Surprise Valley Record, Cedarville, Modoc County, California, January 1923

Wednesday January 3, 1923

Retiring Officers Next Monday, Mrs. Nettie Harris retires from the office of School Superintendent of Modoc. For the past twelve years she has filled that office and discharged the duties in a highly efficient manner. In fact it can be truthfully said that she was the best Superintendent that Modoc ever had and the best wishes of her many friends follow her wherever she may cast her lines. John C. Sharp will retire from the Supervisor-ship of 2nd district, but will assume the more responsible duties of Sheriff of Modoc County. While Supervisor, he was untiring in his efforts to develop the best interests of his district and the county, and as he made an efficient Supervisor, we have no hesitancy in predicting that he will serve the people efficiently as Sheriff. Ira Cannon retires from the Supervisor-ship of District no. Five. He has filled that office for twenty years in a most satisfactory manner, and leaves behind him a record that has no regret to mar it. George T. Cline goes out of the office of Supervisor of the First District and assumes the duties of County Surveyor. His best efforts were put forth while occupying that office and his conduct has proven him to be honest, fair and impartial, and the business of the surveyors’ office will no doubt be conducted in a like manner.

Mrs. Worthie Benner and little son, Winston, left last Friday for Marysville, where she will join her husband who is employed.

The electric current here is still on the “blink.” Some days ago the big transformer burned out and four smaller ones were assembled to take its place and since then we only get lights and power at nighttime. A large transformer has been ordered and will arrive here in two or three weeks, when it is to be hoped that the regular schedule will be resumed.

Born – At Fort Bidwell, Cal., Dec. 29, 1922, to the wife of Roy Hanks, a daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. McCulley and little daughter, Luella left last Wednesday for San Francisco, where they will visit for a time.

Richard Stimers returned from Oakland last Friday where he has been on account of his health. He is feeling fine now.

Last week, W. H. Hussa purchased the interest of Lossie Hays in the Surprise Valley Meat Market, and will hereafter conduct that well known place of business, and will continue, as heretofore, to furnish the public with the best of meats.

Wednesday January 10, 1923

Westwood Items

Lauren Adams returned several days ago from Cedarville where he had been visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Adams, for a week.

Ray Abrams and Gerald Johnson left last week for El Centro, Ca., to assume positions with the Arrowhead Creamery Co.

Slim Christiansen, a well known Cedarville boy arrived here several days ago to assume a position in the warehouse.

Lake City Items

Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Polander returned from Chico Tuesday of last week, where they have been staying on account of Mrs. Polander’s health, but as she did not improve, they returned and she is now improving.

Mrs. I. N. Jacobs was stricken with paralysis last week and at this time, she is some better but in critical condition.

George Wimer is quite ill with high blood pressure. He is staying with his daughter, Mrs. Everett Hill.

Mrs. Lossie Hays has been quite ill during the past week but is reported as some better now.

Miss Mary Wortman and Jake Addington were married at the home of the bride’s parents, near Cedarville, Cal., On December 29th, 1922.

Ed Ghrist came near meeting with a serious accident. Last Friday, while working with a storage battery with a blowtorch, the gas exploded and covered his face, but luckily, none got into his eyes. First aid treatment was immediately applied and he is now all right.

Wednesday January 17, 1923

Mrs. I. N. Jacobs, one of the pioneer ladies of this valley, died at her home in Lake City last week from paralysis. She leaves aged husband and several children to mourn her death. She was aged about 76 years. We expect to publish her obituary next week.

Dies Suddenly
Henry Simson, familiarly known as “Hank” died suddenly at his home here last evening. About seven o’clock his neighbors were aroused by hearing several shots fired at his house, and Jesse Stiner and Mr. Sevier went to his house and found him lying on the floor. He had fired the shots to attract attention, as he was alone at the time. Dr. Kennedy was hastily summoned, and while it was seen that Mr. Simson was a very sick man, he was cheerful and seemed to have no thought of dying, but suddenly the end came, death resulting from heart trouble. He had not been in good health for years, but was around as usual yesterday, with but little thought of his early passing. He leaves to mourn his death a wife and five daughters, Mrs. Lena Atkinson, Mrs. Viola Cramton, Mrs. June Harris, Mrs. Orville Hughes and Bernice Simson, and three sons, Charley, Bert and Alfred Simson, to whom their many friends extends sympathy in their bereavement.

Last Wednesday night a shock of earthquake was felt here but no damage was done.

Dr. Kennedy operated on Oliver Cramton last Monday, removing his tonsils, and he is getting along fine.

Arthur Harris and wife left last week for the lower county, where they will spend the balance of the winter.

Mrs. Lyle Stimers underwent an operation for appendicitis at Dr. Coates’ Sanitarium last Monday and is reported to be doing well.

We are informed that there are several cases of scarlet fever in one of the Peterson families at Fort Bidwell. We did not learn which family, and sincerely hope that the cases will be mild and that they will not spread.

Word was received here last week of the death in Oakland, December 12, 1922, of Mrs. Anna Stough, formerly a resident of Modoc County, She living on the Cedarville Mountain between Cedarville and Alturas for many years. She was aged 80 years, and leaves to mourn her loss, two daughters, Mrs. Fred Lunsford, of Alturas and Mrs. Staler, of Oakland, at whose home she passed away. Also a sister, Mrs. E. B. Smalls and a brother Jake Weber, of Cedarville.

Wednesday January 31, 1923

Death Of Mrs. I. N. Jacobs
On Tuesday morning, January 9th, 1923, the sad message came that death had taken from our midst in Lake City, the beloved wife of Isaac Newton Jacobs. Many will remember Mrs. Jacobs as one of the oldest pioneer ladies of the valley, aged 74 years, 2 months and 12 days. Julia Etta Wimer was born in the state of Iowa in 1848 and was married to Isaac Newton Jacobs, near Lake City, April 30th, 1866. To this union was born nine children, of whom two passed away in infancy. The ones left to mourn the loss of the loved one is an aged husband, Newton Jacobs; four sons, Oliver, William S., Victor S., and Lester L. Jacobs and three daughters, Lydia V. Tonningsen, Bertie H. Wheeler, Lula E. Messner and a large number of kindred and friends. She was a member of the Baptist church of Lake City, uniting with the Church in 1885. The funeral was held at the Church, Elder Darst conducting the services, reading from the chapter 14 of the Gospel of St. John. The body was laid to rest in the Lake City cemetery, to await the resurrection morning. To the ones who feel the loss of the best friend, when Jesus knew that His hours was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world he loved them unto the end. Mothers influenced us ere life began for us in the world and she influences us all thru our earthly pilgrimage and when she goes to Heaven, she is still a ministering spirit to us. Sad, yet how sweet is the memory of mother love. Hearts that were homes of silent prayer, calm brow made holy by the Light that fell upon a beautiful face up turned to God. A voice like that of the angels when they whispered of the King in the bowers of H—– and her hands of healing on our beds of pain. Soft was mother’s tread – she shut the doors gently; she called us in the evening and her tone had the falling inflections that we too infrequently hear today. She listened sympathetically to our mixed story of the teacher’s injustice and the school chums sneers when rankled bitterly within us, not when mother exercised her gracious ministry we were at peace with all the world and playmates and all and said: “Now I lay me down to sleep” and kissed by mother drifted out into the land of pleasant dreams. Mothers love us not by fits and starts but as the Polar Star points to the north or as the angels adore, many waters cannot quench mother love, my child, neither could the flames of the pit may it, for it is unalloyed gold and if you take the wings of the morning and make our messenger the living lightening of God, you could never find the boundaries of your mother’s love for Love is Lord of death.

Mrs. Forest Perry was operated on at the Dr. Coates’ Sanitarium, last week for appendicitis, and is getting along nicely, we understand.