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View from the Past

100 Years Ago

Army of 1,360,000 Mobilized in Eight Months from Nucleus of 110,000: The latest official figures put the number of enlisted men in the armies of the United States at 1,360,000. This is the force that has grown in eight months out of an army that on April 1 numbered 110,000 men. Most of them are still in the training camps. Many of them are not yet disciplined troops, fully equipped and armed for battle. But there they are — 1,360,000 of them — one of the biggest factors Hindenburg is reckoning with for the campaign of 1918. To lead them there are over eighty thousand officers. When the graduates of the second officers’ training camp get their first orders the number will be over one hundred thousand — as many officers as there were privates 9 months ago. The whole military establishment with the marines and auxiliary forces thrown in, numbers a million and a half. There were 2,700,000 enlistments in the federal army during the Civil War. But many in this number were reenlistments. The highest total engaged at one time was reached during the last year of the war. On March 31, 1865 the Union Army comprised 980,000 men. For the Spanish War an army of 275,000 was raised. Only 60,000 saw service.

Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, December 19, 1967

75 Years Ago

Clues Lacking in Burglary at High School: Definite clues about the identity of the person or persons who entered the high school building last Saturday night taking more than $125 in cash and some war savings stamps, were lacking this week. Most of the cash was taken from the office of Principal Walter Johnson, and the rest from the home economics department. The total haul in money was $127.98 while the war savings stamps stolen amounted to $29.10 in 25c and 10 c denominations. Entrance to the principal’s office was gained through forcing the door, and to the Home Ec rooms by removing the pins from the hinges. The outside doors of the building were not forced, but reported to have been left unlocked, the north door having been found left open later Saturday evening. Investigation did not disclose the losses until later, however, and the officers found little to work on in the way of clues when the burglary was reported. The opinion was expressed that the burglary was by someone familiar with the places where money is kept when it is in the high school building. Other recent thefts reported to officers here include gasoline from service stations and from private cars and garages.

The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, December 26, 1942

50 Years Ago

Sierra Field and Stream: Fishing has slowed a little at Walker Lake, but it was still very good.. And now the boat fishermen are having their turn, which is the reverse of how it has been for the past month or so. It would seem that the fish have begun a drift back toward deeper water. If you fish Walker, you probably know that its cutthroats sulk in the deep water during the warm months and they fed entirely on Lahontan Tui Chub, the only other wild fish that has managed to exist up to now in Walker’s highly mineralized waters.

The Fallon Eagle, Tuesday, December 29, 1967

A view from the past … Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives researched and compiled by Dawson Frost, Churchill County Museum Intern.