On January 6, 1947, school children at Callahan's one room schoolhouse were greeted by the body of a dead African American man, strung up from a nearby telephone pole. A calfskin was wrapped around his shoulders and he was riddled with bullet holes. The January 10, 1947 edition of the Western Sentinel newspaper carried a front page story about the lynching, identifying the man as a butcher from Weed, California. The January 12, 1947 edition of the Etna Gazette also carried the story. All copies of the newspapers were subsequently destroyed, including copies from the Siskiyou County library. The identity of those responsible for the destruction remains a mystery. It was the last known lynching in California. The crime has never been solved.