"Tehama County"
Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:41AM
Jo Giessner

1857 September 14, Daily Globe- The citizens of Tehama county voted on the 2d inst. in the county seat question. Tehama and Red Bluff were the contesting towns. The Tehama folks say they have a majority of nine in their favor, but the Red Bluffs people say that the official returns will show a majority on their side.~

1859, According to the State Register and Year Book of Facts, California, 1859, there were four grist mills listed in Tehama County:

Battle Creek owned by Love & Tollman, two stones and water powered.

Nome Lackee owned by the Indian Department on the Indian Reservation, one stone and water powered.

Red Bluff owned by Bull, Baker & Company, four stones, steam powered and worth $35,000.

Tehama owned by L. Crosby & Bro., 2 stones, water powered and worth $60,000.~

1860 December 12, San Francisco Bulletin  - The Red Bluff Beacon says that a town, in all probability, will shortly spring up in the vicinity of the mouth of Little Antelope [creek], near the residence of John S. Butler, and about four or five miles southeast of Red Bluff. A town plot has been laid out and lots surveyed off, ready for settlers. Messrs. Butler, Dye and Salisbury have purchased a celebrated flour mill in Santa Clara County, and will remove it immediately to the new town aforesaid. They contemplate having it ready for use before next harvest.~

1861 February 1, California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences (San Francisco, CA) - CONVENTION OF FARMERS IN TEHAMA COUNTY - We are glad to see that the Farmers of Tehama county have become "Wide-Awakes" to their own interests, and are determined to assemble and lay the foundation of a good District or County Society. This is the right spirit, and the only way to make the cause of the Farmer succeed. May all such efforts be crowned with an abundant success.~

1874 January 26, San Francisco Bulletin - The late storm did considerable damage to the flume of the Empire Lumber Company, Tehama County, by breaking down the flume and carrying away of the boxes at the crossing of several creeks. Repairs will not be made until the Spring.

The Tehama Independent of the 24th says since the first of December we have hardly had a clear day, and during that time the weather has been unusally cold, deeper snow has fallen, and ice formed thicker than ever before known, causing much suffering among stock and considerable loss.

The dam which raised the water in Mill Creek, Tehama, and supplies the power of the North Star Flouring Mills, was carried out by the recent high water.~

1874, Ballard Brothers, Curtis and Charles, were issued a license to build and operate a ferry and pontoon bridge across the Sacramento River at Red Bluff, at the foot of Pine Street. In operation in 1874 until completion of bridge in 1876.

Ferryboat operated across the Sacramento River near today's Vina, Tehama County, California by William C. Moon.

1876, Centennial Bridge completed and ferry closed.~

1875 November 8, Sacramento Bee - The remains of Mrs. Van Eaton, widow of the late Rev. Dr. Van Eaton, were brought to this city from Moon's Ferry yesterday and interred in the New Helvetia Cemetery beside the body of her husband.~

1876 November 17Weekly Journal Miner - The Board of Supervisors of Tehama county, California, have done themselves an honor and the people a great service by bulding a substantial bridge across the Sacramento River, at the town of Red Bluff. It is a pleasure for people to pay taxes when they can see real benefits like that arising from it.~

1880 July 13, San Francisco Bulletin- Tehama County has 2,204 school children.~

1880 July 13, San Francisco Bulletin- "The Sierra Flume Company have built a new saw mill in Tehama County."~

1880 July 13 , San Francisco Bulletin - The census report gives Tehama County a population of 9,414, excluding the Chinese, divided as follows:  Paskenta, 2,187; Red Bluff, 4,064; Tehama, 1,856; Cascade and Lassen, 506; Sierra, 474; Cottonwood, 327. This entitles Tehama to a representation of her own. Hitherto it has shared that honor with Colusa County.~

1880 December 7, Sacramento Daily Union, Sacramento, California - The ferry-boat being built on the Washington side of the river by W. Havens, to be used at Moon's ferry on the Upper Sacramento, has been launched, and is nearly completed.~

1881 October 7, San Francisco Bulletin - "Cotton-growing on Copeland's ranch, Tehama county, is said to be a success."

"A very severe thunder and lightning storm raged on Cottonwood Creek, Tehama county last week."~

1886 June 10, Daily Commercial News (San Franciso, California) - The Tehama Milling Company has filed articles of incorporation with the County Clerk. The purpose of the company is to buy and sell grain and manufacture flour in Tehama County. The capital stock is $200,000, and the Directors are:  M.C. Ellis, A.T. Ellis, F. L. Parker, John A. Wright and P.J. Van Loben Sels.~

1889 June 12, San Francisco Bulletin - NEW CORPORATIONS - Tehama County Agriculural Association - Place of Business, Red Bluff; no capital stock; Directors - G.G. Kimball, C. Bashurst, Isaac Rambo, W.W. Bates, B.W. Bidwell, E.C. Fortier, J.S. Cone, B.A. Bell, H.B. Shackelford, George W. Vestal, G.C. McCoy, James H. Goodman.~

1909 December 12, San Jose Mercury News, Red Bluff, Cal, Dec 11 - Yesterday the Northern California Power Company paid off 800 men employed by it in the vicinity of Manton and shut down all but the inside and tunnel work on its big power plants. This was done on account of the heavy storm. Many of the discharged men are coming to town.~

1912 March 7, Evening News, Sacramento, March 7 - Thirty two mountain lions, a record number in California for February, were killed. Tehama County heads the list with six. Trinity five, Shasta four, Humboldt four, Mendocino three, Lake and Sonoma two each and one each in Glenn, San Diego, Tulare, Colusa, Madera and Calaveras.  The slayers of these lions received a bounty of $20 for each pelt.~

1915 April 11, San Jose Mercury News, Red Bluff, Cal, April 10 - As the result of a conference held here between the attorneys of the State Fish and Game Commission and Engineer Milford of Redding, representing the Northern California Power Company on the charge of not using proper screen and fish ladders in their intakes to its ditches, will be postponed. It is understood that the Power company is having plans and specifications drawn up which will provide for the installation of proper screening and fish ladders.~

1919 October 6, San Diego Union (San Diego, CA) - TEHAMA DAY AT SHOW - San Francisco, Oct 5 - Monday will be shipbuilding day and Tehama County day at the California Industrial and Land Show which opened here last night. California farm products and manufactures are on exhibition at the show which is held under the auspices of the home Industry League.~

1919 November 20, San Diego Union (San Diego, CA) TEHAMA'S NEW SHERIFF - Red Bluff, Cal, Nov 19 - M. O. Ballard was chosen sheriff of Tehama county by the board of supervisors today to succeed C. Moller who died last week.~

1921 October 22, Red Bluff Daily News - 90 Years Ago (2011) - Bordwell & Zimmerman, contractors for the Squaw Hill Bridge, now in the course of construction, are rushing work there with all possible speed, to avoid delays later from high water, it was stated today by County Surveyor W.F. Luning. The swing span pier has been completed.~

1922 November 5, San Diego Union- Tehama County has turned over $1500. to women's clubs of Corning and Red Bluff for use in planting trees along both sides of the state highway between these cities. The State Board of Forestry and State Highway Commission will assist in the project.~

1958 October 9, Red Bluff Daily News  -The first bridge across the upper Sacramento River was made possible by the Sierra Flume and Lumber Company. It was known as the Centennial Free Bridge having been constructed in 1876 the year of the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the United States.

Kellum Powell was construction superintendent of the structure. He was an experienced lumberman having started the Belle Mill in 1869, and the Clipper Mill in 1872, both of which were purchased by the Sierra Flume and Lumber Company. The lumber company furnished 289,443 feet of timber and planking for the new bridge.

For a cost of $1000. the lumber company secured from the county supervisors a permit to operate a steam train across the bridge to the foot of Oak Street from the mill on the gravel flats just north of the present Highway 99E. Then a permit  was secured  from the city to operate a railroad line to the west side of Madison Street where the lumber trains could connect with the train line.

The company then extended its flume from Inks Creek to the Red Bluff gravel flats. A large plant, at one time the largest Pine Mill in the world, was constructed. This big mill establishment was to operate across from Red Bluff for more than thirty years.

Belle Mill Road just across the river from the main city, and taking off from Highway 99E commemorates the old lumber days.

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