View from the Past
100 Years Ago
Rex Theatre: The Rex Theatre has contracted for the famous Paramount Artcraft Star Attractions. The new exhibition franchise means that the pictures shown at the Rex Theatre, starting Sunday, Feb. 3, will cost more money, that they will be paying the highest film rental ever paid in Fallon for pictures, that they are entering into this big proposition with a feeling that Paramount Artcraft Star attractions are going to give you the right kind of pictures, that you will enjoy this steady, consistent stream of quality photo-plays, and that you will appreciate their efforts to supply you with the very finest of amusements. Jewels of the silent stage coming in February — Pauline Frederick, Billie Burke, Jack Pickford, Louise Huff, Marguerite Clark, Wallace Reid, Douglas Fairbanks, Vivian Martin, and Mary Pickford. The greatest stars on earth in plays of greatest worth will be shown here every Sunday and Thursday. No advance in prices.
–The Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, February 2, 1918
75 Years Ago
Powell is Asked to Buy Shotguns for Army Here: Have you got a shotgun that you will sell to the United States Army? If you have, communicate with Allen Powell at the Sagebrush, for he has been requested by the Army to buy a number of such guns in this locality. The gun must be in usable condition, but it need not be fancy in appearance. It can be a double barrel, a pump gun or an automatic, but it must be 13-gauge and have a nickel steel barrel. No guns with Damascus barrels will be acceptable, Mr. Powell has been advised. The maximum price that will be paid by the Army for any gun is $50 and the ultimate price, Mr. Powell explained, will be set by Army appraisers. Many such guns have been purchased for the Army in Reno and other cities, where, it is said, owners, while not desiring to give their guns away, have been reasonable in accepting prices set regarding any sacrifice as part of their contribution to the war effort.
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, February 6, 1943
50 Years Ago
Mills Speaks to Rotarians: Newell Mills, a prominent local dairyman, said Tuesday that today’s dairy cow produces 30 percent more milk than a similar cow produced in 1952. A low-producing cow today produces more milk than the best cows produced in 1940. In his talk to the Rotarians, Mr. Mills explained much of this improvement is due to artificial insemination. By this advanced technique, dairymen now have access to exceptionally high quality bulls nationwide. As many as 125,000 cows are serviced annually by one bull, and from one bull in his lifetime, a million cows have been artificially bred. Other dairy management improvements plus the use of artificial breeding has resulted, Mills declared, in a remarkable increased efficiency in Nevada’s dairy industry. The consumer directly or indirectly benefits from this science. Although the beef producers have been slow to use artificial breeding, Mr. Mills stated rapid progress is now being made in this direction. He predicted within 10 years the majority of those in the beef industry will adopt this practice.
–The Fallon Eagle-Standard, Friday, February 16, 1968
A view from the past … Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives, researched and compiled by Brianna Silver, Churchill County Museum Assistant.