Keddie History

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Keddie History

Postby dmac » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:07 am

This is taken from the Plumas newspaper website's "Remember When" archive. It's every reference I could find to Keddie in their archive, dated and placed chronologically. It details the history of the town as well as mentions made of the crime itself. At the tail end is the 25th anniversary "article" by resident witchdoctor Victoria Met-and-ate-calf, which sheds no light whatsoever but gives her yet another opportunity to trot out the same old incorrect facts and quotes. I understand the paper is supposed to publish a 30th anniversary article soon, and MK says Metcalf is no longer employed there, so lets keep our fingers crossed that they get the names and dates right, at least.

    5/17/1906
    The first work train was sent over the new viaduct at Keddie yesterday, a few minutes after the last steel girder had been placed. Riveters are rushing their work today.

    7/22/1909
    Eleven train carloads of steel arrived at Keddie station early this week to be used in the construction of the Keddie bridge to span over Spanish Creek with more carloads expected for that purpose. The big cement piers are nearing completion. The bridge will be 400 feet long and 150 feet above the river bed.

    10/18/30
    Extensive construction work is going on at Keddie Inn where an influx of workers on the Western Pacific Railroad project has filled the Inn and all adjacent cottages. Six new cottages are now under construction.

    10/20/30
    Extensive construction work is going on at Keddie Inn where an influx of workers on the Western Pacific Railroad project has filed the Inn and all the adjacent cottages. Six new cottages are now under construction to further facilitate the railroad workers.

    3/05/33
    A waiter was burned to death in a fire which destroyed the Keddie Inn and the Keddie Store last Friday. The blaze, caused by defective electrical wiring, was discovered shortly before seven a.m. Temporary business headquarters have been set up at the pool hall in Keddie to accommodate the Western Pacific Railroad crews.

    10/16/52
    There was an estimated 700-800 people on the station platform in Keddie when the 16 car train carrying the president of the United States Harry S. Truman and his daughter Margaret and all his party stopped.

    11/18/78
    In this week's election two-year incumbent Doug Thomas was re-elected by a 721 vote margin over Chester challenger Richard Griffith for Plumas County Sheriff. Jessie Wellenbrock of Chester narrowly upset incumbent Supervisor Larry Dean. Plumas County's 6,593 voters followed the state trend in re-electing Governor Brown, Secretary of State March Fong Eu and Congressman Bizz Johnson.

    A run-off between Richard Griffith of Chester and incumbent Sheriff Doug Thomas will also be held in November. All three incumbents were elected: Assessor Dow Bettis, Tax Collector Lois ...

    1/7/79
    Plumas County public officials formally took their oath of office Monday in ceremonies held at the courthouse rotunda. Taking the oath was newly elected Plumas County Supervisors Bill Coates of Quincy and Jessie Wellenbrock of Chester. Others taking the oath was Auditor Ann Pattan, Treasurer-Tax Collector Lois Alexander, Assessor Dow Bettis, Clerk Raynelle Slaten and Sheriff Doug Thomas.

    5/03/81
    Rumors and theories are rampant, but authorities still don't have any concrete evidence or a motive in the triple slaying in Keddie two weeks ago, nor do they know where Tina Sharp is, now a possible victim. A fire of undetermined origin but believed to have been a spark from a chimney fire, destroyed the second story and roof of the Paxton Lodge last Thursday afternoon. The structure probably would have burned to the ground if it wasn't for the quick action of the USFS and Erickson Air Crane.
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    5/10/81
    Autopsy results from the three people brutally slain in Keddie three weeks ago reveal no traces of illegal drugs or alcohol. Helen Reddy will be the Thursday night grandstand entertainment at the 1981 Plumas County Fair in August according to Fair Manager C.W. Adams. In addition, Lacy J. Dalton will present two performances on Wednesday night.

    5/17/81
    Plumas County Sheriff Doug Thomas was served with recall papers this week. Thomas was served as part of the Dorothy Trail recall movement, which also affected District Attorney Gerald Flanagan.

    5/31/81
    Composite sketches of two men "seen in Keddie" in relation to the April murders have been released by the Plumas County Sheriff's Department. They are not suspects; the Sheriff's office wants to talk to these two persons, believing they have information pertaining to the homicide investigation.

    6/6/82
    The remains of a human skull were found by a miner in southern Plumas County along Nelson Creek near where it crosses the Sloat-Gibsonville Road. However, authorities ruled out that the skull was that of Tina Sharp, 12, missing since April 1981 during the Keddie murders incident.

    6/21/81
    In a somewhat surprising announcement, Plumas County Sheriff Doug Thomas resigned this week at the Plumas County Board of Supervisors meeting, effective July 20.
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    7/5/81
    Assistant Sheriff Ken Shanks was named acting Sheriff by the Plumas County Board of Supervisors this week after the board interviewed five candidates. Shanks, the personal recommendation of outgoing Sheriff Doug Thomas, will serve until the end of 1982 at a salary of $29, 808 per year. Another train derailed in the Feather River canyon as a shift of weight caused 16 cars to jump off the tracks just west of Belden.

    5/18/05
    ONE MAN'S THEORY ON KEDDIE MURDERS
    Nearly 25 years after four Plumas County residents were killed in the most infamous homicides in Northern California lore, award-winning journalist David Keller puts forth his theory about the murders. In a book just released, he pinpoints, after years of research, who he believes committed the killings, why they did it, and why this case is about more than just a 25-year-old homicide case. The book is available by e-mailing [email protected]


Cabin 28: 25-year-old slayings still haunt people, community
By Victoria Metcalf
Staff Writer 4-12-06

A homicide is never over until it's solved. By law, a homicide has no statute of limitations. No one knows that like the now- seasoned sheriff's officer still investigating what's become known as the Keddie murder case.

On April 11, 1981, the bodies of Keddie residents Glenna "Sue" Sharp, 36, John Sharp, 15, and Dana Wingate, 17, were found in cabin No. 28. The 12-year-old daughter, Tina Sharp, was missing. Her remains were discovered at Feather Falls 13 years later.

It's a gruesome mystery that's not only haunted the remaining three Sharps-Shelia, Rick and Greg-but an entire segment of the population.

At the 25th anniversary of the infamous Keddie murders Tuesday, April 11, the case stands unsolved, but not forgotten.

Just last month, Plumas County Sheriff's Commander Rod DeCrona spent four intense days revisiting the files.

Pages of interviews, stacks of photographs-kept in locked file drawers in the investigations room at the Sheriff's Office-once again held his attention.

It is a trip that DeCrona makes periodically. He refreshes his memory, compiles new information as it becomes available. Analyses. Ponders.

It is an exercise in not only revisiting old ground, but also continuing to look for that crucial clue, a detail that could lead to the ever-present question of who is responsible for a quarter-century-old crime of extreme violence.

In his searches, DeCrona seeks clues that might someday provide answers not just to who committed such brutal acts of violence, but also why.



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Re: Keddie History

Postby not sure » Fri May 18, 2012 1:59 pm

2/1/1981 (Approx.)
Plumas County Sheriff Doug Thomas was served with recall papers this week. Thomas was served as part of the Dorothy Trail recall movement, which also affected District Attorney Gerald Flanagan. Dave Moller, 29, has been named as news editor of Feather Publishing Company's six weekly newspapers. Article date 2/1/06 "25 Years Ago..........1981"

4/5/1981 (Approx.)
An explosion inside a workshop followed by a fire and a diesel tank explosion at the Plumas County fairgrounds Tuesday night partially destroyed the workshops and a portion of the cattle auction pavilion. Fair manager C.W. Adams estimated damages to both buildings to be between $8,000-$10,000. Article date 4/5/06 "25 Years Ago..........1981"

**This happened either 4 days prior to the murders or 11 days prior, depending on what date the original article was in the newspaper. Reason I think its significant is Dana's sister said Dana worked at the fairgrounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFZgq8D- ... 813D3FDDE9) and his girlfriend told her sister that a few weeks prior to the murders "Dana and Johnny saw or walked in on something they shouldn't have" (I have no documentation of this but someone named KeddieKid on the old Cabin28 board posted it and people in the area seemed to know her as a former Keddie resident--and knew her sister); C W Adams was also the manager of the Chester airport when Silveria was given a job there, right out of prison. I think the explosion may be important.

4/16/1983 (Approx.)
Final arguments began yesterday in the Plumas County murder trial of Christian Roney, 23, of Portola who is charged with the alleged beating death of a Maryland transient. It has been two years since three people were found brutally slain in Keddie and the investigation into the homocides still continue according to Plumas County Sheriff Ken Shanks and Lieutenant Sheriff Don Stoy. Article date 4/16/08 "25 Years Ago ... 1983"
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Re: Keddie History

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Re: Keddie History

Postby not sure » Fri May 18, 2012 4:59 pm

What I found interesting about the first one is the listing of the other defendants. I'm looking into their names as best I can. So far one is an attorney (or his offspring namesake is), one may be a Forest Service worker or related to one. Etc. Its a long shot but I was curious what all these people had to do with the "horse" case.

Edited to include two others were Superior Court JUDGES
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Re: Keddie History

Postby Ausgirl » Fri May 18, 2012 11:47 pm

**This happened either 4 days prior to the murders or 11 days prior, depending on what date the original article was in the newspaper. Reason I think its significant is Dana's sister said Dana worked at the fairgrounds (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFZgq8D- ... 813D3FDDE9) and his girlfriend told her sister that a few weeks prior to the murders "Dana and Johnny saw or walked in on something they shouldn't have" (I have no documentation of this but someone named KeddieKid on the old Cabin28 board posted it and people in the area seemed to know her as a former Keddie resident--and knew her sister); C W Adams was also the manager of the Chester airport when Silveria was given a job there, right out of prison. I think the explosion may be important.


CW Adams was a bona fide crook on the lam for grand larceny charges a decade later...
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