10 Years Ago
• Employees of the Hawthorne Utilities took on the time-consuming task of tearing down the old sewer lagoon that served the Hawthorne community since the 1940’s. The walls were well constructed with up to 14 inches of concrete heavily supported by rebar, half and one inch in size. The sewage treatment facility was abandoned in the late 1970’s when the new treatment facility was constructed on government land about two miles north.
• In the 2007-2008 school year Mineral County School District reported when school started Aug. 23 the enrollment county wide was; Hawthorne Elementary, kindergarten through eighth grade was 322; Schurz Elementary, kindergarten through eighth grade was 80; Mineral County High School was 175 and alternative education sixth through twelfth grade was nine.
• El Capitan Buffet on Sundays and Wednesday was $6.95.
20 Years Ago
• Plans for the seventh annual county fair were complete and was planned for Sept. 9-12, along with a big rodeo scheduled to follow on the 13th and 14th of September.
• The Mineral County Law Enforcement Pistol team took first place in the law enforcement completion at the Lovelock Steel Plate Shootout. Members of the team were Jerry Hunter, Robert Kerley, and Victor Trujillo.
30 Years Ago
• U.S. Senator Chic Hecht, along with Deputy Under Secretary of the Army Richard Ladd was in Hawthorne on a routine visit. A public luncheon was held for them and more than 50 local people attended and heard reports from both men.
• Travis Rowlett, Mineral County High School senior, was a member of the baseball team that represented Northern Nevada and California and won the top award in XXI National AAU Junior Olympics Tournament held in Syracuse, N.Y. They won over teams from Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, and Iowa. Rowlett was the only player from Nevada, and pitched the third game against Iowa, allowing only two hits for the entire game.
• Winners of the Draw 500 Shoot held by the local trap club were: Dick Smith, Bill Gemelke ll, John Fenison, Bob Gentry, Jim Schultz and Bob Del Porto.
40 Years Ago
• The Mineral County High School Serpents defeated the Whittell Warriors 20-0 in the first game of the 1977 season.
• Pete’s Bar was robbed by a masked man carrying a sawed-off shotgun. The man escaped with $85.
50 Years Ago
• A rain and electrical storm, bringing the heaviest downpour in 13 years to Hawthorne, hit West Central Nevada. The Naval Ammunition Depot recorded an inch and a quarter precipitation at Babbitt while gauges at Hawthorne showed a fraction under one and a half inches.
• First-day enrollment in Mineral County schools for the 1967-1968 school year totaled 1,847 compared with an opening day enrollment of 1,806, the year before.
• Formation of a Mina Town Advisory Board on an experimental basis was approved by the board of county commissioners. It could not be an official town governing board. Robert A. Mannon, Merle Swanson, and George E. Buffington were appointed after they selected by Mina residents.
60 Years Ago
• Approximately 1,000 residents received their first polio shots during a day-long Salk vaccine clinic held at the Babbitt Dispensary.
• A meeting called to discuss the proposed bond election for construction of a new Mineral County courthouse was attended by ten persons.
• First-day enrollment at the Hawthorne Elementary School was 1,384, compared with a first-day enrollment of 1,331 from the year before. High school enrollment was 410, a drop from 475.
• Employees of the Hawthorne Naval Depot that were awarded for their superior performance were Anne E. Mulholland; Don Cavin; Louis Dellamonica; Wesly Dike; Allen E. Conelly; William K. Glenzer; Robert G. Savage; Lela Chamberlain; Valentino Turri Jr.; Leigh G. Cox; Jennie Amberger and Max A. Hughes.
70 Years Ago
• More than 500 military and civilian volunteers fought a raging brush fire five miles south of Hawthorne.
• Opening day enrollment at Hawthorne grade school was 650 and 175 in the high school.
• Bonanza Air Lines announced air freight service between Reno, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Las Vegas.
80 Years Ago
• Walter Engblom, a 20-year-old lifelong resident of Hawthorne, died of injuries sustained when the automobile in which he was riding overturned five miles from Bodie. A group of Hawthorne residents had made the trip to Bodie for a day’s outing and on the return trip Engblom and companions, Patricia Wood and Don McInnis, were thrown from the vehicle when it hit a sandy stretch of road near the Spence Gregory Ranch, five miles from Bodie. All were brought to Hawthorne by other traveling companions and taken to Mineral County Hospital. Miss Wood was only slightly injured, Mcinnis suffered a broken arm and lesser injuries, but Engblom suffered a deep cut in one arm that resulted in severe loss of blood during the 30 mile drive over a dirt road to Hawthorne and died despite the efforts of three doctors who were in constant attendance at the local hospital.
• Mineral County remained 12th in population and 12th in valuation, according to figures furnished by the state tax department. The assessed valuation of taxable property in this county was set at $4,578,695 which figure was higher than the valuation of Douglas, Esmeralda, Nye, Storey, and Ormsby. The state capital which had the lowest taxable valuation in the state, $1,872,724.
• Clarence “Kay” Stock, who served as manager of the Hawthorne Mercantile from 1929 to 1935, purchased an interest in the local store and returned to again serve as manager, succeeding Lawrence Masini.