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Fishing in Lake Almanor
Way, Glenn M
Date Created and/or Issued
June 1926
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Meriam Library. California State University, Chico
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California State University, Chico
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection
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View of Lake Almanor and people in a boat fishing. Donor/Source of Loan: Rob Hanford (loan).
June 1926- Fishing in Lake Almanor. Audio tape #12A-487. This photograph was taken during the summer of 1926 when Lake Almanor was being raised by a contractor from the San Francisco area. They were having trouble with their two pumps, and a machinist working for them had worked with Glenn M. Way at the Alameda Red Car barns, and knew that GMW was over at Storrie, so they called Lou Scott and asked if they could hire GMW for a day to repair their equipment. Way took the narrow gauge over to Camp 2, where he was picked up in Studebaker touring car and driven up to Almanor. The problems were relatively simple to repair. The contacts were burnt, which was blowing fuses, and had to be replaced. Apparently, the Great Western electrician was fired on the spot, and GMW was given two men to help him make the repairs. The purpose of the two pumps was to lower the level of the lake so that the construction could begin. There was a release value, but it wasn't releasing the water fast enough. When the job was completed by that afternoon, the GWP foreman (far left in the boat) took GMW fishing. The photo was taken by the wife of a man out in another boat full of women. It was a postcard-size print taken with their camera, "then they mailed it down to me at portal camp." Mailing photos down to his relatives in Biggs. In the background along the shoreline is a campground, the site from which the boat had been launched. You couldn't go down towards the dam, because they didn't wasnt you bothering in the timber and so on. They had a big storn come in when they built the (first) dam, and all those threes never got cut down, it was dangerous, trunks all over the place." GMW returned to Camp 2 that night, and took the narrow guage down to the portal camp the next morning. He received a check for $150 in the mail a few days later. "The boss told me, 'I'm going to get a hold of you again if anything happens,' and I said 'You'll have to get a hold of my bosses, Lou Scott."
79 x 138 mm
Film negative
Portrait photographs
Plumas County (Calif.)
Almanor, Lake (Calif.)
original not owned
Northeastern California Historical Photograph Collection

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