View from the Past

100 Years Ago

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sparby, accompanied by Mr, and Mrs, J, D, Hurdle, passed through here about noon Wednesday on the Lincoln Highway on the road to California from Yankton, South Dakota. They left home on May 30th in an “Oakland” 40 h. p. car. They report the roads not good and that they broke two axles between Salt Lake City and Ely, Nevada, at a point eighty miles east of Ely. They had to camp there three days there waiting for repairs for the car. Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Abbott and Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Overholt of Lodi, California, arrived here in a Maxwell Wednesday morning. Being out two days. They say the roads are fine and they had no accidents. They came the Placerville route and gave Fallon as their destination.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, July 29, 1916

W. D. Clark left Thursday for Pulaski, Iowa, which is his old home town. Mr. Clark crossed the plains by ox team in 1862 on his way to California and has only been back to the scenes of his boyhood once, when he visited the old haunts in 1872. It is his intention to return in time for the Nevada State Fair. The Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, July 29, 1916

75 Years Ago

Hard-rock miners in the Nevada state fair parade here August 31 promise to be a high point in the day’s entertainment. Many of these will appear in full regalia with whiskers, natural and false, overalls that have been two hundred miles from a laundry for months, boots, picks and shovels, jackasses or any additions that may return the color of old mining days over the Nevada wide-open spaces. Entries, says Chairman H.N. Mettler, may be from any county in the state with no birth certificates required if any slip in from across the border. The Fallon Standard, Wednesday, July 30, 1941

50 Years Ago

Field Notes: Pyramid Lake: The long lasting perch fishing is finally tapering off, though the Hell’s Kitchen is still producing a few. If you’re going to Pyramid Lake better take water skis and suntan lotion and leave the old spinning rod at home. Lahontan Reservoir: Believe it or not, we checked a fisherman here with 42 sizable crappies. We’ve also seen trout and some good catfish. This reservoir continues to amaze us with the numbers and the varieties of fish it produces. It should be dead by now because of high temperatures and receding water levels. We want your help in reporting fin-clipped fish. The information yielded by marked fish important. It tells us how old the fish is, how fast he grew, what hatchery he came from, when he was planted and so on. Good fishing! Sierra Field and Stream, by the Friendly Old Game Warden. Fallon Eagle Standard, Friday, July 29, 1966

From the Past….Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives, researched and compiled by Margo Weldy, Churchill County Museum assistant.


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