Toadtown > Johnstonville
Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 8:08AM
Jo Giessner

1863, According to Daniel W. Bryant:  "In 1863 P.W. Cunningham and Fred S. Johnson agreed to move a grist mill belonging to Dr. John M. Briceland [a physician of Shasta City] from Cow Creek near Millville [Shasta County] to Toadtown (Johnstonville) [Lassen County]."

"Briceland's mill had been undermined by the stream and was about to fall into it. . ."Briceland agreed with the two men from Honey Lake to take the grist mill machinery for one half interest. - Fairfield's Pioneer History of Lassen County, California.~

1902 November 15, 4th class post office established as Johnstonville, Lassen, California honored Robert Johnston, Pioneer and Developer of the community. Located 3 miles west of Clinton and 5 miles southeast of Susanville.

Andrew L. Spoon, First Postmaster.

1905 December 30, Archie Gaynor, Postmaster.

1908 May 4, Frank O. Wemple, Postmaster.

1911 May 5, Charley L. Ramsey, Postmaster.

1913 November 17, Ruby Mankins, Postmaster.

1916 October 10, Mary Ravenscraft, Postmaster.

1921 February 15, John Todd Bonner, Postmaster.

1923 January 12, Jens W. Jansen, Postmaster.

1927 November 7, William T. Stark, Postmaster.

1931 September 2, Mrs. Sadie Stark, Postmaster.

1943 October 27, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Susanville.

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