View from the Past
100 Years Ago
An Exciting Runaway: There was an exciting runaway on Maine Street Monday afternoon when autos and vehicles were lined up on both sides of the street and many pedestrians were coming and going. Walter Nelson was driving down the street with the Hamilton racehorse to a buggy when one shaft broke, turning the buggy sideways. As the vehicle was about to turn over, Walter jumped clear of it. The buggy collided with a steel wheel rig, twisting one of the wheels “forty ways for Sunday.” The horse went down past the fountain and east on Williams Avenue, then turned back and smashed one wheel on a tree, tore part of the buggy loose and came back up Maine Street. Of the many men who ran out to stop the animal, one was successful in grabbing the bridle in front of the post office and with the assistance of others brought the frightened steed under control.
–Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, June 1, 1918
75 Years Ago
Farm Youth of U.S. Looks to Tomorrow: Tomorrow’s farmers and farm homemakers are second to no school group in their enthusiasm for investing in War Bonds and Stamps to make sure their future is secure. First evidence of this is the amount the 4-H Club boys and girls and the FFA boys invested in war savings in 1942 from “Victory Pig” and other projects. A million and a half 4-H Club members put $6,000,000 of their own savings in War Bonds and Stamps and sold $2,500,000 worth of War Savings to their neighbors. They are building reserves today for tomorrow’s farm buildings and for the other things they will need when they are tomorrow’s farmers and homemakers.
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, June 5, 1943
50 Years Ago
Hoe n’ Hum Gardeners Go Searching: The Hoe n’ Hum Gardeners drove out of Fallon and headed for the dry hills in search of wildflowers. The dry winter and spring left them with little hope of finding many of the beautiful big wildflowers that dressed the hills and valleys last year. They drove to the Scheelite Mine to see the flowers in the yard of Ernest Caldwell. They had lunch in a building in Rawhide. They stopped to visit with a lonely old man who gave them objects found around the ghost town. The only living creature they spied was a large rattlesnake, which slid into the cool shade of a hole in the rocks. Laura Mills was the guide for the outing.
–Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, June 4, 1968
A View from the Past … Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives researched and compiled by Cathie Richardson, Churchill County Museum Assistant.