10 Years Ago
• On Wednesday, Nov. 21 a hazardous spill exercise was held at Mineral County High School. A suspended student from Mineral County High entered the front lobby of the school and splattered several balloons filled with a hazardous chemical and then fled yelling “I will get even with this school.” Principal Walt Hackford ordered his staff to notify the sheriff’s department and then ordered a lockdown of all classrooms. Two deputies from Mineral County Sheriff’s Office, Mineral County Fire Chief Craig Nixon, Mineral County School Board President and Walker Lake Fire Chief Mark Nixon and DZHC Fire Chief Rob Mathias were present to evaluate the hazardous material exercise but no one knew it was except the evaluators. Also to help aid in the exercise was Mineral County Sheriff’s Department, Hawthorne Volunteer Fire Department who came with their ambulance and fire truck. DZHC Firefighters were on scene with their HazMat trailer and fire truck and EMT personnel. Mineral County Search and Rescue members were called to help block the roads and keep motorists and individuals from entering the school area. Following |the exercise those involved met in the school library for an after-action conference and review. Chief Craig Nixon conducted the review and asked the school staff and each department what they did and why they did it. Throughout the discussion, everyone could evaluate how they performed and what actions could be taken to correct shortcomings so if any situation did occur how they would be able to handle it.
• Jessica Dillard harvested her first deer, taken while hunting with her dad, Mike on Nov. 22, 2007. This dandy mule deer is a 4×5, which measured 23 inches wide.
• Dianna Donahue completed her cosmetology state board and started working with the girls at P & P Hair Design.
20 Years Ago
• Hawthorne Elks Lodge named their choice of “Students of the Month” for October 1997 and awards were presented to Amanda Schrepfer and Bart Towe of Hawthorne Junior High School. Students chosen from Mineral County High School were Kim Dement and Chris Strange. Doy Skidmore, Elks Youth Chairman, presented the students with their certificates.
• Nevada State Elks President, Robert Moore, PDDGER, accompanied by his wife, Darlene, made an official visit to Hawthorne Lodge 1704. This was an evening that the annual Elks Charity Ball was held and the visitation in conjunction with the dinner/dance made this a very special gathering for the members of the local lodge.
30 Years Ago
• Julius Miller, one of Hawthorne’s best known and beloved senior citizens, died at the Rocky Hill Veterans Administration Hospital in Rocky Hill, Conn., at age 95.
• The paintings of Hawthorne artist Audrey Haigh were being displayed at the Desert Images Gallery in Hawthorne. Her oil paintings and pastels of Nevada landscapes, old buildings, and Indian portraits have been enjoyed and treasured by many Hawthorne residents for many years.
40 Years Ago
• The Hawthorne Elementary School Rockets defeated Tonopah 34-26 and also defeated Gabbs 56-29 in the opening games of the 1977 basketball season.
• Robert Thorndike, Jr., was home on leave for the Thanksgiving holiday visiting with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Thorndike, Sr. Robert was in the U. S. Navy and this was the first time he had been home in three years. He had been serving in the Far East on the USS Wichita.
50 Years Ago
• District Judge Peter Breen, who had served for the past 11 years as judge of the Fifth Judicial District, died at a Reno hospital after suffering two severe heart attacks.
• Workers at the Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot who had worked at the depot for twenty years were presented with their 20-year pins and certificates. Honored were: James W. Collins; Harold Quick; Donald L. Lininger; Rex Isom; Ulster Collie; Tom Sympson and Norman E. Russell.
60 Years Ago
• Plans were being made for the Nevada State Democratic Convention that was to be held in Hawthorne in February of 1958.
• Mineral County was fifth in school population in the state in 1957. Clark County had 22,289; Washoe County, 13,756; White Pine County, 3,062; Elko County, 2,774 and Mineral County, 2,028.
• Doctor Ernest W. Harvey, the local dentist, announced that his new office on Sierra Way, between Sixth and Seventh Streets, would be opened in February of 1958. His mobile dental unit was parked at the Mineral Motel Trailer Park where he was serving his patients in Hawthorne.
70 Years Ago
• Ray Daugherty, widely known club operator and mining man in Nevada, was found dead at his home in Hawthorne. He and his wife had returned to Hawthorne to re-open their residence here only a day before his death.
80 Years Ago
• A survey showed the national average cost of a 100-mile trip by automobile was $1.50 for gasoline, .20 cents for oil, .19 cents for tires and .71 cents for accidents.
• State Highway Department opened a new maintenance station in Hawthorne on East Fifth Street facing Highway 95. Buildings already at the location were being used and a large corrugated garage building being erected.
• A shipment of 26 ounces of gold was made from a find at Dick Pledge’s property on the Gillis Range directly to the government mint in San Francisco.
• Operations were resumed at the Basic Ores brucite mine northwest of Fallon.
• The Mineral High Serpents basketball team defeated Eureka 41-17.