View from the Past
100 Years Ago
Sugar Beet Premium: The Nevada Utah Sugar Company, now owning and operating the Beet Sugar Factory at Fallon, is very anxious to make a special feature of the sugar beet exhibit at the State Fair. This year its has arranged for its chemist to test the sugar beet exhibit for sugar contents and to assist in every way possible to make this a special feature at the fair. In addition to the regular premiums offered for sugar beets along with other field crops, it is their intention to take up the matter of the $350 silver cup.
–Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, September 15, 1917
75 Years Ago
Jap Camps Have Everything: All the comforts of home and a lot more of them than many loyal Americans enjoy, even in defense areas, are to be enjoyed by Japs in concentration camps in this country. To judge from a letter received this week by Miss Harriet B., music teacher in the Con. B system, from Miss Gertrude W., a teacher friend who has taken a civil service teaching job at Heart Mountain, Wyoming near Cody, where many Japs are to be quartered. The letter says in part, “Harriett, this is really an interesting place. It looks just like a huge army camp. There are 30 blocks of residence barracks (24 barracks, 1 mess hall, 1 laundry and 2 recreation halls in each block). Last Monday we filled in forms galore, were finger printed, given physical exams, etc. Tuesday we went to meet the train and greet the new ‘residents,’ (Mustn’t say Japs). It was surely fun being on the cheering squad. The guides take them from the train, (they unload one car at a time) to the induction building where they see that the families are altogether and that they have no contagious diseases. Then they go out another door, claim their baggage, are loaded into trucks and taken to their new homes. Wednesday we went out on the area (where they reside) and were given a Japanese interpreter. It was really fun. Some of them really had their homes fixed up nice. They were all very polite and courteous. Many are college graduates and they are all very well dressed. Thursday we helped scrub the new hospital. The Pomona Hospital train was coming the next day and they just had to be ready. It was really a sight 30 or 40 teachers in there swinging mops. We really did have fun though. All were good sports. A Life photographer should have been there. The schools aren’t built, no books, so school will start the Lord knows when. We will teach in the recreation halls for a time. It’s really lots of fun and fascinating.”
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, September 19, 1942
50 Years Ago
Commission Takes Steps to Dissolve Rec. Comm.: Should Lahontan be closed to recreational use, the Churchill County Commissioners will take steps to dissolve the existing agreement between Lyon and Churchill counties and to dissolve the Bi-County Recreational Committee. This decision was reached Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the all-day meeting of the Commission. TCID has informed the public that the facility will be closed for recreational purposes as of Jan. 1, 1968, as a result of the $500,000 judgment against them in a Washoe Court and the most recently filed suit for damages due to accidents.
–The Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, September 12, 1967
A View From the Past….Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives, researched and compiled by Brianna Schwab, Churchill County Museum assistant.