80 Years Ago – Mineral County Commissioners objected to the county being directed by the state welfare board to make Old Age Pension payments to elderly Indians residing on tax-free federal government land at Schurz. The county urged the state to seek a court decision determining what branch of government should assume the responsibility.

10 Years Ago

• District Court Judge John Davis filed for a fourth term in office. Davis set goal to be a Judge in 1977. It took until 1982 to he became a Justice Court Judge and there he served five years. In 1990 Davis was elected as Fifth District Court Judge. Although Davis is eligible for retirement, he feels it would be a waste. Davis made his decision to file the day prior to filing. He said “Looking in my 1950 high school year book, a senior had next to his picture,the remark, “It is better to wear out than rust out.” Many experienced leaders who have served in the past as well as the present encourage me.

• Henry and Carol Trujillo announced the engagement of their niece, Melisa Lee Click, to Christopher (CJ) Ruedy Keenan, the son of Nick and Rebecca Keenan and Paula and Tom Kerns. Melisa is the daughter of Donna L. Click and the late Edward J. Click, is a graduate of Churchill County High School and is currently in her second year at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in Biology. CJ is also in his second year at UNR majoring in Civil Engineering and is a graduate of McQueen High School. They will be married in August in the Reno Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

• Hawthorne Elementary/Jr. High 1st Semester Honor Roll students were: 6th Grade Honorable Mention (3.0-3.4) – Jason Carman, Jr.; Sheldon Self; Vincent Turley; Matthew Blazewick; Marc Wadlow; Jared Kuehe;, Triston Sterling; Alex Hernandez; Collin Sanford; Samantha Wiessman; Danielle Wilson and Rachel Herrington. 6th Grade Honor Roll (3.5-3.9) – Brian Petean and Dara Schrepfer. 6th Grade Principal’s Award 4.0- Kailee Hawk, Erica Avalos; Alexa McFalls; Branden Turner and Kelsey Viani-Wittwer. 7th Grade Honorable Mention (3.0-3.4) – Amber Lopez, Trisha Morris-Diede and Penelope Crowe. 7th Grade Honor Roll (3.5-3.9) – Alicia Carlos, Paris Tommila, Jessica Dillard and Sonya Lalani. 7th Grade Principal’s Award 4.0 – Ashley Morgan. 8th Grade Honorable Mention (3.0-3.4) – Zachary Stotts, Anthony Guevara and Tori Morris-Diede. 8th Grade Honor Roll (3.5-3.9) – Rochelle Dunbar, Tanya Bunch and Lawrence Green.

20 Years Ago

• The Welsco Corporation from Fallon was in the process of drilling a 250-foot water well for the town of Walker Lake.

• Twenty-one Desert Bighorn Sheep were released in the Gillis Mountain Range northeast of Hawthorne.

• The Mineral County High School Lady Serpents crushed the Manogue Lady Miners 72-25 and also defeated the Whittell Lady Warriors 67-23.

• The Serpents boys’ varsity team buried the Whittell Warriors by a score of 90-51.

30 Years Ago

• The Gabbs High School Tarantulas won over McDermitt bulldogs by a score of 60-57.

• The Lady Serpents basketball team scored two victories on weekend road trips. On Friday they played the Ely Lady Bobcats in Ely and were victorious 49-46. On Saturday they traveled to Battle Mountain to play the Lady Longhorns in a crucial league game. They defeated the Battle Mountain girls 63-41.

• The MCHS Serpent boy’s team was also on the road to Ely and Battle Mountain. They won over the Ely team 65-57, and also defeated the Longhorns at battle Mountain 61-50.

• The state finals of the annual Elks Hoop Shoot was all set to be held in Hawthorne.

40 Years Ago

• The first candidate to file for office in Mineral County was Mildred Anderson, who filed for the office of Sheriff as a Democrat.

• Mineral County received a grant of $18,000 from the Division of Aging Services, Department of Human Resources for the purpose of establishing a Care and Share Center in the town of Mina to serve the seniors of Mina and Luning. Mineral County funded an additional $7,500 as matching funds from payments in lieu of taxes for the project.

• Air Force Captian Vergene Johnson, a former resident of Hawthorne who graduated from Mineral County High School, was killed in an airplane crash on Charleston Mountain near Las Vegas. He and his companion were in search of a mission Air Force O-2 Skymaster when the fatal crash occurred.

50 Years Ago

• Hawthorne residents were jolted by an earthquake registering 5.0 on the Richter Scale. No damage was reported.

• Motor vehicle owners were reminded by law enforcement officers that Nevada law required two plates to be displayed (front and back) on every vehicle.

• The Mineral County High School Serpents dropped two more conference games in weekend basketball play. They lost 85-55 and to the Sparks Railroaders 65-48.

60 Years Ago

• An industrial survey of the Hawthorne area was being made by Kenneth P. Borgen, head of the Navy’s industrial assistance program, who arrived here from Washington, D.C.

• The Serpents defeated the Lovelock Mustangs 64-41, but dropped a close contest to the Elko Indians 38-34.

• Fred A. Nelson was the first person to file for a county office in Mineral County in 1958. He filed for the office of District Attorney.

• Uncle Vane Day’s “Quote of the Week”: “It’s strange how much you’ve got to know, before you know how little you know.”

70 Years Ago

• A new dial telephone system for Hawthorne, including construction of a new central office building to house the dial switching equipment, was announced. The new building was to be constructed at 6th and F Streets in Hawthorne.

• The Hawthorne Serpents showed new form in basketball play by defeating the Lovelock Mustangs 20-19, and the Tonopah Muckers 35-30 in their weekend games.

• Enrollment at Mineral County High School at the start of the second semester was 187 students.

• Fingerprinting of owners and employees of saloons and gambling houses was made compulsory.

• Bonanza Air Lines, that served Hawthorne and the surrounding area, filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Nevada to be granted the right to allow a 10 percent discount on all cash sale round-trip tickets between any two points on the line. The airline flew between Reno, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Las Vegas.

80 Years Ago

• George Austin, “Nevada’s millionaire prospector”, spent a few days in Hawthorne visiting with friends. Austin acquired the title of “Nevada’s millionaire prospector” when he sold his Jumbo claims in the Jungo Mining District in Humboldt County for more than a million dollars. J. F. “Mac” McLoughlin, owner of a service station in Hawthorne, was a partner of Austin in less rewarding ventures prior to Austin’s luck in finding the big one.

• Fred Grimes of Hawthorne was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter but was convicted of a lesser charge of striking a person with his automobile and failing to stop and render assistance. A 19 year old CCC enrollee was fatally injured when struck on Highway 95.