View from the Past
100 Years Ago
Christmas Morning: Do not let this morning go by without having plenty of toys for the children. This year above all others should be devoted almost entirely to the little fellows. If, on account of spending so much money to buy Liberty Bonds to help our government, you find you do not feel like spending much for Christmas presents for the grownup folks, buy a few toys for the kiddies. We certainly want them to have a good time on Christmas morning. We have made special preparations this year, in having a very large assortment of toys and it will do your heart good to come in and see for yourself. We will also have plenty of Xmas trees and would suggest you leave an order for one now so as to be sure of receiving it. Santa Claus has written us again as usual, has made this store his Toyland depot and the bewildering array of toys he has left with us for the little folks must be seen to be appreciated, even by the big folks. Toys that run, toys that dance, toys that make a noise, and toys that do not. Toys for any and everybody. From the baby’s rubber doll to the boy’s car and gun. All the best holiday novelties. In fact we have something suitable for every member of the family. The I.H. Kent Co., Inc.
–The Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, December 15, 1917
75 Years Ago
Oats Herd Makes High Fat Record: Brattleboro Vermont, December 8: Oats Brothers, Fallon, own sixteen registered Holstein-Friesian cows which recently completed a year of testing with an average production of 464 pounds of butterfat and 13,467 pounds of milk for each cow. Milking was done twice a day. This butterfat average is more than 21/2 times the production of the country’s average dairy cow, using U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics for comparison. The highest producer in the herd was Oats Farm Betty Aggie Ormsby a 6-year-old, which produced 675 pounds of butterfat and 17,554 pounds of milk. Testing was supervised by the University of Nevada in cooperation with the Holstein-Friesian Association of America.
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, December 19, 1942
50 Years Ago
Education Booklet explains Conservation: The Lahontan, Stillwater, and Sheckler Soil conservation Districts have just received an advance copy of an education cartoon-type publication “Food and the Land.” This is the fifth in a series of an educational cartoon-type conservation booklets published by the Soil Conservation Society of America. “Food and the Land,” intended for use in the upper elementary grades, explains the role of soil and water conservation in the world food crisis and is designed to create an awareness of the fact that food comes from grain fields and orchards, not super markets. The 16-page booklet depicts the evolution of agriculture from its most primitive state through today’s efficient American farm. It tells how science has been applied in America to produce abundant food supplies to emphasize the lack of food in many countries of the world today. The need to develop and conserve land and water resources in these food-short countries is explained.
–The Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, December 19, 1967
A view from the past … Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives researched and compiled by Dawson Frost, Churchill County Museum Intern.