View from the Past
100 Years Ago
Silver is now being quoted in the sixties and advancing rapidly, with a fair chance of reaching seventy-five before the war closes. After that, when reorganization comes to Europe, silver will be in such demand that it will no doubt go to $1 per ounce or more. The Asiatic countries and India are also in the market for the white metal for coinage purposes, creating additional demand. It is announced that Russia has placed orders with J.P. Morgan & Co. for 200,000 ounces, which is a strong indication that Russia will adopt the double standard even before the close of the war. The high price of silver and all other metals means renewed prosperity for Nevada, which is now coming into its own as a producer of precious metals.
Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, April 15, 1916
The Al G. Barnes Big 4 Ring Wild Animal Circus will exhibit in Fallon on Tuesday, one performance only. There is all the pomp and splendor of the circuses we have known in the past. All the glittering tinsel, sawdust rings, inspiring music and grand entrance of stately horses, ponies, elephants, performers and clowns. When the performance starts, one instantly recognizes a wide departure from the conventional. The principal acts are done by educated wild and domestic animals in two rings and in a big steel-barred arena. These animal actors number 1000 and are trained to an amazing degree of proficiency. Lions, leopards, pumas, and bears ride galloping horses; sea lions juggle balls, dogs and monkeys jump from the top of the tent into nets; elephants act as clowns, high school horses and ponies appear in brilliant dances. A Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, April 22, 1916
75 Years Ago
It wasn’t a moving car that crashed into a tree this time, but a moving tree that smashed into John Cabot McDonald’s automobile and flattened the vehicle into a useless mass of sheet metal and machinery…Five young stockmen from Churchill county came home last week with ribbons from the junior livestock show in Reno where they had exhibited their animals…Due to the war, the uniforms company has had great difficulty in securing the same color and quality of material for the Fallon high school music department, but Arnold Daleiden, director, just received a wire saying delivery of matching uniforms would be guaranteed. The Fallon Standard, Wednesday, April 16, 1941
50 Years Ago
The Fourth Annual High School Rodeo gets underway Saturday at Churchill County Fairgrounds featuring bull riding, bareback riding, girl’s goat tying – a full schedule of rodeo events. Vying for top awards of silver buckles, western hats and spurs will be 120 contestants from all over the state as well as neighboring California. Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, April 19, 1966
From the Past….Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives, researched and compiled by Margo Weldy, Churchill County Museum assistant.