80 Years Ago – John Rost, who resided in Hawthorne in 1935 and 1936 and was a graduate of Mineral County High School, was killed when he fell or was pushed from the 30th Street Bridge in San Diego, Calif. Rost was serving in the Navy in San Diego at the time of his death.

10 Years Ago

• Hawthorne kindergarteners came by the busload to visit the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office Pumpkin Patch Bash. Each student was allowed to pick out their own pumpkin so they could take it home for Halloween.

• Airman First Class Arimus J. Finegan from Hawthorne was awarded the 4EMS Knights Unsung Hero Award. This monthly award is presented to an officer or enlisted personnel in the Air Force for displaying high standards, hard work and dedication to whatever task at hand, both on and off duty.

• Mineral County and Lyon County Search and Rescue members as the two groups were preparing for another search for Steve Fossett, this time being accompanied by a National Geographic Adventure correspondent and two members of the French Foreign Press.

20 Years Ago

• Mineral County High School seniors Ericka Selby and Keith Johnson were crowned 1997 Homecoming Queen and King during Homecoming events here. Both Selby and Johnson were active in MCHS activities. Selby played volleyball and was a member of the state championship basketball team. Johnson was the quarterback for the Serpent football team.

• Results of the Marge Worthen Memorial Rangoon at Walker Lake Country Club were: 1st place team- Michelle Dow, Michelle Dillard, Winni Ricci and Jeanette Cunningham. 2nd place team- Billie Cutler, Donna Winters, Virginia Nolan and Paula Johnson. 3rd place team- June Lynch, Donna Winters, Pat Parson and Bev Kichenmaster. The tournament’s only “Hole-in-One” golfer was Virginia Nolan of Yerington.

30 Years Ago

• The MCHS Serpent Junior Varsity football team remained undefeated with a 5-0 record when they scored a victory over the Bishop, Calif. junior varsity team.

• More than 100 members and guests of the Western Dirt Track Racing Association held a big barbecue and awards presentation at Lions Park in Hawthorne. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon of food, fun, and games, Floyd Griffin of Lee Vining, Calif. won the trophy for winning the fastest times during the time trials at the races that year in the Jalopy Class, while Dan Donahue was the winner in the Hobby Stock Class.

40 Years Ago

• A public hearing was held in Hawthorne to review and discuss a draft of the Nevada Comprehensive Economic Development Plan.

• The Serpents football team was defeated by the Manogue Miners in a contest held in Hawthorne.

• 72 students showed interest in the newly formed Mount Grant Ski Association that was preparing for the 1977 winter skiing season.

50 Years Ago

• Janet Pellett was crowned as the “Homecoming Queen” for the 1967 homecoming events. Richard Munger placed the crown on her head, indicating that she was the first choice of the varsity football squad lettermen.

• The Mineral County High School Serpents won their second conference game in a row when they defeated the Stewart Indians 25-19 in Hawthorne’s Homecoming game.

• Donald Tippin, Hawthorne businessman, walked away from injuries from his airplane uninjured after a malfunctioning landing gear caused the Ballanca 4-place plane to land on its nose at the Hawthorne Airport.

60 Years Ago

• The Pole Line Road was formally declared completed and open to public travel when Nevada’s Governor Charles H. Russell and Assemblyman Francis C. Lindsay of Loomis, Calif., did the ribbon cutting. Assemblyman Lindsay was the official representative of Governor Goodwin Knight of Calif.

• A record-breaking attendance was reported at the annual meeting of the Nevada Fiscal Officers Association held in Hawthorne.

• The Serpents were over-powered by the strong Carson City Senators 21-0 in a football game played in Carson City.

• The 5th Annual Walker Lake Cutthroat Trout Derby was announced by the El Capitan. Prizes were $100 for the first trout caught that weighed over 10 pounds and the Grand Prize was $500 cash.

70 Years Ago

• George Wanger was named as Second Ward Councilman to succeed Walter Feland who resigned to accept appointment as the water system superintendent. The vacancy in the water system was created when Arthur R. Nelson resigned to enter the hardware business with Marvin R. Wagner.

• Many top riders from all of Western Nevada and Eastern California were preparing to participate in the big Navy Day Rodeo in Hawthorne.

• The population of Mineral County was set at 6,356 people at the end of 1946.

80 Years Ago

• W. G. Emminger of Silver Dyke was appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chauncey Smith to fill a vacancy on the board of trustees of Mineral County High School. Emminger had served on the board in 1953 when he was appointed to serve following the resignation of Owen H. Bott. This time he was named succeed A.M. Thompson who had resigned.

• A group of Mineral, Nye and Churchill hunters organized the Mallard Duck Club with headquarters in Hawthorne. Temporary officers were Pete Keenan, president; Martin Chiatovich, vice president; D. M. Buckingham, secretary, and Dr. A. W. Van Valin, treasurer.

• Deer hunters from Mineral, Nye and Clark counties reported varied results on their “safari” at Table Mountain in eastern Nye County. Lt. A. M. Townsend bagged the first buck while Art Nelson of Candelaria bagged the biggest, a six-pointer. Ryland G. Taylor, Las Vegas attorney, formerly of Tonopah, “got lost as usual,” the news item stated. His rented horse knew the country well and stubbornly resisted Taylor’s effort to head him in the wrong direction and returned to camp without further argument.