View from the Past

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100 Years Ago

There was an exciting runaway on Nevada street last Sunday. J.S. Mills with his family was driving from his home in the Sheckler neighborhood. On Williams avenue and Nevada street one of the horses became frightened at a baby carriage, bolted, and pulled the check rein through the ring on the harness. Mr. Mills thus lost control and as the team turned suddenly to the north on Nevada street he was thrown out, and unconscious for a time. The team made a wild run, turned through a gap in the barbed wire fence. The spring wagon was upset, throwing Mrs. Mills, the children and Mrs. Mills’ mother to the ground. All escaped without injury except grandma Mills. She and Mr. Mills were taken in an auto to Dr. Gardner’s office.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, April 17, 2015

The Truckee-Carson project is considered the pioneer in reclamation work, so far as big government projects are concerned. Just at present an eminent engineer, J.C. Stevens, in company with Project Engineer Cole is investigating the possibilities of establishing a reclamation project on Walker river. And on the heels of this, comes the report that Supervising Engineer E.G. Hopsen has prepared a report on what will, if carried through, will be the largest reclamation project in the United States. At a cost of $10,000,000 it has been suggested that a dam be built in Iron Canyon on the Sacramento river 150 miles from Sacramento that will impound sufficient water to irrigate a half million acres of California’s inland empire – the Sacramento valley.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, April 17, 2015

75 Years Ago

Young Chapman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don S. Chapman, besides winning the public speaking honors and a trip to Seattle for the regional contest, was elected vice president for the Future Farmers of Nevada, state organization, and was one of four Fallon boys to be awarded a State Farmer degree.

The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, April 20, 1940

A demonstration test of highway center-striping and paints made with pigments produced by Pacific Coast Luminous Products Co. of Reno may be made in Churchill county. Members of the Fallon Rotary club and guests recently had a demonstration here of some of the company’s pigments which after exposure to any kind of light, radiate light in the darkness.

The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, April 20, 1940

50 Years Ago

One of the greatest names ever given a mining camp was Rawhide. In three months some 4,000 people rushed in (old-timers claim 10,000) and in jig time it had three banks, a newspaper, a Tex Rickard Saloon, and a Stingaree Gulch that made the world gasp in shock. And over fifteen years the camp did produce $1,500,000 in gold, silver, copper and lead. It had fires, fights, stunts, and sensational stock promotions. Nevada Resort Association. Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, April 13, 1965

A View From The Past…stories from the Churchill County Museum & Archives, researched and compiled by Margo Weldy, Churchill County Museum Assistant.


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