Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society3400 Shasta Gateway Dr. Ste #HShasta Lake, CA 96019 Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society275-3995 Head Tower NewsA 501 c-3 non-profit organization A “Boomtown Memories” newsletterFed ID#68-0485141 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: firstname.lastname@example.org www.shastalakehistorical.org Volume 8 issue 4 #28 August 2012 Grab Your Pick And Shovel The tables were set, the food cooked and the people gathered. On June 28, The Shasta Lake Heritage & Histori- cal Society hosted their annual dinner. People came from near and far, families joined together, old friends remi- nisced and new friends were made. Nok Hamburg and her crew prepared a meal fit for a mining camp, starting with finger food, followed by chicken stir -fry and tri-tip. Tasty salads, side dishes and dessert rounded off the meal. The Wine Trio, Jack Trapp, Jack Ures and Paul Stremple poured delightful Please check the date next to your name for membership dues renewal. red wines donated by Burnsini Vineyards of Cottonwood. Entertainment by Thank you for helping us save on reminder postal costs. It is appreciated! the Cerepa Sisters, Karen Alvord & Debbie Goodman, and Mathew Goodman was enjoyed by all, as they sang Nok Hamburg & her crew Looking for a wonderful gift to give anytime? Please send in this coupon with your dues: songs from mining camps of We have ideas for you. days gone by. Darlene Rumboltz was recognized as Volunteer Name_________________________________ of the Year. Although she was unable to attend the dinner, herPostcards covering the history of our community $1.00 each presence was felt at each table, decorated with her idea.Shasta Lake Heritage & Historical Society DVD Address _______________________________ With full bellies and warm hearts, the gang settled in for a showfor only $10.00 (including tax) Karen Alvord & Debbie Goodman sang mining songs. about gold and copper mining in south-western Shasta County.Landmarks & Legends Vol.1 Communities Under Shasta Lake ________________________________ Darlene Brown, with many helpers, put together a DVD on min-and Shasta Dam Boomtown Era (2007) ing from 1850 to 1919. Stories and photos were assembled into an entertaining and informative show titled GrabLandmarks & Legends Vol. 2 Up the Sacramento River Canyon Phone _________________________ renewal Your Pick & Shovel . We heard from many people, first hand, about their families and lifestyles in the miningon Old Highway ‘99 (2010) camps and towns. We saw photos of towns under Shasta Dam and were awed by the rough and rugged life of a Email ____________________________ newLandmarks & Legends Vol. 3 Grab Your Pick & Shovel Please check the applicable box: miner and his family. We saw how communities grew into towns, built schools, enforced laws, and became(2012) Individual $ 10 Family $ 25Hard Times, Hard Work Vol. 1 Shasta Dam Memories1938-1959 Business $ 35 townships. We learned about mining and the money brought into the area, as it pro- Benefactor $100 gressed from a single gold pannier to huge businesses worth millions of dollars.(2009)Honoring our Veterans Vol. 1 Veterans Who Served Between To top off the evening, If you have time on your hands, consider becoming a baskets, cakes & cookies, do-1917 to 1958 (2011)Schools “History 1A” Vol. 1 Early Pioneer School Districts up volunteer. It is fun and a great learning experience. nated by many, were raffledto 1958 (2008) off. Not unlike the evenings Board of Directors: (Order on line, by phone or come by and pick some out Barbara J. Cross, President 275–5848 in the Mining Camps, people while visiting the Museum) Darlene Brown, Vice President 275-1000 felt a feeling of community. Henry Hurlhey, Recording Secretary 275-2815 Many hands were needed to ITEMS FOR SALE Lorna Rendahl, Treasurer 246-3048 pull the evening together and Lorraine Bennetts, Director 275-8712 a special Thank You to All GLASS TOP COMPUTER DESK In Memorium Dinner enjoyed by Mike Daniels, Director 275-2672 like new $50 Del Hiebert, Director 275-4058 all who attended who had their “Fingers In The Jack Ures & Paul Stremple pouring OFFICE CHAIR like new $25 Frank Divers Pie”. wine as Butch Hurlhey looks on. Ruth Huey, Director 275-1961 ELDERLY WALKER with seat $25 1929-2012 Jack Trapp, Director 243-6984 We try to be accurate but please, we are not liable for any additions, omissions, errors and/or corrections that may occur in this pub- Evelyn Hoppes, Past President 275-2772 lication. Any photographs or material used may not be scanned and/or reprinted or reproduced without contacting us for permission Contact us—275-3995 of use. Thank You –Deb West, Editor and Darlene Brown, Assistant
Page 2 Shasta Lake Heritage Page 7 A Note From The President... Barbara Cross Shasta Lake Heritage Highlights & Happenings at the MuseumVolume 8 Issue 4 & Historical Society Volume 8 issue 4 & Historical SocietyCome one, come all to the Garage Sale of the Year. Saturday September 1, 7:00 a.m. John “We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible”Beaudet Community Hall, City of Shasta Lake. (If you have something you would like to do- Vince Lombardinate to this sale, please contact Barbara Cross. All the money earned Our 11th annual Dinner Celebration was another huge success. We would need a larger buildingcomes back to the SLH&HS and donations are tax deductible.) in order to accommodate more people. Thank you to all who attended.Norma Haner, along with her son and family came to view the museum. Darlene and I visited Shasta Caverns to check on the showcase display that we have on that site,They enjoyed seeing the items their family has donated, along with all and do some rearranging to update it. We also attended the designation of the Shasta Lake Cav-the many treasures in the museum. You too can view the museum on erns as a National Natural Landmark. In spite of the close proximity of forest fires, and the lack of power, it wasMonday or Wednesday from 9:30 to noon, or by appointment. a very successful event. Kudos to Manager Matt Doyle and staff for their hard work! A busy year lies ahead: Sept. 1 Annual Yard Sale fundraiser at John Beaudet Community Center in our City -7:00 A.M.Deb West & Lillie Minsart are working on a program for school field Sept. 8 Annual Luncheon and sharing time for Northern Calif. Historical Societies Board Members and volun-trips, inviting teachers to come and see what is available at the museum. teers. This year it will be hosted by the Behrens/Eaton Museum in Redding. Thank you for you Donations and sharing your memories: Sept. 11 We will attend and donate roses for the annual Memorial Service at the City of Shasta Lake Fire Hall. Rudy Balma: Framed panoramic photos of Kennett and the Diamond Bar Saloon. Sept. 26 General Membership Mtg. after the summer break. 3pm. at JBCC. Treasurer, Lorna Rendahl, will Ab Burns: Books, drawings, and memorabilia from his estate. give a financial report for fiscal year 2011-2012. A copy is on file at our Museum site. Guest speaker: Gennie Judy Barbera: Her mother, Ella’s, Shasta Dam scrapbook & memorabilia. Seeley, Shasta Lake Garden Project. She will be talking about the Native Plant garden, part of the Memorial Gar- Barbara Cross: Camel back clock c1930 den Park in our City. Afterward, members and guests will be invited to tour the garden, with Gennie as docent. Lois Emmerson: Keith Crabtree’s navy Uniform Oct. 20 We will do a Guest presentation at Shasta Historical Society, 1pm. in Redding, of our Mining video. Ruth Fish: Cedar Chest Hand Made at Shasta High School by Elmer, and the Oct. 24 General Membership Mtg. 3pm, JBCC. Guest speakers and presentation by Behrens/Eaton Museum. steering wheel off the School Bus he Nov. 3 We will be participating in the annual Holiday Bazaar at the J.B. Community Center. This is a great drove for so many years, and pre- event. All participants are non-profit groups from our City. It is a great place to shop for Thanksgiving or Christ- sented to him upon his retirement. mas. It is also an opportunity to meet people from other groups working in our City.Ed Glacken: Bathroom memorabilia: including Men’s straight ra- Nov. 10 Annual Veteran’s Day Parade in our City; this year we will be represented in the parade.zors, strops, brushes, shaving cologne, tooth paste, Men’s Gland There are no General membership meetings in Nov. or Dec. ~ HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ….BarbaraTherapy, ceramic doll head & swan and even an antique toilet handle. FYI: One of our benefactors, and a former CVHS classmate to many of our volunteers and members, W.A.“Bill” Polf, has retired andAnd, from Golden Gate Park, a vintage Carousel Pony & books. written his first book. It is a thoughtful and provocative soft cover edition filled with short stories about life. You may even recognizeMary Hale: Ashtray from Covered Wagon, toaster & memorabilia. some of the locations and for sure, the times…..Available at Amazon.com, it is called, “ Magical Ballyglass & other stories”.Jack Haner Estate: Watercolor picture, rocking chair & ashtray Thank You for supporting our efforts to preserve history. We are grateful for your endorsement.from the Silver Dollar Club and more office supplies. Benefactors:Leigh Johnson: A cash donation in support of our Museum, and John Adams – Henderson, NV Wendell Baker - Grand Terrace Bill & Darlene Brown - Shasta Lakeprogram of making videos. City of Shasta Lake Betty Craft - Redding Barbara & Don Cross - Shasta Lake Bruce & Kittie Lou English—Bandon, OR Larry & Nancy Farr - Shasta Lake Betty Felch -HayforkBarbara Landis: Assorted magazines and memorabilia from 1928 to 1967 Ed Glacken -Redding Lucretia Hale - Monte Serrano Norma Haner - ReddingEd Lintz Jr.: Ground Observer Corp album and photo of his father, Ed, sitting at his typewriter at the desk we Al Herring - Woodenville, WA Del & Gerda Hiebert - Redding Ben & Agnes Hill - McLean, VA Dale Hoppes - Redding Evelyn Hoppes - Shasta Lake Leigh Johnson - Medford, OR have on display & used at the Bureau of Reclamation in Toyon c1940. Knauf Inc. - Shasta Lake Guy Malcolm-Sunnyvale Carol Martin - Redding Mayleen McCoach: 2 Binders about the Sacramento Canyon on loan Ron & Jean Naylor - Shasta Lake Gracious Palmer - Shasta Lake William A. Polf - Pittsboro, NC Jim Pope - Redding John & Connie Strohmayer – Redding Bruce & Verlen Tavey - Redding Linda (Spear) Stout: Damboree Parade photos from 1953 Alice Taylor - Shasta Lake Jack & Marian Trapp - Redding Robert K Sullivan: A pair of 13 button Navy pants Businesses in Shasta Lake Articles, Ads and Pictures from: Rudy Balma, Linda Beaver, Nellie Bell, 530 Collective R. Chambers, M.D. Lake Shasta Caverns Nok Hamburg Catering North Valley Bank Sadie Brown, Darlene & Bill Brown, Ab Burns Estate, Gary & Lynn Print & Design J.D. Russell, D.D.S. Shasta Lake Chiropractic Sunshine Market Van Wyhe’s Engraving Cassingham, Barbara & Don Cross, John Cullis, Mike & Donna Daniels, Our Thanks to the following Individuals & Families for renewals: Brad Dupre, Lois Emmerson, John Felcher, Lorna Fletcher, Floyd Frisbie, Marvin & Linda Beaver Karen & Bert Boothroyd Sadie Brown Huey Family Ruth Ann Kobe Tessa Newman Virginia Oliver Jack, Darlene & Janice Powell Carlene Richelieu Wayne Rowland Matt & Darlene Rumboltz Nola Shoup Del Hiebert, Evelyn Hoppes, Ruth Huey, Leigh Johnson, Ruth Ann Kobe, Iris Sobieski Jeff Trapp Earl & Deb West Delores Mitchell, Matt Rumboltz, Helen Stephenson, Jim Tinto, Jack Trapp, Welcome New Benefactors: Fran Warmack, Greg Watkins, Deb & Earl West and Jim Westlake. Debra Israel -Shasta Lake Jerry Waybright- Anderson Special thanks to all who donated photos & material to our Mining DVD Welcome New Members:We have an account designated as a “Building fund”, thanks to a generous benefactor. We add to it as we can, through donations and some Charlotte Bailey Judy Barbera Joyce Hampton John & Peggy Kenny Gary & Gerry Lundstromfundraisers. Our goal is to have a museum in the central part of our city. We would like to have a computer dedicated for use by the general pub- Lillie Minsartlic, and students who would like to do historical research. Please consider a donation to our building fund, and help us achieve this goal.
Page 6 Shasta Lake Heritage Page 3 Feature story Shasta Lake HeritageVolume 8 Issue 4 “Blast from the Past” by Helen Stephenson & Historical Society Volume 8 issue 4 & Historical Society Thriving Ingot Diminishes after the Flood of ‘36 WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! By Helen (Lindsey) Stephenson ARE YOU ONE OF “THOSE DAM KIDS?” DID YOU OR DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER Helen graduated in 1960 from CVHS and was a classmate to Matt Rumboltz, Lorna Rendahl and Bill & Darlene WHO WORKED ON SHASTA DAM 1937-1950? WERE YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER LIVING OR Brown. Excerpts from this story was used in the DVD on Mining. WORKING IN THE BOOMTOWN(S) AREA DURING THOSE YEARS? IF YES, We want your information. We are preparing a book and a DVD to be published in 2013.The information that I am writing was told to me by my two brothers, Elton and Wesley Lindsey. Next year, we will celebrate 75 years since beginning construction on Shasta Dam 1938-1945. Big plansElton, 8, and Wesley, 9 years old at the time, lived in Ingot in the Fall of 1936. are underway by Community leaders, our City, and the Bureau of Reclamation to mark this 75th celebration.The cabins where they lived with my folks, Clyde and Eldeen Lindsey, had been built by the The Damboree will be the kick-off event the first weekend in May, and the 75th will be the weekend of Sept.21. We are seeking memories & photos that will add fun and excitement to our book and video,owner of the Ingot Mine, when it was in full operation. The superintendent over the Mine, Wat- “Damworkers and Those Dam Kids” (life during the construction years of Shasta Dam). We need short storiesson, was still in charge and caring for the cabins. He rented them to residents. The cabins were about the years 1937-1950 …Stories about a Damworker OR about a Dam Kid- life in the family home, Schools,built on the East side of 299E and were down by Cow Creek at the creek level. Organizations, i.e. Scouts, Brownies, Businesses erected, Events, i.e. parades, Entertainment, i.e. swimming,The Highway Construction workers lived there, while constructing 299 East from Ingot to skating, movies, shooting pool, etc., Church, picnics and so forth.Drinking Fountain grade toward Round Mountain. You will soon be receiving a more detailed sheet of information, a signature form and questionnaire. The schoolhouse sat on the point of the turn at the North We have a deadline of January 31, 2013. With limited space, not all stories may be included, HOWEVER, we will have an index in the book, of all names received of Damworkers. end on the East side of 299E, when driving into Ingot from All stories must be typewritten and we will accept emails. If you cannot type your story and you would Round Mountain. like to be included in this project, please contact Carol at our office 275-3995. We can set up an interview to tape The teachers were Miss your story, and have it transcribed. So, exercise your fingers—we hope to hear from you! – Thanks, Darlene Thatcher and Miss Lawrence. Wes remembers a boarding house, restau-Ingot School House 1930’s rant establishment, ga- rage, and a barber shop.There were houses on the West side of the road, around theturn from Ingot as you drive south toward Redding. A fewremnants of them remain, plus one major house sits back infrom 299 East.It had snowed at Montgomery Creek 2 to 4 feet, and then On August 3, Lake Shasta Caverns wasrained for 48 hours, 2 days, which caused the Flood of ’36. dedicated as a National Natural Landmark.It took out the school, plus all of the cabins on the East side There are only two in Shasta County, the of 299E. This was the re- Caverns and Burney Falls. duction of the flourishing The honor of being designated as a National Natural Landmark is important as the elite status is only awarded in recogni- little town of Ingot. The tion of special geological and ecological sites, and is part of the Department of Interior National Park Program of Preser- families had to move to vation. It was our pleasure to be guests of the Caverns, along with many dignitaries, to celebrate this achievement. Top left, l/r: Don & Barbara Cross, Matthew Doyle, Manager, and Bill & Darlene Brown. Shown is the signature in the Bella Vista to live, while Caverns by J.A. Richardson, Nov.11, 1878 and C.M., initials of Charles Morton, the Wintu Indian that guided Richard- the road was finished. son, of Baird Fish Hatchery, to discovery of the caves. Middle photo: Steve Gibbons, National Park Service; Matthew School children started Doyle, manager; Pat & John Winther, owners; John Tinsley, U.S. Geological Survey; Dick Dickerson, Redding Mayor school in Bella Vista. and Linda Hartman, County Supervisor. (We maintain a display case for SLH&HS at the building entry to the caves.) left: Afterthought Mine DO YOU KNOW? Section of the Ore Processing Plant SLH&HS is researching the origin of street names in our area. If you know how a street got it’s name, please contact us by phone or e- mail. If the name comes from a family name, we would like to know about the family, when they settled, what they did and where they right: 3 views of the little town of Ingot came from. We hope to publish an article in a future newsletter, revealing where a street got it’s name Thank you for your help.
Page 4 Shasta Lake Heritage Page 5 Shasta Lake HeritageVolume 8 Issue 4 George and Adelaide Castle & Historical Society Volume 8 issue 4 And the Giant Orange & Historical SocietyIn memory of George and Adelaide Castle, we have chosen this article based on an oral inter- A typical day would start at 7:00 am. when the Giant Orange would open for business. At 10:00 am, Marion En-view of Adelaide, to honor them and highlight their contribution to our community… dicott, Cloya Ely and later her sister, Charlotte, arrived to help. Closing time was 10:00 p.m., then it was time to clean and get ready for the next day. That was a chore in itself, as that orange juice could get pretty sticky….. The Giant Orange Adelaide would then take the money up to the house and do the bookwork for the day, while George finished closing up. Not done yet, “we still had those orange peels...which we would put in big garbage bags, load intoGeorge and Adelaide Castle’s marriage started in the Bay Area where George was a welder and the pick up and take to the dump. We finally got to bed between 1:00 and 1:30a.m. The alarm went off at 6:00built the Liberty ships. Adelaide graduated from high school at 17, and attended beauty college. am and the day would start again.”One evening she and a friend went to a huge ballroom with a big orchestra. It was at that dancein Oakland that she met George. They danced their first dance in April and were married in June They served juice to people driving on the highway between Oregon and the Bayof the same year. They continued to dance together for 63 years. Area. They constructed a canopy in front so that people could get out of the heat. It became a popular stopping point for many, with the refreshing, iced orange juice,George was born in Canada and had duel citizenship. He did not want to live in Canada nor be beckoning from the unique Giant Orange building. Ginger Rogers and Robertdrafted, as he had started a family with two sons, Bob born in 1942 and Bill born in 1944. They Mitchum were known to stop and enjoy a glass of fresh squeezed juice. A glassalso did not want to raise their family in a big city, so when the war was over in 1945, they decided to look would cost 21 cents, 20 cents for the juice and 1 cent for Uncle Sam. A franchisearound for a new place to locate. George’s brother Walter and his wife Ally and their two boys lived in Oregon. fee of $25.00 per year was paid to a man in Tracy to use the name, Giant Orange.They would get together for a visit at the halfway mark, which just happened to be Redding. George fell in lovewith the mountains, saying he never wanted to live too far away from them. While in Redding, having breakfast Adelaide recalls many eventsat the Lorenz Hotel, the two families were talking about their future. Adelaide recalls the conversation, “Walter while they owned the business. Ab Burnssaid he could get a job repairing automobiles. Of course George could do anything, anything you asked him to One winter after a few weeks signdo, he could do it. I was sitting there drinking orange juice, and said, ‘I know what we’re going to do, we’re of snow, the canopy collapsedgoing to sell orange juice.’” With that comment from Adelaide, the seed was planted. and had to be rebuilt. Another story, “If I had to go down (to help George) before the girls came, this is what I used toThey ended up buying property in 1948 by the highway (99) north of Redding near the community of Pine do with the kids. Bob was four so I could depend on himGrove. On it were three houses, one being livable and the other two mere shacks. Walter and Ally took the good not to run into the street. But Bill was just a little over two.house and settled in with their two boys. George and Adelaide decided to take the two shacks and build one So I had a rope tied to a tree. I would tie the rope to thehome from the materials. When Adelaide’s folks came up to visit, their comment was “YOU LIVE HERE?” little straps of his sun suit. One day a lady came to me and“We had two little boys, and a house with only one room completely closed off which was the bathroom. The said, ‘there is the cutest little boy running around up thererest of it, all of it, just had 2x4’s. It rained during this visit and all my pots and pans were used to catch drips. without a stitch of clothing on’. He had managed to wrig-My folks thought we were crazy.” The canopy collapsed from the weight of the snow. gle out of his harness.”“Nobody told Walter and George that you couldn’t build a round building… so they built a round building.” The Castles worked the Giant Orange from June 15 to late September or mid-October, depending on the weather.They put chicken wire all around it and they plastered it. It had three windows out front and in the back a small In the off season, they would begin their fall job of obtaining Christmas trees to sell. In the spring they wouldroom where the fresh oranges were cut. Ab Burns painted 4 signs and they were ready to open. “That’s what we return to the Giant Orange to paint and repair and get ready for the next did; we went out there and sold fresh orange season. They ran the orange stand from 1948 to 1953 when they sold it juice. We had a man from Oroville bring them up to Don and Jerry Duryee. from Los Angeles in crates each week.” They used 10 crates, each containing about 200 oranges. George then went to work in Real Estate, while Adelaide went to Shasta The oranges had to be a uniform size, as they used College, starting in 1952. She took the bus to the college, riding with a big commercial juicer. Alice Taylor. When she got her business degree in 1960, Mr. Price asked if she would work in the school district office. She worked there “Before we got extra help, we devised a system. during the school year and had summers off to be with her boys. If George was alone and got too busy, he would ring a bell connected to the house. When I heard The Giant Orange has changed hands, menus, and been added on to over the bell, I would run down and help him juice and the years. It is still open for business as Joe’s Giant Orange. The serve the orange juice.” Hot dogs were also SLH&HS has on display a collage showing the history of this unique served. Bob did not like hot dogs, but little piece of “Americana” from the 40’s & 50’s. Go in for a delicious meal brother Bill, loved them. Adelaide finally limited and view the collage. You can still feel the spirit of George and Ade-George and Adelaide Castle Bill to only 3 hot dogs a week. laide, while enjoying a glass of orange juice. Bob and Bill Castle