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"Modoc County"

1874, In the original twenty-seven counties formed in February 1851, Shasta County held the land that would eventually become in 1852 the largest portion of Siskiyou County. In 1874 February 17, Modoc County emerged from eastern Siskiyou County in the far Northeastern part of California. There were no other boundary changes in the California Legislature. Named for the Modoc Indian Tribe, Modoc County was bordered by Lassen County to the South, the State of Oregon to the North, the State of Nevada to the East and Siskiyou County to the West. The Modoc Indian War was actually fought in Siskiyou County in 1872-73 and with the drawing of the county boundary in 1874, the Lava Beds (Captain Jack's Stronghold) remained in Siskiyou County. - Notes from: Historical Atlas of California, 1974, Beck & Haase ; Captain Jack, Modoc Renegade, 1938, Doris Palmer Payne.~

1875 October 9, Oregon State Journal - The Modoc Independent says:  "There have been two continual streams of emigration through this place this season - one going from Southern California to Oregon and the other from Oregon to Southern California and Arizona. Next year they will probably take the back track, meet each other about half-way and conclude to settle."~

1876 April 15, San Francisco Bulletin - Mr. Bragg, living on Goose Lake Fork above Dorrisville, Modoc county, has lost 700 head of sheep during the past winter, and Mr. Olinger of Hot Springs, about 500. L.R. Parker, of the same place, had the forethought to provide plenty of hay and has lost hardly any sheep.~

1880 January 29, San Francisco Bulletin - NEWS IN BRIEF - Sheep dying in Modoc - Alturas Cattle men happy - Modoc county wants a courthouse - Alturas, Modoc county, has an ice-house, and is to have a two-mile race-track.~

1887 February 22, Aberdeen Daily News -

The oldest man in Modoc County, California, is "Tule Dad," aged 100 years.

In crossing the plains all of his relatives were massacred by the Indians and he became a veritable "Injun Fighter." It is said that he still can handle his rifle and ride his horse with as much agility as many men who are young enough to be his great-grandsons. He is a great tobacco chewer. He acquired the habit ninety years ago and has adhered to it ever since.~

*See Comment from "Tule Dad" family member!

1909 December 12, San Jose Mercury News - Alturas, Dec 11 - A. L. Smith, who has been purchasing all the obtainable fat hogs in the county, returned from the Davis Creek country this week, where he made a large purchase. During the last month he purchased several hundred head in Big Valley and Fall River Valley, all of which have been driven to the railroad and shipped to Reno. The price paid for hogs here is about four and one-half cents and the price received at the railroad is about seven cents.~

1910 March 6, San Jose Mercury News, Alturas - At a meeting of the Board of Supervisors of Modoc County, held Feb. 21, an ordinance was adopted prohibiting gambling in this county and provisions for the punishment of the same.~

Reader Comments (1)

Tule-Dad was my family His name was Sam King Matney, his family was not all massacred and there are many stories about him and the Matney people.
We are the Matneys and have a live and vivid history. Sam as I read about him, was a very interesting person.

April 24, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDan Matney

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