VIEW FROM THE PAST

100 Years Ago

Churchill and Humbolt Counties already feel the stimulus of the demand for antimony. Old mines which have been closed for years are being reopened, since the war in Europe began. Churchill county’s antimony mines, in Bernice canyon, were recently opened up after having been closed down for many years, and some ore was shipped. The men became alarmed about their money and quit. They were paid off, however, and Messrs. Black and Solomon, the operators, are daily expected to arrive and resume operations.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, August 7, 1915

Waiting 32 years for Jim to come home and the long wait is almost over. Soon he will be on his way with $25,000 to take with him as the reward of a lifetime spent as a prospector in the hills of Nevada. And during all these years that Jim Barron has been trying to make a stake, back at the old home in Ellsworth, MO., there has been waiting with proverbial patience of women his wife – waiting patiently year by year, firm in her belief that Jim would strike it and then come back. Now at the age of 75 he thinks little of walking from his mine into Fallon, a distance of 50 miles, in a day. His hard experience and disappointments seem to have been all forgotten, for he is optimistic – he feels there is one long, glorious day – just ahead.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, August 7, 1915

75 Years Ago

Man inhabited the Lahontan Valley at least two thousand years ago and possibly long before that period, it is now believed from relics uncovered recently. One result of the project 13 miles east of Fallon at hidden cave has been the finding of many artifacts consisting of portions of baskets, clothing and sandals which are believed to date back 2,000 years or prior to the adoption of our present calendar system. The Fallon Standard, Wednesday, August 7, 1940

Horse buyers from the remount service of the war department will be in Fallon on Sunday, August 25, for the purpose of buying horses suitable for service in the war department. The horses must be geldings only, 15 to 16 hands high, between four and eight years of age, 975 to 1150 pounds in weight, bay, brown or chestnut in color, sound and gentle enough to be shown under saddle at a walk, trot, and gallop. Prices will range from $150 to $175 each.

The Fallon Standard, Wednesday, August 7, 1940

50 Years Ago

Senator Howard W. Cannon and Internal Revenue Chief Sheldon Cohen managed to smile for cameras following a lengthy meeting in Cannon’s office on complaints by Nevadans of IRS “harassments.” Cannon also protested complaints of wiretapping activities by the IRS in Nevada and was assured by Cohen that such activities will not be tolerated.

Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, August 3, 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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