Lassen Camp and the Headstones – Red Bluff Daily News
The Daily News ran the following story on July 3, 1999 about the Lassen camp and the gravestones:
“We make the trip to check the cattle a few times a week. As we pass Lassen Camp, I try to see where the old Tehama County Wagon Road crossed Route 36 East between Lyonsville and Mineral. My in-laws, Lyman and Anne Willard and old Dan Hill told me the story of the headstones along the trail.
Lyman remembered seeing headstones lying along the road where she fell into Battle Creek. A horse-drawn freight car loaded with headstones had the brake loose as it began to descend the steep grade to the bottom of the canyon.
I never knew the date. But at the library, in the Daily People’s Cause, August 21, 1905, I found the following: “Ross McRae, who left Red Bluff about 10 days ago with his freight cars laden with tombstones from the Marble Works of Masterson and Armstrong for Susanville, made the trip over the mountains undamaged and on the way back he passed by L. F. Carter’s sheep range in the Paiute Valley and loaded about 6,500 pounds of wool to be transported to Red Bluff. While traversing Corduroy Hills at Tyler Lake, his leaders broke the pull rod under the cart and fell headlong down an embankment, causing a very beautiful animal to fracture. The animal was slaughtered to end its suffering.
Elden Stroing told me that his uncle Cyrus Tompson was killed at Chico Summit, September 5, 1905, in a freight car accident. He had a load of pipes and was heading for Round Mountain.
He had a hot wheel on one of the cars and stopped. When he went to get back on the cart the team took off and he was thrown underneath and a wheel from the second cart rolled over the top of his head. Bob, his brother-in-law, was in the wagon following him, but he was dead.
July 10, 1999 Junior Stock Auction is Youth Payday:
For over twenty-five years, the Sales Committee has recognized various members of the community for their support of the Junior Auction. Thanks to Shirley Davis for compiling this list, when she was a secretary in the Farm Advisor’s office.
In 1973 Aaron Stockton received the first plaque for years as an auctioneer. 1974, JL “Tam” Hull was a supporter of youth and agriculture. 1975, Ron Selby, longtime Chairman of the Sales Committee and Standard Oil Distributor. 1976, Carlton “Tommy” Thomas, agricultural teacher and member of the sales committee. 1977, two longtime sales committee members and buyers, Ed Lasley and Leroy Reddy of Lassen Lumber. 1978, Shirley Davis, typing and roneotyping the purchase order as well as processing paperwork on a few hundred animals, including shipping and processing. 1979, C. Roy Carmichael, a longtime rancher who consistently raised the selling price of beef until his death. In addition to buying an ox every year.
In 1980, it was Jack Alford, longtime committee member and head of the buyer’s pre-sale barbecue. In 1981, three men were honored: Steve Dorfman, a passionate young auctioneer who died too soon; Jim Hemsted, a longtime proponent of the sale, and Ellington Peek, words cannot describe all the help he has given and still gives to young people in Northern California. 1982, Ralph G. Owens, long-time sales committee member. 1983, Bob Krahenbuhl, Banker at Crocker Anglo Bank and Junior Auction Treasurer. 1984, Jim Froome and John Wheeler, two strong supporters of the Junior Auction every year. Jim was a director of Crocker Bank and Chairman of the Junior Auctions Committee. 1985, Dale Carpenter, president of the auction’s hog division, committee member and hard worker.
In 1986, the honor went to Ross Turner, a longtime member of the committee. 1987, Woolery Livestock Transportation for donating their trucks to transport animals each year and for chef duties at recent sales luncheons. 1988, Bill Barton, former vice-president and member of the committee. 1989, Shirley Davis was once again recognized for all the hours she put in to keep the Junior Auction running smoothly, behind the scenes. 1990, Marvin Zirkle of Tehama Tire, a longtime supporter of youth and Johansen Quality Meats of Orland for many years of pork processing. 1991, no awards given.
From then on, the award would be known as the “Jack Jones Memorial Award”. Jack was the superintendent of the barn for the fair and everyone loved Jack.
In 1992, it went to George Growney, a longtime proponent of the sale. 1993, Jack Burgess, of Jack’s Wholesale Meats. His factory has processed hundreds of animals over the years of sale.
Shirley has retired, and no one has a list of the past five years if the award has been maintained.
I’ll see you at the fair. Come and enjoy it. Support our children at the Junior Auction.
July 17, 1999:
Wednesday morning was weigh-in day at the Tehama District Fair in 1999. Board member Bob Kerstiens, Arlo Stroing and I weighed the 54 steers entered. Area Supervisor Daren Carter and Mark Inspector Bill Drewry were at the scales to retrieve the bill of sale/yellow consignment papers.
This is a proof of ownership document required by California law for the movement of livestock. When we ranchers transport cattle by truck or gooseneck trailer, we fill out a yellow slip with the number of head, sex, brand, location of brand and breed, for each load. If you are pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy or CHP officer, you show them your “yellow card.”
Bob, Arlo and I were delighted to see that most of the steers were raised locally in Tehama County, and many are members of our breeders’ association.
Our Tehama County Beef Ambassador, Trisha Andersen, and her brothers Andy and Jonathan have steers from TCCA members Karl and Franklin Andersen of Vina.
Bengard Ranches sold the steers that Bryce Borror and Lindsey McCarthy present. Fellow TCCA member Bill Behrens, Vina, sold a steer to Amy Barr. Daren Cox has a steer from his parents, the Andy and Sally Cox herd.
Denny Cattle Co. manager Dusty deBraga has two steers introduced by Deidre Martinez and her brother Travis Martinez. Jim Edwards, Antelope Creek Cattle Company, sold a steer to Bryson Schenk.
To be continued.
Jean Barton has been writing her column for the Daily News since the early 1990s. She can be contacted by email at [email protected]