150 YEARS AGO | Saturday, Feb. 10, 1872

The Weather -- Six inches of snow last Tuesday, followed by a heavy warm rain, has raised all the streams in this section, and miners have all the water they can use. It is still squally with occasional dashes of rain.

Sleighing – Tuesday of this week, there being several inches of snow, Mr. James Ellery and others rigged up a four-horse sleigh, and for several hours favored all who wished with a ride through the town.

China New Year – Wednesday evening the Chinese residents of Weaverville began celebrating their New Year with their usual shouts and display, and with the usual amount of fireworks. Having had water plenty for several weeks, they are more flush than for several years past at this time, and greater and more extended jollification will result in consequence. Every year, up this occasion, silver and small gold disappears at once as by magic from among the whites, being gathered up in every conceivable way by the Chinese for use among themselves. Chinese New Year over, the small coin finds its way back into the ordinary channels of trade again, but for a short time change for a twenty-dollar piece is almost impossible to obtain among the white. This, Chinamen say, is the year 4809 of the Chinese empire.

Toby Lynch, a colored man, was severely injured in the caving of a bank on Oregon Gulch one day this week. He is now at the County Hospital.

125 YEARS AGO | Saturday, Feb. 8, 1896

George L. Carr of Trinity Center left the early part of this week for a business trip to San Francisco. He has a very promising quartz mine in that district and has been crushing the ore from it with an arastra and has made it pay. We learn that while in the city, he will purchase a stamp mill.

O.E. Lowden has sold his stock of liquors and cigars and rented the Elite saloon building and fixtures to J.H. Levick and H.H. Lyon of Santa Cruz county. The new proprietors took possession last Tuesday. “Gene” has returned to his Lowden Ranch home and will again superintend affairs there. His family, who have been living in town, will join him in a short time.

100 YEARS AGO | Saturday, Feb. 12, 1921

“More Facts and Figures on Trinity County’s Resources” appears on page one. This article is mostly about the prospects for merchantable timber. There is also a section on the resorts in Trinity County (but no names). “At Weaverville, free public auto camp grounds are maintained by the town. Camping privileges may be had at Deer Lick Springs, where the magic ‘Deadshot’ mineral water may be absorbed both internally and externally rending infallible relief and permanent cure in extreme cases of blood diseases.”

L. Huebner, proprietor of the Union hotel, has purchased the Lim Sing mine, on West Weaver Creek. The property includes a good water right with sufficient flow that the mine can be worked nearly the year around.

For several days there has been a strong aroma of burnt powder and scorched paper in the atmosphere, reminding one of the Fourth of July, but it’s only the regular smell that goes with the celebration of China New Year. Of course it is not all smell, either; there’s plenty of noise, and in this Young America joins with the Celestials – in fact makes most of it. “Alle Same Fofe July”.

Rainfall for the week 1.35 inches; rainfall to date 39.94. To same date last year 10.14.

Clifford Harding returned last week from the central part of the state. While away, he took the civil service examination.

75 YEARS AGO | Thursday, Feb. 14, 1946

Citizens Thanks for Clothing Contributions – W.J.B. Shanahan, chairman of the Victory Clothing drive in Trinity County, today expressed his thanks to the citizens of the county for their generous support in the drive. He said that 153 goodwill letters accompanied the clothing. The total of 2,601 pounds of clothing was collected in the drive. A final count showed that Trinitarians had contributed 4,323 garments, 83 pairs of shoes, and 23 blankets to this worthy cause.

Edwin J. Regan, Trinity County District Attorney who helped present the state’s case against tideland restrictions before the Senate committee in Washington last week, will return to Weaverville tomorrow. According to reports, Regan is well pleased with the outcome of the hearings and will probably return to Washington soon. Regan was special attorney for the state of California at the hearings.

Past Master C.A. Paulsen, assisted by Frank Hicks, Acting Master of Ceremonies, installed the following officers of Trinity Lodge No. 27, F.&A.M. on Monday evening, Feb. 11: Leonard M. Morris, Worshipful Master; Don P. Creath, S.W.; Hal E. Goodyear, J.W.; Wm. A Goetze, Treasurer; J.J. Jackson, Secretary; C.R. Noonan, Chaplain; Harold F. Sebring, Marshal; John H. Hanlon, J.D.; and W.B. Testy, Tyler. About 40 members attended an elaborate banquet which was served in the Legion Hall before the meeting.

John Hensel and James Olsen of Burnt Ranch were county seat business visitors this week.

50 YEARS AGO | Thursday, Feb. 11, 1971

The weather – average high 58; average low 25, with 18 on Wednesday; rain for week 0; seasonal to date 33.67.

The Trinity Journal Recreation Guide, published annually by the Trinity Journal, was judged the best special issue in the Better Newspapers Contest sponsored by the California Publishers Association. Announcement of the Journal’s selection was made Saturday morning at a breakfast meeting during the publishers’ convention held this year in San Francisco. Factors considered in this section included value to area served, content, amount of original material and amount of work done in the local shop. This is the second consecutive year the Journal has won first place in this competition among newspapers with circulation at 2,500 and below.

25 YEARS AGO | Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1996

The weather report for the week ending Feb. 13 shows the average high temperature of 66 degrees, and average low of 37 degrees. Feb. 13 showed a low of 27 degrees and a high of 75 degrees. The rain for the week was 0.05 of an inch for a seasonal total of 28.09. Last year at this time the average high was 58 degrees and low of 30. Rain to date then was 36.52 inches. The lake is at 84.2 percent, while last year it was 71.4 percent.

This edition of the Journal contains several articles and photos devoted to the people of Hayfork and their opposition to the proposed closing of the Sierra Pacific Industries lumber mill. SPI places the blame primarily on the Clinton administration and their rules for timber sales. Another article talks about the mill accounting for 50 to 70 percent of the economic base of the town. It includes a brief history of the mill history in the town. The article mentions that 148 workers will be affected by the closing, but many more will be affected as well. This will be an ongoing area of discussion beyond the proposed closing date in May.

Trinity Hospital honored three employees for the fourth quarter. Terri Shiffer, Financial Services (October); Carol Bradford, RN, Home Health (November); Jane Ritzman-Gowe, Radiology (December).

Mountain Chapel pastor of 17 years, Bill Johnson and wife Beni have said goodbye and moved their family to a new mission at Bethel Church in Redding. Danny Silk and family will fill the position at Mountain Chapel.

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