Thursday
Aug272015

Eubanks

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 the first postmaster.

1905 August 19, Lucy H. Willson, Postmaster.

1907 July 18, Charles B. Tomson, Postmaster.

1912 December 12, Sadie C. Conroy, Pstmaster.

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.

Thursday
May312012

Fall River Mills

AKA Fall City

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. . ."~

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.

1880 June 7, Joseph A. Winter, Postmaster.

1881 June 29, Peter Eiler, Postmaster.

1882 January 13, Joseph B. McClelland, Postmaster.

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.~

Inter Mountain News - 15 July 1976 - taken from a portion of the 20th in a series of historical happenings.

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, 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.

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.~

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.

 

Monday
Aug102015

Fern

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.~

Monday
Sep102012

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.

Sunday
Aug232015

Fielding

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.~

Sunday
Aug232015

Flume

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.

Saturday
Apr072012

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.~

Friday
Aug032012

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.

Tuesday
Jun082010

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.

Wednesday
May182011

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.~

Friday
Aug282015

Goering

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.~

Wednesday
Aug262015

Gregory > Antler(s)

1900 September 18, 4th Class Post Office established as Gregory, Shasta County, California. Named for James Franklin Gregory who was the hotel proprietor and first postmaster. The location was 7 miles south of Bayles and 7 miles north of Mabel.

1908 February 5, Gregory Post Office discontinued. Post Office name changed to Antler.

Tuesday
Jun152010

Happy Valley

The area of Oak Highlands attracted settlers in the early 1860's when water became available from  Andrew's Ditch. Alexander Andrews originally had the ditch built for mining, later it served agriculture.

Onward was the first post office for the area (see Onward), it was on a plateau just west of present-day Cloverdale. The Onward post office later re-opened as the "Oak" Post Office and remained so until discontinuation in 1943.

Olinda Post Office (see Olinda) was so named and established by Samuel T. Alexander, who had arrived between 1887-1900 from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) having made a fortune in sugar cane, and bought 1400 acres for olives and fruit crops. Olinda was a name of a town he knew in the Islands.

Samuel T. Alexander's "Mansion" still stands on Palm Avenue.

Overtime, Oak Highlands, Onward, Oak, Cloverdale, Olinda all became part of the overall name of Happy Valley, so called by an early settler from the San Francisco Bay area. Still later, the post offices discontiuned for service out of Anderson, so most addresses became Anderson.

It was hard for the early settlers to give up their individual location names especially because they were on a "Plateau" more so than in a "Valley".

1891 January 24, San Francisco Bulletin - One year ago Happy Valley in Shasta County did not even sustain a Methodist clasp. Today there is a neat little church of that denomination and a flourishing Sunday School.~

1906 March 9, Semi-Weekly, The Shasta Courier, (Friday) -PERCENTAGE OF ATTENDANCE IN MISS BOYER'S SCHOOL WAS 95.  - The following is the report of the Cloverdale School, Miss Laura E. Boyer, teacher, for the month ending on 3 March 1906:

Whole number of days taught, 20; boys enrolled, 12; girls enrolled, 7; total enrollment, 19; average daily attendance, 17; percentage of attendance, 95.

Those who were neither absent nor tardy for the month were Martin McDaniel, Ralph Miller, Johnnie Mews, Lena Simonson, Alma Simonson and Harry Rickard.

Visitors during the month were Mrs. Kate Brincard, county superintendent, Miss Sarah Boyer, Carrie Pharr and Anna Rickard.~

1930, In the Anderson Valley News, Anderson, Shasta, California on 25 December 1930 - Notice of Annual Meeting of Stockholders:

OLINDA IRRIGATED LANDS COMPANY on 21 January 1931 @ 2:00 pm, Office of Corporation in Olinda, California.

HAPPY VALLEY WATER COMPANY on 21 January 1931 @ 10.00 am in the Office of the Corporation, in Olinda, California.

HAPPY VALLEY LAND AND WATER COMPANY on 6 January 1931 @ 10:00 am, in the Office of the Corporation, in Olinda, California.~

Monday
Aug102015

Hazel Creek

1871 Hazel Creek listed as 57 miles north of Shasta. Simeon Southern was the hotel Proprietor and Joshua Stone a Grocer.

1877 May 15, Hazel Creek post office established in Shasta county named for the native  Hazelnut bushes (nut bearing) growing along the creek. Prior to this, the area was referred to as Portugee since 1870. S. Southern was the first postmaster and the location was 14 miles southwest of Dunsmuir. This post office was discontinued on 30 September 1922 and re-established 31 November 1922. Becoming a rural station of Dunsmuir in Siskiyou County, the post office was then discontinued in September 1954.

1877 May 15, Simeon F. Southern, First Postmaster.

1888 December 10, Miss M.H. Sloan, Postmaster.

1888 December 11, San Francisco Chronicle - Miss M. H. Sloan was to-day appointed Postmaster at Hazel Creek, Shasta Co, California in place of S.F. Southern who has been removed.~

1892 December 28, Sarah E. Southern, Postmaster.

1908 October 17, E.T. Southern, Postmaster.

1912 March 19, Thomas W. Graham, Postmaster.

1912 July 10, Mary A. Brisley, Postmaster.

1913 March 26, Clara B. Rabe, Postmaster.

1922 March 23, John E. Wright, Postmaster.

1922 September 30, Hazel Creek Post Office discontinued.

1922 November 3,  Post Office re-established with Eveyln M. Dodson, Postmaster.

1923 May 18, Mrs. Pearl Brookins, Postmaster.

1924 June 11, Miss Beth Kline, Postmaster.

1925 October 3, Mrs. Gertrude Strouse, Postmaster.

1926 December 31, Mrs. Breta A. Morgan, Postmaster.

1927 June 18, Mrs. Bessie Cates, Postmaster.

1943 July 1, Mrs. Mary Aguilera, Postmaster.

1949 July 16, Mrs. Maria Padilla, Postmaster.

1950 January 19, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Nyman, Postmaster.

1954 June 30, Hazel Creek  became an Independent Rural Station of Dunsmuir (Siskiyou County).

1954 September 30, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Dunsmuir.

Wednesday
May042011

Horse Town, Horsetown

First called Reading's Bar, where Major Reading discovered gold, the location evolved to Clear Creek Diggings to One Horse Town or One Horsetown to finally Horse Town or Horsetown.

1848 February, Major Reading visited the place of Marshall's gold discovery in Coloma and based on his observations returned to his Rancho and explored up Clear Creek from the Sacramento River.

1848 March, Major Reading found a bar at the mouth of Clear Creek Gorge that contained gold, the first discovered in this part of the state. The Major and his crew, said to be mostly Native Americans, worked out the first diggings.

1848 July, Major Reading discovered gold in the Trinity River.

1852, Alexander Robertson "Alex" Andrews was a '49er highly involved in the Shasta County Gold Rush and stayed on becoming very involved in the southwest Shasta County area.

There is a court record that Andrews with his partner, Henry Clay Stockton, licensed a toll bridge across Clear Creek in 1852. In 1861, the license was solely for A. R. Andrews.

His bridge was better known as the Horsetown Bridge. On 16 February 1867, he sold his toll bridge to the Shasta County Board of Supervisors for $300.00. The Supervisors in turn made it a County Free Bridge. This may have been the start of the government owned - free bridge crossing concept.

Writing for the SHS Covered Wagon, 1960, Florence Saeltzer states:      ". . .The present bridge is in almost the same place where the old one was. The foundations of the old Andrews bridge were there when the construction of the new bridge began."~

1852 October 12, 4th Class Post Office established as Horse Town, Shasta County, California located along Clear Creek below the 1849 mining site of Reading's Bar.

George W Baker, First Postmaster.

1852 December 6, The Shasta County Court of Sessions issued a license to Landrum and Briggs for their toll bridge over Clear Creek at Briggsville below Horsetown.

1853, The first topographical map of the mineral districts published from actual survey shows the location as Horse Town.

1853 December 20, John C. Spencer, Postmaster.

1854, Official Map of California by an Act of the Legislature shows One Horse Town.

1856, The SWSCHG has aquired a letter from the Post Office Appointment Office dated 17 February 1856:

Sir: The Postmaster General has ordered the appointment of James R. Pile at Horsetown in the County of Shasta and State of California in place of John C. Spencer, resigned.

I have the honor to be Very respectfully, Your obedient servant,

Horatio King, First Assistant Postmaster General

Hon. J. W. Denver, House of Reps.~

1856 February 18, James R. Pile, Postmaster.

1856 November 17, Daily Democratic State Journal (Sacramento, CA) - The Shasta Republican informs us that no village in the county of Shasta has improved more rapidly during the year than Horsetown. The rich mining claims recently opened on the Hill and in the neighborhood have given an extraordinary impetus to improvement - Among many others who are investing capital in the permanent improvement of the place, we observe that J. C. Spencer, Esq., has recently commenced the erection of a large and commodious hotel. The mining interest has been suffering in the county, during the past few weeks, for want of water. In the vicinity of the line of the Clear Creek Ditch, from which an abundance of water can be obtained, miners are all doing well. In other localities they await the rain, and as it is late this year, their works and profits are delayed. In many of the richest mining localities of the county nothing has been done since Spring.

1858 June 19, James M. Eby, Postmaster.

1860 June 8, Charles McDonald, Postmaster.

1860, Cottonwood Express, Charles McDonald, Proprietor.

This express will leave Horsetown every Saturday morning for the following places: Piety Hill, Gaines Flat, Eagle Creek, Gas Point, Roaring River, Bald Hills, Watson Gulch, Arbuckle.

All orders left at the following places will be promptly attended to: S.S. Dunnels @ Piety Hill; C. Moore @ Gaines Flat; E. Scott @ Eagle Creek; E. Barnum @ Gas Point; Engle & Martin @ Roaring River; William Knowlton @ Bald Hills; and, Love & Gray @ Watson Gulch.

Horsetown Argus, 24 November 1860 (taken from handwritten notes at Behrens-Eaton on 27 April 2011.)~

1860 September 8, Horsetown Argus Ad.- Shakes! Shingles! Undersigned has constantly on hand and offers for sale cheap for cash, at the Lumber Yard in front of town, a superior lot of shakes and shingles -  William Goodall

1860 December 1San Francisco Bulletin, Says the Horsetown Argus (Shasta Co.) of 24th November: 

Mining is looking up in our section. We daily hear of the opening of new placers. The new mining camp on the middle fork of Cottonwood Creek, known as Tuttletown, is rapidly gaining prominence. The prospects in mining already obtained indicate good returns. bates & Co., in six days washing, obtained $340. There are several claims that will yield well, when water can be obtained. The gravel containing the pay is extensively deposited, and appearances justify the belief that a flourishing will ere long exist there.

On Roaring River, new discoveries are constantly being made. We have heard of a flat in this vicinity that has prospected at the rate of ten cents to the pan. The camp is rapidly developing its resources.

The claim of Bunker, Nash & Howe, at Jaynesville, formerly one of the richest claims in the Cottonwood region, is again yielding well. Link & Co. who have a claim in the vicinity of the above, have been making remarkably good pay.

On a gulch, about a mile and half below Horsetown, emptying into Clear Creek, we are informed Kittredge & Co. have a claim that yields from $10 to $15 a day to the hand.~

1861, Possibly published in Argus Newspaper of Horsetown: Distances from Horsetown to: Piety Hill - 3 miles; Eagle Creek - 7 miles; North Fork Cottonwood - 8 miles; Jerusalem Creek - 13 miles; Bald Hills - 12 miles; Watson Gulch - 14 miles; Arbuckle - 22 miles; Knob Gulch - 28 miles; Harrison Gulch - 30 miles; Janesville (Gas Point) - 8 miles; Roaring River - 9 miles; Texas Springs - 3 miles; Middletown - 4 1/2 miles; Shasta - 8 1/2 miles; Whisky Creek via Clear Creek - 12 miles; French Gulch - 22 miles; Weaverville - 47 miles; Yreka - 124 miles; Red Bluffs - 28 3/4 miles; Tehama - 40 3/4 miles; Marysville - 117 miles; Sacramento - 158 miles; San Francisco - 283 miles.~

1861 July 27 - Weekly Champion & Press - The citizens of Horsetown, California have raised the Stars and Stripes on a tall pole near the bridge over Clear Creek, and just beyond the flag and staff they have erected a gibbet with this inscription:  "Salute the Flag unconditionally or hang."

1864 February 17, William Goodall, Postmaster.

1871, Pacific Coast Business Directory of California - Listed the following residents with businesses:

William Boyd, Hotel Proprietor; Robert Close, Blacksmith and Wagon maker; B. Conroy, Saloon; Ed Dweyer sold Fruits and Vegetables; L. Farnum was a Blacksmith; John Gleason, Hotel Proprietor; William Goodall, Postmaster, Carpenter and Cabinetmaker; Dr. A. Gutmann, Physician & Surgeon; C. Shean, Saloon; Simpson & Leiter, General Merchandise Store; E.W. Snyder, Carpenter; Elijah Wendell, Fruits and Vegetables.~

1873 October 28, San Francisco Bulletin - Washington, October 27 - Important California Land Decisions - The Secretary of the Interior today affirmed the decision of the Commissioner of the General Land Office in the appeal of John Gleason against Patrick Wynne & Co., mineral claimants, involving the title to 160 acres of land in Shasta County, Caliofrnia, said to contain very valuable placer mines. The land is decided to be mineral, and Wynne & Co. are allowed to proceed with their application for a patent.~

1877, An 1849 settlement orginally called One Horse town located on Clear Creek. It was second to the town of Shasta for the gold mining boom. The post office was established in 1852, the third post office in Shasta County. Despite the devastating fire of 1868, the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California, 1877, shows a good number of residents. If you will notice, about half were born in Ireland.

Anthony BOLAND, Ireland, Miner (Horsetown, Shasta, California); Charles BOYD, USA, Miner; William BOYD, Ireland, Miner (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Florence CROWLEY, Ireland, Expressman (Shasta Co.); Jeremiah COUGHLIN, Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.); Robert CLOSE, USA, Blacksmith; Joseph Emmet COOK, Missouri, Clerk; John Clark, Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.); Frederick Peter CARLSON, Germany, Miner (Racine, Wisconsin); Bernard CONROY, Ireland, Saloon Keeper (New York City, New York); Charles H. COOPER, Ireland, Miner (False River, Louisiana); Louis CHUILLIER, France, Miner (Shasta Co.); Edward DWYER, Ireland, Farmer (Shasta Co.); William ELLIOTT, South Carolina, Miner; Lawrence FARNAN, Ireland, Miner (New York); John GLEASON Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.); William GOODALL, England, Carpenter (Shasta Co.); Peter HEIVENER, USA, Wagonmaker; Nelson Bruce LARABEE, New York, Engineer; Patrick MAHONEY, Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.); William Francis MAHONEY, USA, Miner; Wendell OHLIGER, Germany, Miner (New Orleans, Louisiana); Peter POYLE, France, Miner; David QUINN, Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.); Timothy QUINN, Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.); Cornelius SHEHAN, Ireland, Miner (Mobile, Alabama); John SCHENICK, Ireland, Miner (Boston, Massachusetts); Michael SCHENICK, Massachusetts, Miner; Clay Webster TAYLOR, USA, Miner; Thomas Thompson WOODCOCK, USA, Miner; Joseph WEIL, Germany, Merchant (Shasta Co.); William Ryan WILKINSON, Pennsylvania, Artist; William WALSH, Ireland, Miner (Shasta Co.).~

1876 June 9, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Redding.

1879, California Map shows Horsetown.~

1880 May 21, Weekly Journal Miner- The ancient Horsetown gravel diggings in Shasta County, California are coming to the front again, and Horsetown is about to get its second wind, and again become a place of some prominence. Eastern capitalists have taken hold and are introducing hydraulic works on a large scale to tear down and wash the gravel hills that surround the place.~

1880 December 30 from typed notes at Behrens-Eaton obtained on 20 April 2011:

Horsetown Bridge -The late flood had swept away the Horsetown Bridge across Clear Creek. The course of travel has changed somewhat since the erection of the old bridge and it now necessary that the new one be built further up the creek near Muletown. A bridge at this point, so we are informed, will save about two and a half miles of travel between Igo and Shasta or Redding; and this being the case, the Supervisors will build the next bridge where the people need it the most - near Muletown.~

1884, U S Postal Map does NOT show Horsetown.~

1915 -Shasta Dredging Company operating on the old Quinn Ranch, owns 400 acres of land along Clear Creek, in Secs 31 and 32, T 31 N, R 5 W, about 4 miles SW of Redding, in the old Horsetown District.

This property was operated for a time by the California and Detroit Mining Company, but their suction dredge proved a failure and the present owners acquired the holdings in 1902. A.S. Newsome, President; W.A. Palmer, Manager; and J. Heaton, Superintendent of dredge for the company. Home office, San Francisco.

The course of the channel is east and west, slate and sandstone bedrock tilted. Pay gravel about 20 feet deep. About 100 acres have been worked. Dredge equipped with 5-cubic foot buckets and 6'X30' screens. Power from Northern California Power Company. Boat handles about 60,000 cubic yards per month. Twelve men employed. Three new hulls have been built by present company. Ground worked in the early days with rockers and was rich.~

 

Sunday
Oct312010

Igo

From an undated Shasta County Report pasted in a scrapbook and photocopied:

IGO - Twelve miles southwest of Redding, a mining town in township 31, north, range 6, west, is one of the neatest and prettiest in the county, full of thrifty and enterprising citizens, who are well deserving of the prosperity they enjoy, and who always see that their public school is of the best. Orders of the Masonic fraternity, Odd Fellows and Good Templars are established here.~

1871, The Pacific Coast Business Directory, Igo residents received their mail through the Post Office at Shasta, 9 miles away. George Kittredge Willard was in the general merchandise business at that time.~

1873, IGO -This 3rd class post office was established 14 July 1873. Olonzo Engle was the 1st Postmaster.

Some say that the word Igo is of an Indian language. The idea that it was of Chinese origin is incorrect.

The most accepted version is that the surveyor laying out the town of Igo, 1/4 mile "down the hill" from Piety Hill, stayed with the George McPherson family while he was doing his job. Each morning when he and George would finish breakfast and get ready to leave for work, one of George's young son's, probably Eugene, would ask could he go with them. Being a young child he would say "I go?"

Upon completion of the town layout of lots, and probably knowing that the post office department did not accept "long words," the surveyor and George decided upon the name of Igo.

The Igo Post Office is still in service. Located in "down town" Igo, Shasta, California. The current zip code is 96047. Ono residents still upset about the discontinuation of their post office, often use their physical address of Ono with the Igo zip code.~

1877 March 12, San Francisco Bulletin Newspaper ran the following under "State Political Notes" -

"The Shasta Courier says at Igo about 500 guns were fired over the election of Hayes and Wheeler and no sober man could get a wink of sleep within 10 miles of the place for 24 hours."

History tells us that the United States Presidential election of 1876, was and still is one of the most disputed and controversial presidential elections in American History. This is the election where Democratic Party candidate Samuel J. Tilden of New York won the popular vote, but lost by 1 electoral vote to Rutherford B. Hayes, Republican of Ohio.

The commission met in January and adjourned March 2, 1877, giving Hayes/Wheeler the electoral vote victory just in time for the Inauguration two days later.~

1877 April - An announcement ran in the Shasta Courier with the following wording: 

I.O.O.F. A Grand Ball and Supper will be given at IGO, on the occasion of the public dedication of the New I.O.O.F. Hall on Thursday Evening April 26, 1877 and no expense will be spared to render the affair satisfactory to all who attend.

Committee of Arrangements: T. B. Smith, Warren Dunham, Joseph Payne, G. W. McFarlin, J. J. Wheelock.

1877, Piety Hill still had more addresses according to the Great Register, but the town of Igo had been surveyed and populated. Some people were more rural with their farming acreage and one man said he lived in Igo City.

The 3rd Class Post Office was established 14 July 1873, with Olonzo Engle as the postmaster. Igo is said to be an Indian word. If not, it may be of a religious source as are Ono and Onward.  The most common story is that the young son of George McPherson kept asking: "I go?" to his father and the surveyor who were laying out the town, so when it came time to name the map, the two gentlemen decided on Igo.

According to the Postal Route map, Igo is located 14 miles NW of Anderson.

Samuel Pannill ALEXANDER, Virginia, Miner, Igo; Edward Truman BLISS, New York, Laborer, Igo; George BLAKESLEE, Connecticut, Miner, Igo; Jacob BLANK, Pennsylvania, Machinst, Igo; Nicholas Alexander BEEVES, Missouri, Miner, Igo; Merrick COOLEY, USA, Miner, Igo; Presley Haycroft CHENOWETH, Kentucky, Laborer, Igo; Rasmus Munford CUNNINGHAM, Illinois, Miner, Igo; James DELAVAN, Michigan, Miner, Igo; Calvin DICKERSON, New York, Farmer, Igo; Melvin N. DICKERSON, New York, Miner, Igo; John DONAHUE, New Brunswick, Laborer, Igo (Naturalization through father); Herschel GAGE, Ohio, Farmer, Igo; Ferdinand GRONER, Wurtumberg [Germany], Miner, Igo (El Dorado County, California); John Baptiste HIGGINBOTHAM, New York, Artist, Igo; Samuel Wesley HAMPTON, Virginia, Miner, Igo; Robert Gibson HARVEY,  Vermont, Miner, Igo; Samuel Ward LINDSAY, Indiana, Laborer, Igo; Gottlieb LOEFFLER, Germany, Blacksmith, Igo (Shasta County); George Washington McFARLIN, Wisconsin, Blacksmith, Igo; Felix McCARTHY, Ireland, Miner, Igo; Joseph PAYNE, Ohio, Laborer, Igo City; Joseph POTTER, Pennsylvania, Miner, Igo; Josepth RITCHIE, Wisconsin, Laborer, Igo; Samuel RITCHIE, Ireland, Laborer, Igo (Shasta County); Samuel Sherman Ward ROBINSON, Illinois, Miner, Igo; Riel Jackson THOMSON, Vermont, Miner, Igo.~

1881, History and Business Directory Shasta County, California - In some cases I  have expanded initials to names and made some corrections in spelling.

Adkins, John Thomas - Farmer; Adkins, Henry William - Farmer; Banks, Samuel - Farmer & Stockraiser; Baker, Prince Thompson - Sawmill; Ballou, Edward L. - Assayer & Amalgamator; Beeves, N. A, - Mine Foreman; Brigman, A (Jones & Brigman) - Butcher; Burns, Jas. - Turkey Raiser; Caswell, Henry - Blacksmith; Criss, J. - Restaurant Keeper; Davis, J W P - Mine Owner; Dexter, - Stockraising; Dickerson, M.. - Hotel; Doll, Valentine - Farmer; Downing, Madison James - Farmer; Drew, James Simpson - Farmer & Stockraiser; Dunham, H. & Co. - Mine Owners; Dunham, Warren - Hotel; Dunham & Leiter - General Merchandise; Engle, Olonzo - Mine Superintendent; Field, J. C. - Sawmill; Fitzhenry, Joseph - Mechanic; Forschler, William - Farmer; Frank, James Madison - Fruit & Stockraiser; Gibson, S. C. - Physician; Gilson, E. - Farmer; Harvey, Robert Gibson - Mine Superintendent; Hemminger, B. H. - Farmer; Hubbard, Stephen Return - Gardening; Jones, Edward R. (Jones & Brigman) - Butcher; Jones,  Thaddeus  A. - Ditch Agent; Kidder, William Samuel Rev. - Assessor; Kingsbury, Charles Nelson - Justice of the Peace; Larkin, John - Stock Dealer; Larkin, Thomas - Farmer; Ludwig, Alexander - Farmer; McAllister, George - Farmer; McCormick, Erwin - Farmer; McCormick, William - Farmer; McFarland, [McFarlin] William Miller - Eagle Creek Merchant; McFarlin, George Washington - Farmer; McJames, - Sheep Raiser; Maupin, Thomas - Farmer; Murphy & Jordan - Sheep Raisers; Murrey, Jacob - Eagle Creek Merchant; Petersen, Martin - Farmer; Peterson, J. - Farmer; Peterson, Rasmus - Farmer; Petty, John Austin - Blacksmith; Post, M. J. - Farmer; Rader, Isaac - Farmer; Regan, James - Miner & Ditch Owner; Rector, A. H. - Farmer; Robinson, J. - Justice of the Peace; Rothwell, Henry - Mine Owner; Russell, Carl - Blacksmith; Shirtland, F. & Henniken Brothers - working Dubuque Mine; Smith, Thomas Burton, Deputy Assessor; Stewart,  - Farmer; Stiller, Augustus Richard - Nurseryman; Strong, J. B. - Fruit Grower; Stuck, Creed - Farmer; Taylor, Alanson - Farmer & Miner; Terbush, George Finchly - Farmer; Thompson, William - Farmer; Voss, Carl - Farmer; Voss, Carl Jr. - Farmer; Weidenbach, Frederick - Saloon; Wheelock, John J. - Farmer; White, Thomas - Mine Owner; Wilder, J. C. - Blacksmith; Willard Brothers (George Kittridge and Charles Frederick) - General Merchandise; Willard, George Kittridge - Postmaster; Williams, Ash - Farmer; Williams, Kenneth - Farmer; *Wray, James - Saloon; Wright, John Pettis - Sawmill

*Business Change: James Wray Saloon, Igo, is now owned by Thomas White. Mr. Wray has gone into the saloon business in Shasta.~

1886, Some rambling notes made by the Independent (newspaper) man as the result of a tour:

. . . We passed through Piety Hill, once a prosperous mining camp, now a suburb of Igo, mostly occupied by Chinese and reached the town of Igo.

About supper time, and domiciled for the night at the caravansary kept by the genial "Doc" Dunham.

In the morning we called on several of the business men of the little town, and found them hopeful of the prospects of spring trade. Trade is a little dull just now, as it is everywhere, but everybody is hopeful. Dunham and Leiter have an extensive stock of merchandise, and keep Wells, Fargo & Co's Express Office. Mr. Cunningham acts as a salesman for the firm, and is obliging and cordial to customers.

Willard Bros., who keep the post office, have quite an extensive establishment comprising s large stock of general merchandise, a lumber yard, and a hay and feed supply department. Mr. C. F. Willard, one of the proprietors, we met, as also so Messrs. Vickers and Downer who assist in the management of the store.

Frank Richmond keeps himself busy at the forge of the village blacksmith shop and seems to be doing a good business.

Among the improvements since our last visit to the town we noted the new Masonic Hall, a neatly furnished two story structure, which is an ornament to the town. After making the tour of Igo, we started for the town with the other euphonious name, Ono.~

1891 January 24, The Republican Free Press published the 1890 Shasta County Population Count on 24 Jan 1891.

Interesting to note:

Igo Township had the largest Chinese population (101), making it almost a third of the entire county (350).

There were 905 Whites, bringing Igo into 7th place of the eleven township divisions, larger than Shingletown, Burney Valley, Sacramento River and French Gulch.

Igo Township was also home to one of the larger Indian populations (65). Overall, 4th place for the county behind Burney Valley (219), Sacramento River (180), and Fall River (73). The City of Redding came in 5th with 64.

There was a category for "Colored." Igo Township had 5. The most resided in Redding (71). At the same time, Redding had (0) Chinese. Anderson had the 2nd largest "Colored" population with 93.

The total population for Igo Township in 1890, was 1,076.

For more information, access http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/pop1890.html or set your favorites for Shasta County Resources.~

9 May 1896, The Free Press- Miss Lottie Kingsbury, who taught the pupils of the fifth grades of the Redding Public Schools during the last term, returned to her house in Igo Sunday.~

1906 March 13, The Shasta Courier, published Tuesday and Fridays, Tuesday  - Special to the Courier Free Press - Igo, March 8: A pleasant dance was given at the Masonic hall in Igo Friday night. Owing to the heavy rain the attendance was not large, but all present expressed themselves as having an enjoyable time. Those present from Ono were were Misses Nellie and Eva McCormick, ; Happy Valley Misses Sarah and Laura Boyer, the Misses Reeds, Grover, Rudolph and Alexander Andre, Gilbert Anderson and Mr. Martin. Music was furnished by Alexander Andre and Roy Ferrell, and a delicious basket supper was served at midnight.

Column continues with brevities: 

H. H. Shuffleton and son, Ed, made a business trip to Redding Thursday.

James Drew and Sheppard Wickson were Wednesday visitors in Igo.

Mr. Caswell has been very busy past few days surveying a tract of land near Igo for C.P. Mattos.

C.P. Mattos is putting up a substantial wire fence around his big ranch.

Mrs. Ferrell and daughter were visiting friends in Igo Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ferrell expect to leave soon for their future home in Humboldt county.

Mrs. C. S. Kingsbury is suffereing from an attack of of erysipelas.

Albert Vestal and Nellie Lewis were visitors to Igo Wednesday.

Walter Peterson was a visitor in Igo Wednesday.

H. H. Shuffleton appeared before the supervisors Tuesday in the interest of the taxpayers of the county to try and prevent gates from being placed across the public highways of the county. We all hope that he met with success.

The weather for the past few days has been fine and we hope to see all kinds of stock improving.~

1909 June 30, Denver Post (Denver, Colorado) - Eva Steele Married this Morning to California Man - Miss Eva Crasy Steele, the clever artist who has been connected with the Denver Post, was married this morning to Harold Wingate Rogers of Igo, Shasta County, California. The wedding was a quiet one, only the relatives of the bride being present, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. Houghton at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 11 o'clock.

Mrs. Rogers is a talented and very attractive young woman, and the daughter of A. W. Steele, cartoonist on The Post. She wore a white tailored suit and carried white roses. Tonight Mr. and Mrs. Rogers leave for California, and their home will be in Igo.~

1910, A fire in Igo destroyed Leiter's Store; Gus Leschinsky's hotel, saloon and lodging house; two barns; an unoccupied blacksmith shop and the home of Mrs. Parsons. Total damages were estimated at $20,000.~

1911, Redding Record Searchlight, Today in History, 17 Oct 2011 for 1911: "When Miss Alma Wright of Igo became the bride of James Rust, she crossed over the Siskiyou County line soon after their marriage ceremony on a honeymoon trip and found herself outside the confines of Shasta County for the first time in her 22 years of life."~

1939, Redding Record Searchlight - Frank H. Beal was sentenced to pay a $25.00 fine or serve 12 days in the county jail today after a hearing before Judge Alice Couey of Igo to answer the charge of having venison in his possession. Beal pleaded guilty and made arrangements to pay the fine.

Beal was cited by Charles Love, Game Warden at Bell Cow Mine on 26 Jan. Love was accompanied by Captain A.A. Jordon of Redding and Warden Roy W. Anderson of Red Bluff when he made the arrest.~

1939, Record Searchlight - Igo School has the largest enrollment in 20 years with a total of 17 boys and girls in all grades but the seventh. Mrs. Sydnie Jones is the teacher. The enrollment is as follows:

Verne Castagnetto, Albert Jones, Bert Garvin, Emma Jones, Betty Garvin, Donna Plumb, Mary Diehl, Donald Reed, Earl Reed, Donald Diehl, Wanda Reed, Betty Jean Diehl, Barbara Palanca, Dolores Pickett, Yola Pickett, Jimmy Pickett, and Carmel Thompson.~

1964 February 9, Redding Record Searchlight, Today in History, 2014 Feb 9 - "Flames destroyed the historic Igo Hotel and burned it to the ground. Igo residents tried to control the fire with garden hoses until the water supply was exhausted. The hotel had a single resident, Tommy Tye, a retired cowboy."~

2008 on-going, Modern Day Place Names - Ron Jolliff has been researching the current names in the general vicinity of Igo and Ono. For example:

DECK WAY - just west of the "Four Corners" there is a short private road called Deck Way. No one knows who named the road, but locals had some command of the local history. "Deck" was the nickname of Felix Leslie Jones who used to own the property on which the road now exists.

FOUR CORNERS - junction of Gas Point Road, Clear Creek Road, Placer Road, and Platina Road.~

 

Thursday
Aug062015

Ingot

1904 May 13, 4th Class Post Office established at Ingot, Shasta County, California. The name comes from the mining process built in the location. Copper and Zinc were extracted from the vast ore and processewd into ingots. Located in a canyon 12 miles NE of Bella Vista, Ingot was once a thriving vicinity.

1904 May 13, Winfred Wright, First Postmaster.

1906 February 23, Harry E. Bush, Postmaster.

1906 February 25, San Francisco Chronicle - Washington D.C., Feb 24 - Harry L. Bush appointed postmaster at Ingot, Shasta County, California.~

1908 January 30, Harry C. Quirk, Postmaster.

1913 November 1, Frank L. Wilson, Postmaster.

1915 November 24,  William McKendrick, Postmaster.

1917 January 30, C.A. Lowman, Postmaster.

1920 July 14, Ralph M. Calkins, Postmaster.

1938 December 16, Mrs. Lottie Garden, Postmaster.

1939 January 9, Mrs. Lottie Willfoung, Postmaster.

1940 August 17, Post Office discontinued and service moved to Bella Vista.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Sep052012

Inwood 

1887 January 6, A 4th Class pst Office was established at Inwood, Shasta County, California. The name comes from a shortening of the phrase "hidden in the woods." Located 5 miles NW of Shingletown and 16 1/2 miles NE of Ball's Ferry, the locale was populated enough for needing its own P.O.

Mary Adams was the first postmaster.

1905, Inwood Schol built.

Lassen Loomis Chapter 1914, E Clampus Vitus Plaque - Dedication 2009 April 25 at Inwood Road, Shingletown, California:

Inwood School was built in the summer of 1905. It was a one room school with one teacher who taught from first grade through the eighth grade. The school was vacant for a few years while a new building was built at Black Butte Road. In 1958 the building was occupied and called the Church of the Wildwood. Later when it became vacant, it was purchased by Greg and Karen Jones in 1992. Greg had it moved from Black Butte Road to Inwood and its present location at 28888 Inwood Road. It is now being used as their living quarters.~

1937 October 22, the post office was moved 1 1/4 miles west of the original location.

1947 June 30, The Inwood Post Office was discontinued and the service moved to Shingletown.

Tuesday
Aug252015

Iron Mountain

1885 December 7, A 4th Class Post Office was established at Iron Mountain, Shasta County, California. The names stems from the rich iron ore discovered here in 1870. Located 8 miles north of Shasta and 17 miles NW of Redding, William A. Taylor was the first postmaster.

1886 August 28, Iron Mountain Post Office discontinued and the service moved to Shasta.

Friday
May252012

Kennet,  Kennett

1886 June 18, 4th Class U.S. Post Office established as Kennet, Shasta County, California. 

Located where Squaw Creek entered the Sacramento River from the west. It was the headquarters for the Squaw Creek Mining District and by 1890 had between 100-125 residents. Originally called Backbone Creek by some German prospectors in 1852, one of the first Europeans to settle here was John Sisk in 1857.

Mining was the focus and this brought Ollie Whitten who built a store, rooming house and saloon at Backbone (1883). Soon, young Charles "Charley" Golinsky (1862-1924) arrived by rail in 1884 and supported by his Uncle Bernhard Golinsky's money, bought the buildings from Whitten.

The town was laid out by Charles Butters and named for a railroad official named Kennet who spelled his name with one "t". It was a mapmaker who spelled Kennett with 2 "t's", so for the entire time the town existed, it was spelled both ways. The railroad spelled it Kennet when at the same time the post office, some newspapers and local businesses spelled it Kennett.

Charles Golinsky, first postmaster.

1893 November 13, Bernhard Golinsky, Postmaster.

1904 March 22, Evening News, Redding, March 22 - Two of the three men who held up fifteen men in a Kennett saloon Saturday night are now in the Shasta county jail. They were captured near Cottonwood yesterday by Constable Morgan and a posse.

Yesterday morning a track walker saw three men two miles north of Cottonwood. He notified the Constable at Cottonwood. The Constable organized a posse to take in the three suspicious characters.

The men were soon discovered in hiding in the brush, One of them fled at the approach of the officers. The other two surrendered.

In the rolls of blankets which they carried were found a shotgun, knocked down, and a rifle. In the men's pockets was found $70 in money.

The two men captured answer the description given by parties robbed in Kennett, and they will be held for identification.~

1905 January 5, Boston Herald, The United States Mining Company has let contracts for the erection of a smelter at Kennet, Shasta County, Cal., to handle the Mammoth Mine ores.~

1907 January 31, Alva L. Merrill, Postmaster.

1911 January 11, Alva L. Merrill, Postmaster.

1914 February 20, Kenneth V. Blair, Postmaster.

1917 March 16, William O'Grady, Postmaster.

1921 October 8, John H. Tucker, Postmaster

1927 July 1, John H. Tucker, Postmaster.

1930 March 27, Mrs. Alice McKay, Postmaster.

1933 April 10, Mr. Alvah Cook, Postmaster.

1942 September 30, service moved to Summit City. Kennett covered by the waters of Shasta Lake.