It was an exciting day when scores of individuals gathered to witness the ground breaking of the fish passage and water release at Weber Dam at Schurz. Tribal Chairman Edmund Reymus was in charge of the ground breaking ceremonies with representatives of the tribal council, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the contracting firm and quality assurance specialists taking part.
On Aug. 29, at approximately 0140 hours in the morning, officers of the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop/investigation, which led to controlled substances and $30,000 in U.S. Currency being seized.
20 Years Ago:
Bill Chamberlain of Coleman, Texas, was a lucky man and escaped serious injury when the stake truck he was driving left the roadway on U.S. Highway 95 about six miles east of Hawthorne. In the report to Nevada Highway Patrolman Fred Wurester, Chamberlain said he just went to sleep while driving. He and his faithful companion, a four year old Shar-Pei dog, had a wild ride off the right side of the roadway and down through a field of rocks. Equipment and office supplies were scattered in the desert and the truck and trailer remained upright during the ordeal and only sustained three flat tires and a few bent parts.
The Hawthorne Elks were sponsoring a cat fish dinner and bingo game to support our youth. All proceeds were to be used to support the Hawthorne Little League, scouting and students of the month and year.
30 Years Ago:
A fire believed to have been set by holiday tourists camping in the area totally destroyed the 100-foot head frame and several buildings at the site of the historic Simon Silver-Lead mine located about 22 miles northeast of Mina in the Cedar Mountain District. It was believed the fire spread to the mine and mill facilities late on the night of Labor Day or early the following morning and even continued to burn for several days.
Walker Lake’s water level had fallen significantly because of the continuing drought and the boat ramp at Walker Lake State Recreation Area was presently out of the water and unusable for launching. To remedy the situation, the Nevada Division of State Parks had scheduled construction work to extend the ramp.
40 Years Ago:
Representatives of various companies interested in the Army’s call for proposals to operate the Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant under contract were in Hawthorne for the pre-proposal conference being conducted at the plant. Representatives of nine contracting firms had been cleared to participate in the conference.
Open house was held at the Mina Care and Share to mark the first anniversary of the center and also to open the “new home” for senior citizen activities. Entertainment was provided and refreshments served to a large number of guests including visitors from Hawthorne and other areas outside Mina.
50 Years Ago:
Work was proceeding rapidly on the reconstruction of a 2.14 mile sector of Highway 95 from the north of town city limits of the town of Hawthorne to a point north of the main gate at the Naval Depot.
Post office patrons in Hawthorne had received questionnaires from the regional office in San Francisco to determine their wishes relative to possible establishment of curbside delivery of mail in this community.
Burglars forced their way into the Western Auto Store in Hawthorne shortly after midnight and stole three portable television sets and on stereo record player. Entry was gained by smashing the glass door at the front entrance of the building at the corner of Sierra Way and Sixth Street and departure was through a rear door.
60 Years Ago:
Dispute over ownership and possession of a mining property located in the Pilot Mountain district east of Mina reached the court stage when Roy Wilbur of Mina filed a civil action against three Hawthorne men, seeking damages and also seeking a preliminary injunction to restrain the defendants from entering upon the property. The defendants in the action were E.T. Sanderson, Sheriff of Mineral County, Albert Jackson and Francis Greco.
Mineral County Commissioners voted to approve a program of turning on the lights at the Hawthorne airport each night; commencing Oct. 1. Request for such action was made by Assemblyman Bruce Parks who said that the local airport could be listed on all aeronautical charts if the field was lighted at night.
70 Years Ago:
Lloyd Mount, chairman of the parade committee for the third annual fall celebration and rodeo, was planning one of the largest and best parades ever held in this part of the state. The previous year 63 units were entered. The committee expected well over 100 and they had been very busy during the previous month lining up entries.
Registration in the local schools passed the one thousand mark at the end of the second week of school as was anticipated.
80 Years Ago:
A man giving his name as LaRoy Hodges was arrested by Sheriff Loyd Wilson and Undersheriff Lou Berrum after an exciting chase through town and up Lucky Boy hill where the officers apprehended the man. The officers were waiting for Hodges to enter town after John Baxter, who operated a store and gasoline station at Schurz, had telephoned that Hodges had filled his gas tank at Schurz and drove away without paying for the gasoline. When Hodges reached the outskirts of Hawthorne he was commanded by the sheriff to stop but refused to do so and the chase ensued.
90 Years Ago:
Twelve hours travel time between Las Vegas, growing Southern Nevada metropolis, and Reno, was the outlook following further improvements to the north-and-south highway system through Fallon which would soon be under way.
An order was made in the federal court by Judge Norcross that the federal government may enter upon and use certain lands in the vicinity of Hawthorne for the erection and maintenance of a Naval Ammunition Depot pending the final settlement of the condemnation suit filed by the government against S. T. Kelso, county clerk of Mineral County, Carrie B. Forbes and Margaret Irving Forbes.