50 Years Ago – Captain Glenn Hampton,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hampton
of Hawthorne, was awarded the
U. S. Navy Commendation Medal for
his devotion to duty while serving in
Vietnam.

10 Years Ago

• A 199-foot communications tower is being erected by Alltel Wireless at the south end of town.

• Mineral County Sheriff’s award recipients were: MCSO Supervisor of the Year- Bryn Skvarna; MCSO Dispatcher of the Year- Lorriane Haight; MCSO Officer of the Year- Deputy Sheriff Billy Ferguson; MCSO Detention Officer of the Year- Deputy Sheriff Danny Orozco and MCSO Superior Performance Award recipients were: Deputy Sheriff Sammy Scarlata, Deputy Sheriff Jim Holland and Mineral County Search and Rescue.

• On Sunday, Dec. 16, Nevada Division of Wildlife transplanted twenty-eight bighorn sheep in the Cottonwood Canyon area, near Walker Lake. This small herd was harvested near Middlegate, Nevada and then transplanted late Sunday afternoon. The herd of twenty-eight consisted of two rams and 26 ewes.

20 Years Ago

• A new vault to accommodate safe deposit boxes for the credit union members was installed in the Hawthorne Credit Union. (Now known as Financial Horizons Credit Union).

• The Lady Serpents claimed the Consolation Championship at the 1997 Lady Senators Tournament held in Carson City. The Hawthorne Lady Serpents defeated the AAAA State Champion No. 1 ranked McQueen in the Championship game 67-42. Hawthorne was placed in the consolation bracket by losing to Marina of Huntington Beach, Calif. by a score of 55-40.

30 Years Ago

• The Walker Lake Squadron of the Nevada Civil Air Patrol was reactivated in Hawthorne.

• The Serpents Varsity Basketball Team won over Tonopah 50-49, but was defeated by the Fallon Greenwave 46-43.

• The Lady Serpents won first place in the Manogue Basketball Tournament. They defeated Truckee 63-1, won over Manogue 56-41 and were victorious over Fallon 49-44 to win the championship game.

• Seven MCHS football players were selected for the state all-conference team. Named were: Randy Keuhey, Duane Miller, Matt Elder, Joey Koch, David Cottrell, Jake Anderson and John Wilmot.

• The Bridgeport Ranger District Trail Crew won the Forest Service’s National Primitive Skills Award for their initiative on accomplishing difficult and challenging management jobs with primitive skills for tools within a wilderness area.

40 Years Ago

• Bids were opened for a contract to perform landscaping and site improvements and furniture for the new Mineral County Library.

• The Serpent Varsity Basketball team opened the season with a two-point win over the Fallon Greenwave 54-52.

50 Years Ago

• The Hawthorne Serpents Basketball team picked up firs victories of the season against the Yerington Lions, 74-68, and the Lovelock Mustangs, 84-61.

60 Years Ago

• Raymond Schuman and Melvin Lee Rowland, both deserters from the Navy in San Diego were arrested in Utah and returned to Hawthorne to face charges of murdering Vernon Stallard, a truck driver for Wells Cargo, who was killed 6 ½ miles north of Schurz.

• Tahoe Truckee upset the Serpents by one point in the season basketball opener.

• Quote of the day by Uncle Vane Day: “It’s great to say ‘Good Morning’. It’s fine to say ‘Hello’. And still better to grasp the hand of a good old friend you know.”

70 Years Ago

• The Nevada Tax Commission outlined new rules in which the state assured greater control over the issuance of gambling licenses in all counties of the state.

• The Serpents romped over Virginia City 46-24.

• The Hawthorne K.P.’s basketball team played Daugherty’s Bar team from Reno. The local team was made up of former students of Mineral County High School and other ball players in this area. Team members were: Dick Burke, Bruce Olson, Richard Willardson, Mike Kalember, Pete Castellani, John “Scotty” Hynd, Don Gruwell, Don Moody, Bill Glenzer, Elwin Perry, Joe Thyne, Ed Owens, Tom Nelson and Bruce Barth.

80 Years Ago

• John Summerville, longtime Indian resident of Hawthorne, faced a first-degree murder charge, following the fatal shooting of Enrique Martinez, a Mexican section worker stationed at Thorne. Jury selection remained incomplete after two venires had been exhausted. District Attorney Fred Wood and defense attorney, Oscar Oram of Tonopah, agreed to have an all-male jury after several women had been excused from serving. Both sides had exercised all peremptory challenges and 11 men remained in the jury box.

• Considerable traffic between Nevada and southern California was moving over Montgomery Pass after heavy rains disrupted normal travel between Reno and Los Angeles.

• Mildred Bray, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, was appointed as State Superintendent by Governor Richard Kirman, filling the vacancy created by the sudden death of Chauncey W. Smith who was stricken with a heart attack at his home in Carson City.

• Joe Malatesta and John Siri made their shipment of ore since taking the lease on the M. C. Hamlin property at Pamlico. A shipment from the Patroni-Rossi lease at the Garfield Mine netted them $5,668.

• Marine and CCC basketball teams were seeking games with teams from other western Nevada communities. No town team had been organized in Hawthorne and indications were there would not be a town league that year.