flags from grave sites at the
Redding Cemetery. Police returned the flags after the boys were caught
in the act by the cemetery caretakers.
Today is Sunday, April 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Redding clerks announced that they would give a free dance in Armory Hall at the end of the month in celebration of their freedom from the 9 p.m. closing and Sunday work.
In 1951, the Redding Labor Hall on California Street housed "Keith Hayball's All Stars" in a Sunday jazz dance. Admission was 50 cents plus tax.
In 1976, a train was delayed and traffic stood still when truck carrying 24 tons of beer kegs broke an axle assembly and was stuck on the Southern Pacific Railroad crossing. Repairmen and police were able to move the truck in less than an hour.
In 1991, parents picketed across he street from Whitmore Elementary
School in protest of the showing of an R-rated movie before spring break.
Today is Monday, April 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Morning Searchlight began publishing its almost daily paper with a lino-type, a state-of-the-art machine designed for the Redding paper. It was the only one between Sacramento and Salem, Ore.
In 1951, more funds were needed to make microfilms of early volumes of the Shasta Courier for the pioneer museum at Shasta. The volumes were on hold at Bancroft library, part of the University of California, until funds were available.
In 1976, a flatbed truck loaded with 20 tons of plate glass drove off an I-5 overpass and crashed onto Cypress Avenue, 20 feet below. The truck was airborne for 54 feet and ripped out 15 feet of sidewalk on Cypress Avenue. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.
In 1991, a 12-year court battle ended in a $5.5 million settlement.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 480 people, accused developer and his corporation
of false advertising. The developer promised paved roads, security and
a recreation hall, none of which were provided.
Today is Tuesday, April 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, five men were arrested after killing a hog that belonged to the Van Bulow farm. The men were found in Palo Cedro with fresh pork in their provisions.
In 1951, two movies, "It's More Than Hay" and "Power That Brings You Oil," were shown at the Pacheco Farm Center meeting at Prairie schoolhouse. Refreshments were offered and Harry E. Farmer, Farm Bureau secretary, discussed insurance coverage.
In 1976, Redding police arrested a 19-year-old motorcyclist after a chase through downtown.
In 1991, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors approved buying an underwater
video camera to locate bodies submerged in Lake Shasta. The camera, which
sheriff's deputies had tested a year earlier, was to cost $31,987.
There is no April 4th, 2001
Today is April 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a new 700-pound fire bell atop the railroad reservation tower was tested for the first time after its installation the day before.
In 1951, acting Superior Court Judge Richard B. Eaton ruled in favor of Grover E. Oaks in a dispute with the state Highway Department. Oaks stopped highway work with a shotgun when the state claimed a right of way to build a bridge over Spring Gulch across the road from the Shasta Plywood plant.
In 1976, some calls from Redding to Dunsmuir were being answered by a recorded voice saying that service was interrupted due to equipment failures. At Pacific Telephone Co.'s central switching station in Dunsmuir, authorities weren't able to determine what was causing the faulty telephone service.
In 1991, a device authorities described as a "giant firecracker" shattered
a toilet in a boys' bathroom at Enterprise High School, but no one was
injured. Redding police asked for help in apprehending those responsible.
Today is Friday, April 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the engineering department of the Southern Pacific Railroad Co. ordered that new, attractive and comfortable depots be erected along all railroad lines where the older buildings existed. The new structures were to copy the old mission style of architecture.
In 1951, Boy Scouts, Explorers and their parents took part in a rally night at Magnolia School, which included a flapjack-flipping contest, a log-sawing tournament, a quiz program and motion pictures taken from the previous year's camp at Lassen Volcanic National Park.
In 1976, the Shasta Union High School District discussed development of a continuation school for seventh-, eight-, and ninth-graders. Superintendent Richard Haake had been meeting with officials from Redding and Enterprise elementary school districts to explore the idea.
In 1991, Stephen Pinzak, 30, of Dunsmuir narrowly escaped death when
his pickup got stuck across the railroad tracks off Delta Road near Lakehead.
He ran up an embankment in time to see the oncoming train destroy his vehicle.
He was not injured.
Today is Saturday, April 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the fruit crops of Anderson, Happy Valley, and Churn Creek Bottom regions, the three most important fruit districts of the county, were to be a near failure for the year, according to Robert Reading of southern Shasta. A heavy frost two days before was blamed.
In 1951, residents watched the steeple wobble and fall as the Methodist Church across the street from Hotel Redding was torn down. No plans for the site were revealed.
In 1976, Enterprise Fire Chief Don Kemp was named the first full-time fire warden. He was chosen from among 31 applicants and was to be involved in organizing volunteer and rural fire companies in the county.
In 1991, a man's nose was nearly bitten off and a woman was hit with
a bat in a fight that apparently started after a man helped friends move
from Oregon to Cottonwood. The dispute arose over property that belonged
to the couple from Oregon that the Cottonwood man was storing. Both men
were arrested and booked at the Shasta County Jail.
Today is Sunday, April 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an unidentified man mistakenly offered stolen goods for sale on the streets of Redding to the city's justice of the peace. The man was searched, and found to have a pair of gold-rimmed glasses and six new Eagle razors still in boxes. He was booked into Shasta County jail under the name John Doe until an investigation was completed.
In 1951, permission to build a $21,000 office building was granted to the Gerlinger Foundry and Machine Works. The one-story building would be built on the company's current property at 1539 Placer St.
In 1976, 2.09 inches of rain were reported over the previous 24-hour period and 2.85 inches registered at Shasta Dam. It was the biggest storm of the season.
In 1991, a Dominoe's Pizza delivery man was robbed and threatened with
a rock and knife by one of three men who apparently ordered a pizza at
a Landing Drive home in Redding. The delivery man was chased down the street,
but was not injured.
Today is Monday, April 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a young housewife from Dunsmuir was badly burned from the gunpowder she was using exploded prematurely in her face. She was preparing a mixture to place under her dog's nose to cure it of sucking eggs.
In 1951, Miss Esther Mardon, county librarian, reported that fiction reading was declining and that Shasta County readers were reading more for information. During March, 6,805 books were circulated in Redding. Of those, only 1,302 were nonfiction.
In 1976, Shasta College was to spend $500 on a study it hoped would show the state that it would cost too much to convert college facilities to a fuel rather than a other than natural gas.
In 1991, two pet tarantulas were among items reported stolen from a
Rancho Tehama Reserve residence. The burglars also stole a stereo, clothes,
tools and a pit bull terrier after forcing entry through a door. The missing
items' value was estimated at $2,615.
Today is Tuesday, April 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, B.H. Dorland, awaiting sentence for obtaining money by false pretenses, and E.C. Illingsworth, awaiting trial on rape charges, escaped the Shasta County jail and fled to the hills. A posse pursued them on horseback but was unable to capture them. A $100 reward was offered for their capture.
In 1951, Jim Crumpacker, the first student to graduate from Shasta College, waas named managing editor of the Collegian, the student newspaper at Fresno State College.
In 1976, nine railroad cars were derailed six miles north of Dunsmuir near the Cantara Loop and four, some carrying new automobiles, fell into the Sacramento River. No one was injured.
In 1991, crews from Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District were installing
steel and boards in the diversion dam on the Sacramento River near Redding's
North Street bridge.
Today is Wednesday, April 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, it was decided that U.S. President William McKinley would stop in Redding on May 21. The public was invited to attend a meeting at City Hall to prepare for the visit.
In 1951, Patricia Hoover and Robert C. Moore entered pleas of innocent in Tehama Superior Court on charges of grand theft of a hog in the south Cottonwood Creek District.
In 1976, a cause was found for the explosion and fire at Novoply plant in Anderson. The cause was determined to be a buildup of sawdust in a machine and not the pollution equipment. Seven people were killed in the fire that was being called the worst industrial accident in Shasta County's history.
In 1991, two deputies, one from Tehama County and one from Shasta County,
suffered minor injuries in unrelated crashes overnight. The Tehama County
deputy was in pursuit of a murder suspect and the Shasta County deputy
was in pursuit of a stolen car.
Today is Thursday, April 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a woman was shot at after asking for a drink at Jack Ogden's Saloon in Bully Hill. A man spoke rudely to the woman when she ask for the drink, so she smashed a beer glass in his face. The man drew his revolver and fired three shots, one grazing the woman's head, though she was otherwise uninjured.
In 1951, Shasta County elementary school students presented their fifth annual music festival at Tiger Field. Their numbers included "How Can I Leave Thee," "Silver Skates" and "Yankee March.'
In 1976, 80 dead trout had been counted downstream from Cantara Loop, where nine Southern Pacific Railroad cars had derailed into the Sacramento River. At that point, the danger to people was unknown because health officials had just been notified of the problem.
In 1991, the publisher of the Ridge Rider News was assaulted and her
Shingletown office was vandalized in what she described as a 'scare tactic"
related to a dispute with the Fire Department. The feud began when the
Fire Department's board of directors was disbanded and the fire chief removed.
Today is Saturday, April 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, less than a week after two men escaped from the Shasta County Jail, George Peck ran, too, but was caught by Undersheriff Richardson and was taken back into custody. Peck, who was being held for 90 days to be forcefully taken off the morphine addiction, ran from the jail, hatless, coatless and shoeless to two drug stores to beg for morphine.
In 1951, William J. Given, a Shasta College freshman and engineering student, was awarded a $25 prize for an essay he wrote titled "The Engineer's Place in Community Life." The contest was sponsored by the Sacramento Chapter of the California Society of Professional Engineers.
In 1976, railroad crews pumped poisonous water out of a section of dammed Sacramento River. The poisons were found to be industrial and household chemicals and had killed an estimated 3,000 trout after a 9-car derailment at Cantara Loop. Possible penalties for the railroad could have been as high as $25,000.
In 1991, approximately 275 Shingletown residents gathered inside Black
Butte Elementary School to settle the power struggle within its volunteer
fire department. The publisher of the Ridge Rider News spoke tearfully
at the meeting after she had been assaulted and warned not to attend. The
group sometimes erupted into shouting, but the dispute was tentatively
resolved by the 3 1/2-hour meeting.
Today is Sunday, April 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a proposed $3 million project to build a railroad from Redding to Eureka collapsed when Lord Thurlow of England and George H. Proctor of Cripple Creek stopped cooperating. Proctor seemed to have abandoned the deal, and Thurlow could not stay in it alone. Deals had been proposed to open thousands of acres of redwood timber land to English investors.
In 1951, an inspector from the state Division of Architecture declared all Clear Creek School buildings unsafe. The inspection was spurred by a petition of almost 100 residents in the Clear Creek District.
In 1976, despite recent rainstorms, Shasta Lake was expected to drop 135 feet below its crest by fall, 82.65 feet lower than it was at this time. Clair Engle Lake was expected to fall 70 feet below the Glory Hole.
In 1991, rescuers were able to find, but not evacuate, a 13-year-old
missing hiker. The Redding boy was separated from his group of hikers and
broke his ankle. Rescuers found the boy in steep terrain surrounding the
McCloud arm of Lake Shasta, but could not have him flown out by helicopter
because of darkness. Rescuers and nurses spent the night with the boy until
he was flown out in the morning.
Today is Monday, April 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, excavation work began for a two-story brick building on Market Street, and the same work for the Lorenz Hotel was set to start within two weeks.
In 1951, a search party found two elderly men who had wandered away from their vehicle and gone missing for five days while looking at mining property in Indian Valley. 29 miles southwest of Weaverville. The sheriff's office reported that they were in amazingly good condition considering their age.
In 1976, a Redding woman, arrested on suspicion of intoxication, sued the county claiming that Shasta County sheriff's deputies denied her rights and subjected her to excessive physical force. She claimed that she was denied her right to a phone call and a blood, breath or urine test, and that the booking process was unreasonably delayed.
In 1991, students from Shingletown's Black Butte School placed seventh
at the Northern California Science Olympiad in Stockton. Teams from 27
schools competed in 20 events at the contest. North Cow Creek School in
Palo Cedro placed 23rd and Parsons School in Redding placed 26th.
Today is Tuesday, April 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Curtis Mitchell and his uncle, Frank Demory, arrived in Redding after riding bicycles from Oakland. They planned to visit friends for a few days before taking a train to Grants Pass, Ore., for the summer.
In 1951, Bernard Murrey complained to police that someone had entered his room at the Empire Hotel during the night and taken his trousers. In the pocket of his trousers was a wallet with $45.
In 1976, a car drove into the Hoot N' Boots in Redding after the driver failed to stop at the curb, heavily damaging the storefront.
In 1991, 31 people who had formed a pool at Lariat Bowl in Red Bluff
won the nation's largest lottery payoff of $117.1 million. There were 10
winning tickets, and the 31 bowlers would each receive $18,000 per year
for the next 20 years.
Today is Wednesday, April 18, 2001. On this date:
There is no 1901, Today in History for today.
In 1951, Alma Hopkins, 18, of Oakland was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after she allegedly stabbed Paul Ravencroft, 41, of Project City in the back after he made inappropriate advances toward her. Ravencroft said he had taken her to the drive-in and they were necking before she stabbed him and ran away. Ravencroft pulled the knife out of his back and drove himself to the Shasta County sheriff's office.
In 1976, Trinity County Sheriff Tom Kelly fired a lieutenant who was complaining about "vicious rumors" about him and the inadequate hiring policies of the sheriff's office. The lieutenant admitted he did not get along with other deputies and bitterly complained about the test prospective deputies had to take before they could be hired. People had to score at least a 70, which, he said, no one ever did.
In 1991, a concrete flume sprung a leak, causing water to pour into
Spring Gulch, north of Anderson, and forcing managers to close the Anderson-Cottonwood
Irrigation Canal at its head in Redding. This was the third straight year
the canal had ruptured days after the start of the spring season. The leak
was blamed on the 80-year-old canal's age.
Today is Thursday, April 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. Holman, after having another in a series of spats with her husband, went to Chico, leaving him and her 9-year-old daughter in Redding. When she didn't return for several months, Mr. Holman went to Chico in search of his wife. He found her married to a wealthy man, said to be worth at least $20.000. Mrs. Holman stated her marriage to Mr. Holman was never legal.
In 1951, a drawing of the new Bonny View Elementary School was released to the public. The School's completion date was set for Oct. 1. The new school would have eight classrooms and a multipurpose room.
In 1976, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said they expected Lake Shasta water levels to drop a foot a day during the months of July and August. It was predicted to be one of the worst summers ever. However, water distribution practices would not change.
In 1991, a homemade helicopter crashed in a field of oats and flowers
at Redding Municipal Airport while the pilot was practicing takeoffs and
landings. The pilot, the only person in the uninsured helicopter, suffered
a broken leg after strong winds tipped the aircraft and sent it 30 to 40
feet to the ground.
Today is Friday, April 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a person dressed in female garments, carrying a faded umbrella, and with a deep voice, created a stir in west Redding, appearing at several homes asking for a young lady. Opinion was split on whether the person was man or woman, crazy or a disguised detective.
In 1951, five local girls were chosen from among nearly 100 entries for the Li'l Abner Nancy O national contest. The winners would represent Redding in New York City. The overall contest winner was to receive a Nancy O-La-La title as the "sweetest face in America" and be taken to Paris for the 200th Paris Birthday Celebration lasting eight days.
In 1976, the Kimberly-Clark Corp. was fined $250 after pleading guilty to charges of releasing toxic chemicals into Anderson Creek. The company was cited by the California Department of Fish and Game after 1,000 fish were found dead along a one-mile stretch of the creek below a Kimberly-Clark ditch. Court officials said the company had pleaded guilty to the same charges two years ago.
In 1991, Shasta County authorities found a human skull along the Sacramento
River near the same area where volunteer cleanup crews discovered a partial
skeleton of an unidentified woman the previous October. The medical examiner's
office said it would use dental information from the skull to try to make
Today is Saturday, April 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Ben Oliver was delivering milk by horse and cart to the Ballinger dairy when his horse got frightened and ran away. Ben's coat was nearly torn off, and the cart smashed into a light pole, freeing the fleeing horse. The horse was later caught on Butte Street after the excitement settled.
In 1951, the Red Bluff Round-Up began packing in "the greatest ever" crowd. More than 20,000 people squeezed into the arena during the two-day event. A grand total of $17,615 in purses and prize money was awarded.
In 1976, a California Department of Transportation truck was stolen, but Redding police found it turned over in a nearby field a few hours later. The crew had left the truck unattended with the keys under the ashtray on Eureka Way at Ridge Road. Upon return, they found the truck missing. No suspects were found.
In 1991, student journalists at the Shasta College Lance won four individual
awards and an award for their paper at a statewide competition at Fresno
State University for community college newspapers.
Today is Sunday, April 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a crowded public meeting at City Hall resolved a heated controversy over which city streets should be graded. Officials decided that California Street between Yuba and Tehama streets would be graded to improve the city's main thoroughfare.
In 1951, school officials for Fall River Mills School District defended their teachers against accusations of teaching communism and not making students to salute the flag. Dr. Gibson, one of the teachers, defended himself against accusations that he said Americans did not belong in Korea by saying his quotes were taken out of context. Gibson also said students shouldn't have to salute the flag until they are taught what it stands for.
In 1976, many parents kept their children home from school in protest of the demotion of Fall River Mills School Principal Harry Ketman. Ketman was two years from retirement and had been principal for the past 17 years. Ketman was demoted by school district officials to teacher.
In 1991, heavy rains during March were not enough to end a state emergency
caused by five years of drought. The emergency proclamation was issued
Today is Monday, April 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Redding baseball team beat the Glenn County Colts of Willows 14 to 10 at Recreation Park in Redding. It was a close game until the eighth inning and replete with errors.
In 1951, the Senate education committee heard four hours of testimony from witnesses about Fall River Mills school district teachers denying students textbooks, failing to teach the flag salute, and teaching subversive ideas and communism. School officials denied all accusations.
In 1976, rescuers were unable to find a 15-year-old Enterprise boy believed to have fallen into the Sacramento River. He was last seen just after 1 a.m. near the Cypress Avenue bridge.
In 1991, a gas station and a convenience store were robbed at gunpoint
overnight. Police believe the same suspects are responsible for both robberies.
The same convenience store clerk was robbed at gunpoint just two days earlier.
Today is Tuesday, April 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, 9-year-old Joseph Sticker lost both legs below the knee after being hit by a train in Red Bluff. He also suffered a fractured elbow and an injured shoulder.
In 1951, Thomas Burgess Jr., 25, pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery and was sentenced to prison. The minimum sentence for this crime was 10 years. Burgess confessed to stealing $211. 70
In 1976, the state Department of Transportation announced it would accept bids for the replacement of bridge seals on the highway overpasses at Continental Street and Churn Creek Road. The project would cost an estimated $225,000.
In 1991, actor Ed Asner, who played Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore
Show" and was president of the Screen Actors Guild, visited Redding. Asner
stopped in Redding to support public television programming.
Today is Wednesday, April 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Miss Mary Schafter of Shasta was elected May Queen and was to preside over the Forester's May Day picnic and represent Shasta County at a street fair in Sacramento as a maid of honor to the queen of the carnival.
In 1951, six Redding juveniles, three girls and three boys, were still missing after three days. It was unknown where they went or why. The 16-year-olds were believed to be traveling in a 1940 Plymouth convertible.
In 1976, several telephone and cable television wires were blown down, a number of burglar alarms were tripped, and at least one streetlight fell to the ground, in an overnight storm of gusty winds in the Redding area. A 16-foot boat was also partially sunk on Lake Shasta when winds whipped water over its sides while it was docked.
In 1991, Redding police cornered a shooting suspect in the attic of
his home. The man had allegedly robbed a nearby supermarket. After a 12-hour
standoff, the man surrendered peacefully and was arrested on suspicion
of attempted robbery and resisting arrest.
Today is Thursday, April 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a downtown parade, a free social and a crowd of some 100 people marked the Clerks' Club victory in passing a city ordinance to keep businesses closed on Sundays and closed by 8 p.m. weeknights. The Star Band, followed by members of the Clerks' Club, led the march. They were followed by distinguished guests in horse-drawn carriages.
In 1951, Earl Brewer, 37, of Redding was killed instantly when a log rolled off the truck he was helping unload and struck him. He had only been working for Shasta-Trinity Lumber Co. since April 3.
In 1976, shorthand tests to be given by the state Employment Development Department were announced. The free proficiency tests were in regular and legal shorthand, and people who passed them would gain certification.
In 1991, the annual gas engine show was to begin in Tehama County. It
was to have tractors, engines, log sawing, an antique tractor pull, classic
cars, a blacksmith and various craft displays, all offered free at Ridgeway
Park west of Red Bluff.
Today is Friday, April 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a pioneer resident of French Gulch, Vincent Engle, was accidently shot by friend Emilio Martinez. Engle was out on a prospecting trip when Martrinez, who was searching for a missing cow, mistook him for a wild animal and shot him with a rifle. After realizing the mistake, Martinez got Engle to help two miles away where he was treated.
In 1951, all drug stores except one were placed on the labor unions' "unfair labor practice list," and a state labor conciliator was called in for the fifth time. The owners had refused to bargain with the union.
In 1976, crews were working to clean up a 17-car freight- train derailment on the Southern Pacific Railroad main line in Mount Shasta. They were hampered by a sulfur fire in a boxcar. The wreck tore out 320 feet of track and spilled lumber, toilet tissue, bran, and industrial sulfur. Amtrack trains were rerouted hundreds of miles while repairs were made.
In 1991, a state special education hearing officer ruled in favor of
Central Valley High School senior Cary Grey, 18, who was kicked off the
varsity football team for failing to keep his grades up even though
he had a learning disability. The Sacramento officer listened to three
days of testimony before deciding that the Shasta Union High School District
had failed Gray and that they should pay an estimated $4,000 to $5,000
for counseling and testing him.
Today is Saturday, April 28, 1001. On this date:
In 1901, a lantern caught a caboose on fire at Olney Creek, four miles south of Redding. Three railroad workers were trapped inside. They escaped with little injury after on of them used an ax to break free.
In 1951, an opening dance at "Northern California's newest and most beautiful ballroom," LaPorta's on Redding's Miracle Mile, featured Monroe Eaton and his Eight-Piece Band. The Nite Club team of Nina and George Sellers were to accompany them.
In 1976, a Palo Cedro woman filed a lawsuit against the Department of Motor Vehicles for the return of her driver's license, which she claimed was necessary to her livelihood. She'd received notice of a six-month license suspension because she allegedly refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test when she was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
In 1991, the town of Platina was on the market but had no buyers yet.
The 66 acres included the town store, restaurant, bar, and gas pump. The
sale caused a flood of national media attention and mail, including being
featured on the Paul Harvey radio show and a nationally syndicated television
show, "The Home Show."
Today is Sunday, April 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Charles Bairuther accidently shot himself in the groin and died five hours later. Bairuther was from San Francisco and was living on a farm in Stillwater while looking for oil lands.
In 1951, the Redding Street Department found a lost manhole on California Street. The city had been looking for the manhole, which had been paved over, for many years. After drilling and wading through old maps, workers found the manhole after a morning of tapping on the street.
In 1976, a group of Enterprise High School students set up a trust fund in the name of Brad Wilcox, an Enterprise junior who had fallen off a cliff and drowned in the Sacramento River. The trust fund was to be used for a memorial on the high school campus and to build a fence along the cliff Wilcox had fallen from.
In 1991, burglars made off with a safe and left the administrative offices
of North Valley Baptist Church in shambles. Two motorcycles were also stolen
from the church's student dormitory. Police considered the crimes linked
but had no leads.
Today is Monday, April 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. Louis Arzner of San Francisco wandered the streets of Redding with her two children, convinced her husband was trying to poison her. Mrs Arzner was told by a fortune teller that Mr. Arzner was being unfaithful and Mrs. Arzner went out of her mind with worry. Mr. Arzner brought his wife to Redding for a change of scenery, but her condition worsened until she would not let her husband come near.
In 1951, the retail merchants division of the Chamber of Commerce made several recommendations to honor the first Korean War dead. Cpl. Albert Martin was the first man from this area to have died and have his body returned, though he was not the first to have died.
In 1976, a samurai sword valued at $500 was stolen from the Silver Dollar Club on Shasta Dam Boulevard. The missing sword, which had a 4 1/2- foot blade and a sharkskin handle, had hung on the wall for four years.
In 1991, some 200 firefighters from across Northern California converged
in Weaverville over the weekend to learn firefighters techniques. Each
paid $40 to join in putting out an oil-based fire for the two-day event.
Today is Tuesday, May 1, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, J. P. W. Davis, a pioneer newspaperman, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in San Quentin for arson. He had sold a barn that wasn't his to pay for his liquor addiction, then burned the barn down.
In 1951, a man who held a 7-year-old boy hostage in a Cottonwood home was shot and killed in a shootout with sheriff's deputies. The man had barricaded himself in the house and held the boy at gunpoint for about an hour.
In 1976, Enterprise High School business teacher Reva Taylor was honored as "Adviser of the Year" at the state conference of Future Business Leaders of America in Anaheim.
In 1991, a new audio system in a Shasta County courtroom was installed
to allow the hearing impaired to be a part of a jury or to testify in court.
Today is Wednesday, May 2, 2001. On this date.
In 1901, Esther Rollins, 10, of Redding was suddenly stricken with a temporary paralysis in which she could not hear, speak or move. Dr. S.T. White reported the girl suffered a stroke caused by a brain hemorrhage.
In 1951, a man shot and killed by police had not been identified. The man's traveling companions knew him only by nicknames. The vagrant had held a 7-year-old Cottonwood boy hostage for an hour before was shot.
In 1976, a woman was found dead in the Sacramento River minutes after she was reported missing. She was overdue returning from a doctor's appointment that the doctor said she had left in an emotional state, She was found by boaters searching for the body of an Enterprise student who had fallen from a cliff near the area earlier in the week.
In 1991, two people were arrested on suspicion of growing marijuana
in a day care center in McCloud. Police searching the residence found three
firearms, small quantities of methamphetamine, and 25 marijuana plants.
Today is Thursday, May 3, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Miss Macie Doe robbed August Throl of $20. Throl thought Dole was just overly affectionate, but she was picking his pocket. Throl discovered the cash was missing from his pocket later in the afternoon and had Doe arrested.
In 1951, police and sheriff's deputies were on the lookout for burglars who stole $1,600 from two Redding businesses over-night. Police believed the crimes were committed by the same person due to their similarities. A total of $1,000 had been stolen in more similar burglaries the week before.
In 1976, 125 people came to express support for Harry Keyman, principal of Fall River Elementary School, at a hearing to reverse the board of trustees' decision to demote him to teacher. Keyman was two years away from retiring and his demotion would reduce his pension by $400 a month.
In 1991, Anderson High School employees took home big compensation checks
for vacation time they did not take. A total of $111,667.69 was given to
a dozen middle and upper managers.
Today is Friday, May 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Miss Crilla Shonkwiler's rollbook put a large hole in the defense of Mr. and Mrs Kohlsdorf, who were being charged with burglary. The rollbook verified that their son, who had also been their alibi, was in school at the time of the incident.
In 1951, a drugstore strike was imminent as employers of drugstore clerks and union representatives failed to meet at three scheduled negotiation times. A week earlier the union had named nearly all of the Redding drugstores on an "unfair" practices list.
In 1976, an Anderson man was killed in Watsonville after his single-engine plane crashed shortly after take-off. His passenger, a co-owner of the plane, was also killed.
In 1991, two Redding-area women won at the California Lottery Big Spin
game in Sacramento. The first, from Central Valley, won $50,000. The other
one from Redding, won $20,000, and said she planned on buying a larger
trailer with running water to live in. She was unemployed and previously
sold her daughter's bicycle to buy food.
Today is Saturday, May 5, 2001. On this date;
In 1901, a railroad breakman plunged a knife into the side of a co-worker following a dispute over switching matters at Keswick station. Charles McConnell and Jack Dalton were separated by a station agent after Dalton suffered a 1 1/2 - inch laceration near his hip.
In 1951, Bureau of Reclamation had a long-range plan to rebuild Toyon. Old houses were being torn down and the lumber was used to build new structures. Building curbs, resurfacing streets, constructing a new parking garage, and putting in a park were all part of the plan. The work was to continue that fall.
In 1976, a $2 million libel lawsuit was being filed against United Parcel Service by a former UPS driver who claimed he was unable to find work because he was defamed. The suit also denied claims that he attempted to defrauded the company, falsify records and be dishonest. Which were the alleged reasons for his getting fired.
In 1991, anyone not wearing Western attire in Cottonwood that week was
subject to being thrown in jail as part of the events leading up to the
29th Annual Cottonwood Rodeo. To get out, arrestees had to pay a fine.
Today is Sunday, May 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, several citizens testified that L.F Bassett's sewage care company allowed human waste to get into the power canal of the water company. Charges on the matter were discussed. Also, several misdemeanor charges were to be filed against residents on south California Street who had not connected to the city sewer as they were previously advised by the county health officer.
In 1951, a superior court jury awarded Jerome O'Leary of Red Bluff $20,000 in his suit against Pacific Greyhound Lines and Verne Dickenson, a bus driver. O'Leary was suing for $30,000 for injuries he suffered when a bus hit the back of his pickup in Redding. After the five-day trial and testimony from medical witnesses from Redding and San Francisco, the jury favored O'Leary.
In 1976, the Trinity County Sheriff's Department was looking for two blond women who allegedly beat and robbed an elderly Hawkins Bar man. After forcing the man and his car off a dirt road near Hawkins Bar, the women pulled him out of his vehicle, took his wallet and $65, and then hit him over the head.
In 1991, a charter bus carrying the Dunsmuir Elementary School band
overturned north of Woodland on Interstate 5, injuring 22 children and
adults. The students were traveling to Sacramento to play at Railfair '91.
Originally, they were to leave Dunsmuir on an early Amtrak train, but a
derailment north of Klamath Falls, Ore., forced a change of plans.
Today is Monday, May 7, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, teamster G.W. Stoker was called "acrobatic" when his wagon hit a stump and threw him four feet into the air. He landed on his back and was knocked unconscious. His four-horse team was caught in a manzanita bush while trying to flee.
In 1951, a horse was killed and her 13-year-old rider was injured in a collision with a car. The rider, Donna Green of Cottonwood, was thrown onto the hood of the car when it struck her pregnant mare. The horse suffered two broken legs and to be shot. The colt was delivered by Caesarean section but later died.
In 1976, a missing Pasadena man was found dead in a canyon near Shasta Lake. The body appeared to have been dumped in mid-April. Two men were being held in Pasadena while a third was being questioned in Oregon.
In 1991, two brothers were found shot to death outside their house on
a ranch in Anderson. They were brought up from the San Francisco Bay area
to work on the Dersch Road ranch and spoke very little English. It appeared
nothing had been stolen from the victims or their house, and a gun found
at the scene was determined not to be the murder weapon.
Today is Tuesday, May 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the residents of French Gulch petitioned for a town jail. A reason for the jail, according to residents, is to lock up unruly miners.
In 1951, the freebridge across the Sacramento River on Old Highway 44 was ordered closed due to its unsafe condition. County officials reported several holes in the bridge.
In 1976, it wasn't a good day for an Anderson family, which saw their car roll into Lake Shasta when they forgot to set its parking brake. After the car was towed to Anderson, they drained the water-logged gas tank into the Anderson sewer where the floating gas ignited a fire under a street, causing a manhole cover to blow off.
In 1991, customers of the Shasta Community Service District were no
longer restricted to just 250 gallons of water per household per day. The
end of the rationing came with an increase in "hardship" water issued from
the Bureau of Reclamation.
Today is Wednesday, May 9, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, rumors spread of four members of the Board of Supervisors accepting bribes. Half-veiled offers of reward were promised to the members if C.H. Barrett, of the architect from Arnold & Barrett, was awarded $500 for best design of the county high school set to be built.
In 1951, two brothers, aged 12 and 14, of Shingletown, were arrested and charged with a series of burglaries in Shingletown. Some of the items stolen were comic books and popcorn, but also found were a rifle, three pistols, and seven knives.
In 1976, lighting struck a fuel tank on a logging helicopter and ignited 7,000 gallons of jet fuel. Dale Hoak, superintendent of Erickson operation, which lifts logs out of thick woods, flew the quickly melting aircraft out of harm's way.
In 1991, 2,000 children from 30 area elementary schools marched down
Butte Street in the sixth annual Walk Against Drugs. The students walked
from the Shasta County court house to the Redding Convention Center.
Today is Thursday, May 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a pioneer woman of Shasta County died in Los Angeles. Had Teel came from Wisconsin to settle in the west in 1852 and married John Wheatly. After the death of her husband, she married her sister's former husband. Mrs. Teel left an estate valued at $50,000 consisting mostly of land in Los Angeles and Shasta County.
In 1951, Betty Claver of Cottonwood, won an essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Her essay, "Freedom's Open Door," won a $25 prize and a medal. Her essay qualified for a state and national competition where the top prize was $1,000.
In 1976, Siskiyou County Sheriff-Coroner A. B. Cottar resigned. An $18,000 civil damage lawsuit accusing Cottar of illegal conflict of interest and a grand jury accusation of misconduct were dropped in return for the resignation. Cottar had been sheriff since 1951.
In 1991, the 20th Annual Shasta Art Festival and Old time Fiddle Jamboree
was held to benefit the victims of fires in the community and the Shasta
Fire Department. Previously held in the Shasta State Historic Park, that
year it was held at Shasta Elementary School.
Today is Friday, May 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Ed Tyrell, an undertaker's assistant, was arrested after H.R. Bemis complained that Tyrell was riding a bicycle on the sidewalk. Tyrell paid a $10 fine and was released.
In 1951, Dry Gulch Day was hosted by Shasta College at the city park. There was a log rolling competition, archery, a horseshoe toss, croquet and other activities.
In 1976, a report stated that predators and marauding dogs killed livestock valued at $33,089 in Siskiyou County in 1975.
In 1991, a contracting crew installing a sewer line for the city of
Redding broke a sewer leach line allowing sewage to spill into Clover Creek.
Today is Saturday, May 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an effort was being made to hire Mrs. M.L. Loofbourow to teach "physical culture" to Redding public school students. Since the school budget couldn't afford the class, its promoters were organizing parents to participate in a payment plan.
In 1951, an unidentified man, robbed Miller's Market in downtown Redding at gunpoint, leaving with about $300 in cash.
In 1976, Janice Norris was crowned queen of the Shasta County Damboree by Shasta County Supervisor Pat LaPointe during a kickoff luncheon and fashion show at Bridge Bay Resort.
In 1991, Mountain Gate Limestone Quarry Inc. of Redding was hoping to
use limestone to clean up the environment. The company was trying to market
limestone for neutralizing acid mine and landfill drainage.
Today is Sunday, May 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, ice cream parlors went without ice cream temporarily in Keswick. The Keswick Stagecoach lost a shipment on the way from Redding. Even after a search of the road, the ice cream was not found.
In 1951, a fire in Hyampon destroyed a store and home, and threatened to burn a nearby cafe and tavern. Only the store's cash box was saved from the blaze. The cause of the fire was not known. Damage was estimated at $50,000.
In 1976, "Harvey" opened at College of the Siskiyous and would run for three nights. Tickets were $1 for adults and 50 cents for students and children.
In 1991, reports showed Redding as one of the fastest growing mid-size
cities in California. The population of Redding went up 8.4 percent, while
statewide growth was 2.7 percent. Neighboring Trinity County was counted
as having the slowest growth rate, 0.8 percent.
Today is Monday, May 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, escaped prisoner Ben H. Dorland, was killed by Sheriff Behrens after being discovered in Modoc County. Dorland and another fugitive were found in some bushes by the sheriff and Constable Walker of Alturas. Dorland surrendered but the other man opened fire. Walker and Dorland were killed in the cross- fire. The other fugitive escaped.
In 1951, local station KVCV invited all men who thought their "bathroom baritone" was worth airing to join in a barber shop harmony night. It was hoped that Redding would get a chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America.
In 1976, a fire truck flipped over on its way to a house blaze in Siskiyou County. The 1935 truck smashed through a guardrail and landed upside down in Grider Creek. The three firemen were injured, the truck was counted as a total loss, and the house burned down.
No 1991, history today.
Today is Tuesday, May 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, President McKinley's trip through Redding was canceled due to Mrs. McKinley's failing health. The rest of the couple's trip through the United States was abandoned as they went back to Washington.
In 1951, the number of elementary school students soared in Redding to nearly 2000. With the closure of Little Pine School for safety reasons, there were only 45 classrooms available in the city with an average of 44 students per room.
In 1976, a partially completed home of a fire fighter burned down in Shasta. The fire was nearly put out with a fire extinguisher, but it ran out of retardant and the house was destroyed in 40 minutes.
In 1991, a Shasta County judge and a future state assemblyman were identified
as the duo who robbed a Redding bank as part of Redding Rodeo Week. The
bandits were Shasta County Municipal Court Judge Wilson Curle and Dick
Today is Wednesday, May 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a Honolulu man was said to have written to the postmaster of Redding stating that he would like to "hitch up double" with one of the "fair maids" of Redding. The message even caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times.
In 1951, Lake Shasta reached its highest level in history up to that point. The lake was holding 4,006,300 acre-feet, with the lake's capacity being 4,493,000 acre-feet.
In 1976, a fight in the Shasta City Saloon led to the arrest of five Shasta County residents, including two women, two men, and one juvenile. The bartender, John F. Hall of Shasta, suffered facial cuts and bruises in the scuffle. Authorities arrived after the fight and made the arrests after interviewing witnesses and flushing one of the men out of the bushes.
In 1991, a major water pipe, which supplied water to all of west Redding,
broke. Reserves only could last 24 to 36 hours and residents were
ask to cut water usage to a minimum until the pipe was repaired.
Today is Thursday, May 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, an escaped convict blamed for the death of Constable Walker of Alturas was warned by Shasta County Sheriff in the paper that he would probably be caught that night. The man was last seen in sparsely populated Adin.
In 1951, city records showed Redding collected $169,498.98 in taxes and assessments for the 1950-51 fiscal year. The tax delinquency was up to $1,995.65 from $1,567.45.
In 1976, masked robbers held up the Wells Fargo Bank in Redding as part of Redding Rodeo Week. A $25 reward was offered for the robbers' identities and a $50 reward was offered for the return of the loot.
In 1991, 380 employees of Simpson Paper Co. were called back after being
laid off earlier in the month. The recall was because of a steady
increase in orders. The mill in Anderson was scheduled to reopen in June
and gradually resume full production.
Today is Friday, May 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a front page story in the Morning Searchlight reported that a new telephone had been installed in the "men's furnishing goods" department of the Big Store in Redding. The new telephone brought the total number of phones in the store to four.
In 1951, it was announced that the first large planting of Kamloops trout in California waters would be made May 23 when 25,494 5- to 7-inch fingerlings would be released into Lake Shasta.
In 1976, a record $12,525,290 preliminary budget for 1976-77 was presented to the Redding City Council by City Manager Bill Brickwood.
In 1991, Country Western singer Ricky Skaggs was announced as the headline
entertainer for that year's Shasta District Fair in Anderson. Some of Skaggs'
hits included "Crying My Heart Out Over You," "I Don't Care," "Heartbroke,"
and "I Wouldn't Change You If I Could."
Today is Saturday, May 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the grass in the vicinity of Terry Lumber Co. yard was ignited by a spark from a passing locomotive. Marshal Fisher and Fire Chief Poole extinguished the fire with wet sacks.
In 1951, Anderson residents took part in "cleanup week" by cleaning weeds, trash, streets and sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses. The event was sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association of Anderson.
In 1976, the owner of Palo Cedro Feed and Grain store said he interrupted a burglary in progress at the store about 3 a.m. The suspect, a 22-year-old Anderson man, escaped after the owner fired four shots at him, but was later arrested.
In 1991, the Rodeo Parade performance of the Dunsmuir Elementary School
Marching Band was the first for members since a May 6 bus accident that
injured 23 of them.
Today is Sunday, May 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the featherweight championship fight was scheduled at the Redding Armory Hall. Fighter De Coursey was awarded victory in the ninth round on a foul technicality.
In 1951, Betty Applegate of Project City suffered only bruises after being swept 250 feet through rapid water below Saeltzer Dam. Two swimming companions pulled her from the rushing water and helped her up a 50-foot cliff to safety.
In 1976, almost 200 children and their pets paraded in Cypress Square as part of the Redding Rodeo Week activities. They were treated to ice cream and soft drinks. Western coloring books and honorary Asphalt Cowboy badges.
In 1991, burglars used a forklift to break into a Redding business.
Stolen were 14 chain saws. Police said the robbers slipped the forklift
prongs under a rolling door and lifted it open.
Today is Monday, May 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a parade marched around downtown to Wildwood Park as a part of May celebrations. At the park, Miss Mary Schafter was crowned May Queen.
In 1951, the Cannonball Express, a stage that once ran from La Moine to Trinity Center, made its last from Redding to the Shasta Museum, where it was donated by the McCloud Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West.
In 1976, two men shot three Santa Cruz students at a campground at Lake Shasta. One of the shooters was arrested, but the other managed to escape.
In 1991, Burney Forest Products was investigated for discharging polluted
water from its plant and sawmill. The company faced fines of $10,000 per
day and $10 for each gallon of water discharged.
Today is Tuesday, May 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a Weaverville livery man fell ill with smallpox. The disease was not diagnosed until after a few days of symptoms. Many people were exposed, and they were urged to seek immediate medical attention.
In 1951, a 16-year-old Ono girl was reported missing. She was possibly headed toward Oregon with $30 in her pocket.
In 1976, a second man was arrested for attempted murder after he and another man allegedly robbed and shot four Santa Cruz students at Lake Shasta. The students were hospitalized in stable condition.
In 1991, Central Valley residents picketed the Record Searchlight in
response to a sports column that included comments about the town and its
residents that some felt were slanderous.
Today is Wednesday, May 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mr. J.J. Poole was a few feet away when a thief stole half a loaf of bread and a coat from his home about noon. The suspect was not apprehended.
In 1951, two Redding men were leaving to carry out a two-year contract
as foremen for the Morrison-Knudsen Construction Co. in Afghanistan. Their
flight was to take four to six days, stopping in New York City; London;
Egypt; and Karachi, Pakistan.
In 1976, results of the Happy Valley Strawberry Festival held over the weekend showed a six-way tie among the 7 to 10-year-olds contestants of the strawberry-eating contest that ended when Ira Gemmill won in an "eat-off." An estimated 5,500 people consumed 300 crates of fresh berries served over fresh ice cream and shortcake.
In 1991, seven north state agencies converged on Anderson River Park
to practice rescue techniques. These included two helicopters from the
California Highway Patrol, which used a wheelchair to practice "catches"
on the water.
Today is Thursday, May 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a man called "a middle-aged witch" fled Anderson to avoid being horse-whipped and tarred and feathered by a group of angry mothers. The man allegedly accosted several young girls, making indecent remarks and proposals to them. Constable Pieisch warned the man and told him to avoid public disturbance.
In 1951, Shasta County Superior Court Judge Albert Ross called to order a special session of court honoring the 89th birthday of Judge Pro Tem George Abro.
In 1976, a missing Redding woman stumbled into a resort near Humboldt County claiming she had been abducted by Bigfoot. The woman, part of a film crew looking for Bigfoot, had been missing for two days. Officials believed it was a hoax, but other members of the film crew attested to her story.
In 1991, a skydiver landed at Parsons Junior High School and delivered
an American flag that once flew over the White House to the school's student
body president. It was a part of a Memorial Day celebration.
Today is Friday, May 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, people going over Spring Creek bridge between Keswick and Keswick Station at any pace faster than a walk were looking for trouble. Supervisor Guttner had the matter under investigation and was looking to prosecute violators of the speed law.
In 1951, 12 national newspaper and radio representatives visited Shasta and Keswick dams on a flying tour to gain background on a special celebration project on the Central Valley Project. The Redding Chamber of Commerce provided dinner to the group, which included people from Newsweek, NBC, and the Associated Press.
In 1976, cool but sunny temperatures were ideal for the annual Whiskeytown Regatta, which had about 250 sailboats and participants. It marked the beginning of the tourist season.
In 1991, investigators hoped to prosecute a woman and a film crew for
filing a false report of abduction by Bigfoot. They claimed that the woman
had been missing for two days and suffered scratches and bruises.
Today is Saturday, May 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a San Francisco company bought the Red Bluff Light Plant and signed contracts with Shasta Electric Light and Power Co., to supply power to the plant. A McCloud River plant was already under construction and the power was to be delivered by November that year.
In 1951, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors faced having to rewire the county hospital to accommodate heavy electrical loads. The wiring at that time was predicted not to last another year, according to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representatives.
In 1976, Shasta College trustees decided to hire the college's second woman administrator, Mary Rossiter was one of 65 candidates for the position and was to take over that July.
In 1991, Redding Fire Department officials were still looking for the
cause of a fire that destroyed two large truck repair shops near Eastside
Road in Redding. It began in nearby grass, and wind quickly spread it to
Today is Sunday, May 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, there was discussion of arranging a horse racing circuit that would include Redding, Alturas, Lakeview and Yreka by the Northern California Driving Club of Redding. Several teams of horses in Shasta and Tehama counties were prepared to participate.
In 1951, the Crippled Children's Society was looking for new quarters due to lack of space at Pine Street School, but school officials took over for teaching.
In 1976, the women's world tag-team wrestling champions, Donna Christantells and Toni Rose, defended their title at the Civic Auditorium in Redding. Other professional wrestling matches included Pat Patterson vs. the Masked Invader and Jerry Monte vs. Sergeant LeBoeuf.
In 1991, a Japanese tourist driving on the wrong side of Interstate
5 caused a head-on collision with a Lakehead couple. Only minor injuries
were reported. Motorists in Japan drive on the road, and no citations were
Today is Monday, May 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the officials at the sheriff's office believed to have a cure for two "morphine fiends" in custody at the Shasta County jail. The cure was locking them up. Held on a 20-day term for vagrancy, Steve Smith was gradually freed from the drug and said he would abstain from it.
In 1951, more money was spent by each Redding resident than any other Northern California city in 1950, according to the 1950 census. It revealed sales in Redding to be $2,823 per capita and $28,614,000 total.
In 1976, a bike rodeo had kids from six elementary schools competing for team honors at Cypress Elementary School. The Redding Peace Officers Association sponsored prizes and supervised the events, which involved obstacle courses and precise maneuvers.
In 1991, high school drop-out rates decreased in 41 of California's
58 counties, not including Shasta County. California lost one out of four
students before graduation, in the north state, Shasta Union High School
District had the highest drop-out rate-- 23.6 percent.
Today is Tuesday, May 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, former dentist of Harrison Gulch, J.H. Begin, was wanted on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses. He allegedly left town after practicing his profession in the mining camp for three months with borrowed equipment. He then refused to pay the silent partner the appointed share of profits and even borrowed further on the price of the equipment.
In 1951, the Clyde Beatty circus drew hundreds of children to the Benton Tract circus grounds for two shows. Several children were treated to the event who had never seen a circus before.
In 1976, federal officials asked Siskiyou County residents if they could think of a better name for the Klamath Basin Lava Beds Medicine Lake Highlands study area. Suggestions were made but it would be months before a decision would come.
In 1991, Redding was trying to buy a $47 million cogeneration plant
to supply twice as much electricity as the abandoned Lake Redding hydroelectric
project. The city and banks were in negotiations to purchase the entire
facility including 80 acres of land and a closed saw mill.
Today is Wednesday, May 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, professor U.G. Durfee, the principal of Shasta County High School, accepted a new contract.
In 1951, former Redding resident Ann Folkins, was arrested a second time in Mount Shasta on charges of operating a brothel. " house of prostution" She posted a $25 bail.
In 1976, authorities were looking for a 14-year-old boy who had run away from a boys ranch with a companion in Whitmore. The pair allegedly broke into the Whitmore Store and stole a rifle and wine.
In 1991, four Redding men were arrested on charges of assault with a
deadly weapon and violating the civil rights of a black Oregon teen-ager.
At a party in March, the four men beat the youth because of his race, Redding
today is Thursday, May 31, 2001,. On this date:
In 1901, the proposal to build a railroad from Redding to Eureka was back on track. Lord Thurlow asserted that he'd been making plans and there was "no question" about the building of the railroad.
In 1951, a hit and run Memorial Day accident killed a 17-year-old Cottonwood sailor after dragging him 300 feet on Highway 99 north of Chico. The boy was hitchhiking home when an unidentified vehicle struck him.
In 1976, a woman was arrested on suspicion of pulling a gun on four K-Mart employees and a Redding police officer while she was being held for investigation of fraud at the store. After police chased her through the building and parking lot, the woman's husband knocked the gun out away as she aimed it at the officer whose gun was also drawn.
In 1991, after a one-year resurrection, the Shasta District Fair parade
was once again dead. Fair officials said there weren't enough entries nor
funds to keep it going.
No June 1.
Saturday, June 2, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, five men were taken from the constable's watch by mob force and hanged at midnight in Lookout in Modoc County. The men were being detained for horse stealing.
In 1951, four juveniles, two boys and two girls, were arrested on suspicion of stealing a speaker from the drive-in theater. The speaker was recovered from nearby bushes by police and the youths were turned over to juvenile authorities.
In 1976, a gunman wearing an "ill-fitting" wig robbed the Cypress Avenue Safeway store of an unknown amount of cash. The frazzled clerk gave the man all the cash in her drawer and later couldn't remember if she had rung up his beer or not. The suspect was not found.
In 1991, the Happy Valley Strawberry Social drew such crowds that organizers
ran out of berries by the end of the day. For $4 each, visitors, bought
"a huge serving of fresh strawberries smothering more than a quart of ice
cream on top of shortcake.
No June 3, 2001
Today is Monday, June 4, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, two prisoners escaped from the Shasta County Jail by sawing through barred windows and scaling the outside yard wall. Oscar Kohlsdorf and George Jones were believed to have gotten a saw from Mrs. Kohlsdorf when she'd recently visited.
In 1951, the branch library at Shasta was closed for three weeks and ordered out of its location at the Shasta school. The closure pointed to a dispute between the Parent Teachers Association and the school's board of trustees. The school was growing and there wasn't enough funds or space to keep the library.
In 1976, a chase through Redding streets at speeds of up to 100 mph ended with the arrest of a 16-year-old Washington boy for investigation of stealing a sports car and being a runaway. The car was missing from the Butler-Peri car dealership in Redding.
In 1991, a man wearing a clown mask took money from the cash register
of a USA gas station in Redding after spraying the clerk with Mace.
The man fled toward the back of the building and was not found.
Today is Tuesday, June 5, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a $5,000 reward was posted for apprehension of the mob members who had lynched five horse thieves in Lookout a few days earlier.
In 1951, a man shot by a Redding police officer while trying to escape a few days earlier was identified as a prison escapee from Washington who was one of he FBI"s 10 most wanted criminals.
In 1976, Lena Brummett, a 55-year-old grandmother, was among the graduating seniors at Anderson Union High School.
In 1991, the city of Redding discovered that it did not own a 400-foot
section of the Sacramento River Trail, and officials made moves to acquire
it. The area, including a parking lot, a short stretch of trail and access
to he city's main water pumping station, actually belonged to the U.S.
Bureau of Reclamation.
Today is Wednesday, June 6, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, A.J. Penny of Trinity County threw venison out the window of a moving train on the way to Redding from Cottonwood. He was under arrest for having the meat out of season and trying to dispose of it. The officer accompanying him retrieved the venison for evidence.
In 1951, an announcement issued by assistant U.S. Attorney Robert F. Peckham in Sacramento named seven cases of draft dodging in Shasta and Trinity Counties since January 1. This added to a total of 500 cases reported.
In 1976, 11-year-old Chris Cliesgens of Chico was the youngest runner among 54 who participated in the Lake Redding Run, a 7.6-mile race. The course stretched from the entrance of Lake Redding Park on Benton Drive to Keswick Dam then along the Sacramento River back to the Deistelhorst Bridge finish line.
In 1991, two California Highway Patrol officers were suing several
Burney residents and eastern Shasta County civic groups, alleging they
were defamed during a community meeting. They said that they, along with
other CHP officers, were accused of using 'Gestapo' tactics.
Today is Thursday, June 7 2001. On this date:
In 1901, William Murray of Shasta and his brothers sent samples of an ore to Chicago for testing, which was found to be high quality asbestos.
In 1951, advance units of a motion picture crew, which was to film in eastern Shasta County, arrived in Redding . The movie, which included scenes filmed at Burney Falls, featured William Powell.
In 1976, Redding police responded to the Cascade Motel where a man had allegedly jumped out of a window.
In 1991, Redding Mayor Nancy Buffum was removed from office for possibly
using city credit cards for personal use. She was the first mayor
removed from office in the city's history.
Today is Friday, June 8, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a woman dressed in black with a cape convinced a group of musicians at the Depot Hotel hat she needed money to get to her dying husband who had been a mining accident. The men organized a collection for the woman. who then used the funds to visit several taverns in town.
In 1951, a 75-bed sanitarium for tuberculosis patients was 65 percent complete. Shasta, Siskiyou, Lassen and Trinity counties were funding the project, which was to be finished by the end of the year.
In 1976, it rained in Redding, but only enough to be counted as a trace. The moisture, without lighting, lowered the fire hazard but did little else for the area.
In 1991, some Anderson High School students tucked pencils behind their
ears during graduation ceremony to honor retiring Vice Principal and Athletic
Director Bob Hadley. He'd been working with the district for 29 years.
Today is Saturday, June 9, 2001. On this date.
In 1901, Mrs. Virginia Houser, looking to surprise her uncle, George Poore, with a visit, arrived in Redding just two hours after Poore's death. She came from Caddis Ohio, and wasn't able to receive the telegraph sent to inform her of his death before she arrived.
In 1951, the Cottonwood Community Hall was near completion. The building was erected by volunteers and would be paid for with proceeds from the Cottonwood Stampede to be held later that month.
In 1976, primary elections results were in. Highlights were that Shasta County public defender Joseph Redmon earned a Justice Court judgeship; William Phelps was elected as a Shasta County Superior Court judge; and proposition 15 to restrict nuclear power was killed nearly 2-to-1 in the state.
In 1991, the Shasta District Fair theme was "Cotton candy, carousals
and clowns." It brought singer Ricky Skaggs and Budweiser Clydesdales to
the Redding area.
Today is Sunday, June 10, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, The Searchlight, known as The Morning Searchlight until May 22, 1901, boasted 912 daily subscribers. The paper was published every day except for Monday.
In 1951, a rattlesnake got into the act when it slithered onto the set of a movie being shot near Burney. A member of the 75-man Universal Pictures crew killed the snake after some disruption, and filming continued.
In 1976, Redding Indians were sad and angry after their ancestors' graves were desecrated. Human bones of the Wintu Tribe were unearthed and scattered as vandals searched for beads and arrowheads.
In 1991, a Red Bluff home was robbed during the day of $3,000 worth
of household items while the owner was away. Stolen items included a television
set and stereo speakers.
Today is Monday, June 11, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, William Miller, a popular miner, was robbed in the night of $115 in gold coins and one silver piece. Since Miller could not name a suspect, no legal action was taken.
In 1951, a 19-year-old miner from Central Valley was in jail for contributing to the delinquency of a 17-year-old girl. The girl was arrested for creating a disturbance.
In 1976, Trinity High School District trustees upheld their decision to remove Arlie Caudle as Hayfork High School basketball coach. Under new policy, school administrators did not have to justify personal decisions but allowed Caudie to make a public statement during a trustee meeting.
In 1991, the Shasta District Fair opened in Anderson with more than
7,000 agricultural and home craft exhibits and almost 50 carnival rides
featuring a 100-foot-tall ferris wheel. About 90,000 people were expected
Today is Tuesday, June 12, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, following a baseball game between the cities of Redding and Yreka, the Yreka Journal reported that Anderson umpires were unfair and that Yreka was the real winner of the game. Despite their loss, the Yreka team spoke favorably of Redding's players and coaches.
In 1951, "Treasure of Lost Canyon" was being filmed at the Burney Falls with actor William Powell.
In 1976, a race car driver lost control of his car and drove into a crowd of spectators at a California Corvette Club race strip. Four people suffered minor injuries.
In 1991, Tamara Clevland, 17, of Redding was crowned Miss Shasta County
at the Shasta District Fair in Anderson.
Today is Wednesday, June 13, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a blind Redding woman was attempting to burn dry grass away from her and her invalid husband's home when it escaped control and ignited her dress. Despite her inability to see, the woman was able to remove the burning garment and jump in a nearby creek until the fire danger was passed.
In 1951, a water festival was planned by communities from Redding to Bakersfield with the first full operation of the Central Valley multipurpose reclamation project set for the summer. Farmers, ranchers, and others would celebrate the arrival of Central Valley Project Waters with parades and pageantry.
In 1976, Champion International Corp. was deciding whether to rebuild the Novoply Plant in Anderson that was destroyed by a fire earlier in the year. Loss of the plant cost 128 jobs.
In 1991, a 62 year-old woman was clubbed and beaten by a man who entered
her Bella Vista home and stole her car keys. Despite stealing the car keys,
the intruder fled on foot.
Today is Thursday, June 14, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Charles Moores, a young man formerly of Redding, had his foot crushed between train cars in Dunsmuir while the cars were switching. The foot was expected to be amputated.
In 1951, the temperature reached 104 degrees in Redding, the hottest day of the year so far. In 1950, it was 83 degrees on that date.
In 1976, a logging truck broadsided a pickup, which erupted into flames on Highway 44. Witnesses at the scene said the pickup pulled out in front of the logging truck, but could not say why.
In 1991, Tehama County lost $1 million in a decision to abandon plans
for a jail. Plans were dropped because the state Department of Corrections
would not rent space at the jail to house inmates despite a verbal agreement
to do so.
Today is Friday, June 15, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, G.W. Bowen of Harrison Gulch spent a night in the Shasta County Jail by mistake. Authorities thought he looked like Charles Holman of Red Bluff who was wanted on felony embezzlement charges.
In 1951, William Popejoy of Hayfork was held in Trinity County on suspicion of stealing a pistol in Hayfork and trading it for a coon dog in Redding. He pleaded innocent.
In 1976, the $1 million Lou Gerard Ford agency complex was near completion. It had been delayed for nearly two years by high interest rates and a poor auto market.
In 1991, internationally acclaimed artist Francisco Torregrosa of Spain
was in Redding for a private showing of his work. He used various media
including oil, acrylics, cold enamel and mixed techniques.
Today is Saturday, June 16, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, ex-Sen. Frank Sprague spoke in Redding about how it felt to have smallpox. Local communities had been reporting a few isolated cases of the disease.
In 1951, a 120-acre forest fire was burning out of control 20 miles north of Redding. Three bulldozers and 207 men fought the blaze with supplies dropped by plane.
In 1976, a Public Broadcasting System official from Washing, D.C., was in Redding for two days to evaluate the pros and cons of moving Redding's public television station, KIXE, to Chico. Under consideration was a plan to move the station to the Chico State University campus.
In 1991, the Redding chapter of the NAACP celebrated its 41st anniversary
with a picnic at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. Tamara Cleveland,
the first black woman to be crowned Miss Shasta County earlier that week,
spoke at the event.
Today is Sunday, June 17, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, James True was stabbed in the back with a pruning knife by A. Rollins after True asked Rollins if he would pay his bar tab soon. True was expected to die from his wound.
In 1951, Josephine Stoddard of Redding was accidentally shot by Tommy White while setting in her car. White shot Stoddard while he pulled his 45-caliber revolver out of the holster to show a friend. The bullet passed through both of Stoddard's thighs and lodged in the door.
In 1976, Gary Eagan, police reporter for the Record Searchlight, won a first-place Associated Press award in feature writing for non metropolitan newspapers. Another Record Searchlight employee, Tom Dunlap, won two honorable mention awards in photojournalism.
In 1991, the state Department of Commerce designated Shasta County an
enterprise zone. An area stretching from Anderson into Redding and Central
Valley was among 20 cities and communities in a statewide competition.
Today is Monday, June 18, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a miner was beaten by his companions in an alley behind the Black Diamond Saloon on California Street after he would not buy his friends a round. Bystanders heard his cries for help and called for Deputy Sheriff Strong, who sent two of three assailants running. The third could not run because of his wooden leg and was arrested.
In 1951, a 16-year-old Miss Shasta County, Emmy Markham, left for the Salinas Rodeo, where she would compete in the "Sweetheart" contest. The top prize was a $500 college scholarship.
In 1976, the Oroville Dam was shut down for a day after a big water pipe began to shake and leak. No defects were found.
In 1991, a lightning storm started several small fires in the north
state, that largest being only 5 acres. All of the fires were quickly contained.
Today is Tuesday, June 19, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, F.W. Buckley of Igo was acquitted by a Jury for not paying a $26 hotel bill.
In 1951, Police Department salaries were increased by $10 a month.
In 1976, backpackers and horseback riders who visited the Caribou Lakes in the Trinity Alps were turning the area into a "scenic slum," according to Bob Smart, district ranger of the Salmon River District. The over-use was hurting water quality and causing excess trampling and killing of plants, he said.
In 1991, Redding City Council members agreed to a 4.7 percent
pay increase for some 160 workers. Meanwhile, 600 Trinity County employees
were notified of possible layoff.
Today is Wednesday, June 20, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, several new businesses were under construction in Redding, including Mr. Jacobson's two-story building on Market Street and the Lorenz Hotel. However, the Lorenz Hotel was to have more bricks in its basement than Jacobson's entire building.
In 1951, the Red Cross blood bank received 204 pints of blood from Shasta County donors to send to Korea. Officials were disappointed with the results as they had hoped for 250 pints, out of the 390 appointments made.
In 1976, Trinity County gold miners decided to challenge the legality of a state fish and game law affecting mining. The Hayfork Mining District president said that the state law violated a federal law from 1872.
In 1991, the Shasta-Trinity National Forests faced cuts of 150 jobs
because of declining timber sales related to spotted owl protection.
Today is Thursday, June 21, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Order of the Eagles, a new fraternal and social organization, was instituted in Workman's Hall in Redding by A.A. Bertheir. Sixty-three charter members celebrated with lunch and liquor.
In 1951, a Redding newspaper article ask, "What could you do if California were hit by eight simultaneous atomic attacks within the next two hours?" The article following stressed the need for trained volunteers for emergency help by the Department of Defense.
In 1976, handicapped adults were invited to an ice cream social in Anderson River Park for 50 cents each. Other Redding area events included bingo; a showing of travel movies for senior citizens; a class in basket-making; a free-style wrestling class; and a gardening class.
In 1991, funding for a Highway 44 overpass at Shasta View Drive was
approved by the California Transportation Commission. The project, prompted
by numerous serious accidents at the site, was to be completed by fall
Today is Friday, June 22, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the rail bed from Redding to Red Bluff was to be ballasted, and work began on the Redding end after a steam shovel was installed near a Hooker Station gravel pit. The filling in around the railroad ties with gravel would stabilize the route for faster trains.
Ballast: There was several meanings, but this is the one they referred to. #3. Crushed rock or gravel, as that placed between and below railroad ties- stabilize.
In 1951, merchants were preparing for Made-in the-Wonderland Week. Prizes would be given at the end of the week for commercial and hobby window displays.
In 1976, City Attorney Earl Murphy proposed an ordinance to prohibit skateboards and roller skates in The Mall in downtown Redding and in any public area. The old city code covered spinning tops as being harmful to the concrete but was written before skateboards were popular.
In 1991, three north state children with life-threatening ailments were
allowed into a G-2A Soko Galeb ground attack plane that was to perform
in Air Show '91 at the Redding Municipal Airport.
Today is Saturday, June 23, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the Wiedemann Company players finished a week of shows at the Armory Hall in Redding with a giveaway of $15 in gold. Mrs. James L. Richardson won the $10 first prize, and the second prize of $5 went to George Rose.
In 1951, Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah," starring Hedy Lamarr and Victor Mature, was playing at the Cascade Theater in Redding.
In 1976, the Burger King Corp. won permission from the city of Planning Commission to build a new restaurant across from McDonald's on Cypress Avenue in Redding.
In 1991, a 1958 Air Force T-34 jet piloted by Gordy Drysdale 43, of
Stockton crashed during the opening day Brew Angeles performance
of Air Show '91. The second day of the show was dedicated to Drysdale,
who died in the crash.
Today is Sunday, June 24, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, Mrs. Maggie Rolls filed for divorce seven years after her husband walked out one night when she refused to warm him a can of beans and never returned. Mrs. Rolls filed for divorce because she was moving her family to Igo.
In 1951, a monkey was blamed for ghostly doings in the 1200 block of East Street in Redding, including a phone call, loud noises, prints found on cars and tracks found in Mr. McCorkel's garden.
In 1976, "Pest detectives" were being deployed in Shasta County in search of insects and diseases that threatened California agriculture.
In 1991, gasoline ignited in a Tehama County home, killing a Gerber
man and injuring his girlfriend. The couple's house caught fire shortly
after neighbors heard the two arguing.
Today is Monday, June 25, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, the County Hospital narrowly escaped destruction by fire. Sparks from a locomotive ignited grass, and the fire spread dangerously close to the hospital and the dead house.
In 1951, using a combination of sheriff's cars, airplanes and his own ability to speed court proceedings, Judge Ross presided at Superior Court in Red Bluff, Weaverville and Redding in one day. He was filling in for the two other judges who were out of town.
In 1976, visiting London resident Clive Gurman was robbed of all his possessions, except a hat, in Redding, including his passport and $300 in traveler's checks. He hoped someone would return his passport so he might continue his journey legally.
In 1991, California Trout of Mount Shasta and the U.S. Forest Service
were seeking volunteers to help build a trail on Squaw Valley Creek near
McCloud. The trail would aid access for fishermen and nature lovers to
Today is Tuesday, June 26, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, one of the county's earliest pioneers, H.F. Ross, was killed when his horse bolted and threw him out of his buggy on a steep grade near Old Fort Reading approaching the Cow Creek bridge.
In 1951, two or three cases of polio were suspected in Shasta County within the previous week. The known victims included a Redding girl and a Burney girl. They were taken to San Francisco.
In 1976, laborers from Ken Gifford Construction Co. were working on a remodeling project that would convert a Magnolia Elementary School building into the new Shasta County superintendent of schools office. The school was closed due to declining enrollment and bought by the county from the Redding Elementary School District.
In 1991, a man was caught with a radio stolen from a city office after
announcing over the airwaves he was taking his cat to the vet. The city's
public works offices were robbed earlier of a computer, a camera and three
radios. The police arrested the man at the vet's office.
Today is Wednesday, June 27, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, McCloud resident Louis Gander allegedly stabbed several strangers with a knife in Cottonwood before being booked by Constable Pleisch of Anderson into the county jail.
In 1951, a 5-year-old Burney girl died at Children's Hospital in San Francisco of infantile paralysis of polio. Another Shasta County girl was reported in good condition after she was sent to San Francisco with the same affliction. Two Anderson boys were also suspected of having polio.
In 1976, Lake Shasta was less than half full and officials expected it to be less than one-fourth full by the fall. The water was 97 feet from the dam crest.
In 1991, the Federal Aviation Administration was reviewing rules on
how close performers can fly to air show crowds after one person was killed
and nine spectators were injured at a Redding air show. It was the first
time officials could recollect that spectators had been injured at an air
show in the nation's history.
Today is Thursday, June 28, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, one of the largest funerals ever held in Millville honored pioneer Herman Frederick Ross and gathered folks from all over the county. Ross was more than 70 years old and died in a horse and buggy accident two days before.
In 1951, Assemblyman Lester Davis introduced a resolution asking that Mt. Shasta be made into a state park. A report on the resolution would not arrive until 1953.
In 1976, "Alan ----- A tribute to Elvis" attracted fans of the "King" to the Redding Civic Auditorium for a one-night show. Girls lined the edge of the stage waiting for a scarf or a kiss as Elvis impersonators performed Presley hits.
In 1991, fumes from an aluminum sealant seeped through the roof of the
Pacific Bell building on Market Street in Redding and sent four people
to the hospital and others home. The missing employees caused a disruption
for some north state callers who wanted directory assistance.
Today is Friday, June 29, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, a bicycle repairman/gunsmith found a tin box containing 100 deadly giant powder caps on a section of railroad tracks in Redding. It was suggested that someone was trying to blast a locomotive off the tracks.
!n 1951, the Redding Browns baseball team was saved when professional and business people met at a special open meeting at the Golden Eagle hotel. More than 100 people pledged to support the financially faltering club and made plans for fund raising and donations to keep the team playing.
In 1976, a member of the Redding Exchange Club drove a Chevrolet van into moving gear rotary blades of a military helicopter at the club's "fly-in" at Benton Airpark in Redding. The copter was visiting from McClellan Air Force Base in Sacramento for the event.
In 1991, "Salute to America" was the parade theme in Millville as a
tribute to veterans and as part of Old Millville Day. The parade was a
new addition to the annual event and the theme reflected patriotic feelings
in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, volunteers said.
Today is Saturday, June 30, 2001. On this date:
In 1901, appearing before Judge Herzinger in a Redding court, one man admitted to stealing a hat and was held without bail. A second was charged with throwing a spittoon at a bartender and appeared in court with a battered "face of many colors."
In 1951, Sgt. Fred N. Sutter of Redding was among 41 wounded and ill soldiers returning from the Korean War front who arrived at Castle Air Base near Merced. It was the first group of war victims to return there.
In 1976, The Skinner's Mill fire, the worst of the year in California, had charred 80,000 acres so far and cost an estimated $3.5 million to battle. It was started from a spark of a lawn mower near dry grass.
In 1991, fewer methamphetamine laboratories were being found in the north state, according to a report released by the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement. In 1988 and 1989, 12 labs were found in Shasta County, which represented a 30 percent decrease.