"Shasta County Schools News Items"

1875 - Mrs. D. M. Coleman elected for County Superintendent of Schools as a nomination of the Shasta County Republicans. 

1875 October 1, (Prescott, Arizona) - WOMEN ELECTED IN CALIFORNIA - So far as we have observed, and they are all within the range of our personal acquaintance in that State, Miss Mary N. Wadleigh of Trinity, Mrs. A. Coleman of Shasta, and Mrs. J.M. Woodman of Butte counties, in California, have been elected County Superintendents of Schools. These are all Republicans and elected in Democratic counties. This showing would be a sound argument in favor of a woman for Governor by that party next time.~

1876 April 15, San Francisco Bulletin - Arthur Schroter and Louis Ruth, two Shasta school boys, had a dispute, the other day, which resulted in Ruth stabbing Schroter twice with a knife, once in the hand and once in the side, inflicting serious injuries.~

1881 - The Shasta Courier reported on 9 July 1881, the Shasta County school districts' apportionment amounts for the school year ending 20 June 1881.

Breaking out for southwest Shasta research:

Anderson, $27.52; Bald Hills, $6.88; Centerville, $12.90; Cottonwood, $13.76; Clear Creek, $9.46; Eagle Creek, $19.78; Kimball, $18.92; Piety Hill, $34.40.

1899 December 20Searchlight (Redding, California) - A LARGE CLASS OF APPLICANTS - Just Twenty-five Young People Who Would Like to be Teachers - An extra large class of applicant are taking the examination for teacher's certificates, the class numbered twenty-five Tuesday morning at commencement of the examination. They were examined in spelling, mental and written arithmetic that day. The test studies will conclude with the examination in grammar Wednesday morning. A grade of 60 per cent is necessary in each test study for the applicant to continue the examination.

The applicants are Elsie Wright, Jennie Suthill, Arthur Tomlin and Erle Downing, Anderson; Lena Dale and Loraine Heath, Buckeye; C.M. Rathbun, College City; Agnes Heaney, Fall River Mills; Myrtle Adams and Mamie Adams, Inwood; Ray Hathaway, Mary Joseph, Marie Case, Pearl Waldorf, and Clara Hufford, Millville; Eva Darst, Montgomery Creek; James Estep, Oak Run; Daisy Taylor and Nora Bartell, Ono; Ella Bessmer and Annie Lyons, Redding; Clara Hamilton, Sutter; Etta Scott, Taylor; Eva Miller, Whitmore; Marie Miles, Ydalpom.~

1903 - 1905 - Kate Brincard, Superintendent of Shasta County Schools.~

1907-1908 - Miss Lulu E. White, Superintendent Shasta County Schools.~

1909 November 5, Red Bluff News - SHASTA TEACHERS GO BACK HOME TICKLED - Scores of school teachers from the Teachers Association of Northern California meeting in Red Bluff, flocked to Redding Friday evening, preparatory to taking stage or train to their various school districts, says the Searchlight. They all came laughing and chatting, after three busy days of work and play in the Tehama county metropolis, where the best entertainment was provided for visitors and the advantages of a combined teachers institute made evident to all.

Red Bluff rallied well to the task of suppling accomodations and hospitable care of six hudred guest, all of whom return to their stations with a mead of praise for the lower town.

Among the teachers to arrive Friday evening were Mrs. Alice McCarty, Castella; Mrs. Gertrude Forrester, Delamar; Miss Lucy Stevens, Mammoth; Miss May Kingsbury, Igo; Miss Elsie Smith, Cassel; Miss Nora E. Taylor, Ono; Miss Addie Baker, Whitmore; Miss Lydia N. Joiner, Pitville; Mrs. S. M. Joiner, Pitville; Miss Mabel M. Guthrie, Pitville; Miss Sadye Peterson, Miss Amy Peterson, Miss Mabel Couey and Miss Ella Harris of Pacheco, and Miss Mary Walker, Cove.~

1913 August 12, Sacramento Union - Miss Lulu E. White of Redding, County Superintendent of Schools of Shasta County, was married this morning to Professor J.O. Osborn, Principal of the Shasta County High School, by Judge W.A. Anderson.

The bride is prominent in school work and has been honored by the northern California Teachers' Association. Mr. and Mrs. Osborn will spend their honeymoon in the San Joaquin Valley and in Southern California.~

1915, April 3Searchlight (Redding, California) - Summer Schools in Seven Districts Will Open Monday Morning, April 5, with the Teachers Named - Summer schools in seven Shasta county districts will open Monday morning, April 5 with teachers in charge as named:  Cedar Creek - Miss Agnes Vickers; Cedar Grove -Miss Merle Stevenson; Indian Springs - Mrs. A.A. Weaver; Kenyon - Miss May Newton; Rockland - Mrs. Ellen Pritchard; Twin Valley - Miss Agnes Christison; Sierra - Miss Irma Craig.~

1920 September 4, Red Bluff Daily News - SIXTEEN TEACHERS ARE STILL NEEDED IN SHASTA COUNTY - Mrs. Charlotte Cunningham, County superintendent of Schools, says sixteen districts in Shasta County, some of them in town, are still unsupplied with teachers.~

1922 July 25, Sacramento Union - FIVE WOMEN SEEK OFFICE IN SHASTA - Redding, Shasta Co., July 24 - Five women are candidates for county offices at the primaries here August 29. They are:  Mrs. Edna Behrens-Eaton and Mrs. Winona Reese-Simmons, out for county treasurer; Mrs. Charlotte Cunningham and Miss Jennie Dunn, for county superintendent of schools; Mrs. Lucy Tierney-Alvares, for county recorder.~


Aiken Gulch School

The Aiken Gulch School was located on the southwest side of the gulch in the middle of three trees on a hill above the gate. There was an outhouse for the girls, but the boys went over the hill.

The teachers for the Raymond children were Georgia Jones, Pearl Street, Ella McCandless and Miss Latham.

Miss Street handed out a card on the last day of school with pupil names printed on it. The list:  ROBINSON, Stephen, Myrtie, Grover, Maude and Martin; LONG, Mattie, Walter, Susie and Willie; RAYMOND, George, Carrie, Elida and Luella: YANCEY, Pearl, Emma and Lizzie; PIERSON, David, Marion, Mattie and Jimmie.

~ taken from The Family History of Elida Raymond Wells by Ruth Raymond Wells Caldwell~

1892 December 10, Free Press (Redding, California) - An Ono Marriage by Contract - A basket social came off last Saturday at Aiken schoolhouse to raise a little money to trim a Christmas tree with. A large number of people were present. In fact, almost the entire membership of the district.

After the literary exercises conducted by the able teacher, Miss Lack, were over, the baskets were sold to the highest bidders. They went from 80 cents to $8.50 each, the total sum raised being $35.95. After all were well filled with the contents of the baskets, W. S. Kidder called the crowd to order and then read the marriage contract signed by James R. Murphy and Miss Lucy Smith.~

1899 February 21, Searchlight (Redding, CA) -  Report of Aiken School for the month from January 23rd to February 17th:  Number enrolled, 13; average number belonging, 12. Not absent or tardy - Nellie and Annie Rennie, Lizzie and Ollie Edwards; tardy but not absent - Cora Pearl, Ned Chandler, Charles Walcott. Visitors - Mrs. Rennie, Valentine Rennie, Miss Laura Gill, and Leonard Goodrum. - Mrs. Georgia Bedford, Teacher.~

AIKEN GULCH CREEK - rises in Shasta County, in the southwestern part of T. 29 N., R. 7 W., at altitude 1,000 feet above sea level; flows southeastward 6 miles into Middle Fork Cottonwood Creek (tributary through Cottonwood Creek to the Sacramento); fall about 200 feet. - Gazetteer of Surface Waters of California, Part I Sacramento River Basin prepared by B.D. Wood under the direction of John C. Hoyt, 1912.~


Albion School

Established 10 August 1882. Named Albion for the white chalkish cliffs and near the community of Carbon (coal) so named for it's dark soil and contrast to white cliffs.

Notes of Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard -

Mr. Cromwell was one of the first teachers. The pupils were the children of Fred and Helena Knoch: Clara, Mary, Lily and Dee Knoch. Additionally, Philip, Grant and Emma Dungan; Ida, George and Frank Scholfield; and, Frank and Archie Brown.

1903 - Daisy Garroute, Constance Middleton.

1904, 1905, 1906 - Ella Parham Maddox Braden.

1941 - Marian King.

1941 - Clerk - Mrs. C.O. Willis.~



Anderson School

Established 10 February 1876.

Per 1885 Shasta County Directory:

R. Berger, Principal. Teachers:  Mrs. A. Dodson, George O. English, Mrs. E.A. King, D.C. Reed, Miss L. shaw.~

Notes of Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard:


1881 - Mrs. J.C. King; Mrs. Eliza P. Veeder

1903 - Alice Dodson, Olive Bedford, Lutie Fisher, J.H. Creighton, A.D. Cunningham, Lutie Fisher.

1905 - Alice Dodson, Olive Bedford, Lutie Fisher, J.H. Creighton, A.D. Cunningham, Macie I. Dack, James Matlock, Jr., Eliza Wagner, Estelle Matlock, Maude Anderson.

1906 - Same as above (1905).

1941 - H.A. Steidley, Anna B. Kimball, Elsie Morgan, Lucille Dailey, Virginia Spear.~

1908 July 9, Sacramento Union - Teachers Selectd for Shasta County Schools - Anderson - Miss Olive Bedford, Miss Myra Giles, Miss Hazel Keeran and Miss Macie Dack.~



Antelope School

Location near Bald Hills known as Antelope. Named for the animal. Supposedly there were large herds in the area at one time.

1908 December 4, The Searchlight, Semi Weekly, Redding, California -

Antelope School - The following is the report of the Antelope School for the month ended November 27: Days taught = 18; days attendance = 238; time tardy = 2; average belonging = 14; daily attendance = 11; percentage of attendance (unreadable) Pupils being neither absent nor tardy during the month were: Frances Venzke, Emil Venzke, Albert Venzke, Ruth Dewlaney, Ruby Dewlaney and Elmer Dewlaney. Visitor:  Frank Ponte. Laura E. Boyce, teacher.~

In the 1916 to 1918, School Register for Gas Point School, I noticed that in the visitor list, Mrs. J. L. Boyer and Mr. & Mrs. Joe Moore as well as a Mrs. M. J. Moore gave their address as Antelope.~

Notes from Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard:

"Antelope School was established 2 August 1881, 10 miles west of Cottonwood on the south side of Gas Point Road. May K. Giles was the first teacher followed by Carrie Hayden. The familes were:  Riggins, Shelton, Scovell, Duggins. The school was discontinued about 1940."


1903 - Mrs. L. Cunningham.

1904 - Mrs. L. Cunningham.

1905 - J. May Stevens.

1906 - Mrs. E. Leschinsky.~


Asbury School

Established 10 January 1914. Asbury Peak (also known as Black Butte near Shingletown) was named for William Asbury who homesteaded on the south slope.


Atkins School

Notes of Berta Felch Stevenson Maynard -

Established 10 May 1890 east of Whitmore.


1903 -  Clara Hufford

1904 - Clara Hufford, Mary V. Joseph.

1905 - Cora Cravens

1906 - C.C. Middleton~



Bailey School

Notes of Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard -

Established 10 March 1905, 3 miles west of Viola on the old Emigrant Road from McCumber's Mill to John Hill's Trading Post. School District formed from Lassen District in 1905 and was suspended in 1921.


1905 - Mrs. S. Sorenson

1906 - Pearl Petty~



Bald Hills School 

Per Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard:  "Bald Hills School established 7 November 1872."

1903 - J.J. Miller, Macie Jordan, (James Barr, labor).

1905 - Olie Thomasson.

1906 - Eva M. Jones.~

Per Josephine E. Jordan in her Pioneer Bald Hills Days Paper:  "Nora Chandler was our first teacher. The neighbors hired the teacher and she boarded around the neighborhood by turns. Our first school was in an old store building on the Thad Jones place. As the families moved around, the school house was moved to meet the demand. Our last school house is still standing about three quarters of a mile from my home but it is not used for lack of children in the neighborhood. I also attended school in Horsetown where my teacher was Alice Mahoney, the mother of Jessie Dunn of Redding."

Josephine Elizabeth Murphy (1860-1943) was the daughter of William Valentine Murphy (1829-1900) and Jerusha Philena Dickenson Murphy (1831-1910). She married Irby Holt Jordan (1840-1913) on 5 Nov 1879. The couple had five children. Josephine experieced life in or near the Bald Hills both in growing up and as a married woman and mother.


Balls Ferry School

Per 1885 Shasta County Directory:

Teachers:  Miss J. Bainbridge, A.S. Foster, F. Love.~