Tuesday
Jun182013

Trinidad

1850 - "When in the spring of 1850 the little steamer, the Jack Hays, in its attempt to reach Red Bluff was forced to turn back at a point a little above Tehama, some optimistic promoters conceived the idea that here was the head of navigation and proceeded to lay out a great city at the line between the Chard and Belden grants and named it Trinidad. But boats were slow to come and points higher up were loath to concede that boats could not reach them and some were coaxed almost to Redding. The uncertainty discouraged would-be purchasers and not many lots were sold, and so far as I can learn, no house was ever built, so Trinidad was a Ghost from the very beginning." - Frank S. Reager in the Vol I, Number II, August 1951 Issue of the Colusi County Historical Society publication Wagon Wheels.~

1852 - Trinidad City appeared on the 1852 Map of California by Charles Dayton Gibbes.~

Thursday
Mar012012

Tuscan (Tuscan Springs) 

1895 October 15, 4th class post office established as Tuscan, Tehama, California. Named after Tuscany, Italy the site also was called Lick Springs (no PO). Located 9 miles northeast of Red Bluff.

Edgerton B. Walbridge, First Postmaster.

1899 August 14, Riverside Daily Press- SUMMER HOTEL BURNED - A HUNDRED GUESTS FLEE FROM THE BURNING BUILDING - Red Bluff, Aug 14 - The new three-story hotel at Tuscan Springs, 9 miles from here was burned at 1 a.m. this morning. One hundred guests and employees escaped in their nightclothes. Belle McKenzie was the first to notice the fire, and roused many of the guests but was herself lost by staying too long in the building. No other lives were lost so far as known. The loss is $50,000. with $10,000. insurance.~

1903 October 1, D.E. Bruton, Postmaster.

1903 December 16, Frank. J. Hellen, Postmaster.

1904 December 3, Edgerton B. Walbridge, Postmaster.

1914 February 14, Martha c. Walbridge, Postmaster.

1919 May 15, P O discontinued and service moved to Red Bluff.

Friday
Aug172012

Vina

1852 July 10, Daily Placer Times and Transcript (San Francisco, California) Deer Creek - Wheat has been raised to a considerable extent in Butte County this year and a flouring mill will soon be in operation on Deer Creek about seven miles from Tehama to meet the wants of people who can supply themselves with flour from wheat of their own raising.~

1871 April 4, 3rd class post office established as Vina, Tehama, California. The Vina Post Office came into existence as a move of the Pine Creek, Butte County office. Vina is Spanish for "vineyard," referencing the 55,000 acre Vina Ranch with the largest vineyard in the world.

Samuel C. Dicus, First Postmaster.

Frances V. Leininger in Vina's History in Photos and Stories, 2010, gives us the following order of postmasters:  Frederic Phillips (1st) followed by Samuel C. Discus, William H. Marshall, David Parkhurst, Lenia G. Parkhurst, Walter Henderson, Henry C. Foster, Robert L. Tarter, Candina E. Spaletta, Neta M. Bangs, Eugene C. Schmitt, Carol A. Hollingshead, Donald F. Hunerlach, Betty Thompson, Nancy A. Bair, Kimberly M. Kornder, Kathy McCabe, Rebecca Fox, Linda L. Martin, Allen Meador, Robert A. Williams, and Rebecca L. Gorbet.~

1874 January 26, San Francisco Bulletin (San Francisco, California) - A much larger acreage will be sown this year on the Gerke farm than ever before.~

1885 April 17, San Francisco Bulletin - A serious fire occurred yesterday on the ranch of Senator Stanford at Vina. A barn, seventy-five mules, thirty four horses and ninety tons of hay were destroyed. The fire is supposed to have been the work of an incendiary.~

1885 April 25, Owyhee Avalanche -Senator Stanford has a Holstein cow on his Vina farm in Tehama County, Cal., that in 31 days gave 1637 pounds of milk, several pounds more than the gross weight of the cow.~

1887 May 21, Columbus Daily Enquirer- Senator Leland Stanford has been inspecting his big vineyard at Vina, Tehama County, California. It is the largest vineyard in the world, having not less than 5500 acres planted in bearing vines, while the entire ranch comprises 30,000 acres. ~

1887 August 19, San Francisco Bulletin - A colony of Danes arrived at Marysville yesterday en route to Senator Stanford's Vina ranch where they will be given employment gathering the immense grape crop there. The colony consists of men, women and children, thirty in all.~

1893 June 2, William H. Marshall, Postmaster.

1894 February 24, Jackson Citizen Patriot - Vina, California - This little place has become quite noted on account of the famous Vina Port Wine that is manufactured there. The report of the French Commission at the World's Fair after careful examination pronounced it the finest they had ever examined. Vina Port is made at Senator Stanford's vineyards located in Tehama County, Cal., and is sold only in bottles. It is guaranteed to be over 11 years old and its purity is unquestionable. Price quart bottles $1. Sold by Waldron & Co., druggists.~

1897 May 19, David Parkhurst, Postmaster.

1899 September 8, Lena G. Parkhurst, Postmaster.

1903, The town of Vina- In the southern part of Tehama County, on the Southern Pacific Railroad, is situated the town of Vina. Here are the headquarters of the great Stanford Ranch, a body of some 5,000 acres of very fertile land. There are fully 4,000 acres planted to grapes, making, it is claimed, the largest vineyard in the world. Millions of gallons of wine and brandy are here manufactured each year, which find their way to market in England, France, Germany and other foreign countries.

There are many orchards of deciduous and citrus fruits near Vina. The lands are rich and a bountiful yield is the result every year. The number of hands employed in the orchards near Vina, including the Stanford Ranch, during the harvesting season, is nearly 2,000. Quite a large number of these are kept the year round.~

- Article in:  Tehama County in Northern California 1903, by W.C. Spann used as a promotional by the Red Bluff Chamber of Commerce.~

1904 June 18, Walter Henderson, Postmaster.

1905 February 1, Henry C. Foster, Postmaster.

1907 February 10, San Jose Mercury News, Vina, Feb 9 - Manager Graham of the Stanford Ranch has stated that it is the intention of the trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University to greatly increase the acreage now planted to vines and that a large force of men will soon be engaged in setting out choice vines of resistant stock. The grapes will be chiefly those used in the manufacture of sweet wines, since the winery's product of this vintage is in great demand in the Eastern States.~

1911 August 3, Robert L. Tarter, Postmaster.

1915 April 4, Special State News, Red Bluff, April 3; San Jose Mercury News- The Leland Stanford University has just purchased 400 acres of river bottom land, together with valuable water rights, belonging to Gorham King, President of the Cone and Kimball Company of this city. The purchase price is said to be $27,000. The property is located on Deer Creek and adjoins the immense holdings of the University. The land is improved with prune and peach orchards and alfalfa.~

1918 December 19, Candina E. Spaletta, Postmaster.

1945 July 25, Candina E. Spaletta, Postmaster.

1958 February 19, Mrs. Neta M. Bangs, Postmaster.

1958 August 19, Eugene C. Schmitt, Postmaster.

1959 May 13, Eugene C. Schmitt, Postmaster

1966 July 25, Donald F. Hunerlach, Postmaster.

Thursday
Nov122015

Whittington

1884 August 22, 4th Class Post Office established as Whittington, Tehama County, California, located 16 miles southwest of Cottonwood and 20 miles northwest of Red Bluff.

Amelia F. Long, First Postmaster.

1885 March 9, P O discontinued and service moved to Cottonwood, Shasta County.

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