Bald Hills
Friday, June 11, 2010 at 12:21PM
Jo Giessner

Located 6 miles south of Ono, Shasta County between North Fork and Middle Fork of Cottonwood Creek -So named for the peculiar look of no trees and shrubs - No Post Office - Voting Precinct -Schools:  Excelsior, Bald Hills - Mining and Ranching -

1856 February 5, San Francisco Bulletin, from Shasta Courier: From the Bald Hills, we learn that along the whole length of the Bald Hill ditch, which conveys the waters of a branch of Cottonwood Creek through the region of country around Bald Hills, for a distance of eight or ten miles, laborers are rewarded with highly remunerative wages.~

1858 August 28, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - Elijah Poorman, Inspector; William Knowlton and S.E. Love, Judges.~

1859 June 25, Shasta Courier - Election - Bald Hills- Knowlton's Store, Judges: William Knowlton and John Fowler.~

1859 August 6, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - G.E. Gove, Inspector; William Knowlton and E. Bohannan, Judges.~

1868 August 15, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election Precincts - Bald Hills:  H. Fidler, Inspector; James Chestnut and H. Gary, Judges; T.A. Jones and J. Drew, Alternates.~

1871 - Pacific Coast Directory for California - Bald Hills folks had to get their mail at Horsetown or receive it via an Express man. It was considered 25 miles to Shasta. Michael Braner was a wool and sheep merchant; James S. Drew had a blacksmith shop and Henry Gary provided general merchandise.~

1872 November 7, Bald Hills School established.~

"Bald Hills School established 7 November 1872."- Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard~

1872 November 16, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Ordered, that a new School District be formed, bounded as follows:  Commencing on the North Fork of Cottonwood at the mouth of Bee Creek, running up Bee Creek to the mouth of Olsen Gulch, up Olsen Gulch to its head; thence on a line to North Cottonwood up said North Fork of Cottonwood, to the mouth of Jerusalem Creek, to the top of the mountain; thence south, or with the divide to the head waters of the Middle Fork of Cottonwood, thence down said Middle Fork to the point at which the line between Ranges 6 and 7 West, Mount Diablo Base and Meridian, crosses said creek and from thence north along said Range line to the north Fork of Cottonwood Creek, and from thence up said creek to the place of beginning. [description for Bald Hills School District].~

1877, List from The GREAT REGISTER for Shasta County:  Elijah Dixon BAKER, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; John Baptiste BALLOY, France, Miner, Bald Hills; Michael BREWER, Germany, Farmer, Bald Hills (Shasta County); James Martin CHESNUTT, USA, Farmer, Bald Hills; Meredith Clark COSTEN, Tennessee, Farmer, Bald Hills; Manuel Fortado DACRAZ, Portugal, Miner, Bald Hills; Henry Johnson DELLEBANTE, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; James Harvey DICKERSON, Georgia, Miner, Bald Hills; Thomas LARKIN, Missouri, Farmer, Bald Hills; Frank LITCH, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; Jehu McMINN, Georgia, Miner, Bald Hills; William Voluntine MURPHY, Pennsylvania, Miner, Bald Hills; James SOWLE, USA, Miner, Bald Hills; Jehu STUCK, USA, Farmer, Bald Hills; Carl VOSS, Germany, Farmer, Bald Hills (Shasta County).~

1877 February 1, Weekly Rescue (Sacramento, California) - Shasta County - Bald Hills Lodge, No. 170, recently gave an "oyster supper," the net proceeds of which, $40. was applied in liquidation of hall debt. Brother William S. Kidder, the Lodge Deputy, says the hall debt will soon be wiped out, when something substantial will be done for the Orphans' Home Fund. The "dime collection" was not taken, but a temperance meeting will be held on the 11th inst., when the collection will be for the benefit of the "N.T.S. dime collection."~

1880 - Census - Dutch Gulch Report - "The census taker then turned west into what he called the 'Bald Hills.' He found another single stock raiser, and then William Frazer, placed by Homestead records in the northeast corner of Section 32. The census taker next found five households of Anglo and Indian miners, some with wives but none with children. One of these is listed as Charlie, and would be Charlie Maupin. . ."

Isaac Crow, for whom Crow Creek is named, is living with an Indian wife as of 1880. Together this group of five households probably formed the Indian Village near Gas Point.

Other families listed in 1880 are Rader and Marshall. The Marshall place later became the Thomasson place.~

1881 July 23, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - List of School District Clerks - Bald Hills - F.D. Robinson of Gas Point.~

1881 August 2, Excelsior School established near Middle Fork Cottonwood Creek.~

Fall 1883, Redding Free Press -Strange it is how settlers will live for years in a certain locality and know scarcely anything of its resources. We are told that a gentleman settled in the Bald Hills, near Igo, and for four years hauled all the water he used. Finally he determined to sink a well, and upon going down twenty feet struck a stream of artesian water which ran over the top of the well.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers - Excelsior School:  Addie Seat.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers -Bald Hills - Emma Frank.~

1899 August 12Searchlight, Redding, California, - Shasta County List of School Teachers - Bald Hills:  Eva Jones.~

1899 August 12, Searchlight, Redding, California - Shasta's List of School teachers - Excelsior:  Blanche King.~

1899 December 24, Red Bluff Daily News - BIG LAND DEAL - A deed was filed for record Friday wherein the San Francisco Savings Union transfer to the Cosmos Land and Water Company 8360 acres of land in the Bald Hills in Shasta County. The land is part of the noted diamond stock range formerly owned by Hardin & Riley, the Santa Rosa cattlemen. The price paid is quoted at $39,200. The range extends into Tehama county and it is presumed that part of it is also included in the transfer. - Free Press.~

1901 July 19, Red Bluff Daily News, SHEEP FEED BURNED - Booker Gill, who has a band of sheep in Shasta County, had the misfortune to lose all his fall feed by a fire which swept over his range, which is just west of Major Kimball's sheep range, in the bald hills country. Fire just missed the latter's range.~

1901 - Red Bluff Daily News - Two oil firms tested the land in the Bald Hills area, southern Shasta County (on Kimball's Sheep Range) searching for oil. Kimball's acreage there was from 4,500 to 6,000 acres.

1903 - J.J. Miller, Macie Jordan, Teachers; James Barr, Labor; Bald Hills School~

1904 July 15, Weekly Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS EMPLOYED - ...Miss Macie Jordan, Bald Hills...

1905 - Olie Thomasson, Teacher.~

1906 - Eva M. Jones, Teacher.~

1911 - The Chinese Store in the Bald Hills closed. (?)~

1911 July 8Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Mrs. Helen Thomasson.~

1914 May 3, Redding Record Searchlight (Today in History 3 May 2014)- "The Excelsior School in the Bald Hills closed on April 24. The pupils who passed the examinations were Fern Drew, Money Hickman, John Drew, Frank Drew, Charlotte Coumbs, Gladys Coumbs, Eva Walker, Ray Walker and Mabel Walker. Martha Hufford was the teacher."~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Bald Hills - Mrs. E. Leschinsky;  Excelsior - Miss Ruth Payne.~

1917 March 9, Sacramento Union, BIG TRACT IN SHASTA IS SOLD FOR $20,000 - The most important land deal made in Shasta county in some time was closed in this city, today when the James Miller estate of 5000 acres of stock range in the Bald Hills was sold to William Foster and Dr. G. W. Grotenfend of the Trinity Land and Cattle Company for $20,000, including all stock and improvements.

The land is situated 24 miles southwest of Redding on the middle fork of Cottonwood Creek. It contains some farming land and the balance is some of the best stock range in western Shasta county. The Trinity Land and Cattle Company has extensive stock ranges near Trinity Center for summer grazing.

William Foster, who closed the deal says the company will start improving the property within the next few days by building fences, barns and corral.~

1922 June 29, Red Bluff Daily News (90 years ago, 29 June 2012) - One of the largest land deals that has been consummated in this section of the state in many years was completed today when K. King sold to James Barry, well-known stockman, the famous Kimball or Bald Hills Ranch of 600 acres in Shasta County. [reportedly for $100,000.]~

Date Unknown - 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 experienced life in or near the Bald Hills both in growing up and as a married woman and mother.]~

1947 March 27Myra Giles' Scrapbook and written by Rosena A. Giles (sister) for a newspaper:

MYSTERY BLAST OF 1869 NOW BELIEVED CAUSED BY METEOR - It was on Feb. 5, 1869, when a strange thing occurred in the vicinity of Bald Hills. The day was fair with no indication of storm. The people residing in the western part of the county, around noon noticed a dense, peculiar cloud hanging over the Bald hills near the head of Roaring River. About 3 p.m. the residents of Bald Hills, Roaring River, Eagle Creek and Janesville were startled by an explosion so terrifically loud and strange in sound as to cause confusion and fear to some that the fatal hour of account had come to the world.

In the immediate locality of Bald Hills the earth was felt to vibrate for several seconds after the explosion which some thought to be an earthquake. Many persons in the town of Shasta, 20 miles from the Bald Hills heard the explosion. Parties on Roaring River in the vicinity of Gray's Store said that they heard one very loud report which was followed by a succession of lesser sounds resembling the simultaneous discharge of artillery.

Two men, a white man and an Indian were tending a ditch at Bald Hills when the explosion occurred. The former, a man of intelligence and veracity, states that while he and the Indian were passing along the ditch he observed a sudden flash of yellowish light which illuminated everything around, followed by explosive sounds so loud he was stunned. While the sounds were still reverberating he saw something resembling an immense ball of blazing fire fall with great velocity to the earth, and the earth trembled beneath his feet. His first impression was that the falling body had struck within a few hundred yards of him but afterwards concluded that the distance was much greater. The air smelled strongly of the peculiar odor of that caused by friction-generated heat in machinery.

The Indian, beholding the mysterious fiery mass, fell upon the ground covering his face with his hands in abject terror. Then he leaped up and ran, never stopping until he reached a rancheria several miles distant. There he told his companions that the Great Spirit was very angry with him for some reason.

We have concluded the falling mass was a great aerolite or meteoric body. A period of heavy storms followed so that investigation seemed impossible.

Mr. Durfor, who was driving McDonald's express wagon on the same days says that he distinctly saw the flash of the meteor from near the Terbush place, and was greatly mystified for the sun was shining brightly and no indication of storm was anywhere visible.

William Miller of Eagle Creek, working on his claim some distance from home, hurried to his house fearing that several kegs of powder that he had stored there, had exploded. The explosion was heard at Bass' on Stillwater and at Woodman's on Cow Creek.

It seems at this later day that such a demonstration should not have been easily forgotten even in that day of lesser explosions traceable to man and nature:  explosions that had to be marked to find an ear to break against. I wonder if anyone, or his descendants, living today can recall anything about it? Who can?

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