Micros oft Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society Head Tower News A “Boomtown Memories” newsletter 3400 Shasta Gateway Dr. Suite #H, City of Shasta Lake Museum Hours: M & W 9-12:30 or by appointment. Call 275-3995 or Email: email@example.com www.shastalakehistorical.org Volume 8 issue 3 April 2012 The Day the Bridge Caught FireBy Bert Boothroyd written: October 1, 2011 Today is my 71st birthday andafter receiving a call from my sister, Alice and her husband Larry,we had a good laugh reminiscing the following story. I was a senior at Shasta High and was driving a 1949blue Mercury. It was spring and the snow run off had filledShasta Lake to the brim. Charlie Thompson, Bob Moore,Jim Pope and I were amusing ourselves by jumping off therailroad track that was the lower level of the Bay (Pit River) View of Bridge Bay in the 1950’sBridge, which at that time spanned Highway 99. We werejumping off the southern end of the bridge near the tunnel entrance into Bass Mountain. People boating andswimming at Bridge Bay Resort had a good view of the tunnel entrance, where we were hanging out. Wenoticed just inside the tunnel entrance, there were several large carbon tetrachloride extinguishers that wereused to put brake fires out on the freight trains. The brakes would sometimes catch fire on the steep windinggrade traveling south. When this happened the engineer would stop the train and extinguish the fire with these large extinguishers. Overcome by our adventurous nature, someone pulled the handle and acti- vated an extinguisher to see what would happen. This resulted in a heavy, smoke like fog coming out the nozzle. I’m not sure which one of us gets credit next…. but it seemed like a good idea at the time. We activated all the extinguishers in the tunnel entrance at once. A heavy, dense, poisonous, cloud moved out of the tun- nel and onto the bridge. We piled into the car and drove like mad the half mile to Bridge Bay Resort. We jumped out of the car and standing in view of the smoky bridge, we casually looked up and said, “Hey, look the bridge is on fire!” I don’t even remember what happened next...but I’m sure that if this was done today, home security would have branded us as terrorists. Facebook would have disclosed our dastardly deed and forever ruined our reputations. Jim Pope would have never become Sheriff. Charles Thompson would never have been trusted to deal in Reno and my executive career would have been history…..The tunnel to Bass MountainWe try to be accurate but please, we are not liable for any additions, omissions, errors and/or corrections that may occurin this publication. Any photographs or material used may not be scanned and/or reprinted or reproduced without con-tacting us for permission of use. Thank You –Deb West, Editor and Darlene Brown, Assistant
Page 2 Shasta Lake Heritage Highlights & Happenings at the Museum Shasta LakeVolume 8 Issue 3 & Historical Society Heritage & HistoricalA Security System at The Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society Office / Museum has been installed. We are get-ting so many valuable items, we felt a need to secure the facility. California Safety Company installed sensors andalarms. It has recently been tested by a volunteer who had a key & codes…. it works great.As a classroom changes with the seasons, so has our front display room. The Monday crew changes the theme de-pending on a holiday or season. It has gone from a classroom, to a music room decorated with Valentines, then Sham-rocks and now with Easter Eggs. It is fun to come in and see the changes occur. Carol Stephens has returned as a volunteer and is helping Darlene with the mining DVD. Carol volunteered for four years for SLH&HS, with two of those years being the Correspondence Secretary. Welcome Back Carol. Standing with Barbara is Pat Carr, Vice President of the Shasta Historical Society. Pat gave a presentation titled, The Carr Family of Shasta County: Politics, Water, & Public Works on March 28 at our General Meeting. We had a great turnout and once again, thank Pat for sharing a personal insight on the impact his family members made within Shasta County during the years surrounding the construction of Shasta Dam. The Pearl Harbor Story: Coming April 25, at our general meeting. Tom Smith and Mel Fisher will share their stories. Tom Smith was a child in Hawaii and Mel Fisher, is one of the last Pearl Harbor Survivors in Shasta County. This promises to be a very entertaining and informative meeting. Be sure and mark your calendars. The meeting will be at 3:00 pm at the John Beaudet Community Center. Kenwa Kravitz, director of the Wintu Cultural Center, was the guest speaker at the January 25th meeting. The name Wintu means People. Kenwa, her name meaning Evening Wind, is a native of the Wintu / Pit River tribes. Many items were shared from her family such as cooking baskets, 3 cradle boards, instruments, jewelry, moccasins, a beaded belt, an Eagle Feather, and a mortar for grinding acorns. She shared information about the Wintu Cultural Museum which is projected to open in September 2012 and located on Shasta Dam Blvd. It will con- tain permanent and rotating exhibits, a library / study area for school children, and items from various Native American Cultures. The mu- seum is dedicated to “Deepening an understanding of the culture, rich history and heritage of the Wintu people.” Thank you for your Donations and for sharing your memories:Rudy Balma—two framed panoramic 1910 photo copies of the town of Kennett and the Diamond BarDorothy Cupp: Shasta Lake Record newspapers, c1990Lois Emmerson: Complete Navy Dress Uniform including the hatEd Glacken—very early classroom personal chalkboard & abacusJack Haner Estate: Lamp, notebooks, songbooks, Washtub & wringer, end table and too many items tolist…...including office supplies—Thank you so very much Norma……Jack Keeton: Community Stories & CookbookEd Lintz Jr. - his dad’s photo taken in the USBR’s office in Toyon - at the same desk we have on display in ourbackroom, and a scrapbook full of photos & memorabilia on the Ground Observer’s Corp volunteers 1943Carol Stephens: 1955 Roller Skates & Case—adorned with cutouts of James Dean, Elvis, etc.Stories, Articles & Photographs from: Rudy Balma, Bert Boothroyd, Sadie Brown, Christine Chambers, Barbara Cross, MikeDaniels, Betty Trapp Felch, Mac Forbes, Floyd Frisbie, Pat Gavigan, Mary Hardt, George Heidel, Del Hiebert, Evelyn Hoppes,Ruth Ann Kobe, Jill Livingston, Delores Mitchell, William Polf, Shasta Gateway Library, Linda (Spear) Stout, Violet Sullivan, FranWarmack, and Nancy Westlake.And, to EVERYONE that donated items to the Yard Sale. Due to weather we will be rescheduling a date for late spring orearly fall—we’ll keep you posted. So, you still have time! No clothes please, just items.
Page 3 Shasta Lake Heritage WE ROCK!Volume 8 Issue 3 & Historical SocietyWhile interviewing Nellie Bell for the mining video last week, Nellie was looking at the file folder placed in front of her. Ithad guitars on it and she said, “I was looking for a folder when I saw this one that said, YOU ROCK.” “I wasn’t thinkingabout rock music, you know, I was thinking about mining, rocks ...you rock….so I bought it.” Laughing, I said, “Prettyfunny Nellie, I love it too”….So.. WE ROCK….Third in our Landmarks & Legends series, to date, our video on mining will fea-ture recordings, stories and/or photos from Rudy Balma, Nellie Bell, John Cullis, Judge Eaton, Floyd Frisbie, Leigh Johnson, Delores Mitchell, Tom Neal, Matt Rumboltz, Iris Sobiski, Jim Tinto, Jack & Marian Trapp, Jim and Nancy Westlake, Alice White, and Fran Warmack - back in time to the families and mining towns of the Copper Belt era early 1900’s - i.e., Iron Mtn., Coram, Kennett, Bully Hill, Ingot, and what life was like then. We’ll touch on placer mining and hard rock; in later years both small & big mines and minerals found around Shasta, Buckeye, French Gulch and a few other areas. A fun evening beginning with our traditional wine & hors d’oeuvres at 5, special dinner buffet at 6, a great raffle - singing by the “Cerepa Sisters” and showing our video. Invitations have been mailed; if you didn’t receive one, let us know. Advance ticket sales only; seating is limited and we sell out early every year. By DarleneWe have an account designated as a “Building fund”, thanks to a generous benefactor. We add to it as we can, through donationsand some fundraisers. Our goal is to have a museum in the central part of our city. We would like to have a computer dedicated foruse by the general public, and students who would like to do historical research. Please consider a donation to our building fund, andhelp us achieve this goal.If you have time on your hands, consider becoming a volunteer. It is fun and a great learning experience. Looking for a wonderful gift to give anytime? We have ideas for you. Postcards covering the history of our community $1.00 eachShasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society DVD for only $10.00 (including tax)Landmarks & Legends Vol.1 featuring 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 1858 (2011)Schools “History 1A” Vol. 1 Early Pioneer School Districts to 1958 (2008) (Order on line, by phone or come and pick some out while visiting our Museum)
Page 4 Shasta Lake HeritageVolume 8 issue 3 Margaret Virginia Polf 1921-1992 & Historical Society Once in awhile, a person comes to a community and through strong family values, a solid work ethic and a pioneer spirit, can make a positive impact to that community. Margaret Polf was just that person. She came to Central Valley in 1945, like many other families because of the Depression. Her husband’s name was Andy, her son is William, and the two daughters are Ina Claire and Janet. She was always very proud of her community and worked hard to make it a wonderful place to raise her family. Her son wrote of her: “Margaret Virginia Polf believed life should be lived to the fullest, and that was how she lived it. She believed you get out of it what you put into it. As everyone who knew her can attest, she put a great deal into it, on her own behalf, on behalf of her family and love ones, on behalf of hundreds of people who were herfriends and about whom she cared. She touched a great number of lives.”A childhood friend of William’s commented that Margaret “stood apart ,more independent and commanding, someone to be respected and emu-lated.” This friend saw a remarkable woman who was setting a differentcourse that young women could look up to when charting their own lives.As William grew older, he “came to see that she held two deep convictionsthat were interwoven into everything she did and accomplished in her life.First, that leadership matters and second, women of ability have as muchright to be leaders as do men. Margaret never doubted either of them, and,as in many other things, was her ahead of her time.” She often spoke toher children about the importance of leadership. Her second principle herson stated, “she exhibited more subtly, by doing rather than saying it. Likemost effective leaders, she understood how to exercise authority quietlyand firmly. She had no patience with people who hid behind convention toavoid the hard work of making something valuable happen. She was awoman and proud of it; she was a leader and had no qualms about show-ing it. She insisted on being treated with respect, and in time she was. She Margaret and Andy Polfwould not have accepted any other outcome.” When Margaret Polf came to Central Valley with her family, she had to construct a new life, by what many say are the best qualities of her generation. Her life was guided by these principles: Hard work does matter—Each person must be responsible for themselves- Everyone must give something back to the community- Each individual is spe- cial—Children must be loved and taught- Principles count and Life is good. Her life exemplified these simple honest val- ues. Margaret with her daughters, Janet and Ina Claire Margaret working in the SDAPUD Office (Front)
Page 5 Shasta Lake Heritage Volume 8 issue 3 Margaret Virginia Polf Continued & Historical Society Rod Young, then SDAPUD general manager, stated: “Mrs. Polf saw the area grow dramatically during her tenure as bookkeeper, secretary, payroll clerk and ultimately administrative services di- rector, and then board member.” She retired in 1981 after 25 years of dedicated service to the Shasta Dam Area Public Utility District. With all this experience and knowledge, she became President of the Shasta Dam Area Public Utility District board, and in 1983 she was honored as Citizen of the Year in Central Valley. She was also a member of the Economic Development Corporation of Shasta County. Don Maddox, County Supervisor and Margaret William wrote: “Margaret was devoted to Central Valley and the Polf at the park’s dedication in the late1980’s. town repaid her with every honor it could bestow, some of them created especially for her…..none was more important than the naming of the Margaret Polf Regional Park.” The park is used today by many in the community for soccer, bike races and picnics. When the park was named after her, it came as a complete surprise. “Only after the shock and pleasurable embarrassment had worn off, was she willing to acknowledge to herself that maybe it was just a little bit deserved.” She was so proud to serve the people of Central Valley, Project City, Summit City and Pine Grove. Andy, her husband, was out-going and made friends quickly. Margaret was too shy to be- come friends quickly with anyone. She was reserved, but for those who became her friends, they were touched by this special woman, often seeking her out for advise, and friendship. Her husband died 12 years before her, but he never left her heart or her mind. She was very proud of her children, teaching them “what a person is inside is more impor- tant, more a test of success, than any outward achievement.” She saw the best in each of them, knowing they would each succeed in their own way, using their own spe- Margaret & Andy cial talents. As a side note, William tells a story on himself and his Mothers reaction. “Mother believed Central Valley was a good place to live, and she was angry when the town was denigrated. Once, when I had published a letter in the New York Times, that might have been considered slightly dispar- aging to Central Valley, I decided not to send it to her. Feeling guilty, I thought my secret was safe. As luck would have it, a travel writer from San Francisco was visiting New York City, saw the letter, and included it in an article he wrote for the San Francisco Examiner. The son knowsWilliam c1960 this for a fact because, by another chance, a friend of his was visiting San Francisco and saw the article. Sure enough, Margaret read the article in the Examiner and called her son to give him her opinion of his opinion of Central Valley. He could think of no reply, then or now, except to promise to keep his opin- ions to himself and in the future to write on other subjects. Even now he intends to keep his promise. Given his previous luck, he cannot be sure that she isn’t still keeping an eye on him.” Margaret was an active member of the Pilgrim Congregational Church, and although she is no longer here, her legacy will stay within our community, emulating the pio- neer spirit. A spirit that started as Boomtowns of Central Valley, Project City, Summit City and Pine Grove with the construction of Shasta Dam, and ultimately formed the City of Shasta Lake, melding the four communities into one proud city. It is upon the foundation laid by people like her, that our City Of Shasta Lake is built. The Polf Family
Page 6 Shasta Lake HeritageVolume 8 Issue 3 “Blast From the Past” by Matt Shasta Lake & Historical Society Heritage & HistoricalThe Cow Creek system consists of several streams, either named as runs, gulches, hollows, or creeks. Itencompasses an area from Round Mountain to Palo Cedro south of Cedar Creek/Little Cow Creek, andspreading to South Cow Creek, which eventually meets the Sacramento River, as Cow Creek, 4-5 milesnorth of the Sacramento/Balls Ferry Bridge. The south boundary runs by Millville and Whitmore. The eastboundary is the southern Cascades, from Clover Mountain south to Latour Butte. The main streams are:Cedar/Little Cow Creek., Swede Creek, Oak Run, Clover Creek, Old Cow Creek, and South Cow Creek. Cow Creek Mines Matt Rumboltz The area became of interest to prospectors looking for gold due to the geologic evidence found. They found evidence ofgold, copper, silver, lead, zinc, coal, and other minor minerals in confused combinations, making it difficult to extract a single mineral. In 1862 a claim was made on Silver Creek which runs into Clover Creek, near Clover Mountain [Snow Mountain]. The SilverCity or Silverton boom failed in 1865 when the blast furnace reported only pot metal. The town, said to be located below the mouthof Cedar Creek, was later destroyed by fire. In 1865 a number of claims were found on Copper Hill near the Rock Monument in Copper Gulch. I have no data on theselocations, but assume it would be near the mouth of Cedar Creek. In 1871-1875 Peck Mining Co. purchased the Copper Hill Mine and several other mining properties: Mystery, Furnace, Oak-land, Bellview, and the Afterthought. The Afterthought was located at Ingot. In 1878 several of the claims were sold to AfterthoughtMining Co. for $20,000. Afterthought Mining Co. was organized by Loomis, Olendorf, Washington, Cameron,and Cone in 1875. The Afterthought Mine, idle but in working condition now, has had an up and down career since its discovery in 1872. The surface was worked for its gold until the richer copper deposits were discovered. The mine has always been plagued by the pres- ence of zinc and copper sulphides. In earlier days no way was known to separate them. The mine consisted of 1,650 acres of mostly patented land containing two par- allel veins, the Afterthought and the Copper Hill. The ore mined contained besides Afterthought Mine gold, silver, and copper, a high percentage of zinc and barium. A mile long narrow gauge railroad carried the ore from the mine to the 150 ton daily capacity smelter. The smelter operated c1908 Afterthought Mine between 1904-1908, the output averaged $350,000 yearly. Because of the cost of smelting, only highgrade ores were used. The Afterthought Copper Co abandoned operations in 1920. In 1925 California Zinc Co. took a try at it. Theysent ore by aerial tramway 8 1/2 miles to Bully Hill for concentrating. The Coronado Copper and Zinc Co., a Harvey Mudd interest,bought the mine in 1945, afterwards building a flotation plant to separate the zinc-copper ore. The mine shut down after the price ofzinc and copper fell, and after a series of accidents to mine workers. The Terry Mill lumber flume passed by the Afterthought Mine on the north side of Little Cow Creek. This flume connectedRound Mountain with Bella Vista. By the same token the Afterthought Mine was connected with Bully Hill Mine by a tram way. BullyHill Mine is part of the Copper Belt or the Golden Crescent, that stretched from Platina, west of Redding, to Bully Hill Mine, nearWinthrop, on the Pit River. In 1924 it was reported that the California Zinc Co. had leased the Afterthought Mine property. They began to operate themine as a zinc mine. The flotation plant and furnace were abandoned and most of the mines reduction works were removed to Win-throp near the Bully Hill Mine. An aerial tram carried the Afterthought ore eight and a half miles to a concentratorcosting $125,000, at Bully Hill. (A concentrator was an apparatus for the separation of drycomminuted ore by exposing it to intermitted puffs of air. ) The tram had 80 buckets, eachhaving capacity of 850 pounds; and moved at a speed of six miles per hour. The longestspan from tower to tower was 4,700 feet. Thus the daily capacity could be 288 tons of ore. The State Mineralogist Report of 1926, indicated the tram was delivering about 75tons per day to the plant at Winthrop. The assay report at that time showed the ore was car-rying 5.5 oz. silver, 0.03 oz. gold, 16% zinc, and 3% copper. Bully The mine was soon shut down again [Gladys House Rumboltz was the last teacher Hill Mineat Winthrop in 1930] so activity at the mine would have ended about then. There was a briefperiod of activity at the site in 1945. Some of the Cow Creek early prospectors have landmark names: Seaman Gulch, McCumber Lake, Loomis Corners,Kenyon Sulphur Springs, and Fenders Ferry. Thank you to these folks for their input: Harold Parham, “the History Buff of Round Mountain” and Garry Bagula, Agnes Calkins and Bertha Maynard. A valuable reference used was the History and Business Directory of Shasta County 1881.
Page 7 A Note From The President... Barbara Cross Shasta Lake HeritageVolume 8 issue 3 & Historical Society We are continuing to add to our collection of memorabilia, and historic information.Thanks to our very dedicated and talented Board Members and Volunteers, good things arehappening! These people are always willing to help. We are co-hosting the annual ShastaDam worker’s reunion, and are gearing up for our dinner celebration on June 28. We have lost two members who were icons of our community in the early days, Adelaide Castle and Ab Burns. Adelaide, whose husband George and his brother built the Giant Orange, opened the business as a juice stand, and later sold hamburgers. It stood on old Hwy. 99 near Pine Grove, and the Giant Orange remains today on Cascade Blvd. fronting I-5. Adelaide said that the brothers didn’t know that you couldn’t build a round building, so they built one. We have photographs and history of the Giant Orange thanks to Adelaide. Ab Burns came to Central Valley in 1939. His parents came in 1938 and were the original owners of the Covered Wagon-a pool hall/saloon that many of us remember. Ab worked on Shasta Dam and the Pit River Bridge before becoming a commercial painter and local artist. One of Ab’s paintings, “The 3 Shastas” a large mural, hangs in the John Beaudet Community Center. His painting of Dog Creek Bridge hangs in our office. Ab used to attend the Dam Worker’s Reun- ions and donated copies of many old photographs and drawings to our collection. He is featured in our videos “Hard Times, Hard Work” and “Honoring our Veterans.” Lloyd Hill came to Central Valley in 1938 to work on Shasta Dam. He and his wife have lived in the same house all these years, and some of us went to school with his children. Lloyd donated an anvil we have on display in our back room that he used when working on the Dam. A friend, a benefactor, and descendant of one of Shasta County’s pioneer families. Cindy Preston Glacken, passed away very recently. She will truly be missed for her quirky sense of hu- mor, and kind & generous spirit. Cindy and husband Ed, have donated numerous antiques, vin- tage items and historical photographs to our collection. Cindy’s pioneer family was the Gregorys of Antlers/Pollock. Cindy narrated short stories about them for our second video in the Landmarks & Legends series “Up the Sacramento River Canyon on old Hwy.99”. Thank You for supporting our efforts to preserve history. We are grateful for your endorsement. Benefactors:John Adams – Henderson, NV Wendell Baker - Grand Terrace 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 -HayforkEd Glacken -Redding Lucretia Hale - Monte Serrano Norma Haner - ReddingAl Herring - Woodenville, WA Del & Gerda Hiebert - Redding Ben & Agnes Hill - McLean, VADale Hoppes - Redding Evelyn Hoppes - Shasta Lake Leigh Johnson - Medford, ORKnauf Inc. - Shasta Lake Carol Martin - Redding Ron & Jean Naylor - Shasta LakeWilliam A. Polf - New York, NY Jim Pope - Redding John & Connie Strohmayer – ReddingBruce & Verlen Tavey - Redding Alice Taylor - Shasta Lake Jack & Marian Trapp - Redding Businesses in Shasta Lake530 Collective R. Chambers, M.D. Lake Nok Hamburg Catering North Valley Bank Print & DesignJ.D. Russell, D.D.S. Shasta Lake Caverns Shasta Lake Chiropractic Sunshine Market Van Wyhe’s Engraving Our Thanks to the following Individuals & Families for renewals:Jerry & Darlene Blancett Jim & Carol Butcher Verne & James Charlton Laurie Schell Cuneo Maria EdwardsMargaret Gardner Jo Giessner Lois Goodner Henry Hurlhey Matt & Carrie KiblerBonnie Lower Betty McKean Audrey Morris Dave Noble Karen PackwoodKay & Sharon Rendahl Lorna & Don Rendahl John Reynolds Mike Ricks June RomanoSabine Rosales Iris Sobiski Cecil Stinson B. Stoppenbrink Jack & Joan UresBarbara Voisin Darrel & Rose Mary Walter Fran Warmack Alice White Deb WilsonJohn Wilson Welcome New Members: Dave & Judy Bush—Redding; Patrick Carr—Cottonwood; David DeCoste– Lawrence, KS and Opal Mendenhall—Red Bluff New Benefactors: Wendell Baker - Grand Terrace and Carol Martin - Redding
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: Name____________________________Ab Burns 1914 - 2012 Address ______________________________Adelaine Castle 1920 - 2012 _______________________________Ruth Griffin 1926 - 2012 Phone ______________________ renewalCindy Glacken 1948 - 2012 Email _______________________ newLloyd Hill 1912 - 2012 Please check the applicable box: Donations in memory of Cindy Glacken and Ab Burns: Individual $ 10 Family $ 25 Darlene & Bill Brown and Barbara & Don Cross Business $ 35 Benefactor $100 ITEMS FOR SALE Coming In September Board of Directors: DELL COMPUTER - Vista program Helen Pulliam Barbara J. Cross, President 275–5848 like new - $100 obo Darlene Brown, Vice President 275-1000 will be Henry Hurlhey, Recording Secretary 275-2815 2 WOODEN FILE CABINETS like new w/locks $25 apiece celebrating Lorna Rendahl, Treasurer 246-3048 Lorraine Bennetts, Director 275-8712 GLASS TOP COMPUTER DESK her 100th Mike Daniels, Director 275-2672 like new $50 Birthday Del Hiebert, Director 275-4058 OFFICE CHAIR like new $25 Ruth Huey, Director 275-1961 at the John Beaudet Jack Trapp, Director 243-6984 Contact us—275-3995 Community Center Evelyn Hoppes, Past President 275-2772