80 Years Ago – Mineral, Nye and Esmeralda County officials protested a proposal of the post office department to take mail carrying contracts from Southern Pacific and Tonopah & Goldfield railroad lines and establish a Star Route service to communities in those counties.

10 Years Ago

• Dr. Paul (Hank) Kirk has been selected as the new Mineral County School Superintendent and Donald Aschinger assumed the office as Mineral County High School Principal.

• Aaron Underhill and Tom Carrigan caught 11 salmon in Northern California during their three day Thanksgiving weekend trip. The sizes of fish were up to four feet with a net weight over 500 pounds.

• Fishing the Sacramento River in Northern California, Anthony Gallegos, his father Tom and Robert Jenkins, Jr. had their hands “full of fish” for a while as it turned into a combined effort of all three of them to pull this monster salmon up on the shore after Anthony hooked and fought the fish where the others could attempt to get it into their net, which is more than filled. It took both Tom and Jenkins to manage the net in getting the fish onto the bank. During the day they caught five fish, making the trip to California both rewarding and memorable.

• Trisha Diede got her deer in the Rattlesnake area of Mineral County with the help from her stepdad. A nice 4×4 measuring 24 ½ inches wide.

20 Years Ago

• The training and alertness received by the Mineral County Sheriff’s Department paid off when a man who had escaped from the state prison in Carson City. After being alerted by prison officials Deputy Sheriff Bret Charlie spotted the pickup taken from the prison in an alley in Hawthorne. Moments after backup Deputy Charlie found the escapee hiding in an abandoned house, but he fled on foot down the alley. But not for long before Assistant Sheriff Ed Smith and Sgt. Mike Sexton caught the man and placed him in jail and he was later taken back to Carson by prison officials.

• Winners in the “Fisherman’s Holiday” fishing derby at Walker Lake were: 1st place for the adults was Bud Stinson of Yerington with a 4.8 pound trout. For the kids (12 and under) the winner was Dan Faulkner of Placerville, Calif. with his 3.7 catch.

• No injuries resulted in a mishap with strong gusty winds on U.S. Highway 95 north of Hawthorne when James Oxford of Wasco, Calif., a driver for Barrett Trucking, was transporting one section of a triple wide modular building from Phoenix, Ariz., to Fernley, when strong winds ripped the building from the trailer and onto the ground alongside the highway. Oxford was very lucky that he was not injured during the tragic ordeal.

30 Years Ago

• Over 500 anglers entered the annual Mineral County Chamber of Commerce Walker Lake Fishing Derby over the Thanksgiving Weekend. Dallas Boyer of Round Mountain hauled in the only tagged fish of the derby. His two pound two ounce catch won him $500 and Darlene Perkins of Fallon was the winner of $1,000 for her prize in the Blind Bogey tournament. Her fish weighed one pound five ounce. She also was awarded a nice trophy.

• Judy Baird was appointed as head librarian of the Mineral County libraries, following the retirement of Helen Miller.

• Through the efforts of the Mt. Grant General Hospital and Day Zimmerman Basil, ten less fortunate families in Hawthorne were presented with turkey dinners on Thanksgiving Day.

40 Years Ago

• A wartime “landmark”—the U.S. Hotel and Motel complex near the corner of Ninth and E Streets, was to be demolished and the land cleared for construction of the new Hawthorne Credit Union.

• The Serpents were defeated by Boulder City 8977 and by Gorman 71-42 in weekend basketball games.

• The Hawthorne Lions Clun announced that they would conduct a Christmas Home Decorating Contest with many fine prizes to be awarded.

• The MCHS Wrestling team defeated the Bishop Broncos by a score of 45-27.

50 Years Ago

• Kenneth L. (Pat) Mann was appointed by Governor Paul Laxalt to the office of Judge of the Fifth Judicial District, filling the vacancy created by the death of Judge Peter Breen.

• The Bishop High School Broncos defeated the Mineral County High School Serpents 68-46 in the first basketball game of the 1967 season.

• Association of Robert Rupracht of Carson City in the active management of the Hawthorne Funeral Home was announced by Mrs. Kathryn Mayfield, owner.

• The Hawthorne Unit of the Nevada Army National Guard held their 15th Annual Anniversary Dinner and Dance at the local armory. Live music for the dance was provided by the “Westernaires” from Fallon.

60 Years Ago

• John Carlton, manager of Hanson’s Food Market in Babbitt was transferred to Sparks to be manager of the Hanson’s store there. He was replaced as manager of the Babbitt store by Jim Tresley, who had been an employee of the store for more than four years.

• The county commissioners passed a resolution to borrow $14,000 from the Hawthorne Utilities fund to place in the Hawthorne Town Fund which was depleted.

• Walker Lake was closed to boating between the hours of sunrise and 10 a.m. for three days for rocket testing.

70 Years Ago

• Jim Wallace was elected president of the Hawthorne Business Association.

• Mineral County collected $1,275.15 in gasoline tax apportionment for the month of September under the new gas tax law.

• New officers were elected by the Mineral County Sportsman’s Club. Elected were: Felix Del Porto, president; Ray Noble, vice president; J. W. Childress, secretary; Austin Bowler, treasurer; Harry Wagner, Jay Pearce, Bill Lyle and Jim Pedrojetti, directors.

• The junior class at Mineral County High School won the 1947 Interclass Basketball Tournament. Players on the team were: Willis Barmore; Jim Ellis; Eddie Ellis; Payne; Broomfield; Caniff; Kreimeyer; Seevers; Wallace; Dewalt; Arnold Cox and Seville.

80 Years Ago

• Many local citizens responded to the fingerprint program sponsored by the 20-30 Club in cooperation with the sheriff’s office.

• Mineral, Nye and Esmeralda County officials protested a proposal of the post office department to take mail carrying contracts from Southern Pacific and Tonopah & Goldfield railroad lines and establish a Star Route service to communities in those counties.

• E. L. Cord, who recently disposed of his interest in Auburn-Cord Automobile Company and Lycoming Aviation Corporation, flew to Silver Peak in his private plane to inspect various mining properties he had acquired in that area.

• Thomas Kenyon of Rawhide, believed to be the oldest native Nevadan still engaged in mining, died in Reno where he had been a hospital patient. He was born at Ragtown, west of Fallon and was 81 years old.

• Operations were resumed at Basic Ores Brucite Mine north of Luning it was announced by Basic Dolomite Corp. Norman E. Hanson returned from the Ohio headquarters to again serve as superintendent in charge.

• Tungsten Corporation of Nevada took a lease on the W. H. Leonard tungsten property at Rawhide and announced that the mine would be worked.