Author: Sue Silver

Democratic lawmakers trying to ration free speech

Nevada’s Democratic lawmakers in Carson City are seeking to enforce their egalitarian philosophy on everyone: All people are equal and deserve equal rights — and only equal amounts of those rights. You have the right to free speech, but no more than anyone else. This past week an Assembly committee heard testimony on Senate Joint Resolution 4, which would urge Congress to amend the Constitution to strike the free speech portion of the First Amendment. SJR4, sponsored by Las Vegas Democratic state Sen. Nicole Cannizzaro, would erase the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which held that...

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A Biography of Albert A. Bass

A native of Missouri, Albert A. Bass, and generally then known as A. A. Bass, arrived in Nevada sometime around 1890. In 1900, he was mining at Pine Grove, then in Esmeralda County. A few months later, James L. Butler and his wife, Belle, discovered the prospects that resulted in the boom town of Tonopah, which kick-started the mining industry at the turn of the 20th century. Bass, according to one report, was the “35th man to arrive in Tonopah in February of 1901.” Bass took a lease on Butler’s Valley View ledge in 1901 and in the summer of 1902 was successful enough in that mining venture to open a new hotel in Tonopah with his partner, James Breen. Known as the Palace Hotel, it had a bar and sleeping apartments in the substantial stone building Bass built with another partner, Zeb Kendall. Today it is known as the “Bass Building” and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. About 1906 Bass was married in Bishop, Calif. to his wife, Anna Meagher, and two years after this he made a strike “about ten miles west of the old camp of Belleville in Esmeralda county.” Two month later, reports of the “new camp of Ibex” were being made in the local and Reno newspapers. Its location was variously described and one account indicates the “new town” was...

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Interpretative sign installed at Mineral County ghost town

Mineral County Museum On June 10, staff of the U.S. Forest Service Bridgeport Ranger District (BRD) and volunteers with the archaeological site stewards began the installation of a new interpretative sign for the ghost town of Aurora. Located near the entrance to the Aurora cemetery, the sign panel installation was completed on June 13 and provides information about the town’s history on the front panel, with information about the town’s cemeteries on the back panel. The sign was a project approved by the Lyon-Mineral County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), volunteers who work to review project proposals to make recommendations...

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Request made to close historic section of cemetery

For more than 20 years I have studied over 100 cemeteries in both California and Nevada as a means of identifying persons now buried in unmarked and unknown graves. From 1997 to 2002 I was the sexton for a cemetery that was founded in 1849. While there I researched some 600 unmarked graves in the cemetery, most of which were unknown to the cemetery association. Since 2009 I have researched and documented the history of the Hawthorne Cemetery and the many burials made in the cemetery, of which there is no prior or official record kept by the County. Here are just a few pieces of the background information I’ve found: The Hawthorne Cemetery was first used in 1881 and was continually used without benefit of formal map or burial register until sometime in the mid-1930s. The county has no record of some 321 burials were made within the original portion of the cemetery grounds between the years 1881 and 1930. In February of 1931, the Hawthorne News reported that an effort to improve the cemetery had revealed that the county did not own the cemetery. At this same time, a suggestion had been made that “that an extension to the present ground be requested.” The paper reported that, “Hawthorne’s list of dead has practically filled the present cemetery…” The cemetery was enlarged in November 1931 by a donation of land made by the Navy Ammunition Depot, which at that time owned all of the land that comprised Hawthorne’s cemetery.  In the above map...

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Hawthorne cemetery getting facelift

“Show me your cemeteries and I will tell you what kind of people you have.” — Benjamin Franklin Lying peacefully at the north end of E Street, Hawthorne’s cemetery is getting a fresh face. Thanks to the Mineral County Public Works Department, installation of a new white picket fence is nearing completion of Phase 1 at the front or south end of the cemetery’s grounds. The vision of how to replace an old and dying hedge that for decades lined the cemetery’s south boundary was promoted by Eric Hamrey, Public Works foreman. He knew the hedge needed to be pulled out because, as Hamrey related, “its life was done.” Dying and nearly dead, it was an unsightly welcome to the town’s burying ground. Hamrey explored various fence options and the Board of Commissioners approved the department’s budget for the fencing. Nearly seven months passed after the fencing was purchased before manpower was available for work to begin, but over the past month the effort has been progressing. The department’s workers, Matt Madrid and Brian Munden were assigned the task of removing the hedge and preparing the ground for the installation. They then began to work on erecting the fence to exact level. Support posts are being concreted and the posts will be filled with a measurement of rock to prevent potential wind damage. Installation of the new fence provides a bright, fresh face for Hawthorne’s cemetery. It will be visible to motorists traveling on E Street, the Freedom Road bypass and eastbound Highway 95 coming into Hawthorne. The view from Lady Bird Park (now called Veteran’s Park)...

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