Microsoft Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society Head Tower News A “Boomtown Memories” newsletter 3400 Shasta Gateway Dr. Ste #H, City of Shasta Lake Museum Hours: M & W 9-12:30 or by appointment. Call 275-3995 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Volume 8 issue 2 Heritage & Historical Societies Annual Luncheon January 2012 The Shasta Lake Heritage and Historical Society co-hosted the Northern California Annual Museum and Historical Society Luncheon at the Anderson Grange Hall, September 17, 2011. It was a great event, with fifty-eight members from eleven Mu- seums and/or Historical Societies attending. A delicious buf- fet luncheon was prepared and served by the Anderson Ro- tary Club and Sandy Campelo of Cottonwood. Our Sheriff, Tom Bosenko, participated as a member of that club. It wasDisplay of vintage packing crates at the luncheon fortunate that he was in attendance, because it was neces- sary to “ break in ” tothe closet containing the microphone and speaker. He was veryhelpful. The annual luncheon is an effort to continue promoting coop-eration and sharing the ideas and talents of those working in each ofthe groups. It is always fun to meet those participating in othergroups. Almost all of us are volunteers who have a great love of his-tory. We all have a sincere desire to preserve the rich history of each of our communities, and always learn from each other. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to Marie Carr who started Darlene Rumboltz arranged antique jugs the annual event at the Shasta His- on hand-crocheted doilies for decorations. torical Society in Redding. Since that time we have attended events in Fall River, Ono, and Anderson. Next year we look forward to visiting the Behrens Eaton House Museum. Darlene Brown & Jack Keeton ( T hank you, Joyce Morrow for volunteering the site for next year. )We try to be accurate but please, we are not liable for any additions, omissions, errors and/or corrections that mayoccur in this publication. Any photographs or material used may not be scanned and/or reprinted or reproducedwithout contacting us for permission of use. Thank You -Deb West, Editor/Darlene Brown, Asst. Editor
Page 2 Shasta Lake HeritageVolume 8 Issue2 Highlights & Happenings at the Museum & Historical Society Sharing ideas and information is vital to all Heritage & Historical Socie- ties. We were pleased when four representatives from the Behrens- Eaton House Museum came on October 19 to see our facilities. Alicia Coughlin, Rita Dougherty, Janel Longnecker & Joyce Morrow spent time viewing our museum and learning how to record live interviews on the computers. It is so important to document stories of our local resi- top : Rita & Joyce dents and pioneers. If you have a story pertaining to our area that youbottom : Janel, Darlene & Alicia would like to share, please contact us for an interview.Gateway Unified School District requested pictures from local schools. Theresa Ungaro visited and gatheredpictures of many schools past and present. The district wants to put together a collage of the history of theschools in the Shasta Dam Area. This large collage will be on display in their new District Board Room.They hope to also get a poster size collage to add to our museum.At the State of the City Luncheon in October, a City power point presentation on the progress of the city, andwhat happened in the past year, included a narration on SLH&HS—past, present and future. Table decora-tions and historical photographs on display were provided by our society.For Our Veterans Day Celebration, we gave a DVD presentation to the Shasta Lake Lions Club in Octoberand then in November, to the Shasta Historical Society. Beforehand, Pat Carr, Vice President of the ShastaHistorical society, visited our museum, took a picture of our members and our Veteran ’ sdisplay to promote the event as part of their monthly meeting guest speaker presentations.SLH&HS had a table at the Holiday Community Bazaar in November, promoting our DVDs.We made over $350.00 selling vintage jewelry, glassware blown by Brad Dupre, our his-torical videos, and raffle tickets for prizes donated by Barbara & Darlene B.We are receiving more requests for information & photographs of our community, and as Darlene Rumboltzwe become more established, more requests will be made. This is the value as a historical getting items readySociety—to be a reliable source for people needing information on the Shasta Lake Area. for the Bazaar Sale Thank you for your Donations: Volunteers from the Monday &Ella Barbera Estate: Bucket, Piano, music stand, scrapbooks & sheet musicClarence Barger Estate: A set of 8 historical books Wednesday ’ s Crews gathered for a“ R ed” Frisbie: 1886 Lebel Model Bolt Action Rifle Christmas Celebration.Ed & Cindy Glacken: Piano bench, 3 lumber & mill saws & photosJack Haner Estate: Pioneer tools & books on antique tools A good time was had by all.Elmer Ellsworth: White USN vintage sailor hatButch Hurlhey: An antique doll & a 60 lb. anvil used Happy New Year from Usby Lloyd Hill while working on Shasta Dam. to YouHarry Johnson: Togles for spearing salmon used byGrant Towendolly ( 1873-1963 ) a Wintu IndianRon Naylor: A Mayonnaise Jar from Mike ’ s MarketMatt & Darlene Rumboltz: WWI glass plateDick Terry: Shasta Dam MedalsVarious pictures, articles & books donated by: Nellie Bell, Sadie Brown,Darlene Brown, Brad Dupre, Mary Hardt, Del Hiebert, Rod Lindsay,Martha Mc Crystle, Bill Polf and Gateway U.S.D.* Be on the look-out for Damboree Books 1957-58 & 1965-76. We are Jack had tomissing many years and would like to complete our collection. leave early...
Page 3Volume 8 Issue2 People who have Contributed so much will be missed Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society Ella Barbera Clarence Barger Jack Haner Past Memories of People and Events was the theme at the gen- eral meeting on October 26, 2011. Twenty people attended and enjoyed a slide show put to- gether by Matt Rumboltz and Darlene Brown focusing on high- lights of years gone by and what we look like today. Ella Barbera,Clarence Barger, and Jack Haner, who were local personalities in our community, were the main focus of theslide show. Ella, Clarence and Jack had contributed many items & stories to our society. The slide showended with a focus on our museum today. We were able to record stories about our local history, throughtheir eyes, before they passed away this year. We continue to get contributions from their estates which weadd to our collection. We are the recipients of Pioneer tools collected by Jack, a piano used by Ella that washer mother ’ s in Mountain Gate, and photos & movie reels used by Clarence. Each week people bring initems they find in their sheds, yards, houses, and garages. We are grateful for the donations, enhancing our back room and show casing our front room. GENERAL MEETING GUEST SPEAKER presentations: JANUARY: Kenwa Kravitz—curator of the Wintu Cultural Museum in our City. FEBRUARY: Ted Arman—owner of Mt. Copper Mine ( formally Iron Mtn. Mine ) MARCH: Pat Carr- Carr & Kennedy Families / Shasta Historical Society *General meetings- 3 pm, the fourth Wednesday of Ella Barbera ’ s Piano the month at John Beaudet Center in our City. Norma Haner displaying donated pioneer tools Looking for a wonderful gift to give anytime? How about….. Postcards covering the history of our community $1.00 each Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society DVDs for only $10.00 each ( i ncluding tax )Landmarks & Legends Vol.1 features Communities under Shasta Lake and Shasta Dam Boomtown Era ( 2007 )Landmarks & Legends Vol.2 “ Up the Sacramento River Canyon on Old Highway ‘ 99 ” ( 2010 )Hard Times, Hard Work Vol. 1 Shasta Dam Memories 1938-1959 ( 2009 )Honoring our Veterans Vol. 1 Veterans who served between 1917 to 1958 ( 2011)Schools “ History 1A ” Vol. 1 Early Pioneer School Districts to 1958 ( 2008 ) ( O rder online, by phone or come and pick some out while visiting our Museum )
Page 4Volume 8 issue 2 Memories of Skunk Hollow by Loene (Terry) Trubkin Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society with memories from Dick Terry, Fran Warmack, & Ruth Ann (Husman) Kobecontinued from last issue: The community ’ s children attended Toyon Elementary School, and they didn ’ t have far to walkfor the school bus. It was parked in Skunk Hollow and driven over the years by residents Gladys Lintz, Ruth Husman,and Fran Warmack. Centrally located was a wide strip of land that Dadpurchased in 1948 and deeded to a newly incorporated RecreationAssociation for a children ’ s playground. In 1957, the playground wasdeeded in turn to the Public Utility District, which agreed to maintain itfor 99 years. Later still, when the road reached all the way to the lakeand development of the Digger Bay Marina encouraged heavier trafficthrough the little community, Cliff Husman asked the PUD to fence theeast side of the playground, and it did. The children of Skunk Hollow Neighborhood Children of Skunk Hollowdidn ’ t only play in the official playground. They rode bicycles up anddown a small grade that seemed like a steep hill to them. They caught polliwogs in the creek and harassed the dragon-flies. They sat on fences and talked to and petted the few horses stabled in the community. They climbed the Husmanfig tree to eat ripe figs and walked to Toyon to practice tennis serves on a real tennis court. Sometimes they went up intothe hills to explore and got lost, and then frightened parents, fearing mountain lions and rattlesnakes, rushed to rescuethem. Dad had a wry sense of humor. He always referred to the community as Skunk Hollow, even after “ S hastaPark ” was adopted as its official name. I think he liked to remind us not to put on airs. And certainly it would have beenhard to ignore the pungent scent of skunk wafting on the evening breeze. As more families moved in, bringing moredogs to surprise skunks in their nocturnal adventures, even more odiferous scents filled the canyon. In the same vein,Dad always referred to our house as a “ shack, ” even as he invested thousands of hours in upgrading and enlarging it,putting in a foundation, pouring hundreds of yards of concrete for walkways and patios, and adding a garage. Even at itslargest, the house was barely a thousand square feet, with one bathroom. Yet four people seemed to live there com-fortably. According to Dick, our family historian, the house cost $600, and the price didn ’ t include the land. Evidently,developer Albert Rouge could sell only four parcels a year if he was to avoid the subdivision rules. Some years later, ournumber came up and my parents bought the land under the house. Its price has been lost in the fog of time. A few yearslater still, “ Old Man ” Rouge decided to sell the parcels on the hill behind the homes on the east side of the canyon.Dad was ready to buy them all in order to keep newcomers from building houses that looked down into our back win-dows. Legend has it that the neighbors, who at first had no interest in owning the landlocked parcels, decided in the end that they ’ d rather come up with the cash than have Tom Terry own their back yards. Still, there was a close community feeling in Skunk Hollow. Con- cerned for their children, neighbors helped create a safe playground. To- gether, they cleared brush, installed barbecue pits and picnic tables, and laid out a baseball diamond. Talented residents, like Mom and Cecil Morris, taught the children arts and crafts. Residents frequently donated blood for neighbors undergoing surgery and workers suffering from industrial acci- dents. And during frog gigging season, neighbors held community potluck Neighborhood Ladies in the Park dinners featuring fried frog legs and all manner of salads and desserts.
Page 5Volume 8 issue 2 Continued Memories of Skunk Hollow Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society Having good neighbors was essential in the winter of ’ 4 9 - ’ 50, when three feet of snow fell overnight, making it impossible to drive anywhere. There was a new reason to think of the community as Electric City, all power was electric, and the heavy wet snow broke power lines, leav- ing many families without heat, hot water, and any way to feed their children. Ours was one of those families. Adding to the misery, the lack of electricity meant that pumps that drove water up from deep wells didn ’ t work. Both of our Snowfall in the winter of 1949 – 1950 next door neighbors were better prepared than we were. Matt and Gladys Rumboltz, principal and librarian, respectively, of Toyon Elementary School, and their two children, Matthew and Clare, lived due south of us. To the north were Vera and Curt Jennings and their daughter, Vera Rae, who babysat when our parents went to PTA meetings or on other rare occasions were out of the house. Both our next door neighbors had oil heaters or wood burning stoves, and Dick remembers that our mealtimes rotated from one of their homes to the other until the County finally cleared the roads. We shivered every night until the road was opened and a gas heater was located. That winter the snow fell every Friday for five weeks. Before the next winter, we had a wood stove. It dominated the living room, but we were happy to have it when the power went out again, which was not uncommon. It also brought a special rush to Christmas mornings when all the wrap- ping paper went up in flames in a huge whoosh. There are still a few residents of the can- yon community who lived there when I left 51 years ago. Ruth Ann ( Husman ) Kobe has lived in Skunk Hollow since her father transferred from Boulder Dam in 1943. She lives in the same house she moved into when she was ten years old. David Boddy ’ s family moved in up the street in 1952, and David still lives in his ancestral home. Frances Curt Jennings & Dick Terry Warmack and her late husband Roy purchased the Rumboltz ’ s home in 1955, moving there from her folks ’ homestead farm in Buckeye. Further up the canyon, many new homes have been built, and the pig farm has been shut down. So many memories of Skunk Hollow, but Shasta Dam was the icon of my childhood.. How many field trips did we take there as grammar school pupils? How many times did we visit Dad at the power house and look up as tons of water spiraled off the spillways? On how many hot summer nights did we drive to the dam to catch a cool lake breeze and watch the deer slide delicately off the bluffs onto those delicious lawns some kind humans had planted for them to eat? How many hot afternoons and evenings did we spend in the cool waters of the Lake, guests of next door neighbors, Roy and Frances Warmack, who had a boat and were willing to share it with neighbor kids and who taught us to water ski? Even today, those memories are touched when I see a tourist photo looking north at the Genevieve Terry dam, with Mt. Shasta looming in the background and the blue waters of Lake Shasta be-worked at the post office. tween.
Page 6Volume 8 Issue 2 “Blast From the Past” by Matt Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society The Dedication Ceremony for Shasta Dam... kicks off with water released from the Dams drum gates. On Friday night June 16, 1950, the greatest migration in Shasta County history took an estimated 15,000 spectators to Shasta Dam to watch the first release of water from the combined drum gates over the 487 foot spillway. Cars and people lined the entire east side of the canyon, assembled at the river below, and crowded on the dam itself to watch the mighty cascade of water. The huge crowd created a traffic jam unparalleled to this day. The program at the dam was delayed until after midnight, so all the people in the cavalcade could arrive at the dam. The release began at 12:15 am on the 17th. When the dam employees opened the drum gates, the sound became a Shasta Dam illuminated with thunderous roar, as tons of water spilled over the top. A battery of 12 searchlights lighted the foam- 12 spotlights ing spillway, while fireworks exploded around the dam. (1980 Covered Wagon pgs.33-34)The water was turned on by a signal from Danny Kaye, a stage and film star, California Lt. Governor Goodwin J. Knight and, FlorenceQuartararo, a Metropolitan Opera star. The US Marine Corps band played for this historical event. The California Highway Patrolestimated there were 5000 cars in a steady flow from the Redding area. Cars were still leaving the dam 2hours after the ceremony was over. I remember the event. I was 8 years old. We traveled to the dam in my folks 1948 Studebaker, a reddish-purple bullet-nose sedan. The kids at Toyon school had a good time making fun of the vehicle, as they said they couldnt tell if it was coming or going. I didnt get to see too much at the dam. The place was crowded and I only stood about waist high. Everyone was standing up on top of the Visitors Center - outdoor viewing area Matt at 8 years old[second floor roof]. I dont remember the long trip home as it was way beyond my bed time.On June 17, the Assistant Secretary of the Interior, William E. Warne cut the ribbon that unveiled a plaque stating, "Built by and forthe people of the United States". The plaque is affixed to the dams west elevator tower. Mr. Warne gave the signal to release thewater. A 7 foot wall of water, 375 feet wide, broke with a roar over the spillways crest and again crashed almost 490 feet down thesloping, man-made cliff to the floor of the Sacramento River Canyon. For 10 minutes the awed spectators watched the mightycataract and listened to its thunder. About 500 people attended this second ceremony.Another plaque unveiled on the 17th, is affixed to the dams east abutment. It was erected by the California CentennialCommission in commemoration of the Shasta County Centennial Celebration and the 100th Anniversary of California ’ sAdmission into Statehood. Many people attended the two day events. Additional activities and festivities were planned for Redding and Central Valley to celebrate the event on June 17 and 18. These included water sports and a regatta on Shasta Lake, parades, concerts, baseball games, and in Central Valley, the Hells Gulch contests and dances. The Shasta Dam Dedication Ceremony was reported in the Redding Record Searchlight, and in the Sunday edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time of the dedication it was the second highest dam in the Arial view of the rotunda & lights world and the second largest concrete dam in the world. across Shasta Dam
Page 7Volume 8 issue 2 A Note From The President... Barbara Cross Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society “ T he Heritage of the past is the seed that brings forth the harvest of the future ” Archives Building, WashingtonHappy New Year! Since our July Newsletter, we have been busy, as always. We co-hosted with theAnderson Historical Society, the annual luncheon of the Historical Society of Northern California. It wasvery successful, with a great turnout. It is always fun and interesting to share information with the othergroups. Lovely table decorations were provided by our Darlene Rumboltz and members of the AndersonHistorical Society. The transformation of the Anderson Grange Hall was phenomenal, thanks to a myriadof helpful volunteers.Unfortunately, we had to cancel our annual yard sales. However, we are continuing to collect items for a sale we planfor this year.We participated in the fall Community Bazaar in the City of Shasta Lake. It is always fun, and we did earn approxi-mately $348.00. Only non-profit groups in the Shasta Lake area are allowed to participate so all of the money earned,benefits our community.Darlene Brown gave a presentation of our Veterans DVD for the Shasta Historical Society. It was well received, and wesold several of our DVD ’ s .Work is beginning on this year ’ s DVD to be presented at our annual dinner celebration in June. The theme will be Min-ing. If you have information or pictures of local mines of the past, please share your information with us.Sadly, we have lost another of our cherished members, Clarence Barger. Clarence was a WW II veteran, and was fea-tured in our Veteran ’ s DVD. His contribution to our historical data was invaluable. We loved Clarence, and the feelingwas mutual...could Barbara insert something about Gladys Lintz here also or instead of repeated lines? Thank You for supporting our efforts to preserve history. We are grateful for your endorsement. Benefactors:John Adams – Henderson, NV Bert Boothroyd - Salinas Bill & Darlene Brown - Shasta LakeCity of Shasta Lake Betty Craft - Redding Barbara & Don Cross - Shasta LakeBruce & Kittie Lou English—Bandon,OR Larry & Nancy Farr- Shasta Lake Betty Felch—Hayfork ?????????????Ed & Cindy Glacken-Redding Del & Gerda Hiebert - Redding Ben & Agnes Hill - McLean, VADale Hoppes - Redding Evelyn Hoppes - Shasta Lake Robert & Gail Hukill—Tucson, AZJack & Margaret Humphrey - Redding Leigh Johnson - Medford, OR Knauf Inc. - Shasta LakeGuy Malcolm—Sunnyvale Ron & Jeannie Naylor—Shasta Lake William A. Polf - New York, NYJim Pope - Redding John & Connie Strohmayer – Redding Bruce & Verlen Tavey - ReddingAlice Taylor - Shasta Lake Jack & Marian Trapp - Redding Businesses in Shasta Lake:530 Collective R. Chambers, M.D. Farmer’s Market Place Lake Shasta Caverns Nok Hamburg CateringNorth Valley Bank J.D. Russell, D.D.S. Shasta Lake Caverns Shasta Lake Chiropractic Shasta Lake Veterinary ClinicSunshine Market Van Wyhe’s Engraving And …..Camp Shasta Coffee (Lakehead) Our Thanks to the following Individuals & Families for renewals:Marlys Barbosa S Renee Boehme Helen Bowdish Gerry & Lola Cerepa Ann & John CullisMike & Donna Daniels Brad Dupre Jim & Carol Butcher Adelaide Castle Floyd & Melody ChristensonArnold Cox Loretta & Richard Graeff Georgia Haddon Frank & Carole Humiston Butch & Bonnie HurlheyBarbara Wylie-Landis Karen Louis Michael McCrystle Chanon & Michael Ogden Nicole & Joe PrestonJudy Ricks Eileen Suchanek Robert & Violet Sullivan Dawn Trujillo Kim Vardanega Welcome New Members:Marie Allison Norma Bailey Coonrod David Griffiths Kristy Hodges Cathy JonesKay Rendahl Jay Peterson Rutter Verna Sargent Karen Stone
Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society 3400 Shasta Gateway Dr. Ste #H Shasta Lake, CA 96019 275-3995 A 501 C-3 non-profit organization Fed ID#68-0485141 Please check the date next to your name for membership dues renewal. Thank you for helping us save on reminder postal costs. It is appreciated! IN MEMORIAM Please send in this coupon with your dues:Clarence Barger August 2011 Name____________________________ Address ______________________________Nick Romano September 2011 ________________________________Gladys Lintz November 2011??? Phone ______________________ renewal Donations have been made in memory of: Email _______________________ newElla Barbera: Del & Gerda Hiebert, G & K Portello, Frank & Linda Paulson, Please check the applicable box:Lloyd Lyford, Stephen & Lois Beckford, George & Betty Caria, Ruth Huey, Individual $10 Family $25H & A Huber, C & J Estrada Business $30 Benefactor $100Clarence Barger: Don & Barbara Cross, Darlene & Bill Brown Board of Directors:Jack Haner: Del & Gerda Hiebert, Bill & Darlene Brown Barbara J. Cross, President 275–5848Nick Romano: G & J Houghton Darlene Brown, Vice President 275-1000 Henry Hurlhey, Secretaryxxxxxxxx ?Annual Dinner Celebration Computer for Sale Lorna Rendahl, Treasurer xxxxxxx ? June 2012 2008 Dell Lorraine Bennetts , Director xxxxxxx ? Vista model - $100.00 Mike Daniels, Director xxxxxxx ? Mining & Mining Families Del Hiebert, Director xxxxxxx ? Good condition Ruth Huey, Director xxxxxxx ? watch for more information Contact Shasta Lake Jack Trapp, Director xxxxxxx ? as time draws near Historical & Heritage Evelyn Hoppes, Past President xxxxxxxx ?