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Bu.etm, Hecoro, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 9, 2014 1B The remains of Mateo Pasetta, an Austrian native, rest beneath his tombstone 123 years after his death. Pasetta, part owner of Little Jamison Mine, broke his leg and developed blood poisoning. He had his leg amputated but did not survive. Photo by Laura Beaton The gravesite of John and Eleanor Alice Redstreake is the scene of a performance by local actors Bob Shipp and Tina Terrazas during the Johnsville Cemetery Tour on June 28, Photo by Laura Beaton Bob Shipp takes on the role of Robert Penman, and Tina Terrazas that of his adoring wife Mary, at the Johnsville Cemetery during a fundraising event hosted by the Plumas County Museum Association on June 28. Photo by Julie Cassou Laura Beaton Staff Writer ibeaton@plurnasnews.com Colorful impersonations of illustrious residents of the historical Johnsville Cemetery were presented to more than 100 people June 28. The fundraiser for the Plumas County Museum Association also included a tour of the Johnsville Catholic Church and historical downtown buildings, and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at The Iron Door. The event raised more than $2,500 while educating and entertaining the audience on a hot summer day. Plumas County Museum Director Scott Lawson began the afternoon event with a brief history of Johnsville and neighboring Jamison City. Lawson told about Jamison City's origins: two miners in 1851 "took a meander up the slopes of Gold Mountain" (now Eureka Peak) and stumbled upon a gold-rich quartz vein. The news of gold spread like wildfire and within weeks a mining company was formed and operations were going strong. In its heyday, Jamison City was one of the liveliest mining camps in'Plumas County, Lawson said, with frequent bar brawls and "the best brand of fighting whisky and tangle-leg brandy for sale." Over the next couple of decades, production of gold-bearing ore and improvements to the mines ebbed and flowed -- at one time raking in profits of $2,500 to $4,000 a week. One of the biggest fmds was the discovery of a 7-pound lump of placer gold in Jamison Creek. By 1876, buildings began to appear on the flats of present-day Johnsville. As the decline of mining and Jamison City continued, buildings from Jamison were hauled up to the more staid Johnsville and reconstructed. Devastating fires burned through the town in 1882, 1896 and 1906, the last wiping out 25 buildings and taking two lives. By 1907 an aerial tram connected the gold mines and the 75-foot tall Mohawk Stamp MilI, which still stands today and is part of Plumas-Eureka State Park. Longboard skis were said to have been invented by miners for winter recreation, and races were held on the slopes of Eureka Peak. By the first haft of the 20th Museum Director Scott Lawson, in topcoat and hat, prepares to hntroduce actors Tina Terrazas, in black dress, and Bob Shipp, wearing suspenders, for their performance as Eleanor Alice and John Redstreake, two Of Johnsville's stalwart citizens. Photo by Laura Beaton Hops grow up a string trellis at the former Johnsville Hotel, built in 1908. The historical building is now a private home in downtown Johnsville. Photo by Laura Beaton An old-fashioned kitchen is replicated in a corner of the Johnsville Catholic Church, one of the oldest buildings in town and the first stop during a tour of several historical buildings in Johnsville. Photo by Laura Beaton century, Johnsvill had from St. Louis, Missouri, to "slipped into a deep California was beset with slumber," with only many hardships. occasional winter sports The Penmans arrived in revivals that picked up Mohawk Valley in 1854 and, briefly after the Eureka Ski rather than becoming Bowl was built, miners, they chose to That's where local provide supplies for the character Johnny miners. The population of Redstreake made his fame -- the valley grew to 5,000 from as a mail carrier delivering an initial 200. The Penmans mail via skis, who later went had 10 children and buried on to defeat Olympic skiers several of them at young in races, ages. Redstreake's wife Eleanor Robert Penman told an had her own claim to fame:interesting story about she was one of four women fighting an Irishman named to enlist in the United States James Delaney, who bit off a Marine Corps. Prior to that piece of his ear. Penman she worked as a society said Delaney was convicted editor in Winnemucca, of perpetrating "mayhem on Nevada, was an assistant to my body." He said Delaney a Nevada state legislator later shot and killed and; after serving in the somebody on his land and, Marine Corps, worked for while being transported for the American Legion Child trial, was hung by a group of Welfare Foundation, which citizens who took justice she eventually went on to into their own hands. run. A few other "denizens of Robert and Mary Penman the graveyard" were were the first of the depicted by Shipp and cemetery's residents to beTerrazas before David Daun, brought to life by actors Bob of the Johnsville Historical Shipp and Tina Terrazas. Society, led a tour that They told the story of thebegan at the Johnsville Penmans from a first-person Catholic Church. point of view. Both of After a brief history British descent, they spoke recounting the church's about meeting each other in origins, tour participants Virginia in the 1840s, their were invited to view the marriage in 1849 and the restored interior of the loss of their firstborn church. daughter at age 9 months. From there the group Their exciting adventure of proceeded down the town's traveling by wagon train main street, Johnsville Road, viewed several historical buildings and learned about their former occupants. Among the buildings discussed was a typical miner's house built by the three Cunio brothers from Italy, who traveled back to their homeland to i md brides whom they brought back to live with them. Home of the Brubeck Bar (from Hotel) and featuring Custom The Iron Door is where participants in a tour ~PJohnsville Cemetery and historical downtown buildings ended up. Cheri McCarty-Hamilin, left, and Linda Margaretic are all,miles after enjoying hors d'oeuvres and libations at The Iron Door, the only business in Johnsville currently permitted to operate. Photo by Laura Beaton o~. ~ ....... Johnny Redstreake, aka Bob Shipp, and Eleanor Alice Redstreake, aka Tina Terrazas, flank the Redstreakes' real-life daughter Cynthia Knapp, who said the actors did a wonderful job portraying her illustrious deceased parents. Photo by Julie Cassou The Asani house and the Pavlovich Hotel were two other historical buildings that Daun spoke about. The hotel was encased in metal-clad imitation brick, Daun said, which was a fire prevention method. Finally, participants enjoyed libations and hors d'oeuvres at The Iron Door. Lawson thanked Chris David and The Iron Door crew; Daun and the historical society; Don Clark, president of the museum association; and Terrazas and Shipp for their superb acting abilities. For more information or to donate to the museum association, contact Lawson at 283-6320 or pcmuseum@psln.com. ...now featuring exquisite fine dining! Dinner Served Tues..Sat. Starting at 4 p.m. Chef Chuck Romo ' of Pioneer Saloon the historic Amedee Classic Cocktails ! !