80 Years Ago – James Penman of Schurz strongly defended President Roosevelt’s appointment of Senator Hugo Black to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Penman criticized the National Association of Manufacturers, Liberty League and others of conducting a vendetta against Black because of his alleged affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan.

10 Years Ago

• Walker River Paiute Tribal Council, representatives of Barnard of Nevada, Inc., Construction Management Team Harris & Associates, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Reclamation and other government offices and guests, witnessed the Weber Dam completion celebration on Sept. 27.

• Sheriff Ed Smith introduced the newest member of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office. “K-9 Bella, a black Labrador Retriever, 2 1/2 years old, trained in seeking out narcotics and contraband joined the sheriff’s office in our battle against drugs”, stated Sheriff Smith. “Bella” is certified to detect marijuana, hashish, methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin. K-9 Officer Billy Ferguson has completed his lengthy training and certification program in order to handle law enforcement K-9’s.

• “Dead Men Tell No Tales” slot tournament held at the El Capitan Resort and Casino. The top three winners were: First Place- Mary Stewart $4,000; Second Place- Marilyn Gamble $2,000 and Third Place- Joe Cipponeri $1,250.

20 Years Ago

• Approximately 60 people from Northern Nevada and California enjoyed a canoe tour of the south end of Walker Lake. The tour was sponsored by the Great Basin Bird Observatory and was co-hosted by the Walker Lake Working Group. Canoes were provided by the Mono Lake Tour Group and included four people to help guide and supervise the tour.

• Eric Pedersen and his mother, Elsa, both of Rolling Hills, Calif., escaped serious injury when their Super Cub airplane made a crash landing near the Hawthorne Municipal Airport on Tuesday, Sept. 23. The Pedersen’s were returning from a vacation trip to Yellowstone and in an attempt of landing their plane was caught by a gust of wind causing the craft to veer right and hit a wire fence at the rear of the BLT Ready Mix plant. Brad and Tiffany Amussen of BLT immediately gave assistance and called the sheriff’s office.

30 Years Ago

• Major General Marvin D. Brailsford, Commanding General, Procurement and Readiness at Armament, Munitions and Chemical Command from headquarters at Rock Island, Ill. made an official visit to Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant.

• The Serpent Junior Varsity football team continued to be undefeated, as they were the previous year, be defeating Lowry 12-6, Mammoth 8-0, Tonopah 40-6 and Manogue 40-7.

• The Serpent Varsity team was defeated by Lovelock 14-6.

• Mike and Alicia Kalember were honored at a barbecue dinner at the Lions Park. The occasion was to thank Mike for his more than 40 years service to the Hawthorne Volunteer Fire Department and also to thank Alicia for supporting Mike all this time. Mike wanted to semi-retire at that time, but he was still very active with his professional services both with the fire department and the Hawthorne Ambulance Service.

40 Years Ago

• Mineral County received the first allocation of funds under the “in lieu of tax” law enacted by the county amounted to $285,299.

• Action on the new sewer facility for Hawthorne awaited a report from the EPA.

• The MCHS Serpents tied with the White Pine Bobcats in a thrilling Homecoming football game.

• Winning drivers at the WLARA stock car races were: Steve Inman; Ricky Isom; Richard Hughes; Steve Jones; Myron Mills; Gene Christensen; Gary Milks; Frank Berrier and Roy Potter.

50 Years Ago

• The Military Construction Bill approved by the U.S. Senate, with $2.4 million to be spent at Hawthorne NAD, included a major item of a 100-housing project for which $1.8 million was approved.

• The Elko Indians football team came from behind to beat the Hawthorne Serpents 31-6 in a contest played at Elko.

60 Years Ago

• Doctor Ernest Harvey arrived in Hawthorne with a traveling dental office.

• Considerable interest was shown in the election of trustees for the Babbitt Community Association. Candidates appearing on the ballot were: Jim Baca; Howard Baker; Lloyd Boone; Jim Chamberlain; Dorothy Cook; A. A. Creek; Herman Garry; Frank Gerrish; Willis Griffin; Ven Johnson; Calvin Miller; Boyd J. Owen; Delon Pollock; Emrose Price; Lorraine Roll; Dwayne Williams and Clarence Young.

• In the first game of the 1957 football season, the Mineral High Serpents suffered a 24-7 set back at the hand of the Bishop Broncos.

70 Years Ago

• Marvin Wagner and Arthur R. Nelson formally purchased Burkham’s Hardware store, one of the two oldest established business firms in Hawthorne.

• The Hawthorne 20-30 Club was reinstated and the charter carried No. 125, which was the designation of the first 20-30 Club in this community.

• Joe Collins was appointed Chief of Police in Hawthorne. The office of City Judge was re-established and John Andrews, who had previously held that position, was again appointed.

• The state champion Ely Bobcats mauled the Mineral County Serpents in a game played at Ely.

80 Years Ago

• Peter Breen announced the opening of a law office in Mina. His sister, Mrs. L. E. Mann, was teaching school in Mina and his mother formerly taught school in Luning and at Simon.

• Rev. D. B. Northrop, pastor of St. Philip’s in the Desert Episcopal Church in Hawthorne for the prior two years and his wife left Middletown, N.Y., his former home, where he was to be assistant pastor at the Grace Episcopal Church.

• Two civilian aviators on a flight from Dickinson, S.D. to Sacramento, Calif., made an emergency landing in Hawthorne. They “lost course” after taking off from Wendover, Utah and sighted the “old” airfield in Hawthorne (where Lions Park and the high school football field are now located) and made a perfect landing although the dirt field had not been used for five years. Also, the aviators were unaware of a Presidential Order prohibiting flying over Hawthorne and they were required to submit identification and other personal papers to officers from the naval depot before being permitted to continue their flight to Sacramento.