Alfa
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 1:04PM
Jo Giessner

1888 March 14, A Post Office called Alfa, Shasta County, California, was established 7 miles north of Burgettville as a 4th Class Post Office. Discontinued 15 July (or 31 July) 1895, the mail was then distributed from Dana.

Alfa was the name chosen by Alexander Clark "Alex" Hill, first Postmaster, for his daughter. Miss Hill may have spelled her name Alpha, but there was already a post office in Nevada County named Alpha.

Alex Hill had established a new road, stage stop and store for travel north out of Fall River Valley. He also began a newspaper called Alfa Advance (1888) as a means of advertising timber claims. Competition from the Boyes Road and other newspapers seemed to phase out the need for Mr. Hill's enterprises.~

1888 August 25, Shasta Courier - The Alfa Advance, published at the head of Fall River Valley is now 18 weeks of age, but not a single local business card or advertisement. There is a post office there, and the postmaster ought to advertise that just as a matter of local pride.~

1892 April 30, Shasta Courier - Folsom of the Alfa Advance and Alexander C. Hill had a disagreement.~

1892 June 4, Shasta Courier - Miss Nora Manning of Fall River has charge of the editorial and mechanical department of the Alfa Advance.~

1895 June 1, Shasta Courier- Charles W. Hill of Fall River Valley is a rustler and has already commenced running his fast freight and supply wagon from Alfa to Sisson. Charlie can run his market wagon most anywhere, but will not run it up to the coal mines south of Bartle until the Fourth of July.~

1895 July 20, Shasta Courier - The Hill Brothers, Charlie and Jess of Alfa, are rustlers and make weekly trips to Sisson and Dunsmuir with loads of poultry, butter, and other commodities that go to make up good living. They always drive good horses, make good time, and what they haul gets to market in the right shape.~

1898 June 11Shasta Courier - Alexander C. Hill died at his home at Alfa on Bear Creek near Dana Post Office in Fall River Valley a few days ago. He was one of the pioneer settlers in the valley; a native of North Carolina, and aged about 71 years. The deceased leaves a wife, two sons, three daughters, and a number of other relatives and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his departure. Mr. Hill was one of the most energetic and progressive citizens of his part of the county, and when a man like him is removed from the path of life, his loss is seriously felt.~

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