View from the Past
50 Years Ago
Kiwanians Begin Work on Rodeo: At a meeting in Carson City, plans were begun for the 10th Annual Kiwanis Rodeo in Fallon on July 4. Kiwanis President Harold Wayant, Rodeo Chairman Fred Schoenfeldt, Bill Ford and Bill Breen met with Harold Prunty, owner of Diamond A Rodeo Stock Ranches at Charleston, Nev., to discuss stock. The Diamond A is located 85 miles north of Elko. Plans are also underway for the operation of the Dry Gulch Saloon; dances on Friday and Saturday nights; concessions; a queen contest and other special events. The Kiwanis Club has successfully sponsored the rodeo in Fallon for the last nine years.
–The Fallon Eagle-Standard, Tuesday, March 5, 1968
75 Years Ago
Sugar Ration Has to Last Longer: Sugar ration stamp No. 12, which becomes valid on March 16, will enable Nevada housewives to buy sugar in the familiar five-pound sacks and boxes, it was announced by the district office of price-administration recently. The five-pound ration, however, must last from March 16 through the end of May, a period of 11 weeks. Stamp 11 good for three pounds is valid from Feb. 1 to March 15. The reason for validating the coupon for five pounds of sugar, OPA rationing officials explained, is two-fold. It will save manpower, not only in packaging the sugar, but in requiring less handling. It will cut by nearly one half the number of packages that processors, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers must handle, and at the same time must reduce the number of times sugar must be bought at retail. It is also expected that this change will prevent some of the waste now involved in repackaging in the present package sizes. Although buying sugar in larger quantities may make it easier for housewives to plan the use of their sugar, they are cautioned against underestimating the length of the period for which it must last. It might be well, OPA suggested to spend only one family sugar ration stamp at a time, and spread buying power over the entire 2 1/2 month’s period. This would avoid running any risk of using the entire family sugar allowance before the next stamp becomes valid of June 1.
–The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, March 6, 1943
100 Years Ago
Lots of Snow for the Humboldt: The last issue of the Lovelock Review-Miner says: After the storm of last Sunday the Elko-Lamoile power company sent one of its employees back into the mountains to measure the depth of the snow and at a distance of three miles up the mountain from the powerhouse. The snow on a level was found to be 26 inches deep, packed hard. As the company keeps a record of the yearly snowfall, it is in position to state definitely and Manager Stephenson says there is more snow now than at this time a year ago. This will be good news to ranchers along the northern side of the mountains and lower down the Humboldt River.
–The Churchill County Eagle, Saturday, March 2, 1918
A view from the past… Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives researched and compiled by Dawson Frost, Churchill County Museum Intern.