Brandy Creek

Brandy Creek, stream flows 6 miles to Whiskeytown Lake, 8 miles north-northwest of Igo - 

1869 April 24, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - STILL PAYING - as the result of four days panning out in their claim on Brandy Creek, Blair & Banghart obtained $32. All the indications show that when a good supply of water is obtained this claim will prove to be very rich.~



1893 January 17, U.S. Post Office established at Brewster, Shasta County, Califronia. Located 8 miles south of Dunsmuir, the name was for William H. Brewster who made geological surveys of the area in the 1860's.

Alexander Levy was the first postmaster.~

1895 May 24, Brewster Post Office discontinued and service moved to Castella.~


Bridge Bay Resort

Locality, 17 miles south-southeast of LaMoine along Shasta Lake - 6 miles north of community of Central Valley now called Shasta Lake - Houseboats - Marina - Restaurant

Within the parking lot of Bridge Bay Resort is the California State Government, Office of Historic Preservation's Marker No. 148, commemorating Bass Hill:  "On the summit of Bass Hill a remnent of the California-Oregon stage road crosses the Pacific Highway and descends to Pit River. Because this was a favorite 'holdup' spot in stage-coach days, a marker has been placed in memory of W.L. Smith, division stage agent of the California and Oregon Stage Company, and of the pioneer stage drivers along this road."



Mining Camp situated about 1 mile east of One Horsetown located by Benjamin F. Briggs. No Post Office - AKA:  Breechesburg because the miners wandered about camp without their breeches. Mrs. Briggs protested their slovenly ways and apparently changes were made.~

1852 June 18, Pacific, San Francisco, California - CORRESPONDENCE FROM SHASTA - ...A mile below [Horsetown] on the creek, is Briggsville, quite a lively little place, with a woman in it. And nearby is a rich flat of deep diggings and coyoteings, which delights in the euphonious name of Jackass Flat...~

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.

Landrum = Joel Tucker Landrum (1809 - 1878) Native of Virginia. Resident of Shasta since about 1850-51, in Calaveras County as a miner in 1850 census. Served as Shasta County Judge. Moved to Sacramento. Died there in 1878. Left wife, Marietta Godfrey Landrum (1825-1899).

Ralston = James Ralston~

1853- Briggsville Hotel at Briggsville. Lansdale, Proprietor.~

1854 November 11Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - Is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that the undersigned will apply to the Judge of the District Court of the 9th Judicial District of the State of California, on some day of the next regular term of said Court, held for Shasta County, (said term commencing on the 27th day of November, A.D. 1854), for license to keep, for a period of one year, a toll bridge across Clear Creek in said county, at the point on said stream where the main road leading from Shasta to Red Bluffs via Briggsville crosses said creek. Signed:  Joel T. Landrum, James Ralston. Shasta, Oct. 28, 1854.~

1854 December 16Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - SHERIFF'S SALE - By virtue of a writ of execution issued out of the district Court in and for the County of Shasta and State of California, duly attested, on the fifteenth day of December, A.D. 1854, requiring me to satisfy a judgment in favor of Joel T. Landrum vs. Benjamin F. Briggs, for the sum of five hundred and ninety three dollars and ninety-two cents judgment and two hundred and twenty-seven dollars and twenty-one cents costs of suit, together with accruing costs, I have this day seized and taken in execution all the right, title and interest of said Benjamin F. Briggs in and to the following named property, to wit:  A certain Toll Bridge crossing Clear Creek at Briggsville, in Shasta County and State of California.

Notice is hereby given that I will expose in public sale, in front of Loag's Horse Market, in the town of Shasta, between the hours of nine o'clock A.M. and sundown.

On Saturday, Jan. 13, 1855, all of the above described property to the highest bidder for cash. Signed:  Wm. A. Nunnally, Sheriff. Shasta, Dec. 16, 1854.~

1855 August 25, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BALL AT BRIGGSVILLE - Mr. Stephen Lean would announce to the Ball going portion of the public, that he will open his new and elegant Hotel in Briggsville, On Friday Evening, Aug, 31st with a PUBLIC Ball...~

1855 September 15, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - LIME! LIME! LIME! The undersigned would respectfully announce to the public, that he is now fully prepared to furnish Lime of an excellent quality, at their kiln in Briggsville. Builders will do well to call before contracting elsewhere, as our facilities for burning lime and convenience to  an excellent wagon road cannot be surpassed. Signed:  Samuel Clough, Briggsville, May 16, 1855.~

1855 December 8, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - NOTICE - Is hereby given to all whom it may concern, that the undersigned will apply to the Board of Supervisors of Shasta County, on the 27th day of December, A.D. 1855, for a renewal of License, to keep for a period of one year, a Toll Bridge across Clear Creek in said County, at a point on said stream where the main road leading from Shasta to Red Bluffs via Briggsville, crosses said creek. Signed:  Landrum & Ralston. By Sprague & McMurtry, Atty's. Shasta, Nov. 30, 1855.~

1859 May 28, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - OVER THE PLAINS - A party of miners left the vicinity of Briggsville, a few days ago, for the purpose of returning to their eastern homes via the Plains. They intend to examine the Pike's Peak gold diggings.~

1860 February 4, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BRIDGE NOTICE - Notice is hereby given that we will apply to the board of Supervisors of Shasta County at their next regular term commencing on the first Monday in February, 1860, for a renewal of license to keep a Public Toll Bridge across Clear Creek, at a point where the road leading from Shasta to Red Bluffs crosses the creek via Briggsville. Signed:  Landrum & Ralston. Briggsville, Jan. 11, 1860.~

1861 May 11Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors, May 6th - Bridge licenses were granted to Landrum & Ralston...~

1862 October 25, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - ACCIDENT - A man by the name of Valley, while working on Ralston's bridge, at Briggsville, on Friday, fell to the ground and was badly injured.~

1866 June 2, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Briggsville, on Clear Creek, now belongs entirely to Chinese, and the ground heretofore used as a town site is being more profitably used for mining purposes.~

1867 August 10, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - GOOD PAY - The China company working on the blue gravel lead running through Lansdale's old garden, at Briggsville, are said to be taking out and selling a large amount of gold dust. Dr. Roche owns a claim on the same lead, and has been offered a large sum for it by the Chinamen. The Doctor refuses to sell, however, thinking he might as well have a good thing as the Chinamen.~

1867 October 19, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BRIGGSVILLE - About two years ago a Chinese company purchased the old Briggsville hotel and garden for $1100. They removed the building, fences and fruit trees, and commenced opening a mining claim on the ground. At the time some thought the Chinese had made a poor bargain, and would never get their money back, but the result has proved that the Celestials knew what they were buying. The claim has already yielded several thousand dollars, and is not yet half worked out.~



1879 December 29, U.S. Post Office at Brincard, Shasta County, California established 6 miles southwest of Redding.

Arthur Brincard was the first postmaster.~

1880 March 19, Adolph Minville, Postmaster.~

1880 March 22, San Francisco Bulletin, Pacific Coast Postal Changes - Washington, Mar 21 - Postmasters Appointed:  Adolph Minville, Brincard, Shasta county...~

1881 June 17, U.S. Post Office discontinued and service moved to Igo.~



Village within Pittsburg Mining District located two miles "this side of the town of Pittsburg."



Mining village located in the early 1850's,  nearly 3 miles south of Summit City, along Buckeye Creek. Buckeye Creek flows 3.25 miles to Churn Creek 3 miles south of the town of Shasta Lake. Sometimes called Ohio City, as the first miners were from that state.~

1857 April 3, Sacramento Daily Union, ". . .The dry diggings in the vicinity of Buckeye are now paying well. Buckeye is located on the left side of the Sacramento River, and some eight miles to the eastward of Shasta and is a small town consisting of three stores, one hotel, one meat market, and one shoemaker shop. . ."

1858 August 5 -Buckeye School established to serve the children of the Buckeye mining region so named by pioneers from Ohio, the "Buckeye State."

1858 August 28, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - John S. Follensbee, Inspector; E.J. Exley and Charles Stuart, Judges.~

1858 December 11, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - FIRE AT BUCKEYE - The property known as Killingworth's Saloon and Ten Pin Alley, at Buckeye was totally destroyed by fire on the night of the 3rd inst. With difficulty the adjoining building of Messrs. Logan and Follansbee wsas saved. It was doubtless the work of an incendiary.~

1859 August 6, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - Thomas Battams, Inspector; Robert Hanlin and G.J. Exley, Judges.~

1868 August 15, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election Precincts - Buckeye:  S. Hull, Inspector; T. Battams and D. Whiting, Judges; L. Nichols and D.C. Johnson, Alternates.~

1872 August 17, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - Buckeye - W.T. Hiatt, Inspector; T. Battams and D. Whiting, Judges.~

1872 August 31, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Buckeye Precinct (Township No. 5) - Commences on the east bank of the Sacramento River at the Hughes Ferry (formerly Davis Ferry) run an easterly course along the road to Millville to the Range line between Ranges 3 and 4 west, Mount Diablo Meridian, to Township 31 N. Thence along said Range line to Pit River; thence down said Pit River to the Sacramento River to the place of beginning.~

1880  February 12, U.S. Post Office established at Buckeye, Shasta County, California. Located five miles north of Redding, the name stems from the large number of miners from Ohio, the "Buckeye State." Sometimes referred to as Ohio City. George W. Burtt first postmaster.~

1880 February 12, George W. Burtt, U.S. Postmaster~

1880 February 16, San Francisco Bulletin, Pacific Coast Postal Changes, Washington, February 15th- Offices established - Buckeye, Shasta County, George W. Burtt, Postmaster...~

1881 December 22, James P. Beard, U.S. Postmaster; also 16 January 1882, and 12 August 1903.~

1892 November 5, Free Press, Redding, California - Report of the Buckeye school for the month ending October 28th:  Total number enrolled, 19; average daily attendance, 16; Average number belonging, 17; Per cent of standing in classes:  7th grade--John Hiatt, 91; 5th grade--Etta McKenzie, 95, Loraine heath, 94, Frank Cunningham, 94, Robert Hiatt, 93; Samuel Sandry, 92, Ada Meek,91, James Jeffers, 91; 3rd grade--Mabel Beard, 93, Mary Heath, 93, Maggie Williammson, 93, Harry Sandry, 87; 2nd grade--George heath, 95, Hurlburt Sandry,95, Effie Meek, 93, David Jeffers, 80, Lettie Robison, 88; 1st grade--May robison, 88. Signed:  Lena F. Blumb, Teacher.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers - Buckeye:  H.T. Murrish.~

1899 August 12, Searchlight, Redding, California, Shasta's List of School Teachers, Buckeye:  H.T. Murrish.~

1899 November 22, Searchlight, Redding, California - A marriage license was issued Tuesday to Robert D. Lyon, a native of Pennsylvania, aged 52 years, and Mrs. Florence V. Whiting, a native of California, aged 30 years. Both are residents of Buckeye. The marriage will take place at that town Wednesday.~

1899 December 3, Searchlight, Redding, California - Harry Murrish, teacher of the Buckeye school, was a Redding visitor Satyrday. His school will close next Friday.~

1899 December 9, Searchlight, Redding, California - MINING CLAIMS LOCATED - Theodore Anderson:  Santa Claus quartz mine in Buckeye Mining District.~

H.E. Clawson:  Indiana placer mine in Buckeye Mining District.~

1899 December 10, Searchlight, Redding, California - Harry T. Murrish, teacher of the Buckeye school, accompanied by Mrs. Hugh Williamson, paid Redding a visit Saturday. The buckeye school closed Friday.~

1899 December 30, Searchlight, Redding, California - PROOFS OF LABOR - John F. Baker:  Sober's quartz mine in Buckeye Mining District.~

1902 19 December, William Mason, U.S. Postmaster.~

1902 December 20, San Francisco Call, Fourth Class Postmasters appointed - California - William Mason, Buckeye, Shasta County, vice James T. Beard, resigned.~

1903 - Harry T. Murrish, Teacher.~

1904 July 15, Weekly Searchlight, Redding, California - Judge George Boyle, Justice of the Peace of Buckeye Township, had business at the Court House in Redding yesterday.~

1904 - Harry T. Murrish, Teacher.~

1905 - Margaret Poore, Teacher.~

1906 - Anna Herkner, Macie Jordan, teachers.~

1907 October 23, William R. Marshall, U.S. Postmaster.~

1908 April 6, Annie Landes, U.S. Postmaster.~

1908 April 7, San Francisco Chronicle, April 6 - Annie Landes was to-day appointed postmaster at Buckeye, Shasta county, vice W.R. Marshall resigned.~

1911 July 8, Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed:  Bessie Maxwell.~

1913 February 13, Lora Bales, U.S. Postmaster.~

1915 February 4, Searchlight, Redding, California - A.B. Stevens of Buckeye has been in Redding for a day or so. Mr. Stevens, a former old timer in the Buckeye District, returned to Shasta County only recently, his last place of residence being Sutter City. Eighteen years ago, Mr. Stevens ran a stage between Redding and Old Diggings.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Buckeye, Miss Jennie Cooper.~

1915 December 24, Searchlight, Redding, California, Miss Jennie Cooper, teacher of the Buckeye school, was in this city Wednesday evening to take the train for her home in Red Bluff.~

1918 January 31, Buckeye U.S. Post Office closed and service moved to Keswick, Shasta County, California.~

1923 August 5, Searchlight, Redding, California - TO TEACH IN BUCKEYE - Merrill A. Reese has accepted the appointment as teacher of the Buckeye school for the coming term. He taught last year in Eldorado County. Reese has a family. He probably will make his home in Redding and drive to and from school.~

1938 June 20, Mrs. Betty F. Shelby, U.S. Postmaster.~

1938 July 30, U.S. Post Office at Buckeye re-established with Mrs. Betty F. Shelby as the first postmaster.~

1941 - Myron Woolever, Helen Woolever, Marion Thorpe, Teachers.~

1941 - A.M. Randolph, Clerk.~

1942 August 30, Mrs. Norma J. Wagner, U.S. Postmaster.~

1943 April 5, Buckeye U.S. Post Office discontinued and service moved to Redding, Shasta County, California.~

1963 April 16, established as contract rural station of Redding. This arrangement was discontinued on 31 December 1965.~


Bullskin Ridge

Bullskin Ridge, generally west trending, 9 miles long, center about 15 miles northeast of Millville - The Bullskin locality was 2.5 miles south-southwest of the village of Montgomery Creek -"Bullskin Jack" nickname for saloonkeeper who had a bullskin hanging on the fence at his saloon - Bullskin Post Office was at the residence of Frank Kenyon from 1874 to 1877 - 

1888 July 29, Morning Tribune, San Luis Obispo, California - The Redding and Bieber Stage was stopped last night twenty five miles [from Redding] on  Bullskin Hill by a masked man. The express and mail were both robbed. The loss is unknown. The same stage was robbed about a year ago at the same place.~

1888 August 2, Weekly Bee, Sacramento, California - THE LONE HIGHWAYMAN - A Masked Man  Robs a Stage on Bullskin Hill - The Redding and Big Valley Stage was robbed this morning by a masked man on the top of Bullskin Hill, 25 miles from Redding. The mail and express box were taken. There were no passengers in the stage. Dan DeForest was driving the stage, which was coming this way [towards Redding].~

1888 November 25, Los Angeles Daily Herald - The mail taken last July, when the Redding and Bieber stage was robbed near Bullskin, or Round Mountain, was found Friday, by a boy out hunting, in a gulch near the scene of the robbery. Every letter was opened, there being about five hundred. All the money was taken by the highwayman, but checks and postal orders were not. The letters are being overhauled at the postoffice at Redding and properly distributed.~


Bully Choop

Bullychoop - A "sharp peak" southwest of Shasta Bally on the Shasta/Trinity County line - Mining District -

1899 August 23, Searchlight, Redding, California - NEW MINING CLAIMS - A.J. Temple, J.N. Moon, H. Huelsman--Klondike and Yukon quartz mines in Bully Choop Mining District.~

1899 October 8, Searchlight, Redding, California - W.R. Beall, bonder of the Cleveland property on Bullychoop, has had recorded a notice of appropriation of 100 inches of water, to be taken from Rattlesnake Creek, a tributary of Jerusalem Creek.~

1906 March 16Semi Weekly Shasta Courier- William Beall of the Bullychoop mine arrived in town [Redding] Wednesday evening from that famous property near the Shasta-Trinity border line.~

1923 August 4, Searchlight, Redding, California - LOOKOUT - L.D. Walker has located the Lookout No. 1 and No. 2 mines in the Bullychoop mining district. The mines are on the east side of Lookout Mountain on Jerusalem Creek.~


Bunker Hill 

1881, Going west from Burney Valley hotel, on the road to Redding, approximatley 2 miles, is the Bunker Hill store kept by Robert Crews and family.

Here also was the Bunker Hill School when not in use further out in Goose Valley.

See:  Goose Valley




1891 April 25, U.S. Post Office establsihed for Burgess, Shasta County, California. Named after a pioneer settler along Cape Horn Creek 8 miles north of Montgomery Creek, this was a 4th Class Post Office.~

Miss Helen English was the First Postmaster.~

1892 May 2, Mrs. Helen E. Hall, Postmaster.~

1892 June 22, Silvetus C. English, Postmaster.~

1899 March 18, Searchlight, Redding, California - S.C. English, who tills the soil and raises fruit at Burgess, was in town yesterday.~

1899 October 3, Searchlight, Redding, California - G.W. Bryner, a farmer of Burgess in the Big Bend country, was among the business visitors in the County Seat Monday.~

1899 November 21, Searchlight, Redding, California - Cupid Blodgett did a fine business in the marriage license line Monday. The first was to James F. Williams and Joetta Thorpe. Both are 24 years of age, natives of California and residents of Burgess. The couple were married in the parlors of the Temple hotel at 3:30 o'clock Monday afternoon by Judge Herzinger.~

1903 August 15, U.S. Post Office discontinued and service moved to Wengler.~



Burgettville > Swasey > Glenburn; each with their own headings and articles~

1865, "In the spring of 1865 Bill Burgett from Silver City arrived at the small village with his Indian wife and two children. The town was named for Burgett, who bought out Bowles, operator of the first blacksmith shop in the valley. He built a bridge across Fall River at Burgettville."

The first hotel was built about 1868 by James Estep, Sr.

James Estep, Jr., Redding, was born in Burgettville and served as Superior Court Judge of Shasta County for many years. -Fall River Tidings Newspaper, Fiftieth Anniversary Edition, 1893-1943, published in 1944~

Burgettville, Shasta, California, was located six miles northwest of Fall River Mills (name change from Fall City) in the Fall River Valley. At one time the first town in the Fall River Valley had a church, school, and Masonic Lodge along with other business establishments.~

1865 September 2, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - BRIDGE NOTICE - Notice is hereby given that I shall apply to the Honorable Board of Supervisors of Shasta County, at their next regular meeting, for a license to keep a Toll Bridge at a place known as Burgett's Bridge, on Fall River, situated about 1 1/2 miles east from Fort Crook. Signed:  William H. Burgett, August 12, 1865.~

1869 March 11, William Burgett married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Selvester. Lizzie died in 1873.~

1871 April 13, The Post Office was in Burgettville from April 1871 to  December 1876; re-established January 1877, then discontinued January 1888, when it was taken over by a new town called Swasey.

1871 April 13, John E. Mooers, first postmaster.~

Burgettville was named for William "Bill" Burgett. A story is told that Burgett found it was illegal to sell liquor within a mile of a military reservation, so he paced off the exact distance of 2 miles south of the Fort Crook boundary to establish his store and blacksmith shop. William Burgett's first wife was an Indian woman and the couple had two children. Mrs. Burgett died in 1869 and later William married one of Josh Selvester's daughters. Burgett had sold most of his land to Selvester in 1869, but he kept his store. Burgett was noted for being a reasonable and responsible negotiator when it came to resolving White-Indian problems that occurred in the locale during ithe 1870's.

Even though William Burgett's namesake town is in existance, you'll find him as a resident of Fort Crook on the 1877 Great Register.~

1873 April 27, William Burgett married Mary Jane Countwright.~

1876 April 3, Sacramento Daily Union - Postal Changes on the Pacific Coast - Washington April 2d - Postmasters Appointed:  Joshua Selvester, Burgettville, Shasta county, California.~

1877 January 2, Joshua Selvester, Postmaster.~

1877 April 30, George Mitchell Rock, Postmaster.~

1877, The list of residents in the Great Register for the County of Shasta, 1877, read as follows: 35, Joshua T. ANGLIN, Pennsylvania, Farmer 149, Francis BROWN, New York, Farmer 151, Casper BOSWELL, Illinois, Farmer 160, Jacob, BARD, Pennsylvania, Physician 185 Knowlton BARRETT, USA, Laborer 208, Wallace Clinton BARRETT, Michigan, Farmer 209, Joseph BODLY, Ohio, Farmer 319, Morgan CLARK, Ohio, Farmer 347, John Sharrah CRAIG, USA, Farmer 533, Granville EDES [EADES], Kentucky, Farmer 535, Peter EILER, Virginia, Clerk 536, William Joshua EVERETT, Tennessee, Blacksmith 594, Thomas Jefferson FRAZIER, Ohio, Farmer 679, James GREENLEE, Illinois, Farmer 679, John Frederick. GROS, USA, Farmer 682, Samuel GORDON, USA, Farmer 798, Absalom Benton HARDEN, Kentucky, Physician 799, Sears HAZEN, Pennsylvania, Farmer 816, Chancey Augustus HORR, USA, Mail Carrier 817, William Henry HINES, USA, Blacksmith 949, Alvin KETCHUM, New York, Farmer 1018, Alfred LYCAN, Illinois, Farmer 1159, James Joseph MOSS, USA, Farmer 1165, Nelson MILLER, Michigan, Farmer 1166, James H. MOORE, Kentucky, Farmer 1167, John Edward MOOERS, Maine, Miner 1171, William [Willard] Crockett McFADDEN, Maine, Laborer 1257, Silas Prior NICHOLSON, Ohio, Stable Keeper 1259, Sterling Harry NEWELL, USA, Cook 1350, Lyman Hall POWELL, New York, Farmer 1443, Carydon RYAN, Pennsylvania, Carpenter 1588, Edwin R. SAMPSON, Indiana, Farmer 1589, John SARGENT, Virginia, Farmer 1590, Samuel SARGENT, Illinois, Farmer 1592, Thomas Harrison STORY, England, Hotel Keeper (6th Sec Reg Act) 1604, Jasper STANLEY, Iowa, Farmer 1611, Harber STANLEY, Iowa, Farmer 1631, John Brady STEWART, Pennsylvania, Farmer 1715, George THOMPSON, Ireland, Farmer (Naturalization through father) 1716, Simeon T. THORNTON, Indiana, Farmer 1717, James W. THORNTON, Missouri, Farmer 1718, Edward Robert TAYLOR, USA, Miner 1760, Jacob VAN SCOYCK, Ohio, Laborer 1867, Ebenezer Lansing WARNER, Pennsylvania, Carpenter 1872, Joseph WILLIAMS, Arkansas, Laborer.~

1878 June 13,  J. H. Wiseheart, Postmaster.~

1878 July 18, John E. Mooers, Postmaster.~

1883 February 24Shasta Courier- The Masonic Hall at Burgettville is approaching completion and the structure will be a credit to the town.~

1883 April 7Shasta Courier- Odd Fellows are flourishing and Masons almost ready to organize in their new hall at Burgettville which is tastefully finished.~

1883 April 7, Shasta Courier - Miss Susie Cadwell has left for Burgettville where she will teach school the coming summer.~

1884 May 3, Shasta Courier, "Burgettville has a two-story building; the lower part is used for a school house, and the upper for a Masonic Lodge."~

1886 September 18, Shasta Courier - Superintendent's Visits - Burgettville School closed unexpectedly, the teacher being  called away on pressing business, hence no report can be made.~

1886 December 14, William C. Selvester, Postmaster.~

1887 January 18, Florence A. Mooers, Postmaster.~

1887 July 30, Shasta Republican - BURGETTVILLE is a thriving little town situated on Fall River[stream], in the midst of the fertile portion of the valley, is six miles northwest of Fall River [Mills]. The new wagon road to Sisson [Mt. Shasta City] will start from this place, and is bound to make it boom. The town has a fine church, schoolhouse, town hall, and a flourishing lodge of Masons.~

1887 August 19, Alexander O. Mooers, Postmaster.~

1888 January 17, Now Swasey, Shasta, California Post Office. Named by H. M. Swasey, who built a mill at the site located 6 miles northwest of Fall River Mills.~

John R. Crichton, First postmaster.~

1888 January 17, Menander O. Mooers, Postmaster.~

1889 October 28, Amos W. Gordon, Postmaster.~

1892 March 5, P O discontinued. Name changed to Glenburn.~

1892 September 17, Free Press (Redding, California) - Florin Bros. have commenced operations on the new bridge at Burgettville with a full force of men and expect to have it completed before October 1st. With their 1000-pound hammer used for driving piles, and other necessary machinery, they will undoubtedly do a good job of work.~


Burney Valley > Burney

Burney Valley was named by R. M. Johnson for Samuel Burney who came to the area in 1848 - Burney (Town) is located 43 miles east-northeast of Redding - Burney Mountain, nearly 6 miles south-southeast of Burney - Burney Creek flows 30 miles to Lake Britton less than 1 mile north of Burney Falls - Burney Falls, on Burney Creek, located 11 miles west of Fall River Mills - McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park: 24898 State Highway 89, Burney, California location of the 129-foot high water falls unique for its never changing water volume - President Theodore Roosevelt once called it "the eighth wonder of the world."

Post Office - Schools:  Burney Valley, Mt. Burney

1859 April 6, Red Bluff Beacon -  A WHITE MAN AND INDIAN BOY MURDERED - Louis Yank and R. Johnson returned last week from Pit River Valley, where they have been "snowed in" during the winter. On their way down they passed the place lately located by Mr. Predmore for a ranch, about eighteen miles west of Fort Crook. Here they found the dead bodies of a man named Burney and an Indian boy, who had been left in charge of the place. The body of B. was found a short distance from the house covered with rocks. The boy was about three hundred yards from the place. His throat was cut. Appearances indicated that the boy had been compelled to pack the provisions amounting to several hundred pounds and other effects, to that distance, and that he was then cruelly butchered. An unfinished leter, written by Burney was found, dated the 11th of March, from which it appears the last act of his existence was writing the words:  "There are three Indians in camp at this time," at which instant, from appearances, he was struck on the back of the head with a hatchet. - Shasta Republican~

1863 - Cornaz Trading Post built by Julius Cornaz, pioneer settler of Burney Valley. There was also Cornaz Lake named for Julius Cornaz.

Per undated notes of (my Great Aunt) Bessie Haynes Bosworth (1900-2003):  " The Burney Valley School sat in the pine trees halfway between Burney Valley and Long Valley, later known as Black Ranch. It was a small, unpainted building about 12 X 16 feet."~

1869 August 2, Burney Valley School established.~

1869 August 7Shasta Courier, From the Board of Supervisors Meeting of August 2, 1869:  Ordered that a school district be established according to petition to be known as Burney District to include all that portion of Burney Valley and vicinity not included in any other organized district.~

1872 March 16Shasta Courier, School Money from State - Burney Valley, 38 children, $82.99.~

1872 December 6,  Burney Valley Post Office was established 6 December, 1872, with Henry N. Murphy as postmaster. On 17 December 1894, Burney Valley Post Office became Burney (Valley was dropped) for the village that had grown up along Burney Creek at the foot of Burney Mountain.~

1875 August 25, George R. Carman, Postmaster.~

1875 December 3, Asa White, Postmaster.~

1876 March 14, Robert Crews, Postmaster.~

1877, Per the Great Register for the County of Shasta, California, 1877: 162, Elias Edward BROWN, Illinois, Farmer; 165, Harvey Edward BAKER, Iowa, Farmer; 173, Benjamin Taft BIBBENS, USA, Farmer; 217, William Wesley BROWN, Oregon, Farmer; 313, Henry COOK, Iowa, Miner; 797, William Luther HOWE, Wisconsin, Farmer; 803, Godfrey HOFFMASTER, Germany, Butcher (Alleghaney, Pennsylvania); 812, John HATHAWAY, USA, Laborer; 820, Thomas Kirkland HAYS, Pennsylvania, Carpenter & Stockraiser; 842, James Armstead HULSEY, Arkansas, Stockraiser; 843, Walter Scott HAYS, California, Stockraiser; 896, William Alexander JONES, Canada, Farmer (born Canada of American parents); 953, John David KIRK, USA, Farmer; 972, Johan Frederick KNOCH, Germany, Farmer (Shasta Co.) - jf; 1163, William Monroe MOORE, Missouri, Farmer; 1177, Diedrich MURCKEN, Germany, farmer (Plumas Co., California) - jf; 1256, John NICHOLS, Illinois, Farmer; 1342, Daniel Hall PITNEY, New Jersey, Farmer; 1459, Frank David Ray, New York, Farmer; 1866, Luther WILLIAMHOWE, [Luther William HOWE] Wisconsin, Farmer; 1902, Asa WHITE, Kentucky, Farmer.~

1880 February 24,  Mary J. Johnson, Postmaster.~

1880 March 1, San Francisco Bulletin, Pacific Coast Postal Changes, Washington, February 29th- Postmasters appointed:  Mrs. Mary J. Johnson, Burney Valley, Shasta county...~

1881 August 27, Shasta Courier Brief Report of School Visit by the County Superintendent - August 18:  Burney Valley Grammar School. 17 pupils. L. Layton, Teacher. 25 volumes have been added to the library this year and many needed improvements have been made.~

1882 January 13, Timothy Desmond, Postmaster.~

1882 January 16, San Francisco Bulletin - Pacific Coast Postal Changes - Postmasters Appointed:  Timothy Desmond, Burney Valley, Shasta county, Cal.~

1884 August 30, Shasta Courier - School Report - The following is a report of the Burney Valley School for the month ending August 15, 1884. Number of pupils enrolled:  14. Average number belonging:  12. Average number attending:  11. Percent of attendance:  93. Roll of honor:  Ettie Cruz, Asa Fitzpatrick, Darwin Johnson, Nora Cruz, Nona Cornaz.~

1884 November 13, Charles A. Teel, Postmaster.~

1885 May 16Shasta Courier - School Report - The following is a report of the Burney Valley School for the month ending April 24, 1885. Whole number enrolled:  19. Average number belonging:  15. Average number daily attendance:  14 3/4. Percent of attendance:  98. Those who deserve special mention for good lessons and deportment are Eddie Cruz, Mamie Kirk, Alick Fitzpatrick, Nora Cruz, Darwin Johnson, John Cornaz, Asa Fitzpatrick, Edna Bidwell, Rawson Hays and Nona Cornaz.  Signed, Madge A. Welch, Teacher.~

1886 September 18, Shasta Courier - Superintendent's Visit - Primary enrollment, 39. F.R. Lowe, teacher. Quite a number of pupils from other districts have attended school here this summer. Extensive improvements are concentrated in this district. A new location will probably be selected, and a fine school house built before another term. J.F. Conaz, clerk.~

1887 March 7, Mt. Burney School established.~

1887 March 19, Shasta Courier - SUPERVISORS' PROCEEDINGS of March 7, 1887 - Petition for the formation of a new school district in Burney Valley to be known as Mt. Burney District presented to the board and granted.~

1887 July 30, Shasta Republican - BURNEY VALLEY is twenty miles south of Fall River Valley, and is next in importance in size. The valley is well watered by a number of streams, the largest being Burney Creek, and is settled by an enterprising and industrious class of people. The town is also known as Burney Valley, and has two well-stocked general merchandise stores, one hotel and a blacksmith shop. The road passing through the valley is traveled by the stage and all freight teams hauling from the railroad to points north.~

1887 September 10, Shasta Courier - Items From All Sources - Charles A. Teel of Burney Valley has gone into the real estate business. He learned how to work that sort of business in Los Angeles.

Billy and Chris Bidwell of Burney Valley haved traded their store to Ben Bainbridge for his ranch and have gone into the stock raising business.

While Mrs. T.B. Smith, Mrs. William E. Hopping and Mrs. Johnson of Shasta were driving a buggy down the steep hill into Burney Valley a few days ago, one of the horses became fractious and an upset resulted. All three of the ladies were considerably bruised but are in luck that more serious consequences did not ensue.~

1887 September 22, Eugene Blackborn Bainbridge (1849-1922), Postmaster.~

1887 October 29, Shasta Courier, E. B. Bainbridge is the new postmaster at Burney Valley.~

1888, Verona Teel, Teacher; L. Brewster, Clerk.~

1888 July 21, Republican Free Press, J.A. Brown and E.B. Bainbridge have bought R. Crew's Store.~

1889 September 1, Albert W. Gale, Postmaster.~

1889 October 12, Republican Free Press - The Odd Fellows of Burney Valley will meet tonight at the Burney Valley Hotel for the purpose of taking action to form a lodge and build a hall.~

1890 January 11, Charles Gracie (Tracie?), Postmaster.~

1891 August 8, Shasta Courier - List of Appointed Teachers - Mary Snell, Burney Valley School.~

1891 August 8, Shasta Courier, List of Appointed School Teachers - Lena Blumb, Mt. Burney School.~

1892 October 22, Free Press (Redding, California) - The postoffices at Burney Valley and Round Mountain have been made money-order offices.~

1894 December 17, Mrs. Eva Vaughn, Postmaster.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle, Shasta County Teachers - Burney Valley:  Florence Hays.~

1895 August 19San Francico Chronicle - Shasta County Teachers - Mt. Burney School:  Mrs. C. Tracie.~

1895 September 5, Olsa T. Fitzpatrick, Postmaster.~

1897 September 11, Shasta Courier - Teacher List - Burney Valley:  S.N. McKay.~

1897 September 11, Shasta Courier, Teacher List - Mt. Burney:  Gussie Kelly.~

1898 February 28, George M.D. Hobson, Postmaster.~

1899 June 14, Evening News - Redding, June 14 - News comes by stage that the Burney Valley Hotel on the Bieber stage line has been burned. It was a large, two-story building under lease to Timothy Desmond. It is not known whether it was insured or not. The loss is estimated at between $3000 and $5000.~

1899 June 17, Shasta Courier - The Burney Valley Hotel conducted by Tim Desmond at Burney was burned to the ground about 10:00 Monday morning. The fire was caused by a deflective flue. Nothing was saved from the flames. The hotel was a good-sized two-story building.~

1899 October 19, Searchlight (Redding, CA) - Charles Wagner, the farmer, bridgebuilder and general rustler, will return to his home in Burney Valley this morning, after a visit of several days here [Redding].~

1899 November 1, Searchlight (Redding, CA) - Frank Cornaz, the merchant of Burney Valley and one of the tallest men in the county, left for his home Tuesday after a visit here [Redding].~

1900 May 2, Albert W. Gale, Postmaster.~

1903 -1905, Teacher:  Mrs. Leonard Kirk (Augusta "Gussie" Kelly)

1906, Teacher:  Mrs. William Morris

1907 December 26, George J. Grinnell, Postmaster.~

1908 September 26, Phoebe. W. Smyth, Postmaster.~

1908 November 12, San Jose Mercury News, Redding, Nov. 11 - Julius Francis Cornaz [1831-1908], the third white man to settle in Burney Valley, in the eastern part of the county, died Tuesday in the home where he had lived almost half a century. The pioneer was buried at Burney on Thursday. Mr. Cornaz was born in Switzerland in 1831. He came to America in 1851 and arrived in Burney Valley in 1868, coming by the ox team route from Portland, Oregon.~

1910 February 18, Samuel Brewster, Postmaster.~

1911 July 8Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Mrs. Lincoln Braden, Burney Valley.~

1911 July 8, Sacramento Union - Teachers Appointed - Bertha Merrill, Mt. Burney School.~

1915 February 12, Dennis M. Desmond, Postmaster.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Mt. Burney - Miss Helen Hofes.~

1918 August 7, Robert T. Desmond, Postmaster.~

1921  May 19, George W. Levens, Postmaster.~

1922 November 18, Robert A. Peters, Postmaster.~

1923 March 28, Redding Searchlight - Fred Haynes left this city Tuesday morning for his home in Burney in a fine new automobile he purchased here.~

1923 November 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - INTENDS TO SELL - Samuel Brewster of Burney has filed notice that he intends to sell his half interest in a garage business in Burney to his partner, Fred E. Haynes, on November 19. Brewster and Salve Bue, also of Burney, intendd to open a general merchandise store in the former Gale storeroom in Burney.~

1926 December 21, Samuel Brewster, Postmaster.~

1928 August 9, Samuel Brewster, Postmaster.~

1933 December 30, Ralph Brewster, Postmaster.~

1934 February 1, Salve Bue, Postmaster.~

1955 January 4, Sacramento Bee - NEW RAIL SECTION WILL GIVE BURNEY MAIN LINE LINKUP - Burney, Shasta Co. - Completion of a 32 mile extension of the McCloud River Railroad next summer will link the Burney Basin with all points in the United States via three major railroads.

The completion date is scheduled for July 3rd with the driving of a golden spike in Burney. The line will hook up  with the Southern Pacific trackage at mount Shasta, Siskiyou County, and the Western Pacific and Great Northern Railroads at Hambone, Siskiyou County.

The first passenger train to be run from Burney will bring persons from as far north as Seattle and Portland and south to Los Angeles and San Diego. The Burney Recreation Commission, the Burney Chamber of Commerce, the McCloud Recreation Commission, the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Coast Railway Club of San Jose will unite in conducting the ceremonies.

The Central Coast Railway Club is arranging a special train to run from the bay area to Burney to carry several hundred railroad enthusiasts.

The new railroad is reported to be the first built in Northern California in the last 24 years by private capital.

Recently the McCloud Lumber Company purchased 1,500,000,000 board feet of timber in the Burney Basin from the Fruit Growers Supply Company and the stand is expected to last for 50 years. The new rail line has been built to haul cut logs from this stand to the mill in the town of McCloud, as well as products from mills in the Burney area. Construction costs are expected to be paid for by the revenue originating on the extension during the next 30 years.~

1956 April 30, Mrs. Irma K. Brann, Postmaster.~

1957 April 29, Alfred E. Rider, Postmaster.~

1966 November 1, Ronald G. Telford, Postmaster.~

1976 November 20, Shasta Historical Society Pioneer Plaque Program, Redding, California, Guest Book for History of Richard Wilkinson Haynes Program:  Johanna C. Giessner (Daughter), Burney, CA; Alice B. Gammell, Burney, CA; Cathe Harris, Santa Cruz, CA; Howard & Carrie Marx, Anderson, CA; Collin & Emmalee Haynes, Hayward, CA; Doris Coates Hicks, Los Molinos, CA; Leon Cathern, Old Station, CA; N.W. Haynes, Anderson, CA; Marian & Mary Greenhalgh, Anderson, CA; Pat Bosworth, Cottonwood, CA; Elener Haynes, Redding, CA; Eva Ruth Haynes Giessner (Daughter), Cassel, CA; Claud Fullerton, Redding, CA; Luann Bosworth, Cottonwood, CA; Rebecca Bosworth, Chico, CA; Louise Guthrie, Pittville, CA; Babe Hillman, McArthur, CA; Sarah Haynes Miller, Ukiah, CA; Clarence Coates & Family, Redding, CA; Mr. & Mrs. Clay Coates, Red Bluff, CA; Floyd & Maxine Summers, Fall River Mills, CA; Opal L.?, Fall River Mills, CA; Marjorie Bidwell Earnest, McArthur, CA; Clifford & Elizabeth Coates, Red Bluff, CA; Virginia, Tamara, Tracie & Teri DeAtley, Hat Creek, CA; C.E. & Lois Startt, Cassel, CA; Beulah L. Martin, Burney, CA; Charlotte D. Grant, Burney, CA; Merrill Grant, Concord, CA; Rudolph & Checkers Giessner, Cassel, CA; Jan L Reuther, Redding, CA; Dale & Pauline  & Tina Goza, Burney, CA; Zoe Hawkins, McArthyr, CA; Bob & Jordi Grant, Concord, CA; Frances Hollenbeak, McArthur, CA; Willis & Mary Albaugh, McArthur, CA; Frances Gassaway, Fall River Mills, CA; Esther Fitzwater, Fall River Mills, CA; Helen Cruickshank, Glenburn, CA; Robert Bosworth, Cottonwood, CA; Percy Creighton, Fall River Mills, CA; Laurie Laughlin, Cassel, CA; Roberta, Kenneth & Elmer Laughlin, Cassel, CA; Elsie Morgan, Anderson, CA; Noel & Lila Knoch, Fall River Mills, CA; Maple James Perkins, Pittville, CA; Lisa Miller, Ukiah, CA; Marshall Grant, Concord, CA; Lillian J. Kent, Fall River Mills, CA; Bruce & Donna Bosworth, Red Bluff, CA; Emily Haynes, Hayward, CA; Bill & Ruth Giessner, Belmont, CA; Bessie Bosworth (Daughter), Red Bluff, CA.~


Bush Bar

Bush Bar,  a locality, 11 mies north-northwest of the village of Montgomery Creek, along Pit River - School - 

1944 January 27, Sacramento Bee - NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT IS FORMED IN SHASTA - The Shasta County Board of Supervisors created a school district known as the Bush Bar district. Most of the former Indian Springs School District is embraced in the new project.~


Buzzard's Roost

1881, History and Business Directory of Shasta County - Buzzard's Roost is located where Oak Run and Reid's Roads meet, along Cedar Creek. (Reid's Road was the Toll Road made in 1875 from Redding to Buzzard's Roost.)

1899 August 23, Searchlight, Redding, California - A.J. Pehrson, the genial hotel man of Buzzard's Roost, paid this city a business visit Wednesday.~


Canon House

Canon House, a popular stopping place at the head of the Sacramento Valley where the road left the valley and started up the canon into the hills on the way to Shasta - Canon Bottom - Canon House School District - 

1854 June 24, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - CANON COURSE - A race will be run over this course on the 3rd of July, between "Yreka Bally" owned by McIntosh, and "Ben Franklin" owned by Cooley. Distance 600 yards. Purse, $2000. - Canon House, June 17, 1854.~

1855 March 1, Daily Alta California, MARRIED - At Canon House, near Shasta, Mr. E.S. Cushing to Miss M. Jane Love.

1855 April 28, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - RACING - On Tuesday last quite an exciting race came off over the Canon House Course. No less than six animals were entered. The race was single dash of 500 yards for a purse of $150. The following were the animals entered:  C.D. Cady's chestnut mare, Mary; James Daigh's bay mare, Emily Jackson; M. Croy's gray stallion, Wake-up-Buck; Tom Duffy's sorrel mare, Lizzy Lane; J.J. Bell's chestnut mare and L. Johnson' bay horse.

Daigh's bay mare, Emily Jackson won the race coming out about forty feet ahead; the gray stallion next, Cady's mare third, Tom Duffy's fourth and the others mixed.

A trotting match will come off on the same track on the 10th of May for a purse of $200.

We are informed that a race for a purse of $500 will be run on the same course on the 22nd of May, by Jackson's bay horse and Tanner's mare.~

1856 October 6, Sacramento Daily Union - A THROW OFF - The Shasta Courier says the race [Horse Race] at the Canon House, in that county, between Emigrant Lizzie and Missouri Joe, on Saturday, Sept. 20th, was a disgraceful throw off.~

1858 June 26, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - RACING - A race, distance 500 yards, for $300. a side, will come off over the Canon House Course, on the 10th of July, between Kyle's mare "Lize" and Julia & Co.'s mare. Several other races are being negotiated to come off at the same time. Rich sport is anticipated.~

1858 August 28, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Election - W.W. Tracy, Inspector; L.H. Albright and J.J. Bell, Judges.~

1859 August 6, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Judges and Inspectors of Election For 7th Day of September 1859 - Canon House:  W.W. Tracy, Inspector; J.J. Bell, William Armstrong, Judges.~

1860 May 9,  Canon House School established.~

1860 October 13, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Judges and Inspectors of Election for 6th Day November 1860 - W.W. Tracy, Inspector; J.J. Bell, William Armstrong, Judges.~

1861 March 30, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - STRUCK BY LIGHTNING - On Sabbath last, near the Canon House, a wagon, with freight for S. Seelig, and Hollub & Isaacs of this place [Shasta] belonging to J.H. Gossett, of Red Bluff, was struck by lightening. Both horses were instantly killed, and the driver, a son of the proprietor of the team, was considerably stunned. The goods were set on fire.

The Red Bluff Independent says Mr. Gossett is poor and illy prepared to sustain the loss. A purse of $180. was made up by some of our citizens for Mr. G. Let the people of Red Bluff act with the same liberality, and Mr. G's family will not suffer from the loss of their chief means of support.~

1865 February 25, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - FIRE - At the Canon House, on Saturday night last, the building belonging to Mr. B.S. Ward and used as a school house, took fire from an ash box, and was entirely destryed, consuming all the school books and other material within it. Another house will soon be erected in its place, and the teaching of young ideas how to shoot will be resumed.~

1866 December 8, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - STAGE UPSET - The Red Bluff stage was upset near the Canon House, on Monday morning last, while passing a bad place in the road. There were ten passengers on board at the time, and several of them received bruises and contusions. A.P. Ladd, who was going down as messenger for Wells, Fargo & Co., was severely hurt by striking upon his shoulder, and another passenger had his wrist dislocated. No blame is attached to the driver, as the accident was unavoidable.~

1867 November 16, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - SHOT AT - Last Saturday evening, as Sam Richards was riding along the road near the Canon House hill, he observed two men emerge from the shadow of a tree near the roadside and start for the road with the evident intention of intercepting him. Not desiring to cultivate their acquaintance, Richards put spurs to his horse and passed them before they could gain the road. Seeing that they were foiled in their attempt to intercept him in the road, one of the men fired a shot at Richards but without effect. Robbery was undoubtedly their object. We are also informed that these rascals visited the ranch of Mr. Densmore on Sunday night but took alarm and fled without stealing anything.

This county is well applied with thieves and robberies at present.~

1869 February 6Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Board of Supervisors February Term Meeting of 1869 February 1, Ordered, that the petition changing the boundary line of Canon House and Buckeye School districts, be granted, as follows:  The the line of the Canon House district be extended from the road leading from Davis' Ferry to the South Cow Creek mill, on the east side of the Sacramento River, along up and parallel to said river, and embracing all the territory one and a half miles east of the banks of said river, to a point opposite Gold Run, on the west side of said river, Gold Run also being one of the boundary lines of said Canon House district.~

1869 November 20, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - ROBBERY - Mr. J.W. Spann, who resides near the American Ranch, in this county, reports that he was stopped on the road near the old Canon House, a few days ago, by a couple of footpads, and robbed of $35.~

1873 February 1Weekly Shasta Courier, Shasta California - SCHOOL - The public school has been commenced in Canon House School District, J.M. Brackett being employed to teach for the term.~



Carberry Flat, area 7.5 miles east of village of Montgomery Creek and nearly 2 miles north-northeast of Carberry Mountain, a peak nearly 7 miles east of the village of Montgomery Creek -



Locality, 8 miles northeast of Burney - Post Office - Toll Station - Chalk cliffs - Murcken & Knoch - Pit River - Hat Creek - Highway 299E - Farming - Ranching - School:  Albion -

1882, A school house, built near Carbon and the white "chalk" cliffs near Pit River and Hat Creek, was given the name Albion or Albion District for Shasta County education administrative purposes.~

1882 August 10, Albion School established at Carbon, Shasta County, California. Mr. Cromwell was one of the first teachers. The pupils were the children of Fred and Helena Knoch: Clara, Mary, Lily and Dee Knoch. Additionally, Philip, Grant and Emma Dungan; Ida, George and Frank Scholfield; and, Frank and Archie Brown. - Notes of Bertha Felch Stevenson Maynard~

1884 November 1, Shasta Courier -Fred Knoch and Herman Smith, both residents of Hat Creek, Shasta County, situated about 80 miles north of Red Bluff, came down Saturday bringing with them about 2,600 pounds of butter which they will dispose of in this market. Mr. Knoch informs us that the amount has all been made on his dairy since May 1, including also a small amount he has disposed of to transient customers. He generally visits Red Bluff every fall, bringing down his dairy products, and laying in his stock of goods for the year. He has about 40 cows.~

1885 July 14 -A 4th class post office was established as Carbon, Shasta, California. Moved 1 mile east on 25 May 1910. On 30 November 1923 the Post Office was discontinued and the mail moved to Cassel. The name came from the color of the soil and at one time, Carbon was a toll road station. Located 9 miles southwest of Fall River Mills and 10 miles northeast of Burney Valley. Family story says the post office was torn down in 1942.

Diederich Murcken, [brother-in-law to Johann Frederick "Fred" Knoch], was the first postmaster. [Murcken and Knoch located farming here from their mining activities in Plumas County.]~

1886 September 28, San Francisco Chronicle - Nominations Made By Shasta County Republicans -  The Republican County Convention met here yesterday and nominated the following ticket:  Sheriff, W.E. Hopping; Clerk, A.F. Ross; Assessor, Richard Murcken; . . .~

1887 January 22, Shasta Courier- Mr. Knoch has been appointed custodian of the State Fish Hatchery on Hat Creek until the next run of salmon. Knoch is a partner of Dick Murcken in the ranch business.~

1889 November 9, Republican Free Press [Redding, CA] - D. Murcken of Carbon was here this week for winter supplies.~

1894 April 7, Shasta Courier - D. Murcken of Carbon, who disappeared mysteriously sometime ago, has been located in Bangor, Butte County.~

1894 October 25, Saloma Simpson, Postmaster.~

1894 November 17, Shasta Courier - It is conceded that John W. Brown got a big bargain when he purchased the Knoch and Murcken Ranch at State Fish Hatchery on Hat Creek for $5,000. The land sold is 1,040 acres, considerable of which is under cultivation and on whch are good buildings and water for irrigation is plentiful.~

1895 March 24, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California  Miss Amanda Simmons, who spent the winter here [Redding] at home, has gone up to Carbon on Hat Creek to teach a term of School [Albion].~

1895 June 22, John H. Brown, Postmaster.~

1897 Poll Tax, BE Bennett, CE Brown, Lincoln Braden.~

1897 September 11Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Teacher List - Albion:  Ella Maddox.~

1899-1900 - Located in 1873 on Hat Creek, a tributary of Pit River, in Burney Valley township, Shasta County, ten miles northeast of Burney and seventy miles northeast of Redding, the county seat, nearest banking and shipping point. Ships farm produce. A sawmill is operated by power derived from the creek. Mail every other day.

Braden, L., Blacksmith; Brown, C.E. Sawmill; Brown, J.W., Postmaster; Latham, A.B., Teacher; Manley, L.R., Watchmaker & Painter; Tyrrell, A.E. , Engineer; Tyrrell, D.G., Engineer.~

1899 February 10, Searchlight, Redding, California - Albion School Report for month ending February 1, 1899:  Number of days taught, 10; Number of pupils enrolled, 12; whole number of days attendance, 139; whole number of days absence, 30; cases of tardiness (owing to storm and distance), 116; average daily attendance 7 6-19; name of those not tardy during the month, Abbie Edwards; record of deportment during the month:  Robert Schofield, 98; Abbie Edwards, 97; Lillie Schmittyer, 91; Otto Schmittyer, 91; Isaac Wolf, 98; Elmira Wolf, 95; Gilbert Gipson, 89; Brady Gipson, 80; Fearless Walston, 89; Deidy Walston, 95; Cildy Walston, 94; Daniel O'Neal, 89. Signed:  Mrs. Ella Braden, Teacher.~

1899 August 12Searchlight, Redding, California, Shasta List of School Teachers - Albion: Adeline Latham.~

1901 February 11, John Wesley Brown registered a livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1902 January 16, Lincoln Braden registered a livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1902 August 8, Andrew Franklin Ray registered his livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1903 - Daisy Garroute, Constance Middleton, Teachers.~

1904, 1905, 1906 - Ella Parham Maddox Braden, Teacher.~

1905 October 6, Frank. H. Martin, Postmaster.~

1909 June 21, Maud E. Guill, Postmaster.~

1910 May 25, Nora B. Smith, Postmaster.~

1910 May 26, San Francisco Chronicle - New Coast Postmasters, Washington, May 25 - California postmasters appointed:  Carbon, Shasta county, Nora B. Smith, vice M.E. Guill resigned.~

1913 October 3, Nora B. Smith, Postmaster.~

1915 May 26, Philip Sheridan Dungan registered a livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Albion - T.S. Hays.~

1915 August 28, Searchlight (Redding, California) - J.H. Smith, a farmer living near Carbon, at the junction of Hat Creek and Pit River, was in this city Friday. He comes to the county "seat" only twice a year, and considering the present state of the roads, he may not be back for a full year.~

1915 November 9, Verne H. Bassett registered his livestock brand  from Carbon, Shasta County, Callifornia.~

1916 March 28, Gilbert Worley registered his livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1916 June 15, Robert Scofield registered his livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1918 May 17, Lewis C. Snell registered his livestock brand from Carbon, Shasta County, California.~

1919 October 27, Beth M. Joerger, Postmaster.~

1923 July 7, Louis P. Joerger, Postmaster.~

1923 September 28, Searchlight, Redding, California - ...Mrs. Elsie Bosworth has agreed to teach the school in the Albion District and will begin next Monday...

1923 November 7 - Searchlight of Redding, California - GOOD-BYE CARBON - Washington, November 6 - The post office at Carbon, Shasta county, will be permanently closed November 30. Mail and money order records will be sent to Cassel.~

1934 March 27, Sacramento Bee -  Born:  BEAN - In Los Angeles, March 14, 1934, to Mr. and Mrs. Harris Bean of Four Corners, Shasta County, a daughter. Mrs. Bean was the former Mae Brauer, teacher of the Albion School.~

1941 - Marian King, Teacher, Albion School.~

1941 - Mrs. C.O. Willis, Clerk, Albion School..~




Cassel, a village, 7 miles east-northeast of Burney along Hat Creek

1877 August 8, Hat Creek School established at Cassel.~

1878, H.H. Baker served on the jury for the trial of R. Crews killing E.G. Littrell in June 1878.~

1879 April 24, Redding Independent - Burney Valley Items - Baker's Toll Road is said to be the best by those who travel it.~

1880 January Shasta Courier - Advertisement- Baker's Toll road is a favorite Highway. It commences near Fitzpatrick's in Burney Valley, runs to Baker's Mill on Hat Creek [in Cassel], 13 1/2 miles there to Fall City over a graded gradual grade. This road is more free from steep grades than any other road to Fall river. Feed and pasturing good on the route. Is for sale by the Proprietor. Toll same as other roads. Signed:  H.H. Baker.~

1880 February 7, Shasta Courier - Baker of Hat Creek and Grand Chief Jenkins of Buzzard Roosters were before the Supervisors this week on road business.~

1880 September 25, Shasta Courier - H.H. Baker, proprietor of Baker's Toll Road between Burney Valley and Fall City, called on us Monday. He reports nothing new up that way.~

1881 September 3Shasta Courier - Brief Report of School Visit by the County Superintendent - August 18:  Hat Creek. Primary School with 12 pupils enrolled. J.D. Rose, teacher. School house small and poorly furnished. The library fund this year has been expended for the purchase of school apparatus.~

1881 November 19, Shasta Courier - Brevities - Henry Baker of Hat Creek has taken unto himself a wife and proposes to enjoy life as times passes. [ Henry Baker and Elizabeth Hagerman were married 7 November 1881 in Shasta County, California.]

1882 May 9, Supervisor's Meeting - Baker Toll Road:  Ordered that the report of H.H. Baker, owner of the above named toll road, be accepted and filed and that he be allowed to move his toll gate one-half mile east to the creek known as Rock Creek near his new residence recently erected.~

1882 June 5, Harvey Baker registered his livestock brand from Hat Creek (Cassel), Shasta County, California.

1883 November 10, Shasta Courier- H. H. Baker and his son, Harvey, were down from Hat Creek Thursday. H.H. Baker is about selling his farm on Hat Creek to Charles Brown of Hat Creek Falls.~

1886 September 18, Shasta Courier - Superintendent's Visit - Primary enrollment,16; Miss Louise Spann, teacher. This school house is comfortable and pleasantly located. F.M. Rowlee, clerk.~

1887 December 5, San Francisco Chronicle - The Hat Creek Colony's Success - Flourishing Condition of the Colony on Hat Creek - Redding, December 4:  The colony located on Hat Creek,  fifty miles from Redding, is in flourishing condition. Many buildings are in course of erection, irrigating ditches are being dug, and the clearing of land is actively progressing. A new town has been laid out on the old millsite on the Baker toll road and several lots sold and business houses created. Mr. Meyer, founder of this colony, has gone to southern California to lecture on the advantages of Shasta county and to add recruits to the colony.~

1887 December 16, Joseph W. Lippencott, Postmaster (died 3 August 1893)~

1888 January 7, Republican Free Press - George Meyer arrived from Southern California last month. during the past month he has been lecturing and working that section for the interest of the colony and Shasta County to the site which he has laid out for a town and which he has named Cassel City.~

1888 March 17, Republican Free Press - From Cassel City - William Brownlee, the present owner of the Baker Toll Road, is selling town lots fast and has the best Toll Road in this upper country.~

1888 April 28Republican Free Press - CASSEL CITY CULLINGS - The schoolhouse here, a new one, is scarcely large enough to accommodate the number of scholars who are in attendance. The trustees thought they were building a room sufficiently accommodating but they did not calculate for the large number of newcomers.~

1888 May 26, Republican Free Press - CASSEL CITY CULLINGS - School trustees are to be elected in about two weeks, and it is presumed the right ones will be chosen.~

1888 September 8Republican Free Press - Cassel City Cullings - The school is running smoothly and will continue until about the first of October when it will close for the remainder of the season.~

1889 April 6, Republican Free Press - The Hat Creek School opened on the 18th instant. Mrs. E.E. Smith, teacher.~

1889 April 27, Republican Free Press - S.A. Landes of Cassel is in the city. He looks hale and hearty, and we do not think his severe labors as an attorny has impaired his health to any extent.~

1889 August 17, Republican Free Press- August Giessner, the gentleman who expects soon to start a brewery at Burney Valley, came down to Redding this week for a load of iron and machinery connected therewith.(Located on a Spring north of Cassel village).~

1889 October 26, Republican Free Press- Gus Giessner and Martin Frahm of Burney Valley came down Thursday. Gus has a contest before the United States Land Office with Mr. Fagg of Cassel, and Martin is here for the purpose of taking three German settlers and their effects to the valley.~

1890 August 30, Republican Free Press- F. M. Rowlee, the boss butter maker, was here from Cassel this week.~

1892 April 23, Free Press, Redding, California - Fall River "Mail" Notes - A gentleman by the name of Giessner of Hat Creek [Cassel] has rented the Baker Toll road.~

1892 April 30, Free Press, Redding, California- Cassel Items. I would advise those going north to travel on the Baker road which passes through our town. There are good accommodations at the Cassel hotel for those wishing to stop over a few day. Travelers will find Mr. Giessner, the new tollkeeper, very pleasant and accommodating.~

1892 November 19, Free Press, Redding, California - Died at Cassel, November 3d, in childbirth, beloved wife of August Giessner. Mrs. Lippincott will take the infant left motherless.~

1893 September 5, Mary A. Lippencott, Postmaster.~

1895 February 28, Paul M. Honn, Postmaster.~

1895 July 27, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California - Supervisors Proceedings - August Giessner was appointed Justice of the Peace of Burney Valley Township.~

1895 August 10Shasta Courier, Teacher List - Hat Creek: Ella Maddox.~

1895 August 19, San Francisco Chronicle - Shasta County Teachers - Hat Creek School:  Ella Maddox.~

1897 September 11, Shasta Courier - Teacher List - Hat Creek:  Loraine Bailey.~

1897 Poll Tax:  WJ Bidwell; LL Brewster; CE Brown; FF Brown; WW Brown; Dave Doyel; TM Dungan; MC Dungan; AW Giessner; CC Howard; AL Low.~

1897 May 18, Henry E. Williams, Postmaster.~

1899 February 8, Searchlight, Redding, California - Miss Kate Listar has gone to the Indian School at Cassel where she will assume the duties heretofore performed by Mrs. H.E. Williams, resigned.~

1899 February 24Searchlight, Redding, California - We are informed that down in the vicinity of Hat Creek there is urgent necessity for the formation of a new school district. Our informant states that there are the requisite number of children, some of whom travel eight and ten miles to school while others are forced to stay out of school altogether for the reason that their parents cannot send them so great a distance, nor can they afford to board them with families living nearer the school. If these be the facts in the case they should by all means have a school district of their own.~

1899 February 10, Searchlight, Redding, California - W.W. Brown, the Cassel merchant, was a Redding business visitor yesterday.~

1899 March 23, Searchlight, Redding, California - The Nuptials of Harry E. Houston and Miss Lydia Withrow were celebrated at Cassel on last Saturday by Rev. M.C. Dungan.~[M.C. stands for Michael Combs Dungan]

1899 Apr 22, Searchlight, Redding, California - A.W. Giessner of Hat Creek [Cassel] is in town for a few days.~

1899 August 12Searchlight, Redding, California - Shasta's List of School Teachers - Hat Creek:  Gertrude E. White.~

1899 August 31, Searchlight, Redding, California - Misses Gertrude and Laura White, who have been visiting in Woodland for some time, returned to this city yesterday evening. Miss Gertrude will leave shortly for her Hat Creek School.~

1899 October 29, Searchlight, Redding, California - Charles Sikes and J.W. Reives of Cassel were in town Saturday purchasing supplies. The two are engaged in dairying and farming in the Cassel region. Mr. Sikes was formerly of Churn Creek.~

1899 November 5, Morning Searchlight - Redding, California - BUYING BEEF CATTLE - A. W. Giessner, the bridge-builder and bustling farmer of Hat Creek, arrived in town Saturday evening with a load of butter. He will take back a load of food stuffs for winter. He reports prosperous times in his region. He also  reports a scarcity of cattle at present. The Mountain Copper Company had a representative through there recently who purchased all the cattle he could get. He secured in all 700 head. About 400 of the beeves are in Big Valley at present and 300 on Hat Creek.~

1899 November 19, Searchlight, Redding, California - C.C. Bidwell, a prosperous stockraiser and dairyman of Cassel, accompanied by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary A. Bidwell, relict of the late William J. Bidwell, arrived in Redding Friday evening.~

1899-1900, Shasta County Directory, Cassel located on Hat Creek sixty five miles east of Redding in Hat Creek Valley. Is on Baker Toll Road; mail every other day. The country is rough lava formation with small meadow farms scattered through the valley and considerable alfalfa, grain and wild hay being raised. Dairying and stock raising are the principal industries. Population of valley about 100 whites with equal number of Indians.

Braden, Mrs. L, Teacher; Brown, W.W., General Store; Giessner, August, Bridge Builder; Dungan, M.C., Sawmill (Minister); Lister, Miss K, Teacher, Government Indian School; White, Miss G. E., Teacher; Williams, H.E., General Store, Hotel, Postmaster.~

1902, Shasta County, California, Burney Voters Precinct, but with an address of Cassel:  BIDWELL, Christopher C. 45, William Greene 25; BROWN, Frank Frederick 44, William Wesley 49, John Frederick 21, Charles Henry 52, David Amos 47; [BROWN, John Wesley 56, gave Carbon as address];CONRAD, Friedrich Michael 38; DOYEL, David Louis 27; DUDGEON, James H 61; DUNGAN, Phillip Sheridan 26, Michael Combs 30; FARMER, William Richard 31; FISHER, Noble Andrew 63; GIESSNER, August Wilhelm 49; HONN, Paul Millman 36; PICKETT, Hosea D 47; REIVES, John Wesley 40; RIEGER, Frank 39; ROWLEE, Clark Asa 29; SIKES, Charles Henry 45; SULLIVAN, Lee Hardy 39; WELCH, Newton Elmer 42, Willard Cass 47; WILLIAMS Henry Edward 44.~

1902 April 25, August Wilhelm Giessner registered his livestock brand from Cassel, Shasta, California.

1902 August 31, San Francisco Call, Redding, Aug 30 - KILLED BY FALL FROM A BARN - Louis Pritten, a farmer, fell from a barn on his place near Cassel, in Eastern Shasta County, yesterday and his neck was broken.~

1903 - Lydia N. Brown, Teacher, Hat Creek.~

1904-05 - Marie Compton, Teacher, Hat Creek.~

1904, Cassel Voter Registrations - The following gave their addresses as Cassel, Shasta, California in the 1904 Burney Precinct # 10:  BIDWELL, Christopher Columbus, James Henry, John, William Green; BROWN, Charles Henry, Frank Frederick, John Frederick, William Wesley; CONRAD, Frederick Michael; DOYEL, David Louis; DUNGAN, Michael Combs, Thomas Michael, Ulysses Grant; FARMER, William Richard; FISHER, Noble; GIESSNER, August Wilhelm; HITCHCOCK, Stephen LeRoy; HONN, Paul Millman; KINYON, John; MORRIS, Ernest Robert, Horace; OPDYKE, Andrew Jackson, Foster Levi; PICKETT, H.D.; REIVES, Charley W., John W.; RHOADES, Oney Marion; RIEGER, Frank; ROWLEE, Clark A., SIKES, Charles H., Clarence Walter; SULLIVAN, Lee Hardy; WILCOX, Harvey; WILLIAMS, Henry Edward.~

1906 February 20, Shasta Courier, Shasta, California- CHOKED HIS OWN HORSE TO DEATH - Burney Valley Man Accidentally Kills his own Animal - Lariat too tight around a jumping horses' neck - every member post graduate class in Cassel passes examination - Notes from Burney Section

Cassel, February 16 - Ernie Morris had the misfortune to kill a horse Saturday. It was a wild two year old which persisted in high jumping. It escaped from the high log corral and Morris lassoed it. The rope slipped very tight, and before it could be removed the horse was dead.

The post graduate class in Cassel School took the eighth grade examination last week. Both members passed with very good standings. Irene Bidwell, the only eighth grade pupil, took the examination with the other class and made the best average, after being in the grade a little over six months. Diligent study will accomplish much and if parents would see that pupils spend their spare time in a profitable way, both pupil and teacher would be much benefited.

Mr. and Mrs. John Kinyon are taking care of Frank Brown's ranch during his and Mrs. Brown's absence below.

Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Thatcher visited Mrs. Mary Bidwell Friday evening until Sunday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Rieves and Lloyd Thatcher were Burney visitors today.~

1906 August 14, Otto M. Giessner registered his livestock brand from Cassel, Shasta, California.~

1906 - Frankie Fitzwater, Teacher, Hat Creek.~

1908 - Mrs. G.W. Chester, Teacher Hat Creek.~

1910 October 1, Pacific Rural Press - A creamery and cheese factory was recently built at Cassel, Shasta county. This is the beginning of the dairy industry in this section. Already 300 cows have been promised to furnish milk for the creamery.~

1912 February 5, Sacramento Union - Cassel, Shasta Co., Feb 4 - The friends and neighbors of Otto Giessner of Cassel gave him a very pleasant birthday party last Sunday evening at the home of his parents. All sorts of amusements and a delicious supper were on the evening's program. The guests of the evening were:  Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Dungan, Mr. and Mrs. John Kerns, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kerns, Mr. and Mrs. David Doyel, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rieger, Mr. and Mrs. John Kenyon, Mrs. R.A. Wilcox, Mr. and Mrs. A.W. Giessner. Misses Lillie Hobson, Mabel Young, Margaret Heaney, Gladys Smith, Gladys Wilcox, Elsie Giessner, Messers. Otto Giessner, Binger and Harold Hobson, Levi Spaulding, Emil Wagner and Oscar Giessner.~

1912 June 10, Sacramento Union - The Cassel creamery, now owned by A. W. Giessner and operated by his son-in-law, Martin Karpe, was reopened last Saturday on the banks of Hat Creek, about ten miles from Fall River Mills. At present the creamery will turn out about sixty two rolls of buttter daily. As the amount of ice consumed amounts to several hundred pounds daily, Mr. Giessner will install an ice plant to be run in connection with the creamery. This will be the first plant of the kind in this section of the country, where heretofore natural ice has always ineffeciently supplied the demand.~

1913 May 8, Free Press, Redding, California- GIESSNER - HAYNES - A couple from the eastern part of Shasta county were married in the parlors of the Temple Hotel Tuesday evening. Judge J. E. Barbor officiating. The groom was Otto Giessner, son of A.W. Giessner, an old settler of Cassel. The bride was Miss Eva Haynes, daughter of R. W. Haynes, who lives near Burney.~

1913 May 8, Sacramento Union, MARRIED - GIESSNER-HAYNES - In Redding (Shasta Co.), May 6, 1913, by Judge J.E. Barber, Otto Giessner of Cassel and Miss Eva Haynes of Burney, both of Shasta county.~

1913 October 3, Henry E. Williams, Postmaster.~

1914 June 30, Sacramento Union - BORN - Grant - At Cassel (Shasta Co.) June 25, 1914, to the wife of Jesse Grant, a son.~

1914 September 18, Sacramento Union - MARRIED - Rhoades-Grant - At Cassel (Shasta Co.), September 12, 1914, by the Rev. M. Dungan, Olney Rhoades and Miss Lela Grant, both of Shasta County.~

1915 Jauary 27, Searchlight, Redding, California - A KASSEL KID - At Cassel, January 21, 1915, born to the wife of A.C. Cleland, a daughter. Mrs. Cleland was formerly Miss Minna Dungan.~

1915 March 12, Searchlight, Redding, California - Martin Karpe, former proprietor of the Cassel Creamery, arrived in this city from San Francisco Thursday evening. He is on his way to Seattle, whence he will sail to Alaska to engage in mining during the summer.~

1915 April 5, Oscar A. Giessner registered his livestock brand from Cassel, Shasta, California.~

1915 May 26, Searchlight, Redding, California - HAUL WATER - The Cassel Creamery, located at the bottom of Hat Creek Valley, just on the outer verge of the mud flood of Friday is running, but all water has to be hauled from a spring a mile away.

In the valley proper, water for stock and household purposes is hauled from C.C. Bidwell's plcae, some of the families are staying with the ruin making a haul of threee and a half miles. Ranchers who own much stock have driven them over into Rock Creek and Burney Creek valleys, where they may have drinkable water at close range.~

1915 May 30, Searchlight, Redding, California - Herman Giessner, proprietor of the Cassel Creamery, arrived in Redding from Hat Creek with a ton load of butter Saturday evening. He will sail fro Weaverville Sunday morning. Mr. Giessner says the flood did not damage him further than to make it necessary for him to haul all water needed in the creamery for a distance of half a mile. He declared there is not a live fish in Hat Creek from its source to below Cassel and beyond that point he does not know what happened.~

1915 June 13, Sacramento Union, MARRIED - In Redding (Shasta Co.) June 11, 1915, by Justice of the Peace Herzinger, Herman Giessner of Cassel and Miss Anna Haynes of Burney, both of Shasta county.~

1915 July 7, Sacramento Union - BIRTHS - KERNS - at Cassel, (Shasta Co.), July 1, 1915, to the wife of John Kerns, a son.~

1915 August 1, Searchlight, Redding, California, BORN, in Cassel, Cal., Wednesday, July 28, 1915, to the wife of Emil Robert Feuz, a son.~

1915 August 8, Searchlight, Redding, California, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Clark, who have lived in Cassel since last October, were in Redding Saturday morning to take the train for their old home in San Jose, where they will remain. Mr. Clark was butter maker at the Cassel Creamery.~

1915 August 14, Searchlight, Redding, California - TEACHERS CHOSEN - Hat Creek- Mrs. Leila S. Wright.~

1915 October 26, Searchlight, Redding, California, George D. Hobson, farmer and stockraiser at Cassel. came to Redding Sunday on Fowler's auto stage.~

1915 November 19, Searchlight, Redding, California - Mrs. John C. Kerns of Cassel and Miss Bertha Bass of Montgomery Creek were arrivals yesterday from the eastern part of the county. They are at the Lorenz.~

1915 December 7, Searchlight, Redding, California, DIED IN CASSEL - Edward Robert Feuz, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Robert Feuz, died in Cassel last Thursday. The little one was aged only four months.~

1919 February 28, Sacramento Union - Redding, Shasta Co., Feb 27 - Wednesday was naturalization day in the Superior Court before Judge J. E. Barber. Two new American citizens were made - Martin Karpe, Stockman and farmer of Cassel, and John Pehan, owner of the Centerville Winery. Karpe was a native of Germany, and had resided in this county since early boyhood days. Pehan was a native of Italy.~

1919 October 2, Sacramento Union - H.E. Williams of Cassel, Shasta county, owner of the Williams telephone system, has petitioned the railroad commission for authority to sell the plant to E.R. Feuz, also of Cassel. Williams says his telephone system covers the distance of 125 miles, has 100 customers, and has no indebtedness, no stocks and no bonds. He estimates that the plant is worth about $5000. He gives advancing years as his reason for selling out.~

1920 April 16, Juliet H. Feuz, Postmaster.~

1923 March 21, Henry E. Williams, Postmaster.~

1923 March 28, Redding Searchlight - Otto Bolling and Oscar Giessner, both from Cassel, were in this city on business Tuesday.~

1923 June 5, Searchlight, Redding, California - T.M. [Thomas McKee] Dungan of Cassel, who is ill at the St. Caroline hospital, is improving rapidly and expects to return home in two weeks.~

1923 August 5, Searchlight (Redding, CA) - BORN - in Cassel, California, Sunday July 29, 1923, to Mr. and Mrs. Otto M. Giessner, a son - Lawrence Alton Giessner.~

1923 September 20, Searchlight, Redding, California - Mrs. E.R. [Emil Robert] Feuz was an arrival in this city Tuesday afternoon from Cassel. Her husband is the Cassel merchant and postmaster.~

1923 September 22, Searchlight - Don't forget the big masque ball at Cassel, California, Saturday night, September 29. Music by Pit 5 piece orchestra. Prize for best dressed couple. Masks can be obtained at hall.~

1928, Hat Creek School District, (school located at Cassel) Annual Report of Eighth Grade for Period ending 28 Jan 1928. All students had a post office address of Cassel. The teacher was Frances E. Kennedy:

Abbie Fuller, Ben Kerns, Robert Davis, Hedwig Feuz, Ella Feuz, August Giessner

Final Report of eighth Grade of Hat Creek School District 1 Jun 1928. Frances E. Kennedy, Teacher:

Ella Louise Feuz, Hedwig Feuz, August Giessner, Benjamin Kerns all of Cassel

Hat Creek School District Report ending 28 Jan 1928. Teacher, Frances E. Kennedy-

Fifth Grade:  Emma Feuz, Elmer Giessner

Fourth Grade:  Scott Kerns, Rudolph Giessner

~ From the school records in the Otto & Eva Giessner Memorabilia, in my possession. My grandparents housed Hat Creek School teachers as well as students at various times.~

1934 December 10, Ella L. Feuz, Postmaster.~

1935 May 8, Thelma May Porter, Postmaster.~

1941 October 1, Martin Karpe, Postmaster.~

1941- Susan Soderman, Teacher, Hat Creek.~

1941- Miles Cain, Clerk, Hat Creek.~

1942 November 28, Juliet H. Feuz, Postmaster.~

1943 May 17, Juliet H. Feuz, Postmaster.~

1944 February 23, Fall River Newspaper, JULIET FEUZ LAID TO REST SUNDAY - Funeral Services for Mrs. Juliet Feuz, Cassel postmistress who died last Saturday [18 Feb 1944] from a heart attack, were held at 2 pm Sunday at the graveside in Pine Grove Cemetery at McArthur.

The Rev. C.N. Schuchman of the Fall River Mills Community Church officiated.

Casket bearers were Chester Bethel, Otto Giessner, David Doyel, Allen Brown, C.M. Bidwell and Ben Kerns.~

1944 March 21, Elva Odessa Kinyon, Postmaster.~

1944 July 16, Iona Elizabeth Conrad, Postmaster.~

1949 JUly 15, Phyllis A. Zuza, Postmaster.~

1969, Cassel (Shasta). The former name, Hat Creek, was changed to the present name by the Post Office Department in 1888 at the instigation of real-estate promoter named Myers, whose birthplace was Cassel, Germany. - California Place Names, The Origin and Etymology of Current Geographical Names, Erwin G. Gudde, 1969.~

1975 July 31, Eleanore M. Castro, Postmaster.~

1975 October 25, Geneva L. Thompson, Postmaster.~

1977 September 9, Nancy L. Knudsen, Postmaster.~

1977 December 3, Shelley J. Knapp, Postmaster.~

1979 February 9, Margaret R. Montgomery, Postmaster.~

1988 Janaury 1, Virginia L. Ondricek, Postmaster.~

1988 February 13, JoAnn Aronson, Postmaster.~

1993 July 22, Betty R. Zywezak, Postmaster.

1993 October 30, Mark C. Leaf, Postmaster.~

1995 September 11, Tim Glaze, Postmaster.~

1995 November 11, Richard L. Hayter, Postmaster.~

2014 September 26, Katie Davis, Postmaster.~

"Hat Creek School District. It first started on the Indian Rancheria on Rising River. Mrs. H.E. Williams taught there for I don't know how long but it was eventually moved to Cassel. It was the first school in this area and a large school too."

"To the best of my knowledge, the school lapsed for 6 years and it was started up again in 1918 or 1920, as my eldest son, August started to school. Also Ben Kerns, Clara Karpe, Hedwig Feuz and Indian families such as the Buckskin children old enough (6 years old)."

"Ida Burg was their first teacher. She stayed with us and drove a buggy taking August to school from here. We kept the teachers here for several years."

"Elmer, my second son's first teacher was Beulah Whipple and she stayed at Sam Kerns' ranch. Rudolph, 3rd son, had Fannie Freedman as his first teacher."

"When P. G. & E. was doing all the work on Hat Creek, there was a large school. I can name most of the teachers that taught Hat Creek School at Cassel:  Mrs. H. E. Williams, first. Mamie McCumber, Ida Burg, Beulah Whipple, Marian Bidwell, Martha Tucker, Fannie Freedman, Charlotte Rose, Grace Durfey, Dorothy West, Miss Kennedy, Van Landen, Lois Startt. There were others but I could not remember."

"My husband Otto was trustee for over twenty years or more. They had quite a time with Van Landen. Learned never to hire a minister for school teacher!"

"Lois Startt had a very bad winter to teach. She skied on snow shoes. The creek froze up so bad, some water ran down our road, so she parked her car here and go on to school on snow shoes. A very cold January." - Eva Ruth Haynes Giessner

(to be continued)




See:  Leland > Castella.