Colusa County Historic Look Back

Research and synopses by: Resa Lyn

50 Years Ago

February 23, 1966 • Colusa Sun

Scores of Colusans watched the old two-story Butterfield house on the corner of Second and Webster go up in flames. This was a training practice for firefighters led by Fire Chief Art Hamblin. The house was once in the center of social gatherings of prominent Colusans.

75 Years Ago

January 10, 1941 • Colusa Times

Bunco letters were received in Colusa as part of the ‘Spanish Prisoner Racket’. The ploy was to send money to help an American prisoner who was unjustly held in a Mexican prison. In return he would share a hidden treasure of $285,000 upon his return to the United States.

100 Years Ago

September 14, 1916 • The Colusa Herald

A near disastrous fire occurred at Roy Schirber’s home when the gasoline engine back-fired and set fire to some oil spillt around the engine. The flames spread to a tank house where a f gallon can of gasoline took fire. Mrs. Schirber had two tubs of water on hand which she was using to do her wash, enabled her to control the fire.

September 23, 1916 • The Colusa Herald

William Pevehouse, city garbage collector, will refuse to empty any cans containing anything that is not suitable for cattle or poultry to eat.

September 16, 1916 • The Colusa Herald

Three Chinamen, Won, Lee Man and Wong George were arrested by Chief of Police Scoggins for engaging in gamin. The three plead guilty and were fined $20 each.

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