Month: February 2022

Cory’s Historical Corner

By Cory Peterman

Black Pioneers of Sierra County – Part 2

The collection of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley is home to the David Brown papers, which date from 1853 to 1887. Included in this collection are papers relating to the Colored American Joint Stock Quartz Mining Company, which was formed in Sierra County and operated in 1865-66. David Davis Brown, a Black man who was reported to be a runaway slave from Virginia, lived in Downieville, and was secretary of the mining company, which included the other following Black members: Amanda Isom, Sylvia Campbell, Henry Mills, John Hall, Albert Callis, Philip Scott, Samuel Crosby, John Johnson, Richard James, Robert H. Isom, R. Riggs, William Cole, John W. King, and Samuel Barns.

One of these men, Albert G. Callis, was a member of “Major” William Downie’s original party that travelled along what is now the North Yuba River. Like Brown, Callis was also said to be a runaway slave from Virginia. Downie wrote about the gold claims Callis acquired, stating they “proved particularly rich, and gold could be seen in considerable quantity by simply removing the dirt with the foot…we arrived at our camp on a Sunday, but although Albert kicked the dirt off in sundry places, and saw the yellow gold, he conscientiously covered the metal up again, as he would not remove it on the Sabbath. He came originally from Mathews County, Virginia, and I believe was a runaway slave.

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Sheriff’s Log

By Jen Henneke

Monday, February 7

14:29 – In Loyalton, there was a report of theft.

15:03 – In Sierra City, a large rock was on the CA-49 near Big Falls. CalTrans was notified and responded.

16:14 – In Sierraville, a vehicle rolled over on CA-89 with injuries.

20:53 – In Loyalton, a person was making threats.

Tuesday, February 8

10:18 – In Downieville, someone was reportedly driving with an expired license. Slow day in the county.

Wednesday, February 9

12:25 – In Sierraville, someone was parking with problems and animals in the vehicle. The vehicle owner was located and warned. Don’t know if they were warned about the animals or the parking.

15:40 – On Stampede Dam Road, a motorist was stranded. The responding deputy was able to assist the motorist by getting their vehicle out of the snow.

17:39 – In Downieville, some keys were found in a visitor center restroom.

18:51 – In Calpine, some requested an ambulance.

18:53 – In Loyalton, Eastern Plumas Health Care Ambulance was requested.

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Here Back East

By Lenny Ackerman

Some Lessons of Covid

The lessons of Covid are many, and the sheer numbers are staggering—of lives lost, long-term health compromised, jobs disappeared, economies ruined. It all paints a tragic picture of our age. On a smaller scale, the effects of life under Covid are more personal, yet just as powerful. My interest is in the individual. How has Covid affected those close to me, both in terms of behavioral changes and mental health—often the same thing? The answers I get vary as much as the people of whom I ask the question, though there are underlying similarities. The common theme seems to be the reduced level of human interaction and the losses associated with that.

My recent conversations on the subject with friends have been revealing. There is talk about the emotional strain of coming out of the pandemic only to be faced with the prospect of new variants, preventing any chance of a return to “normal.” The issues run deeper than having to forego a long-anticipated trip, or planning celebrations with family members. Especially now that some of the travel restrictions have eased, people are getting around more. But there is a general uneasiness and the habits of quarantine and living under the threat of a new variant linger. One of my friends said she has watched more television in the last two years than in the rest of her 70 years combined. She expressed regret that she wasn’t spending more time reading or painting or perhaps cleaning out old closets–something more active and productive. Motivation is sapped away by the endless protocols that have also protected us. Social lives have been scaled back, friendships sustained by video conference or phones, or not at all. Loneliness may be a pandemic on its own.

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By Tessa Jackson

How about those Rams? Quarterback Matt Stafford proved he has what it takes by leading the Los Angeles Rams to victory against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Super Bowl last Sunday. He did throw a couple of interceptions, and the Rams defense had a couple of missteps (or a non-called pass interference) which gave the Bengals the lead in the third quarter. But then Stafford did what worked for him all season, he got the ball to wide receiver Cooper Kupp, who ended up with the game-winning touchdown to seal the win for the Rams. The underdog didn’t do it for me this time, but it was an exciting game, and that’s all I really ask for.

The Loyalton High School Grizzlies Ski Team is going to compete in the state finals at Mammoth Mountain in March. How exciting is that? It looks like we have some pretty talented skiers and snowboarders over there. I look forward to bringing you more information on this in the coming weeks.

Only four more days left in the 2022 Winter Olympics. The U.S. has moved up to third in the medal count since last week. As of Tuesday night, we had 19 total medals including eight gold and seven silver. Norway is leading with an astonishing 26 medals including 12 gold. Here is the schedule for the last few days of competition. Notice the women’s ice hockey team is taking on Canada in the Gold Medal Game on Thursday; I just realized it actually takes place on Wednesday night at 8pm, but I think most of these events have been recorded and you probably won’t be watching many events live anyway due to the time difference.

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