View from the Past
100 Years Ago
Fuel Shortage: That Fuel Shortage Advice reaching the railroad commission of Nevada point to the certainty of a serious fuel shortage during the coming winter months. There is, at the present time, an unprecedented production and use with an increasing demand for military naval and industrial purposes due to war preparation. In various sections of the country there is an alarming shortage of coal and fuel oil at the present time. As Nevada has not fuel that is accessible during severe winter weather, it behooves all who can do so to forthwith place their orders for winter. The commission for reasons given above, urgently requests that this action be taken promptly before winter sets in.
–Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, September 29 1917
75 Years Ago
Carl Friberg Writes from Prison Camp: That their son, Carl V. Friberg is alive and safe in a Japanese prison camp in Central China was the welcome news received here this week by Mr. And Mrs. A.W. Friberg in what is believed to be the first letter to reach Fallon From an American imprisoned by the Japanese. Carl Friberg was doing engineering work on Wake Island when war broke out and was one of the survivors of the fight that was waged for many days by the defenders of Wake against overwhelming odds. It had been rumored that he was taken prisoner, but the letter to his parents written on the 31st of May, was the first direct assurance they had that he was unharmed. The address on the envelope says: Carl V. Friberg, Barracks No. 3, Shanghai War-prisoners’ Camp, Japanese Field Office No. 106, Central China. Nearly four months elapsed between the writing of the letter and its delivery here, and a stamped legend on the envelope, “Des Prisonniers de Guerra,” which is French for Prisoners of War, indicates that the letter may have been handled via International Red Cross. Japanese characters and Chinese characters on the envelope say, according to Danny Sano, merely that the letter is from Shanghai and has been inspected by a Japanese official, whose stamp appears. The letter has also been inspected by American censors.
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, September 26,1942
50 Years Ago
Books, Books Everywhere: Librarian Dora Witt and Page Lori Lehman place books on the shelves of the new Churchill County Library, which were obtained by the friends of the Library Book Fund from the Southern Pacific Railway in a damaged shipment. Two hundred and fifty three books, valued at more than $1,100, have been placed on the shelves and additional books are on sale at the library to the public. These books are priced at about 25 percent of the retail value.
– Fallon Eagle-Standard Friday, September 29, 1967
A View From the Past….Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives, researched and compiled by Brianna Schwab, Churchill County Museum assistant.