View from the Past
100 Years Ago
A Loyalty Meeting – Held at City Hall Wednesday Night – Vigilance Committee Appointed: A meeting was held in the city hall Wednesday night at the call of the mayor for the purpose of organizing a local vigilance committee. The call was made on the receipt of a letter from the chairman of the National American Defense Society with the request that a local vigilance committee be formed here as has been done in other places throughout the United States. The purpose of the organization is to get in closer touch with those who are not in accord with the government and the war. The committee has some plans in mind which are not to be made public at this time. However, it will cooperate with the government in every way possible.
–Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, December 1, 1917
75 Years Ago
Earthquake Felt: Many residents of Fallon reported Thursday that early that morning, about 2:30 or a quarter of three, they had felt a sharp earthquake which started with a cracking report and made the earth sway and rumble for several seconds. Thursday morning travelers from Reno said the tremor had all but blocked the road in spots in the canyon, where several large boulders were dislodged by the action and rolled down onto the highway. No damage was reported in Fallon, but householders said that the movement was severe enough to slam open doors, rattle windows, and set the chimes of their clocks to ringing. It was the first shock of intensity reported here in many months, although those of lesser severity have been recorded since the heavy quake of December 1932, which damaged buildings.
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, December 5, 1942
50 Years Ago
Brazilian to Appear at Coliseum for Concert: Brazilian Amin Feres from Rio de Janeiro, a bass-baritone, will appear at the centennial coliseum in Reno on Tuesday evening, Dec. 5. All persons holding Community Concert Association Memberships will be in attendance to hear this fine voice. St. Feres’ United States recital debut took place in Washington, D.C., in April 1966. Other artists appearing this season at the Pioneer Theater in Reno are Joerg Demus, a pianist who to countless music lovers the world over say, “He is one of the rare complete artists,” has established himself in nearly every country in Europe, the British Isles, North America, South America, Asia, and Africa as an eminent musician. Master of 21 concertos and 150 compositions for his recitals, he is a many-faceted artist and will appear on Jan. 22. Ruth Page, American creator of ballet, will appear Feb. 8 with her International Ballet offering a new repertory of classical ballet as well as dramatic and contemporary works. The company is composed of 50 stars, soloists, and guest artists. Programs staged have been Tchaikovsky’s immortal “Nutcracker Suite,” Flindt’s “La Leon,” and Nureyev “Swan Lake.”
–The Fallon Eagle-Standard, Friday, December 1, 1967
A view from the past … Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives researched and compiled by Dawson Frost, Churchill County Museum Intern.