Battle Creek
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 at 11:09AM
Jo Giessner

Battle Creek, a stream formed by the confluence of North Fork and South Fork, flows 16 miles, mainly along the Shasta-Tehama County line, to Sacramento River 7.25 miles north-northeast of Bend, Tehama County -  North Fork, heads in Shasta County and is 29 miles long - South Fork, is in Tehama County and is formed by the confluence of Nanny Creek and Summit Creek - It is 27 miles long -  North Battle Creek Reservoir, a lake, 3500 feet long, behind a dam on North Fork Battle Creek, 11 miles northwest of Lassen Peak - Battle Creek Valley, home of Major Samuel Sheldon, good friend and neighbor of Major Reading who lived across the Sacramento River - Dr. James F.Winsell was another farmer, fruit grower living along Battle Creek, near Balls Ferry - Ferry - School - Post Office - Voting Precinct - Fish Hatchery -

1832, The stream was first called Sycamore Creek in 1832, and John C. Fremont called it Noza or Nozi Creek in 1846.  After, perhaps more than one White Man/Indian skirmish along the stream people began calling it Battle Creek.

The Battle Creek Community commenced in the 1850's with Alexander Love, Samuel Sheldon, Dr. James F. Winsell and others taking up residence near the Sacramento River and what was once an island that became known as Bloody Island.~

1865 August 8, Sheldon School established.~

1865 August 12, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - On petition of citizens of Parkville School District, a new district was formed out of the southern portion thereof, and named Sheldon School district, bounded as follows:  Commencing at the mouth of Battle Creek and following the course of the Sacramento River to the high bluff immediately below the mouth of Ash Creek; thence east, three miles; thence south, to Battle Creek; thence to the place of beginning.~

1865 September 14, The Battle Creek Post Office was established 14 Sep 1865 and discontinued 25 February 1877 when the mail went to the Ball's Ferry Post Office. The Battle Creek post office was actually located in Tehama County.~

1866 November 17, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NICE PRESENT - Our thanks are due W.W. Ball, of Battle Creek for several sacks of the finest vegetables we have ever seen raised in this county. Such favors are always thankfully received, and full appreciated by us.~

1869 May 8, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Petition of tax payers of Battle Creek, asking for an appropriation to assist in building a bridge across said creek at a point where the public highway leading from Millville, in Shasta County, to Red Bluff crosses said creek.

Ordered that the County Auditor draw a warrant on General Fund for $125., in favor of the person appointed by the board.

Ordered that J.F. Winsell be appointed to receive the said sum of $125. to be expended in building said bridge.~

1871 November 9, Sheldon re-established as separate district.~

1871 November 18, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors - Ordered, that Sheldon School District be re-established, with boundaries as originally designated.~

1877, Per the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California:  181, William Marshall BALES, Indiana, Carpenter; 182, Bowater BALES, North Carolina, Carpenter; 333, William Henderson COFFEY, Indiana, Farmer~

1886 May 3, Turner School established in the Battle Creek Bottom Section, near the Manton-Shingletown Road, about 1/4 mile from the Volta Power House. Later, a new school house was built about five miles farther west near the present Darrah Springs Fishery. This took the name of Turner.

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle - Shasta County Teachers - Turner School: Ettie Klotz.~ 

1895 August 19San Francisco Chronicle - Shasta County Teachers - Sheldon School:  Mattie Blair.~

1898 December 7, Searchlight, Redding, California - Joseph Turner, of Shingletown, was in town yesterday. Mr. Turner is just recovering from a runaway accident in which he received a sprained ankle.~

1899 October 25, Searchlight, Redding, California - Joseph Turner, a sawmill man of the Shingletown country, was among the business visitors here Tuesday.~

1899 November 10, Searchlight, Redding, California - The salmon run at the United States fishery on Battle Creek is reported by the Red Bluff news to be quite light this year. So far about one million young fry have been taken, when if the run of fish had been good, probably as many as ten million would now be in the tanks.~

1904 July 15, Weekly Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS EMPLOYED - ...Miss Myra Giles, Sheldon;...

1906 February 6 (Tuesday), The Shasta Courier, Semi Weekly - E. Markwick, who is erecting the new Government fishery building at Battle Creek, was in town Monday buying supplies. He says the past week of pleasant weather has enabled his crew to make good progress in excavating and now he is waiting for the arrival of the Oregon timber and lumber to be used in building construction.~

1908 - Miss Etta S. Smith, Teacher, Sheldon.~

1911 July 8Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Sheldon: Emelita G. Mahon.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Sheldon - Miss Hazel DeBerry.~

1923 March 4, Searchlight, Redding, California - The Sheldon school near Balls Ferry was closed all week on account of the illness of the pupils.~

1923 October 21Searchlight, Redding, California - Mrs. Clara Mills, who teaches the Sheldon school near Balls Ferry, called at the county superintendent's office Saturday.~

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