View from the Past

100 Years ago

Dairymen Attention! England bought Hinman milking machines in carloads lots last year on account of shortage of help. You can get a three-unit outfit for $150. If your wife works herself to death helping you milk, you can’t bury her and get a new one for $150. If you work your boys so hard they leave the farm, you are out a lot more than $150 in a year’s time. You have got to economize labor to take advantage of the opportunity before you.

Churchill County Eagle — May 5, 1917.

Local Happenings. • The Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows will meet in Goldfield on June 15. • A total of nearly 40,000 troops was the record for April. •Ben Sheckler has moved his Shoe Shop to the east side of Maine Street opposite the Fallon Hardware. • The Austin Revielle states that a ten-ton mill is to be erected at the New Pass mine. The tunnel is in 1,400 feet and cut one of the best ledges ever encountered on this old property. • Jack Williams, of Reno, who has been a commercial traveler for several years, is now pretty well installed as manager for the Gray, Reid & Co. Store. • It seems that W. A. Van Voorhies will be permitted to remain in charge of the local Indian reservation instead of being transferred to Wyoming, as was reported. This will be good news to the many friends of Mr. Van Voorhies and family who deeply regretted to leave this community. • All the teachers in the Fallon grammar schools were re-elected. It is stated by the board that all the teachers have accepted. There will be an additional teacher who has not been selected. Fallon has an excellent staff of teachers and it is a pleasure to know they will all be retained.

Churchill County Eagle — May 5, 1917

75 Years ago

Car Rationing no Problem to Him. Benjamin Franklin Casey, otherwise known as “Lahontan Valley Scotty” or “Wild Horse Casey” has no qualms about the future as far as car rationing goes. Casey makes a living catching and taming wild horses. Many good saddlers now in use in this valley have been developed from Scotty’s ‘Broomtails’. Incidentally, Casey is a veteran of the First World War, and when the American Legion held it’s reunion a few years after the Armistice, Casey was among those present.

The Fallon Eagle — May 2, 1942.

Four Out of Ten Inductees Back. Of the seven local boys and three transfers sent from Fallon by the draft board for induction into armed service, four of them have been sent back by the army authorities, rejected for physical disabilities. Some dissatisfaction has been expressed with the existing system, which is indefinite as to acceptability until after registrants have ordered to report for induction. Jobs are surrendered and property sold, in many instances, by boys who are then returned as rejecters.

The Fallon Eagle — May 2, 1942.

50 years ago

Mother’s Day Calls should be Made Early. Harold Rogers, manager of the Churchill County Telephone and Telegraph Company, would like to remind telephone users that they should make their Mother’s Day calls early. On special holidays, many people are disappointed because the circuits are all bust and calls cannot be placed. If you plan to call your family for Mother’s Day, do it now.

Fallon Eagle - Standard — May 9, 1967.

A view from the past… Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives, researched and compiled by Cindy Loper, Churchill County Museum assistant


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