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See also:  Bayles

1859, Mining Camp called Dog Creek.

1871, Sim Southern and J. S. Cameron kept an Inn. Washington Farleigh, Hotel Propreitor; E. Phillips, General Merchandise. Mail for residents addressed to Shasta, 39 miles south.

1875 August 10, 4th Class Post Office as Delta, Shasta County, California. Named for the Greek letter formed by the intersection of the Sacramento River and Dog Creek at the site.  Some folks called their community Dog Creek, however, that was the name used more for the headwaters than the mouth of the stream. There was also a mountain peak called Delta Point 1 1/4 miles southeast of LaMoine. The route of the railroad tended to follow along the Sacramento River. Original location 24 miles SW of Dunsmuir.

1875 August 10, William T. Smith, First Postmaster.

1880 June 3, Post Office discontinued. Post Office moved 4 miles north and name changed to Slate Creek, Shasta County, California. Located 5 miles north of Bayles. Named for type of rock exposed by the creek.

1880 June 3, James S. Smithson, First Postmaster for Slate Creek.

1881 March 30, Edward J. Curtis, Postmaster.

1882 November 20, Francis "Frank" M. Whitlow, Postmaster.

1885 June 18, Slate Creek P.O. discontinued and service moved to Bayles.

1912 November 11, Boston Journal (Boston, Massachusetts), Redding, Cal., Nov 8 - Bandits Loot the Shasta Limited - The north-bound Shasta Limited, the Southern Pacific Coast Train deluxe, was held up and robbed and one bandit was killed at Delta. thirty miles north of here tonight.  A companion of the dead bandit escaped with the registered mail. None of the passengers was injured. A plucky brakeman nearly frustrated the robbers and accounted for the one killed.~

1944, Mrs. Louella McVey appointed Postmaster at Bayles.

*1945 May 1, Delta re-established from Bayles Post Office.

*1945 June 13, Mrs. Louella McVey, Postmaster.

1954 June 30, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Dunsmuir in Siskiyou County, California.

* Date could be 1948. More research needed.




1890 April 3, A 4th Class Post Office named Dolde, Shasta County, California located 5 miles southwest of Redding named for Arnold C. Dolde.

1890 April 3, Arnold C. Dolde, first and only postmaster.

1883 April 15, Dolde Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Redding.


Eagle Creek


1852 April 8 - The Court of Sessions, our first Shasta County government, on 8 April 1852, authorized Henry Hooper to divert Eagle Creek [water] so far as consistent with private rights.

1857 April 24, Daily Globe -A Bold Robbery - On Tuesday night, April 14th, the house of Mr. Hubbard, on Eagle Creek, between Horsetown and Bald Hills, in Shasta County, was entered and an inmate robbed of $124. Two men started in pursuit of the robber, and coming up with him, were told to stand at their peril. As they were unarmed they could do nothing, and the robber went his way unmolested.

1859 June 25, Shasta Courier - Election held at John's Saloon; Judges: P.F Terbush and James Lemmon.

1871, Pacific Coast Business Directory - Eagle Creek residents received their mail from Horsetown Post Office.

1871, Pacific Coast Business Directory - Businesses: J. M. Frank, Wine Manufacturer; E. R. Jones, General Merchandise; and E. & L. Scott ran a Hotel.

1877, Per the Great Register of the County of Shasta For the Year 1877, the residents, where they were born and their occupations while giving Eagle Creek as their place of residence. Parenthesis indicate where naturalized.

According to David L. Durham, Place-Names of California's North Sacramento Valley, the stream called Eagle Creek flows nearly 7 miles to North Fork Cottonwood Creek.

Henry William ADKINS, England, Farmer, Eagle Creek, (New Orleans, Louisiana); John Thomas ADKINS, Louisiana, Stockraiser, Eagle Creek; John ANDERSON, Georgia, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Almareane Welberne BAKER, Kentucky, Miner, Eagle Creek; George Washington BARNES, New York, Lumberman, Eagle Creek; F.M. BARNETT, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; E. BOHANNON, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; James BARNES, Kentucky, Farmer, Eagle Creek; John BRANNAN, Germany, Miner, Eagle Creek, (Shasta County); Andrew Culbston BRIGMAN, Missouri, Farmer, Eagle Creek; John Louis BRANER, Ohio, Teamster, Eagle Creek; Henry CHAPMAN, Ohio, Miner, Eagle Creek; James DREW, USA, Blacksmith, Eagle Creek; Ferdinand DOLL, Germany, Farmer, Eagle Creek, (Shasta County); Valentine DOLL, Germany, Farmer, Eagle Creek (Shasta County); Levi DAVIS, Ohio, Carpenter, Eagle Creek; Josiah William Patrick DAVIS, Ohio, Printer, Eagle Creek; Albert J. DONALDSON, Iowa, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Madison James DOWNING, Missouri, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William DONALDSON, Iowa, Farmer, Eagle Creek; spaceholder for #491; James Madison FRANK, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; David FRANK, Jr., USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Watrous GAGE, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Eleazer GILLSON, Canada, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Stephen Return HUBBARD, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; John HOLLIDAY, USA, Miner, Eagle Creek; Charles Leonard HUBBARD, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Gottlieb HOWE, Germany, Farmer, Eagle Creek (Rochester, New York); George HALMOTH, Germany, Farmer, Eagle Creek (New York); Edward Ricketts JONES, USA, Ditch Owner, Eagle Creek; Isaac Alfred JAMISON, Missouri, Stock Herder, Eagle Creek; William Mac JAMES, Missouri, Stockraiser, Eagle Creek; James KELL, Ohio, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Leonard LONGMIRE, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William LOVE, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; George McFARLIN, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William MILLER, Ireland, Miner, Eagle Creek (Philadelphia); Ramon MORALES, Chile, Miner, Eagle Creek, (Shasta County); George McALLISTER, Pennsylvania, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Irvin McCORMICK, Illinois, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William Carr MAVITY, Indiana, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William Columbus NICHOLSON, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; Cornelius O'BRIEN, Ireland, Miner, Eagle Creek (Shasta County); John Marion POST, Arkansas, Farmer, Eagle Creek; James PETERSON, Denmark, Farmer, Eagle Creek (Shasta County); John RUSTER, Germany, Farmer, Eagle Creek (Shasta County); Charles Gottlieb ROSSIE, Germany, Blacksmith, Eagle Creek; Thomas RIOS, Chile, Miner, Eagle Creek; Joseph REDENCKS, Portugal, Miner, Eagle Creek; Charles SCHIRMAN, Switzerland, Farmer, Eagle Creek (St. Louis, Missouri); George Kaylor SMITH, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William Garrett SMITH, USA, Miner, Eagle Creek; Alanson TAYLOR, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; John Jones WHEELOCK, USA, Farmer, Eagle Creek; James Allen WEBB, Virginia, Farmer, Eagle Creek; William Parker WRIGHT, Tennessee, Farmer, Eagle Creek.~



Our family spelling is:  E I L E R S

Lake Eiler & Eiler Butte: 

Luppe "Lu" Eilers was the husband of Rachel Haynes, sister to my Great Grandfather Richard Wilkinson Haynes. In some publications "Lu Eiler" is credited with discovering Thousand Lake Valley. Eiler Lake is within that group of bodies of water and northwest of a butte called Eiler Butte named for the same man. Thousand Lake Valley is 17 miles north of Lassen Peak.




1860 October 17, Elderton Shasta County, California Post Office was established 4 miles west of Cottonwood and 16 miles north of Red Bluff according to the application to establish a post office.

John C. Divine was the first and only postmaster.

1862 September 20, Elderton Post Office was discontinued and the service moved to Cottonwood.



1890 February 5, 4th Class Post Office established as Elena, Shasta County, California located 18 miles north of Montgomery Creek. Named for Elena Haggen considered first woman to settle in the area.

Ellen E. Hinderlong, First Postmaster.

1902 October 16, Charles A. Magill, Postmaster.

1905 September 23, Erik J. Holm, Postmaster.

1906 January 31, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Wengler.



1905 April 26, A 4th Class Post Office called Eubanks, Shasta County, California was established 6 miles south of Dunsmuir and 1 miles north of Castella. Named for J. Cal Eubanks, a pioneer of the area.

Hugo Ehrenpfort was First Postmaster.

1905 August 19, Lucy H. Willson, Postmaster.

1907 July 18, Charles B. Tomson, Postmaster.

1912 December 12, Sadie C. Conroy, Postmaster.

1915 July 22, Josephine Hooey, Postmaster.

1916 June 6, Elizabeth Winchcomb, Postmaster.

1918 November 30, Eubanks Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Castella.


Fall River Mills

AKA Fall City

1873 October 29, 2nd Class Post Office established as Fall River Mills, Shasta County, California, located in the Fall River Valley, the name was taken from the stream as well as the flour mill and lumber mills in the vicinity.

Peter Eiler, first postmaster.

1873 November 3, San Francisco Bulletin -Washington, November 2d - The following postal orders have been made for the Pacific Coast:  Post Offices Established --"At Fall River Mills, Shasta County, California; Peter Eiler, Postmaster. . ."~

1880 June 7, Joseph A. Winter, Postmaster.

1881 June 29, Peter Eiler, Postmaster.

1882 January 13, Joseph B. McClelland, Postmaster.

1882 January 16, San Francisco Bulletin - Pacific Coast Postal Changes For the Week - Postmasters Appointed:  Joseph McClelland, Fall River Mills, Shasta county, Cal.~

1883 January 20, Shasta Courier, Fall River Mills - ". . .Long before noon on New Year's Day people began to arrive in our town from all parts of the valley, also from Big Valley, Hat Creek, Cayton Valley, Burney Valley and other places to witness the public installation of officers of the I.O.O.F. who were instituted as a lodge in the forenoon. Promptly at 2:00 p.m. the procession formed, headed by the Fall City Cornet Band, and marched to the new hall recently completed over the school room. The hall was soon filled to its utmost capacity after which T.A. Rosebury [Thomas Alexander Roseberry]of Adin, assisted by others, proceeded to install the officers of the new lodge.

DeWitt C. Brownell then delivered an address on the origin of Odd Fellowship, its aims, uses, and etc. which was interesting and did the gentleman credit.

The people then dispersed to meet again at 8:00 in Fall River Hall to trip the light fantastic until they were tired. And, oh, what a crowd was there and what a greeting of friends and renewing of old acquaintances and good times generally was never before seen in our town so fated for its good time. Thus ended the New Year's Day, one long to be remembered in our town though I forgot to say sooner that the Odd Fellows held a meeting early in the evening of the same day and initiated five new members, which with the 18 charter members makes a good showing for a starter. . ." - "Muchache" (C.H. Manning)~

1883 May 5, Shasta Courier - The Odd Fellows and Masons have purchased four acres of land from I. H. Winter which they design for a cemetery ground and will improve and beautify the same by fencing and planting shrubbery.~

1884 February 5, George W. Cox, Postmaster.

1884 March 24, Samuel F. Fitzwater, Postmaster.

1884 June 12, Hugh McArthur, Postmaster.

1885 January 29, Miss Anna McArthur, Postmaster.

1885 August 28, Samuel F. Fitzwater, Postmaster.

1889 January 23, James H. Curtis, Postmaster.

1889 July 4, Grand Jubilee, 4 July 1889 - The citizens of Fall River Mills will give an entertainment consisting of an oration by J. R. Woodward of Stella; reading of the Declaration of Independence by Herbert manning; instrumental and vocal music; Glass Ball trap shooting; horse racing; foot racing; baseball playing and other amusement.

The principal feature of the day will be a grand high wire exhibition by Young Blondin, the World's Champion High wire artist.

He will perform upon a 3/8 inch wire, suspended 100 feet in mid-air above the principle cataract of Fall River.The astonishing feats performed by this young wizard of the air are simply thrilling and beyond description. He is the world's champion. Young Blondin is excelled by none and has a standing challenge of $3000. open to the world for any lady or gentleman who can equal him performing daring feats on a 3/8 wire, suspended in mid-air. He is the youngest high wire artist now living. His daring performances and aerial exhibitions has astonished thousands of people, and it is the unanimous verdict that he is the greatest living high wire performer. This is the highest and most daring exhibition of skill on a high wire ever given this side of Niagara Falls.~

1891 September 30, Milton M. Rowley, Postmaster.

1892 September 17, Free Press (Redding, California) - Fall River "Mail" Notes -  A fire occurred at Fred Knoch's place near Fall River Mills last Tuesday, destroying his milkhouse, blacksmith shop and another small building, and on the very near burning his residence. The fire was first discovered by the Reynolds threshing crew, who hastened at once to the scene of the fire and had it not been for them the residence would have been burned. The origin of the fire is unknown, and the loss is estimated at $200.

While assisting at the fire at Knoch's place last Tuesday, Hugh McArthur was wounded on the leg by an explosion of a giant powder cap. Although not serious, still it was a painful wound.~

1893 April 15, Charles H. Manning, Postmaster.

1897 April 16, Menander O. Mooers, Postmaster.

1897 September 22, Ernest Florin, Postmaster.

1904 December 29, August W. Fetzer, Postmaster.

1909 December 10, Robert Summers, Postmaster.

1909 December 11, San Francisco Chronicle - Washington, Dec 10, Coast Postmasters Named,  Postmasters appointed:  Fall River Mills, Shasta county, Robert Summers vice A.W. Fetzer resigned.~

1912 September 26, Sacramento Union, Fall River Mills (Shasta Co.), Sept. 25 - FALL RIVER ADDITION - Shasta County Town Will Be Extended Through Annex - The town of Fall River Mills is soon to have an addition, or rather Knoch's annex. Surveyor and his crew of men starting work the first of this week to lay out the lots that will soon be on sale. This move has been under consideration for some time, since the land has shown that crops there from will pay no more than the expenses of keeping up the property. During the last year or so many applications have been made for town property, and Mr. Fred Knoch is now going to sell to those who will build. The situation is a strip of land lying above or north of the M. E. Church and is about one mile in length, and is a very desirable location for homes, with fine opportunities for drainage and a sewer system.~

1913 October 11, Sacramento Union - . . .Good roads will be the topic of discussion at meeting to be held October 15 in Redding . . .Delegates from Fall River Mills are Ernest Florin, Dr. C.H. Wheeler and Fred Knoch . . .~

1917 June 14, Lillian H. Thomsen, Postmaster.

1918 August 7, Lillian H. Cumiskey, Postmaster.

1921 November 23, Ella Pratt, Postmaster.

1926 April 3, Ethel G. Packard, Postmaster.

1926 September 14, Cora C. Fitzwater, Postmaster.

1935 December 16, Mrs. Maud W. Wilson, Postmaster.

1948 May 1, Mrs. Maxine A. Bartle, Postmaster.

1962 May 31, Noel W. Bassett, Postmaster.

1967 October 6, Mrs. Iris V. Bassett, Postmaster.

1985 August 3, Mary Craig, Officer in Charge.

1985 September 28, Robert E. Mitchell, Postmaster.

1992 October 1, Judith N. Hermann, Officer in Charge.

1993 March 6, Richard R. Fuentes, Postmaster.

2007 October 25, Steven R. Manly, Officer in Charge.

2008 April 26, Steven R. Manly, Postmaster.

2012 July 27, Mark A. Rosenthal, Officer in Charge.

2012 October 6, Mark A. Rosenthal, Postmaster.



Fall River Valley 

1976 Inter Mountain News -The second article is on Historical Marker No. 759, Site of the First School in Fall River Valley. The Marker reads as follows:

In 1868 near this spot the first school in Fall River Valley was built of log construction 20 feet by 30 feet, with no floor or windows. About 1870 the first sawmill was built in Dana where lumber was obtained to floor the schoolhouse and build desks.

Plaque placed by the State Park Commission in cooperation with the Fall River Teachers Association and the Fort Crook Historical Society, May 30, 1961.

For many years the question had been asked, "When was the first school constructed in the valley and where was it located?"

The Fort Crook Historical Society had been trying to have a historical marker erected showing the site of the first school in Fall River Valley, but because of conflicting reports and opinions, the Department of Beaches and Parks would not erect a marker until they had more definite proof of the location.

The Fall River Teachers Association and the Fort Crook Historical Society formed a committee chaired by Theodore V. Sampson, now a retired Fall River High School teacher, to locate and authenticate the site and construction year for the first school in Fall River Valley.

The result of this exhaustive investigation was interesting, but it was finally determined that the first school in northeastern Shasta County was built in 1868. It was located on what is now Highway 299 on the first rocky butte just west of the Pistol Club and was called the Pine Grove School.

A stone marker with a bronze plaque marks the site of this school. The building was of hewed logs and measured 20 by 30 feet. It had no windows, just holes cut for windows, until after 1870, when the first sawmill was built in Dana, and then flooring and windows were added to the room.

The school was only in session about three months of the year because of the severity of the weather. According to some of the pioneers it was torn down sometime after 1882.

The first teacher was a Mrs. Mathena, the wife of the first Christian Preacher to come to the valley.

The pioneers who were mainly responsible for locating and authenticating the first school in the valley were "Uncle" Bill Hollenbeak, Mrs. Catherine Callison, Mrs. Sadie Hereford and Mrs. Emma Wilcox.~

1882 September 16, Shasta Courier - Mr. Winters, proprietor of the Fall City Mills, was in town this week. He says the grain crops of Pit and Fall River Valleys is light this season but he has a large quantity of old wheat on hand so there will be no scarcity of flour. He also reports good prices, and a lively demand for cattle and hogs brings money into brisk circulation.~

1884 January 19, Shasta Courier - Jones and Company of the City Meat Market last week received a band of cattle from James F. Bowman of Fall River Valley that represents the bovine as it appears in the stalls of Illinois and most states where cattle are fed and fattened for the market and beefsteaks and gum boot soles are not synonymous. Bowman not only furnishes the best beef cattle sent to the lower country markets, but Jones and Company always buy the best.~




1898 April 17, Post Office established at Fern, Shasta County, California.~

1898 December 16, San Francisco Chronicle - A post office has been established at Fern, Shasta County with Charles E. Brown as postmaster.~

1900 Janaury 23, Frank L. Brown, Postmaster.

1901 May 10, John C. Seiter, Postmaster.

1906 April 24, Anna Seagren, Postmaster.

1913 May 23, Bessie Brooker, Postmaster.

1914 March 11, Fred Asher, Postmaster.

1921 August 21, Frederick J. Wheelock, Postmaster.

1945 July 31, Fern Post Office discontinued and service moved to Whitmore.~


Ferry & Bridge License Renewals

1860 May 12, Shasta Courier - Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors -

Present:  D.C. Johnson & J. W. Roember

The renewal of ferry licenses were granted to:  William Lean (Cottonwood Creek), S.R. Lockhart (Fall River), Haycraft & Lafferty, A.S. Wells (Sacramento River), and Frank Kenyon.

Renewal of bridge license granted to:  Chauncy & Swinford.

1860 May 12, Shasta Courier - Proceeding  of the board of Supervisors, Shasta County - Ferry license granted to John X. Hale to keep the toll bridge across the Sacramento on the Pit River Road at a point about one mile below H.C. Hartman's house, Sugarloaf Township.~

1861 May 11, Shasta Courier- Ferry Licenses granted to Frank Kenyon, Adams & Bragg, and P.V. Middlesworth.

1864 May 4, Shasta Courier- The renewal of a ferry license granted to A. Thomas for six months to keep a ferry across the Pit River at a point known as Thomas' Ferry.

1864 August 13, Shasta Courier- A license was granted to Richards & Kingston to keep a toll bridge across Fall River for a period of six months on the payment of a monthly tax of $3.

1870 February 12, Shasta Courier -Ordered that the application of William Cayton to keep a toll bridge on Fall River be granted for a term of five years from the 1st day of October, 1869. Said Cayton to file a bond of $2,000. and pay $3. per month into the treasury.

1871 May 13 - Shasta Courier - Ordered that a five year franchise be granted to J.L. Ballard to keep a toll ferry across Pit River on the payment of $36. per annum.



1897 August 27, Post Office established as Fielding, Shasta County, California, 12 miles NW of Keswick at a gold mining site.

1897 August 27, Frederick E. Willson, Postmaster.

1897 September 20, James J. Spellman, Postmaster.

1898 March 31, William McKendrick, Postmaster.

1902 November 18, Arthur Oates, Postmaster.

1903 June 11, Davis Aiken, Postmaster.

1903 June 12, San Francisco Chronicle - Washington, June 11 - Davis Aiken appointed Postmaster at Fielding, Shasta County, California.~

1903 December 15, Fielding Post Office discontinued and service moved to Taylor.~



1903 May 2, U.S. Post Office established as Flume, Shasta County, California, along Flume Creek which got its name for looking like a man-made flume when it was how the natural flow of the water wore the bed rock. Located 3 miles north of Hazel Creek and 4 miles south of Castella.

1903 May 2, James B. Clark, Postmaster.

1904 October 31, Flume Post Office discontinued.

1907 December 16, Flume, Shasta County, California Post Office re-established.

1907 December 16, James Gamble, Postmaster.

1908 May 12, Walter T. Jenkins, Postmaster.

1910 September 30, Flume Post Office discontinued. Service moved to Hazel Creek, Shasta, California.


Fort Crook (Community)

1877 Directory for community of Fort Crook:  75, William BURGETT, USA, Merchant; 76, Marvin James BARNUM, USA, Farmer; 127, Martin BENNETT,    , Farmer; 140, Hiram Hale BAKER, New York, Farmer; James Franklin BOWMAN, Scotland, Farmer (Nevada County, California); 230, Thomas BLAY, Canada, Farmer (Colusi County, California); 293, Simon COEN, USA, Farmer; 294, Leander CRUZAN, USA, Farmer; 295, Philip Morris COEN, Ohio, Farmer; 311, Julian Francis CORNAZ, Switzerland, Farmer (Almakee, Iowa); 376, Samuel Rapheal Othello CRAIG, Iowa, Laborer; 377, Thomas Paddock CRAIG, Iowa, Farmer; 408, Stephen Rensselaer DAVIS, USA, Farmer; 439, William DOYLE, Ohio, Farmer; 447, Loren DANA, New York, Teamster; 531, John Leonard ELIHU, Missouri, Farmer; 560, Peleg FRUITS, USA, Farmer; 580, Arthur Archibald FRENCH, New York, Farmer; 586, Peter FITZPATRICK, Ireland, Farmer, (Shasta Co.); 618, Abijah FARRAR, Maine, Stage Driver; 659, George GROSS, Ohio, Farmer; 663, Mathew Riley GOODMAN, Illinois, Farmer; 665, Milas GORDMAN, North Carolina, Farmer; 733, Aldana HINKSON, USA, Farmer; 734, Lorin Kingsbury HINKSON, USA, Farmer; 738, Benjamin Quincy HOLLENBEAK, Kentucky, Farmer; 764, Cyrus HOISINGTON, Vermont, Farmer; 770, William Mathew HORN, Iowa, farmer; 771, Asa Manuel HOLLENBEAK, Missouri, Farmer; 772, William Hebry HOLLENBEAK, Illionis, Farmer; 784, Alexander Clark HILL, North Carolina, Farmer; 785, Stephen HOLLENBEAK, Iowa, Farmer (to be continued)




Four Mile House

1856 August 27, San Francisco Bulletin - The Shasta Republican - On Sunday, Aug. 17th. the till of the bar-room at the Four Mile House, kept by a Mr. Davis, in Shasta County, was robbed of $43. by John Barry, a deserting soldier. Barry stopped at the house and informed Mr. Davis that he had been waylaid and robbed between that place and Whisky Creek. Mr. Davis immediately started out after the supposed robbers. Soon after Mr. Davis left, Barry drew his pistol upon Mrs. Davis, and then committed the robbery. Mr. Davis succeeded in capturing Barry near Muletown.~

1899 October 30, The Morning Searchlight (Redding, CA) - Mrs. L. DeWitt of the Four-Mile house beyond Shasta was  a Sunday visitor in Redding.~


French Gulch 

1854 February 15, Daily Democratic State Journal (Sacramento) - The Temperance folks have organized a society at French Gulch, Shasta County.~

1856 February 18, French Gulch, Shasta County, California U. S. Post Office, 3rd Class, established  at gold mining site located 21 miles NW of Redding. William G. Gibbs, first postmaster.

1859 June 27, William Davis, Postmaster.

1860 December 17, William Krapp, Postmaster.

1861 August 2, William S. Kidder, Postmaster.

1867 January 1, San Francisco Bulletin - William S. Kidder of French Gulch, Shasta county, has tendered his resignation as Postmaster.~

1867 June 12, Thompson Plumb, Postmaster.

1871, French Gulch - the Highland, Honeycomb and the Washington occupied by Thomas Purnell, Superintendent, S. Gover and J. Syme, Superintendent respectively. - Pacific Coast Business Directory for California, 1871-1873, published 1871, Shasta county,Quartz Mills for Gold counted on November 1, 1870.~

1884 August 6, Shasta Democrat - Trustees of French Gulch I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 75, to Mary A. Wheeler, house and lot, No. 20 in town of French Gulch; $150., dated July 19.~

1885 April 23, San Francisco Bulletin - The Niagara Mine is probably the most promising and best-paying property in the district [French Gulch Mining District]. It is owned by Wm. T. Coleman & Co. of San Francisco. A ten-stamp mill is being erected, and a cannon-ball mill - its predecessor- is said to have cleaned up $13,000. last month.

One fact worthy of note, regarding this Niagara mine, is the rigid enforcement of the Sunday law by the proprietors. It is probably the only mine in the State, or upon the coast, where work is entirely suspended upon the Sabbath.~

1885 August 31, Bernard Gartland, Postmaster.

1887 August 10, Miss Johanna Madden, Postmaster.

1888 November 9, Hattie L. Hubbard, Postmaster.

1903 December 22, Mary I. Syme, Postmaster.

1904 December 31, Mary I. Yarvin, Postmaster.

1906 September 21, Laura L. Smith, Postmaster.

1908 May 4, Daniel l. Smith, Postmaster.

1912 February 5, William M. Shuford, Postmaster.

1913 April 2, Bessie F. Maxwell, Postmaster.

1914 August 8, Marion G. Wheeler, Postmaster.

1914 September 16, James H. Oliver, Postmaster.

1915 February 10, Clara E. Jones, Postmaster.

1915, Mines and Mineral Resources of Shasta County, Siskiyou County, Trinity County - Niagara, formerly known as black Tom, was at one time one of the famous quartz producers of the French Gulch Mining District, but has been idle since 1905. This group, consisting of 410 acres, patented, is located in Secs. 1, 6, 7, 8, 15 and 18, T. 33 N., R 7 W., about 4 1/2 miles by road from French Gulch. Elevation 2800 feet. It is on the same hill as the Washington Mine, and the claims were located in 1857.

Owners:  W.W. Bunzoine et al of French Gulch.

The vein system is not well defined. The main veins, two in number, one on the Niagara, and the other on the Scorpion claims, have been worked. The strike is is northeast and southwest, dip N 70*., foot wall is granite-porphyry and hanging-wall is slate. The ore is free-milling with some pyrites. Ore shoot 200 feet long and 3 feet wide. Workings consist of six tunnels, four being crosscuts from 150 to 2200 feet in length, 2000 feet of drifts, several stopes and raises. Tunnel on Niagara claim is 1662 feet long. The reduction equipment consists of four old stamp mills, 18 stamps in all, steam driven. Mine said to have produced over $1,000,000 in gold. Maximum depth about 500 feet. Said to be on the same lead as the Washington Mine.~

1918 June 7, Gertrude A. Forrester, Postmaster.

1919 October 31, Arleta A. Wolf, Postmaster.

1929 January 10, Mary Wolf, Postmaster.

1949 January 14, Miss Effie V. Berg, Postmaster.

1958 September 30, Mrs. Betty J. Burns, Postmaster.

1963 March 8, Mrs Florence R. Duggan, Postmaster.

1970 January 31, Acey t. Stephens, Officer in Charge.

1981 August 22, Dennis M. Barrow, Postmaster.

2001 September 1, Karen J. Adams, Officer in Charge.

2001 December 1, Karen J. Adams Sheppard, Postmaster.

2011 January 1, Leah Hill, Officer in Charge.

2013 April 6, Converted to a remotely Managed Post Office under the direction of the postmaster of the Shasta Post Office.


Gas Point

1875 February 1The Gas Point, Shasta County, California Post Office was a 4th class service point established 2 1/2 miles north of Pinckney.

1875 February 1, The first postmaster was John Shepherd Williams (1823-1883).

1881 May 26, Albert M. Irwin (Erwin?), Postmaster.

1881, One of my favorite reference books is The History and Business Directory of Shasta County, 1881. I have a 1978 reproduction issue made possible by the Shasta Historical Society that I purchased in a used book store in Eureka in 1999.

Breaking out pertinent information, here is the County Directory section for Gas Point:

Baker, George - Carpenter; Criss, John - Saloon; Donohue, Michael - Blacksmith; Erwin, Albert - Postmaster; Garden, J. W. - General Merchandise; Glasser, F. - Farmer; Reagan, James - Ditch Owner; Williams, John - Carpenter.~

1882 November 27, William T. Roberts, Postmaster.

1885, There was also a Shasta County Business Directory published in 1885. Not having my own, I thank Shasta Historical Society and Janie for publishing on the web.

This is the listing for Gas Point in 1885:

Bolton, S. Miss - School Teacher; Davis, Enoch - Farmer, Miner; Davis, Millard F. - Miner; Dexter, John -Stock raiser; Dickerson, Calvin - Farmer; Dickerson, Melvin N. - Farmer; Drew, James S. - Farmer, 280 acres; Elam, William B. - Farmer; Fitzhenry, Enoch - Farmer; Frank, E. Miss - School Teacher; Fratis, John C. - Hog Raiser, Miner, 480 acres; Groom, Elijah - Farmer; Henriques, Francisco R. - Stock raiser; Hoover, Charles - Laborer; Jordan, William - Saloon; Jordan, William H. - Mail Carrier; Kyle, Mathew; Leschinsky, Jacob - Farmer; Leschinsky, John - Farmer, 200 acres; Leschinsky, John Jr. - Farmer, 160 acres; Marshall, John - Farmer, 160 acres; Moon, George C. - Farmer, 160 acres; Moon, Archibald - Farmer; McAllister, George - Farmer; Peterson, J. M. - Farmer, 360 acres; Rabbit, Frank - Hog Raiser; Rader, Isaac - Farmer; Reagan, James - Farmer, Water Ditch; Schultz, Charles - Miner; Schutz, Richard J. - Physician, Farmer; White, Benjamin - Farmer, Sheep Raiser; Wilder, John C. - Blacksmith.~

1886 April 8, George H. Anderson, Postmaster.

1888 June 6, Union S. Petty, Postmaster.

1889 August 9, Sarah A. Reagan, Postmaster.

1893 December 29, Charles E. Benson, Postmaster.

1896 March 7, Henrietta Leschinsky, Postmaster.

1898 December 17, Henrietta Heins, Postmaster.

1899 February 1, Morning Searchlight (Redding, California) - F. F. Souza, of Gas Point, is now driving one of Adam's Iron Mountain stages.~

1899-1900, Gas Point is located twenty-five miles southwest from Redding, on the North Fork of Cottonwood Creek. In early days it was a rich mining section, and its placers have not yet been exhausted. The nearest telephone and telegraph station is Cottonwood, a distance of sixteen miles, from which point there is a tri-weekly mail. Stock raising is at present the principal industry of this section.

Living here at this time:  James Drew, Stockman; Henry Hines, Stockman, Mrs. Henry Hines, Postmistress; Kee Lee, General Merchandise; James Reagan, Stockman; and H.H. Shuffleton, Stockman. - Shasta County Directory, published in 1900.~

1909 April 12, John H. Ponte, Postmaster.

1912, Redding Record Searchlight -There are several parts of Shasta County where the "Eagle" will scream this Fourth, but none according to John Ponte, where it will make any more noise than at the old historical Gas Point out in the extreme western part of the county. Mr. Ponte says they are to have open air dancing day and night, horse racing, foot racing and lots of other attractions for the amusement of both young and old.~

1915 October 29, Henry Hiens, Postmaster.

1923 Feb 11, Redding Searchlight- Rains-Rickard - Albert Rains of Gas Point, aged 35 and Rosa J. Rickard aged 17 of Anderson were married in Anderson Thursday by Justice of the Peace T A Dunham. The consent of Anna Rickard, mother of the bride, was given. The return of the marriage license to the County Recorders Office does not give the names of the witnesses to the ceremony.~

1933 July 15, Gas point Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Cottonwood.



See also:  Burgettville > Swasey > Glenburn

1892 March 5, Glenburn, Shasta County, California Post Office established as a name changed from Swasey located 6 miles NW of Fall river Mills.

1892 March 5, John R. Crichton, Postmaster.

1897 September 27, Francis M. Scott, Postmaster.

1897 November 13, George M. Rock, Postmaster.

1899 April 26, John V. Selvester, Postmaster.

1899 June 21, George W. Levens, Postmaster.

1906 February 8, John H. Creighton, Postmaster.

1918 January 3, Minnie Creighton, Postmaster.

1926 October 30, Arthur M. Dunlap, Postmaster.

1934 December 31, Mrs. Grace E. Dunlap, Postmaster.

1939 May 10, Mrs. Helen M. Hollenbeak, Postmaster.

1944 March 22, Mrs. Iona Strickland, Postmaster.

1953 May 18, Mrs. Louise C. Dustman, Postmaster.

1956 August 7, Mrs. Norma L. Parker, Postmaster.

1957 February 22, Mrs. Norma l. Parker, Postmaster.

1966 May 17, Mrs. Grace Berniece Hawkins, Postmaster.

1966 December 2, 4th Class Glenburn Post Office changed to Rural Branch of Fall River Mills.

Inter Mountain News - 8 Apr 1976 - 7th in a series - By Lillian Kent and Norman Smith, with most information obtained at Fort Crook Museum.

Basic facts for this story were taken from an article written by F. M. Callison for the Fort Crook Historical Society.

In passing through Fall River Valley, going from McArthur or Fall River Mills toward McCloud, the traveler will encounter a small crossroads combination store and former post office (closed recently) and a church. This is Glenburn, one of the three names by which the town has been known.

With the establishment of of military protection afforded by Fort Crook in 1857 settlers began looking for locations for future homes, particularly on the fertile lands along Fall river to the south and east of Fort Crook.

An enterprising blacksmith by the name of Bill Burgett set up a shop at the crossing on Fall River, a quarter mile east of the Glenburn Church, at a point where a traveler had to cross by ferry, and later a bridge, if he were going to Pitville, where a few hardy individuals, including Charley Young, had already settled.

During the mid 1860's Josh Selvester, another early settler, built a large two story residence to serve as a hotel, and near by he built a livery stable. The with the addition of a store and a post office and a few residents that have long since been forgotten, the town of Burgettville came into being.

Pioneer families claimed the surrounding lands. As time went on some of the homes of the settlers away from the river and in the interior valley were abandoned as the winters mud on these flatlands apparently had not been reckoned with by the early home-seekers.

Some 20 years later another page in the history of Fall River Valley community unfolded when H. M. Swasey, a real estate promoter of no mean ability, laid out a town a quarter mile west of Burgettville.

Swasey appears to have planned his venture with great care as Swasey became the second official name of the town.

Now the town consisted of a general merchandise store, post office, a second hotel, livery stable, printing office with a weekly newspaper (The Fall River Mail), a dance hall and recreation building. There was a saloon, blacksmith shop, a country doctor, a modern flour mill, besides many residents.

For a time Swasey flourished, but all too soon it withered and became a ghost town. Swasey was apparently a man of vision, but who had lived far ahead of his day.

There is a story told of Meander Moore, an easterner, who was currently operating the Swasey General Store, while his wife "Aunt Mae Moore", held the appointment of postmaster. It is related that Swasey had left for greener pastures as the bloom of his town had faded.

Now "Aunt Mae Moore" looked across the dreary winter mud flats of Swasey and pined for the green hills of a small town in Maine, which bore the name of Glenburn, where she had grown to womanhood. Upon giving the matter more consideration, she had petitions circulated, with the end result that the name Swasey was dropped from the post office records, and then name Glenburn became official in about 1892.

About the only reminders of the past "three name town" is the old Glenburn Church, still in use, and the abandoned flour mill.~



1879 April 28,  4th Class Post Office established as Goering, Shasta County, California located 12 miles NE of Redding.

1879 April 28, John Goering was the first and only  postmaster for his namesake.

1879 June 30, Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Redding.~


Goose Valley 

Inter Mountain News - 1 July 1976 - 18th in a Series of the historical happenings by Lillian Kent. Most information obtained from Fort Crook Museum.

This account was written by Charles Jones Hulsey who was born in 1886 in a log cabin in Goose Valley east of Burney. Goose Lake was a big marshy body of water where thousands of waterfowl flocked every year; geese especially, which gave the valley its name.

Here is part of a story or rather history:

"The first school I attended was in a log house near our cabin. Other pupils besides my sisters and I were the Hobson kids and a few young Indians. Local women taught the school. By then there were many settlers near us. The first teacher I remember was Florence Hayes. Desks and benches were homemade. We studied four or five subjects. The teacher's salary was $50 or $60 a month. She built her own fires and was her own janitor.

At home, our chores were the usual on ranches. We seldom went any place for there was no where to go. Once I went with Dad to Redding by wagon, about 75 miles one way. We had to cross over a toll bridge at Hatchet Creek. From then on we were on a toll road, closed at either end with gates and locks. Fee to enter was 75 cents unless more than one horse. Then it was $1 to $1.50. depending on the number of horses, their size and the size of the rig they pulled. A man named Cummings owned it. It was toll road to Montgomery Creek and on into Redding. There were two more roughly made bridges to cross but no toll fee. All toll roads charged the same. It was their only pay for hacking out a passable road and keeping it open through the mountains.

We always had plenty of wood, wild game and we raised out meat. Cattle were of every color, a lot of Durham mixtures. They were hardy and big and were usually kept until four years old. They were sold on the hoof to trading posts, lumber camps and mills, also to mining camps and private parties. Animals butchered on a cool or frosty evening, hung in open air to chill, wrapped in heavy canvas in the morning and put in the shaded place kept fine. Even in summer this was true if hung out to cool each night and wrapped again before sun-up. Meat hardly ever spoiled. Venison kept longer this way than any other meat. The outer skin got dark and toughened but it didn't spoil. Produce was kept from spoiling also by use of salt brine. Butter, always made in two-pound rolls, wrapped in cloth, was kept at home and stored in kegs of salt brine. The price was 50 cents for the roll, it wasn't cut in pieces. Beef and pork and eggs were kept the same way. Salt dissolved in water until the brine would 'float an egg' was safe to keep food from spoiling.

Another way much in use and practical too were the fly-proof screened boxes, with shelves inside, or hooks in the ceiling. Sacks fastened over this box, with water kept running over them, made a fin outdoor cooler. The air and breezes going through and constantly wet sacks kept this temperature evenly cool.

'Spring houses' were built with troughs through them where water piped from a cold spring ran constantly around the milk, butter and cream set in jars in the trough, kept it chilled and sweet.

Our water ran through a big ditch from Goose Creek. A big water wheel pumped water, it made the power to churn butter in the huge old wooden churns set on axles. It was built of huge logs of burnt cedar trees left standing after a forest fire. This cedar was cured to a durability hardly equalled by any wood except perhaps redwood. The centers turned red in the process and became hard as iron.

The barn was known as a post barn, the huge timbers were set in the earth upright like fence posts. It was 120 feet long, 50 feet wide with 40 foot high gable ends. The center inside, about 25 feet wide and the length of the bar, was boarded up and filled with hay, about 35 feet high. Cattle fed on each side of it. Timbers were cut a uniform height for the sides. The roof was covered with 'shakes'. Snow didn't slip off these shakes very easy. It had to be shoveled off to keep the roof from breaking in. Dad gave some Indians a beef to keep the barn roof free of snow all winter. One winter snow fell continually, and a man at the Burney store kept a record of his snowfall and it measured 21 feet by spring.

Social life wasn't too varied but we had a lot of fun at the dances, potluck suppers, basket socials and programs. There was consierable local talent for local music and i played a lot of the times. A dance lasted the whole night through. People came from far and near, all the kids came along, the grandpa's and grandma's too. Dancing started eraly and by midnight everyone was hungry. After a feed we went on with the dancing until daylight. We had breakfast before we started home. If snow was deep people came in sleds, otherwise they drove a team and wagon, with blankets and feed for the team. If snow was too deep, we just didn't go."~

1906 March 2, Semi Weekly - The Shasta Courier (Friday) - Mr. and Mrs. DeForest Hobson were in town [Redding] Wednesday on their way to their future home in Goose Valley, in the eastern part of Shasta County. They came direct from Grass Valley, Nevada County.

When DeForest Hobson left Shasta County not many days ago he was a single man. The fact that he returns a benedict will be an agreeable surprise to his many friends in eastern Shasta.

Mr. Hobson was married at Grass Valley Monday evening to Miss Augusta Marsh, a populat teacher who last summer taught the Bunker Hill School near Burney Valley. It was there the two became acquainted. The acquaintance ripened into friendship and then love. Now they are married.

Mr. Hobson is a well known and respected young man, the son of G.D. Hobson, who lives at the twelve mile house on Cow Creek.

Mr. and Mrs. Hobson will leave in a few days for Goose Valley where they will make their future home. They will spend a few days at the home of the groom's father.~