View from the Past
100 Years Ago
Kent’s New Department: The grocerteria is to the purchaser of groceries what the cafeteria is to the patrons of restaurants, and so far as we have heard, the I.H. Kent Co. is the first firm to establish one of these departments in Nevada. They are arranging the north room of the store for this new department, and when opened to the public next Tuesday the customer, instead of going to a clerk, may carry a market basket, walk around and examine the groceries, which have the prices marked in plain figures, and select such as desired. Then in passing out, the cashier will check over the selections and collect for them. By this method clerk hire, delivery and bookkeeping is eliminated and the customer get the benefit, as will be seen in the announcement in the I.H. Kent Co. advertisement on third page in this issue.
–Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, February 9, 1918
75 Years Ago
Speed and Lose Your Ration: Book violators of the 35-mile-an-hour speed limit are taking a chance of losing their tire and gas privileges. This reminder was issued by Frank Gorman, mileage rationing representative of the office of price administration. “Many reports of speed in excess of 35 miles are being received in the state OPA office,” Gorman said. “Licenses of violators are now being reported to local boards throughout the state and such reports are being used as a basis for boards of refuse renewal of rations or permission to buy tires.” Court records showing conviction of speeding in excess of 35 miles an hour permit local boards to automatically penalize ration book holders, according to the mileage rationing regulations. In such cases, no board hearing is required, Gorman said. “The national rubber situation is still our biggest problem at home and war price and rationing boards must exercise their legal power to enforce tire conservation,” Gorman pointed out.
The Fallon Eagle Saturday, February 13, 1943
Ceiling Price on Alfalfa Hay is Set: A ceiling price of about $19.50 a ton for alfalfa hay, which will reflect parity, will be set soon by the Office of Price Administration, according to word reaching the University of Nevada agricultural extension service. Alfalfa hay, one of Nevada’s most important crops, has been an uncontrolled raw agricultural commodity. The figure is for hay on the farm loose.
–The Fallon Eagle Saturday, February 13, 1943
50 Years Ago
Wednesday Study Club Meets at Stiverson Home: The Wednesday Study Club met at the home of Ethel Stiverson Feb. 14. Since the study material failed to arrive, the afternoon was spent in visiting and games. Each member answered roll call by presenting a picture of herself as a baby or small child accompanied with proper remarks. The game turned out to be a home style “who’s who” contest. Another game of making Valentines from scraps of lace, ribbon and other materials at hand was good fun. Dainty refreshments in the Valentine theme were served. Mrs. Stiverson’s daughter Mary Lou Gormley and baby John Frederick were guests. The next meeting will be March 13 at the home of Mr. And Mrs. Wayne Mills when club members will entertain their husbands. Pictures of Mr. And Mrs. Mills cruise to the West Indies will be shown.
–The Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, February 20, 1968
A view from the past… Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives, researched and compiled by Brianna Silver, Churchill County Museum Assistant.