Berryvale > Sisson > Mount Shasta (City)
Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 1:42PM
Jo Giessner

1854, The area known as Strawberry Valley was once called Bear Valley by the primary locators, Robert C.. Daley, John P. King and R. Walling.

1870 April 15, 4th Class Post Office of Berryvale, Siskiyou County, California, established located 40 miles south of Yreka and 10 miles north of Hazel Creek per Postal Route Map. Named for the abundance of wild strawberry vines and berries. Was a stage stop on the California - Oregon Road.

Justin H. Sisson, First Postmaster.

1870 June 11, Marin Journal, New Post Offices - The following new Post offices and changes were made by the Post-Master-General during the month of April:  Established:  Berryvale, Siskiyou county.~

1878 December 12, Gilbert Lanphere, Postmaster.

1879 May 8, Elijah T. Keyser, Postmaster.

1879 August 7, Mrs. Sophia J. Fellows, Postmaster.

1887 February 10, John Ney, Postmaster.

1888 October 12, San Francisco Bulletin - Berryvale on the list of California post offices that became new money-order offices.~

1888 October 29, Berryvale Post Office discontinued, moved from Berryvale and name changed to Sisson.~

1888 October 29, 3rd Class Post Office established as Sisson, Siskiyou County, California, located 40 miles south of Yreka and 10 miles north of Hazel Creek. The Post Office had been moved 1 mile east to the Railroad and proposed town of Sisson from Berryvale. The name honored Justin Hinckley Sisson, who donated the land for the town.

John Ney, First Postmaster.

1889 January 28, George W. Shuster, Postmaster.

1889 August 26, Oliver R. Moors, Postmaster.

1894 March 7, George H. Peck, Postmaster.

1898 January 10, Samuel W. Metcalf, Postmaster.

1903 May 21, Philadelphia Inquirer, Sisson, Cal., May 20 - President Roosevelt was enthusiastically received during his five minutes stay in Sisson this afternoon. More than 500 persons congregated at the Station to see the President, who pleased them with one of his characteristic short speeches. The President was given a hearty cheer as the train pulled out. This was his last stop before leaving the State.~

1907 July 20, Plain Dealer, Yreka, Cal., July 19 - NEW YORK SCHOOL TEACHER BURNED TO DEATH IN CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN HOTEL -The depot and Depot Hotel at Sisson, at the base of Mount Shasta, were burned to the ground at an early hour this morning as the result of the explosion of a lamp. Miss Laura Saxie, school teacher, who had just arrived there from New York, was burned to death.

Miss Saxie had come to meet friends and climb Mount Shasta. Several others were badly burned. Miss Saxie had intended to leave the train at Shasta Springs to meet friends, but the conductor, learning that she intended to climb Mount Shasta, told her Sisson was the place to stop.

When the fire broke out she attempted to escape from the front porch, but turned back into the house. Her body was found in the debris near the charred remains of her bed. Evidently she ran back to her room and fell in a faint on the bed. The financial loss is $20,000.~

1915 December 17, Lucille F. Merrill, Postmaster.

1920 February 11, Lucille F. Merrill, Postmaster.

1924 May 1, Sisson Post Office discontinued when the name changed to Mount Shasta. AKA Mount Shasta City with Frank M. Lawrence as the Postmaster.

1924 May 1, 1st Class Post Office established as Mount Shasta, Siskiyou County, California, located 8 miles southeast of Weed and 8 miles north of Dunsmuir. Name honors the mountain named Mount Shasta 9 miles northeast of the city.

1924 May 1, Frank M. Lawrence, Postmaster.

1939 September 16, Eugene M. Griffin, Postmaster.

See Also:  Mount Shasta

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