"Lassen County"

1864 April 1, Created as a County of California.

1875 March 23, Owyhee Daily Avalanche - A Law was passed by the late Congress providing for the sale of desert lands in Lassen County, California. Under its provisions any person may become possessed of 600 acres or more of sage brush land in that region by introducing water upon the same within two years and then paying one dollar and a quarter per acre for the section thus taken possession of. Quite a number of families from the Eastern States will go out there soon and locate.~

1880 January 10, San Francisco Bulletin - Growth of the Vicinity of Susanville. Large numbers of sage brush farms have been located in Lassen County this season. All the sawmills have been busy sawing fencing, which is hauled away almost as fast as sawed. Winter grain did well as far as tried on the new land. This was an unusually dry season; however, ten bushels per acre were raised on dry sage land.~

1880 May 18, San Francisco Bulletin, State News in Brief - A Literary Society has been organized in Susanville. A lady named Mrs. Ford is President of the Lassen County Board of Education. The Susanville and Taylorsville telegraph line has been sold to E. A. Weed of the Lassen Advocate.~

1880 September 23, San Francisco Bulletin, State News in Brief - Much sickness in Susanville. Cold nights and frosts in portions of Lassen.~

1882 January 25, San Francisco Bulletin - J. D. Byers of Lassen County, recently shipped to Oakland 180 head of choice beeves, it being his third shipment, amounting in all to 600 head.~

1908 December 19, Sacramento Union - Early Settler of Lassen - L. N. Breed, an early setler of this state, who was identified with its early history, passed away recently at his late residence, 3100 Washington Street, San Francisco, after a short illness. He was 77 years of age. The decedent was a native of Onondaga county, New York. He came to California in 1853 and worked in the mines. He settled in Honey Lake valley, which is now Lassen county, being the third white settler in that section. He lived there twenty-five years and in that time took an active part in the Indian out-break and California-Nevada boundary troubles. He helped organize Lassen county.~



1890 November 25 A 4th class post office established as Addington, Lassen, California and named for Joseph and Jess L. Addington who farmed the area in the 1870's and 1880's. Located 25 miles northwest of Merrillville and 15 miles southeast of Hayden Hill.

Emma E. Burch, First Postmaster.

1891 October 1, William Lenton, Postmaster.

1893 April 24, Edward S. Shanklin, Postmaster.

1894 May 15, Post Office discontinued.

1908 March 12, Post Office re-established with J. C. York, Postmaster.

1910 December 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Merrillville.



1890 December 31, 4th Class Post Office established as Amedee, Lassen, California and was named for Amedee Moran of the Nevada- California-Oregon Railroad. The location was the terminus of the line. Located 4 miles south of Wendel.

Lewis W. Brubeck, First Postmaster.

1892 March 29, Sacramento Daily Union - Notaries Public - Governor Markham appointed the following Notaries yesterday:  Charles Teague, Amedee, Lassen County.~

1894 December 29, Mrs. Bessie A. Keser, Postmaster.

1894 December 30, San Francisco Call, The following postmasters have been appointed:  At Amedee, Lassen County, Mrs. B. A. Keser, vice L. W. Brubeck...

1897 December 23, Jacob H. Hart, Postmaster.

1900 February 27, Samuel A. Johnstone, Postmaster.

1900 May 31, Lewis A. Myers, Postmaster.

1901 July 22, Thomas C. Riggs, Postmaster.

1901 July 23, San Francisco Call, The following postmasters have been appointed: California - Thomas C. Riggs, Amedee, Lassen County vice Lewis A. Meyers resigned.~

1901 November 7, Carrie A. Shirley, Postmaster.

1905 February 2, Claude P. James, Postmaster.

1905 February 3, San Francisco Call, New Postmaster Appointed:  Claude P. James, Amedee, Lassen, county.

1907 January 19, Arlington C. Herring, Postmaster.

1908 November 10, George L. Clayton, Postmaster.

1913 August 18, Sacramento Union - Amedee (Lassen County) Aug 17th - FIRE DESTROYS WAREHOUSE - The large warehouse on Main Street, opposite the Amadee Hotel, was destroyed by fire yesterday. A large quantity of grain in storage was burned also. The  loss is about $3000.~

1915 January 27, Arlington C. Herring, Postmaster.

1919 April 28, Joseph C. Riesenman, Postmaster.

1921 October 6, Alda C. Riesenman, Postmaster.

1921 October 31, Elizabeth H. Riesenman, Postmaster.

1922 July 6, Alice J. McCarthy, Postmaster.

1923 October 23, Mrs. Kate M. Smith, Postmaster.

1924 February 20, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Wendel.

"Amedee Moran was one of the Moran brothers (Moran Brothers Bank of New York) who obtained the N-C-O railroad through a foreclosure sale. The town of Amedee was named after him. The town of Wendell was named by Amedee's brother, Thomas Moran, on behalf of a friend." - Randall C. Lorenz~




1873 July 30, A 4th Class Post Office was established as Argusville, Lassen, California approximately 3 miles north of present day Bieber.

John W. Notten, First Postmaster

1878 March 22, Post Office discontinued when the service moved to Hayden Hill. 

1878 March 25, Sacramento Daily Union, Pacific Coast Postal Changes - Offices discontinued:  Argusville, Lassen County, California.



1889 June 12, A 4th Class Post Office was established as Ashton, Lassen, California, beside Ash Creek located 20 miles southeast of Adin and 13 miles west of Madeline.

Benjamin Bath, First Postmaster.

1890 February 11, Eliza Jane Bath, Postmaster.

1897 June 4, The Post Office was moved 1 mile northeast from its original location and Carrie F. Bath became the Postmaster.

1898 June 20, John F. Bath, Postmaster.

1900 September 23, Red Bluff Daily News - Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Andrews, who have been visiting friends at Corning, Tehama, Elder Creek and this place [Red Bluff], will start today for their home in Ashton, Lassen county, where Mr. Andrews is now engaged in the cattle business. They will go by way of Burney Valley and Fall City.~

1900 November 30, Post Office discontinued when the service moved to Madeline.~



1877 October 15, 3rd Class Post Office established as Bieber, Lassen, California located 19 miles northeast of Fall River Mills (Shasta County) and 13 miles southwest of Adin (Modoc County).

Michel Josephson, first Postmaster.

1879 March 26, Nathan Bieber, Postmaster.

"Post Office established and named for Nathan Bieber, who in 1877 built the first store and house at the crossing of Pit River known as Chalk Ford."- Erwin G. Gudde~

1886 July 13, Thomas P. Ford, Postmaster.

1889 April 20, Nathan Bieber, Postmaster.

1893 June 15, Jeremiah Packwood, Postmaster.

1894 November 30, Warren D. Packwood, Postmaster.

1897 August 21, Mrs. Luima Packwood, Postmaster.

1900 April 12, Luima Norwood, Postmaster.

1907 January 19, Augustus Smith, Postmaster.

1910 January 20, Shepard H. Paulk, Postmaster.

1912 May 8, Fred D. Gaylord, Postmaster.

1913 November 25, Thomas J. Durfee, Postmaster.

1915 June 28, Sacramento  Union - Arrangements are being made for the establishment of a branch of the Lassen county high school at Bieber during the coming winter. A teacher will be employed to take charge of the work there. He will be a member of the faculty of Lassen high school. A number of pupils in Bieber and vicinity have been given diplomas from the eighth grade and find it impossible to go to Susanville.~

1920 April 15, Sacramento Union - Webb Pinneo has been authorized by the railroad commission to operate an auto stage line between Bieber, Lassen county, and the state line between California and Oregon providing a link in the route to Klamath Falls, Oregon. At Bieber, Pinneo's stage will connect with the stage line to Susanville.~

1930 June 24, Thomas J. Durfee, Postmaster.

1930 July 1, Republic- CENSUS TAKER FINDS ONE RESIDENT IN TOWN, Redding, Cal., June 28 - Nevadaville, Colorado with one resident finds its equal or better in northern Lassen county where Asa McKenzie of Bieber, Cal., census enumerator, found only one resident. "The man I found said he was only 'visiting' so I lost 4 cents a name the government pays for making the census," said McKenzie.~

1935 February 6, Thomas J. Durfee, Postmaster.

1940 February 1, Aubrey C. Bieber, Postmaster.

1948 April 1, Mrs. Eva A. Harvey, Postmaster.


Big Valley 

1873 May 20, 4th Class Post Office established as Big Valley, Lassen, California, located 3 miles northeast of Bieber. A locative area name.

James D. Taber, First Postmaster.

1874 July 23, William B. Deake, Postmaster.

1874 December 28, Eburn H. Wolsey, Postmaster.

1875 August 5, Post Office discontinued.

1876 December 7, Post Office re-established.

1876 December 7, John Bassett, Postmaster.

1877 March 8, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Bieber.

1880 June 26, Shasta Courier - "William Burgett, after whom the prosperous town of Burgettville was named, is active in building new roads in Big Valley. Bill is a rustler and knows what is for the interest for the locality in which he resides and nothing contributes more to the prosperity if any locality that good, well-kept highways."~



1911 April 29, 4th Class Post Office established as Brockman, Lassen, California.

Mary I. Brockman, First Postmaster.

1916 January 21, Walter P. Rodgers, Postmaster.

1919 September 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Madeline.



1883 January 8, 4th Class Post Office established as Buntingville, Lassen, California located 3 miles southeast of Janesville and 9 miles northwest of Milford. Named for A. J. Bunting, an 1878 merchant.

Abraham Alexander,  First Postmaster.

1884 May 28, Post Office discontinued.

1899 April 27, Post Office re-established with Annie B. Sharp as the Postmaster.

1902 May 3, Harriet Sharp, Postmaster.

1903 June 29, Manganito B. Bolton, Postmaster.

1905 April 12, Theodore M. French, Postmaster.

1905 December 29, John E. Jellison, Postmaster.

1907 March 15, Post Office discontinued.

1915 January 26, Post Office re-established with William H. Grass as Postmaster.

1920 August 31, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Lassen.



1911 July 8, 4th Class Post Office established as Calneva, Lassen, California, located 6 miles east of Herlong and 6 miles east of Flanigan, Nevada. Named for the proximity to the California/Nevada state line.

Charles I. Ammons, First Postmaster.

1917 November 9, John M. Aldrich, Postmaster.

1919 April 15, Post Office discontinued.

1920 February 10, Orrin S. Aldrich, Postmaster.

1920 February 20, Post Office re-established.

1933 November 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Flanigan, Nevada.



1885 January 5, 4th Class Post Office established as Chat, Lassen, California located 25 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada, and 3 1/2 miles southeast of Summit per the Postal Route Map. The word "Chat" comes from the Wintun Indian word "Chattidown" given to the "Digger" pine trees of the area.

Another version of the name, is that it was for Jonathan Chatham Roberts, the first Postmaster. Seldom going by his full name, Mr. Roberts used "J. Chat Roberts," "Chat Roberts" and "Jonathan C. Roberts."

Chat Roberts was better known as a train robber than a postmaster. He was involved with eight others in the first train robbery on the Pacific Slope in the wee hours of November 5, 1870. The holdup was of the Central Pacific train from Oakland, California to Ogden, Utah carrying $41,800 in gold pieces and silver bars. The heist occurred just west of Reno near the River Inn or what was known as Hunter's Crossing, a Truckee River crossing, on the emigrant trail. It was between Reno and Verdi. Later referred to as the Verdi train robbery, it may have assumed this name as the robbers boarded the train as it slowed to go through the small lumber town of Verdi. Chat Roberts did not serve jail time in exchange for his testimony.

Jonathan C. Roberts, First Postmaster.

1896 December 24, Lloyd T. Stephenson, Postmaster.

1898 August 29, George P. Holman, Postmaster.

1898 December 8, Lloyd T. Stephenson, Postmaster.

1900 January 20, Jesse M. Rhodes, Postmaster.

1900 December 31, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Cuba.



See:  Chilcoot under Plumas County for more information.

1898 April 13, Chilcoot Post Office established in Plumas County.

Richard Martin, Postmaster.

1906 May 28, John N. Fogarty, Postmaster.

1907 February 11, Richard Martin, Postmaster.

1909 December 10, Chilcoot Post Office was moved 1 1/2 miles east to a site in Lassen County.

Aeneas P. Riordan, Postmaster.

1910, Chilcoot Post Office returned to Plumas County.

1911 December 30, Joseph W. Adis, Postmaster.



1896 April 6, 4th Class Post Office establsihed as Clinton, Lassen, California located 8 miles east of Susanville. Named by B. H. Leavitt, pioneer rancher, for his hometown in Maine.

George W. Cornelison, First Postmaster.

1897 June 19, Isaac M. Stewart, Postmaster.

1909 February 5, Laura S. Stewart, Postmaster.

1909 December 30, Laura S. Wright, Postmaster.

1915 January 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Leavitt.



See:  Long Valley > Constantia



Copper Vale > Coppervale

1864 May 24, 4th Class Post Office established as Copper Vale, Lassen, California, located 16 miles southwest of Susanville per the 1876 Postal Route Map. Name stems from early day copper mining.

Careton C. Goodrich, First Postmaster.

1867 October 28, Post Office discontinued.

1868 July 13, Post Office re-established with Carleton C. Goodrich as Postmaster.

1886 October 2, Post Office discontinued.

1890 June 21, Post Office re-established. with Ann E. Nanney as Postmaster.

1894 December 29, Eliza J. Thompson, Postmaster. Named changed to one word, Coppervale.

1894 December 30, San Francisco Call - Postmasters Appointed:  Coppervale, Lassen County, Eliza J. Thompson, vice Ann E. Nanney~

1901 December 19, Albert S. Brown, Postmaster. Also on this date, Post Office moved 2 miles northeast.

1914 June 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Westwood.



1912 September 4, 4th Class Post Office established as Cromwell, Lassen, California located 14 miles east of Milford and 9 miles north of Doyle. Named for F. T. Cromwell, capitalist, who laid out the townsite.

Andrew L. Spoon, First and Only Postmaster.

1913 August 15, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Calneva.



1897 February 8, 4th Class Post Office established as Cuba, Lassen, California.  A Western Pacific Railroad Station. located 5 1/2 miles south of Summit and 9 miles northwest of Purdy.

Harriett G. Roberts, First Postmaster.

1903 December 11, James C. Riordan, Postmaster.

1903 December 12, San Francisco Call, Washingto D.C. Dec. 11 - Fourth Class Postmasters appointed:  California - James C. Ryordan, Cuba, Lassen County, vice H. G. Roberts, resigned.~

1907 June 29, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Chilcoot, Plumas County.


Datura > Standish

1895 May 11, 4th Class Post Office established as Datura, Lassen, California, located 15 miles west of Amedee. Named for a common weed growing in the area.

Henry H. Fuller, First Postmaster.

1898 August 9, George M. Cain, Postmaster.

1898 December 14, Harriett F. Torrey, Postmaster.

1899 April 21, Post Office moved 3/4 miles west and name changed to Standish.

1899 April 21, 3rd Class Post Office established as Standish, Lassen, California located 12 miles northwest of Amedee. Name honored Miles Standish.

Harriet F. Torrey, First Postmaster.

1905 July 6, Elizabeth E. Perry, Postmaster.

1915 January 27, Maude E. French (Lamson), Postmaster.

1934 April 25, Mrs. Olive E. Bouchard, Postmaster.

1941 March 1, Mrs. Olive E. Winchell, Postmaster.

1947 October 7, Flave J. Winchell, Postmaster.

1963 May 17, Mrs. Marjory E. Duckworth, Postmaster.



1873 January 27, 4th Class Post Office established as Dayton, Lassen, California located 20 miles east of Susanville. Named after the postmaster's former home in Nevada.

Thomas J. French, First Postmaster.

1874 June 1, John D. Kelley, Postmaster.

1875 January 18, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Susanville.



1903 Juy 1, 4th Class post Office established as Dewitt, Lassen, California located 5 miles west of Purser and 7  miles east of Spoonville. Named for Walter B. Dewitt.

Walter B. Dewitt, First Postmaster.

1927 November 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Wendell.