View from the Past
100 Years Ago
A Few Epigrams: Enthusiasm is mental intoxication. Remember the weekday and keep it holy. The good old times were old, but not good. Inland nations always strive to reach the sea. Most folks are bothered by little things. It takes an eternity to make a moment possible. The man who is housed like an animal will not live like a saint. The secret of thought control is in the power of controlling a thought. I like a small word; it seems to guarantee the condensation of thought. It is said that a man never travels very far when standing on his dignity. A great book is a channel between an inspired reader and an inspired writer.
–Churchill County Eagle, January 19, 1918
The Oil Shale Deposits – Promising Discoveries Made Near Eastgate: For some time Fallon people have been interested in the comings and goings of several Reno men who had located oil shale lands in the east end of the county. It is stated that an analysis at the University of Nevada shows that the surface shale will yield 85 gallons of oil to the ton. There is an inexhaustible supply of the shale and it is so situated that it can be worked to advantage with steam shovels. There is quite a stir over the oil shale discoveries in various parts of Nevada and if the new process prove efficient to extracting the oil, the fuel problem of Nevada will soon be solved.
–Churchill County Eagle, January 19, 1918 75 Years Ago
Final Exams to Start Tuesday: The smart and the dumb will both run into headaches starting Tuesday morning. At 10 o’clock sharp, 80-minute finals will start with all of the teachers digging down in their books bringing to life questions, which will judge whether students deserve a credit for their semester’s work. Any student failing to show up for exams will receive a zero, resulting in failure in that subject. This is the first time in many years that exams have been given at the end of a semester.
–The Fallon Eagle, January 16, 1943
50 Years Ago
70 Women Learn About New Oven: An electric cooking demonstration given by a Sierra Pacific Power Co. home economist held in cooperation with Frazzini Furniture Co. and the Churchill County Agricultural Extension service was viewed by over 70 area homemakers. Held at the Fallon Theater, the demonstration focused on the versatility of the new electronic oven, which prepares foods in one-eighth to one-half the normal cooking time.
–Fallon Eagle-Standard, January 26, 1968
A View from the Past … Stories from the Churchill County Museum Archives researched and compiled by Cathie Richardson, Churchill County Museum Assistant.