Tehama - The Magazine

Fall 2013

Tehama - The Magazine - Red Bluff Daily News

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Real or a just a real 'Good Mystery'? The main thing they had going for them -- and working against them -was that they were generally the hardest of workers for the lowest of pay. Though boon to businesses, this was a cause of much resentment from white laborers, who felt the Chinese were "stealing" jobs and causing unreasonably low wages. Almost immediately, animosities developed from the whites and local papers -- more gossip sheets than sources of news then -- began printing rumors about the mysterious people and their strange customs. The Chinese, like most everyone else, found little luck in the search for gold, and eventually secured other employment as woodsmen, railroad workers, ranch hands and servants. Many eventually settled into niches as cooks, gardeners and cleaners. Soon, they were famous for their abilities to build stacked stone fences -- many of which still stand today -- for which they were paid roughly one cent per foot of finished fence. A photo from 1966, taken by Susan Boer, shows a door and steps to a subterranean area of Lang's Appliance, at 617 Walnut Street. Some speculated that this may have led to Chinese tunnels, but was more likely the entrance to a fruit cellar. Is Your Check Engine Light On? We'll Code Check it Where Excellence Meets Affordable FREE Downtown Neighborhood Market No Appointment Necessary Visit us on the web at www.eliteautomotiveredbluff.com Monday - Friday 7:30-5:30 • NOW OPEN SATURDAY 10-3 527-5314 20815 Dalby Ln. Red Bluff October, 2013, Tehama - the Magazine 15

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