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Susanville

AKA:  Roop's Fort; Rooptown (no post offices)

1853, Susanville settled and named by Isaac N. Roop for his daughter, Susan Roop.

1856 April 26, the residents of the area seceded from California naming it the Territory of Nataqua. The secession was short lived.

1858 November, Renamed Susanville. 

1859 March 17, Post Office established as Susanville.

Isaac N. Roop, First Postmaster.

1860 July 16, discontinued.

1860 October 16, Post Office established as Susanville, Plumas County with Post Office Department Note:  "Late in Lake County, Nevada." Isaac N. Roop, Postmaster.

1860 October 25, Constitution, Post Office Operations:   Susanville - Utah Territory.

1862, "The first post office in the county was established at Susanville. Governor Roop was appointed postmaster and he held the office until his death in 1869. His office was always in a little building on the north side of Main Street about the middle of the street between Lassen and Gay."

"Previous to July 1862 the mail and express were brought from Oroville to the valley this year by a man named Fargo." - Fairfield

1864 April 1, Lassen County created, therefore Susanville became Susanville, Lassen County, California.

1865 March 7, Idaho Statesman - A contract for carrying of the mail between this place [Boise] and Susanville, in Lassen County, California, 500 miles and back, twice a month, was to be let at Washington City on the 6th inst.~

1866, Quotes from Fairfield's Pioneer History of Lassen County, California - In 1866 "the government established the first United States mail route between Susanville and Virginia City. Granville Woods had the contract which began in July. He ran a stage line and carried the mail until that fall or the next spring, and then Charles Cramer bought the line and ran it until July 1870. In 1869, he had a partner named Kline."

"About this time a post office was established at Janesville with L.N. Breed as post master. . ." -

". . .one at Milford with Charles Patterson as post master, . . ."

". . .and another at the Evans Ranch in the north end of Long Valley. Alvaro Evans was post master at the latter place for a couple of years, and then the post office was moved to the ranch of John W. Doyle who was the post master for a great many years."~

1869 March 26, William T. Ward, Postmaster.

1873 December 16, Trowbridge H. Ward, Postmaster.

1875 February 15, John C. Partridge, Postmaster.

1881 August 2, Albert A. Smith, Postmaster.

1883 July 17, William D. Minckler, Postmaster.

1885 March 17, James Branham, Postmaster.

1887 October 27, Charles A. Forkner, Postmaster.

1889 June 15, Noble S. McTierny, Postmaster.

1892 July 29, Noble S. McTierny, Postmaster.

1897 March 1, David C. Hyer, Postmaster.

1901 March 2, Frank H. Baughan, Postmaster.

1913 August 19, David C. Hyer, Postmaster.

1914 February 20, Ivar B. Clark, Postmaster.

1917 October 1, San Jose Mercury News, Susanville, Cal., Sep 30 - Several hundred delegates from northern California, southern Oregon and Nevada were on hand her today at the opening of the annual meeting of the Northern California Counties Association.

One of the features of the meeting will be the dedication of a monument marking the resting place of Peter Lassen, in honor of whom the county and America's only active volcano is named. Lassen brought the first Masonic charter into California for the lodge formed at the old mining town of Shasta, Shasta county.  Vice President Jules Alexander of the Northern California Counties' body collected the funds to build the Lassen Monument.

Among the prominent speakers will be:  State Market Director Harris Weinstock. Frederick J. Koster, President of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; Albert Lindsey of the Practical Farmers League; Fred Shaffer of the Yolo County Board of Trade; Judge Francis Carr of Redding and others.~

1918 September 5, Ivar B. Clark, Postmaster.

1921 April 17, Oregonian- Susanville, Cal - E. W. Hayden, one-time associate in Virginia City of Mark Twain, retired here recently after 55 continuous years as printer and editor in California. he has been publisher of the Lassen Advocate here for years.~

1922 September 19, Chester D. Mathews, Postmaster.

1933 September 6, Elmer R. Winchell, Postmaster.

1947 July 1, Ivor E. Lanigar, Postmaster.

1965 June 14, Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska) Susanville, Cal - A fire raged for seven hours through the Eagle Lake Lumber Company Sunday morning. Damage was estimated at six million dollars.

A complex of five interconnected buildings was leveled and millions of board feet of kiln-dried lumber were destroyed.

The inferno raced through 40 acres of buildings and yards. The facility-one of the major industries of this Sierra Nevada community-was a total loss, a spokesman said. There were no injuries.~

1965 August 26, Henry S. Wright, Postmaster.

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