60 Years Ago – Vandals used power pole insulators as targets in the Luning area. Eight different insulators were damaged and this caused a power outage in the Thorne, Luning and Mina areas for over three hours. The power was off in Hawthorne for over 35 minutes. At the time that the power went out doctors were performing a serious surgical operation at Mt. Grant General Hospital.

10 Years Ago

• Daniel Jones Finnerty, a counselor in the Hawthorne Elementary/Junior High School, died of injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. Highway 95 approximately six miles north of Hawthorne. Finnerty was driving north in a Subaru car and was being followed by a semi tractor-trailer rig, driven by Arturo Escabar of Palm Springs, Calif. Finnerty apparently pulled off the right side of the highway, Escabar veered to the left and applied his brakes to avoid a collision when Finnerty turned into the path of the semi. Finnerty was transported to Mt. Grant General Hospital by Hawthorne Ambulance EMT personnel and then was taken to Reno by Care Flight.

• The Firefighter of the Quarter for the final three months of 2007 is Chris Martindale, who received his award on Nov. 29. Martindale, who is also an EMT, was given the award in honor of his interest in the enhancement of fire and emergency services.

• Sixteen-year-old Nicole Mathias had the hunt of a lifetime, when she set out to get that “big buck”. Nicole was able to get a 4×3 buck here in Mineral County with the help of her dad and friends Gary Schaaf and Dennis Isom. She would like to thank them all for the great experience on horseback.

20 Years Ago

• Wes Geary and his crew opened the doors of the Pizza Factory to the public in Hawthorne. Located next to the Safeway Store, the Pizza Factory has been serving the public with some really great pizzas for the past ten years.

• Some real nice games and series were being rolled by bowlers at the Silver State Bowl in Hawthorne. A couple local bowlers who received awards for their efforts were Vern Halloway for rolling a 743 scratch series, winning him an ABC 700 Series patch and 125 pins over average series patch. Similar patches were awarded to Allen Lee for his nice 707 scratch series and a patch for rolling 125 pins over his average. Some of the local women bowlers were also “bowling up a storm” with some great sores.

30 Years Ago

• Mineral County’s “newest” gold mine—the Nevada Goldfield Corporation’s Aurora Gold Mine—was officially dedicated. Company officers, county officials, visitors from other mining operations and the mine and mill on the eastern slope of the historical old camp of Aurora.

• The MCHS Serpents started the 1987 basketball season by defeating the White Pine Bobcats 66-44 and the Bishop Broncos 62-61 in an exciting overtime game.

• Three local hunters were able to bag prize Bighorn Sheep in limited hunts where only ten tags in one and six in the other issued. Andy Stinson and Bill Moody were successful in the Silver Peak Range (Area 70) and Rick Gomez shot his Bighorn in the nearby Lone Mountain are (Area 71).

40 Years Ago

• Eugene S. Gates, Jr., of Mina, was elected and installed as Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons in Nevada at the 113th Annual Communication of Masons held in Sparks.

• In an effort to reduce expense and inconvenience resulting from the cancellation of jury trails, Judge William Beko notified attorneys that he established a time schedule for plea bargaining. Plea bargaining was to be done before the jury had been drawn and summoned.

• Bids were sought again on phases II and III of the Hawthorne Swimming Pool Park. Bids received exceeded estimated cost and amount of money available for the work.

50 Years Ago

• Local Boy Scouts, their leaders and parents traveled to the Summit Springs area to cut Christmas trees for the scouts to sell as a fund raising project for scouting activities.

• I/Lt. Billy Millsap, commander of Battery C, 221st Arty, Hawthorne, challenged assertions made in national publications that the National Guard was poorly-led and ill prepared to perform its mission.

60 Years Ago

• Capitan Richard M. Farrell, USN, arrived to assume command of Hawthorne NAD from Capitan W. J. Richter, who planned to retire from the Navy on Jan. 1.

• A gas fire resulted injury to CDR. and Mrs. William Hall and caused considerable damage to their Lakeview home.

• Singer Vane Day in his “Every Day by Vane Day” column with a statement of the day. This week 60 years ago he said: “Only the things we eat and wear are high in price. Happiness is at the same old figure.”

70 Years Ago

• The Hawthorne Serpents defeated the Bishop Broncos 29-14 in a pre season basketball game.

• Raymond Joe of Mina and Willis Barmore of Hawthorne, both Mineral County High School football players, made the all state second team.

• Twenty-eight students from Mineral County were attending the University of Nevada.

• Two separate non-metallic mining operations, both related to the paper making industry, were in operation in Mineral County. One, the production of sodium sulphate at the old Rhodes Marsh, ten miles south of Mina and the second, a diatomaceous earth mining project was located near Basalt. The diatomaceous earth project was being worked by the Dicalite Corp., a subsidiary of Great Lakes Carbon Co. and the company operating the sodium sulphate project was the Nevada Chemical Company, an affiliate with the Florida Pulp & Paper Co. and the St. Regis Paper Company of Pensacola, Fla.

80 Years Ago

• Champion Mining Co., operator of the Lucky Boy Mine and Mill south of Hawthorne, made a down payment of $2,500 on option to purchase three mining claims held by Ben Donnelly in the vicinity of a new gold strike on the Gillis Range.

• The county commissioners voted to purchase land in Mina from Southern Pacific Co. for location of a new municipal building. W. B. Worlock protested the purchase from SP. Other offers to sell land were made by Mrs. Harrington Betty and E. Succetti. Land purchased from the railroad company was on Front Street, Mina’s main street.

• Nevada officials protested the proposal of President Roosevelt to reduce the federal share of funds to construct interstate highways.

• Frank Nakata, longtime owner of Goodfellows Café in Mina, died at his birthplace in Japan where he had gone three months earlier after learning he had a terminal ailment. When he came to this country he worked as a railroad car repairman. His widow, Mamie and youngest daughter, Eileen, remained in Mina and continued to operate the restaurant. Two older daughters lived in Japan at the time.