60 Years Ago – Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot entered its 30th year, still serving as the principal “back-up” station for the Pacific Fleet. Although the activity had been curtailed from the peak operations during World War 2 and the Korean War, the station operation was far greater than it was when it was formally commissioned on Sept. 5, 1930.

10 Years Ago:

  • The prior week was an exciting and busy week at Great Basin Gold Limited’s Esmeralda Mine, located at Aurora. Over the past several months a great deal of activity had been going on at the mine since Great Basin Gold purchased the mine from Metallic Ventures. Over $11,000,000 had gone into refurbishment of the mill site, and the road to the mine site all the way from leaving Highway 359, over Lucky Boy Pass to the mine at Aurora had been undergoing massive upgrading with constant grading and widening.
  • SOC Hawthorne donated $500 to the Iron Nation Motorcycle Club for their 8th Annual Never Forget 9-11 Memorial Motorcycle Run.

20 Years Ago:

  • Bill Chamberlin 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, Chamberlin said he just went to sleep while driving.
  • The Hawthorne Volunteer Ambulance crews responded to 14 local ambulance calls.

30 Years Ago:

  • Merle Swanson of Mina was offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person or persons believed to be responsible for setting a fire at the Simon Silver-Lead Mine during the week of Sept. 4-6.
  • The third motor vehicle service station to close in that year in Hawthorne was the Shell Station at the northeast corner of E and Fifth Streets.

40 Years Ago:

  • One of the oldest buildings in Mineral County – older than the town of Hawthorne – was destroyed by fire when the historic two-story residence at Fletcher Station burned to the ground. The fire, said to have been started in the second story of the frame building, was discovered soon after it started but the few persons at the station were helpless in their effort to extinguish the blaze as there were no fire fighting facilities in that remote locality. Fletcher Station was located 22 miles from Hawthorne, via Lucky Boy grade on the road to Aurora and Bodie.
  • Although employment total at Gabbs at that present time was estimated at approximately 100 persons, activity at that camp continued on the upswing with several projects in the formative or development stage.

50 Years Ago:

  • Approximately 300 Mineral County residents visited the Sierra Pacific Power Company’s Fort Churchill plant near Wabuska to examine the facilities at the new plant.
  • The Hawthorne Serpents and the Manogue Miners battled to a 20-20 tie in the season opener for both teams at Mannogue.

60 Years Ago:

  • Protests were being filed by the Mineral County commissioners, local service clubs and individuals, against the proposed termination of air service into Hawthorne on Sept. 27 by Bonanza Air Lines.
  • October would be an exceptionally busy month in district court in Hawthorne with two jury trials scheduled and a third contested case to be tried before Judge Peter Breen without jury. One of the two jury trials was that of the State vs. Willie Lockwood on a charge of assault with intent to kill. Lockwood entered a plea of not guilty when arraigned before Judge Breen Tuesday morning and trial date was set for Oct. 13. Selection of jury panel was completed the prior afternoon.

70 Years Ago:

  • Following recent cancellation of a proposed transcontinental air race for women from Reno to New York, arrangements were made by the 99ers organization headquarters in New York for a Friendship Tour which would start on Friday of that week. Nevada’s only entrant was the plane “City of Hawthorne, Nevada” which would be piloted by Mrs. Dorothy Grieve of Hawthorne and Mrs. Zona King of Quincy, Calif. Mrs. King was the pilot who landed first in the San Diego-Miami race in June.
  • A man named Killamont Bowman was being questioned in Hawthorne by city officers and an FBI agent concerning the possession of a 1946 Plymouth car which had been reported stolen from 20 East 7th Street, South, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bowman denied theft of the car in Utah but had not explained satisfactorily how it came into his possession.

80 Years Ago:

  • John J. Murphy, 29, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff E. S. Perry at Mina and was being held for investigation by local officers. Murphy was arrested by Perry soon after it had been discovered that the Mina Club had been entered by a burglar whose only loot was a few pennies left in the cash register which was opened by force.
  • Sharing almost equal honors with the hum and whir of mine machinery was the sound of a radio at the Lucky Boy mine as assurance that the famous old property was enjoying a revival. And for the first time in a great many years old Lucky Boy hill beemed with electric lights.

90 Years Ago:

  • All of Hawthorne was joyous following the arrival of Frank D. Qualey and his expressed intention to resume mining operations upon a broader scale than ever before on the Qualey Cooper property, located in the Whiskey Flats Distict, about 18 miles south of Hawthorne. Some $300,000 had already been expended in the development of the property and a large tonnage of commercial copper had already been exposed.
  • Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Street were expected to arrive in Hawthorne. They were traveling overland by auto from Chicago. Dr. Street was to relieve Dr. Sewall, while the latter was looking after business interests in Gardnerville and Los Angeles, where he was engaged in the administration of an estate.