It was a big weekend in Schurz as hundreds of festival goers gathered to take part in the four-day Annual Pinenut Festival. A full four days of activities were held with everyone taking part, both young and old. Special features of the celebration were the three days of the PowWow and All-Indian Rodeo. The traditional Pinenut Blessing was given and the youth enjoyed a teen dance at the tribal conference hall. Native Americans from all over the United States were in Schurz to celebrate “Honoring Our Future”, the theme of the famous Pow-Wow.
SOC Hawthorne recently contributed $500 to the Hawthorne SOC steppers for their participation in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
20 Years Ago:
Kennecott Rawhide Mining Company held an open house in commemoration of its 1,000,000th ounce of gold and silver poured at the Rawhide Mine. A large crowd of employees, their families and guests toured the operation and enjoyed the day with demonstrations, displays and a great barbeque.
Hawthorne celebrated its third year in the Pop Warner football, cheerleading and little scholars program.
30 Years Ago:
Martin Eugene Jones, 29, of Hawthorne was sentenced by District Judge William Beko to serve a term of four years in the Nevada State Prison following his plea of guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter. Jones was arrested following an altercation in an apartment in Hawthorne on July 13 when James Howlett, 38, suffered injuries that resulted in his death. An autopsy was performed on Howlett in Reno and it was reported a broken rib had punctured a lung and had torn the spleen.
40 Years Ago:
A mining company engaged in the exploration of virtually all the former producing claims in the Candelaria Mining District in southeast Mineral County had moved its offices and laboratory facilities into a large, new building in Hawthorne. Occidental Minerals and Congdon and Cary, associated in the mining development under name of Candelaria Partners, had leased the 30×150 brick building which was constructed in the 100 Block of E Street by W. L. Towe.
Consolidated Agency for Human Services (CAHS) and the Mineral County School District had entered into an agreement to allow the use of the old high school gymnasium as a center for a community recreation program.
50 Years Ago:
A rash of break-ins and robberies was made in Hawthorne during the past ten days with three business establishments reporting entries and thefts and a fourth attempted entry.
Approval of a $15,000 federal grant to continue a study program and community center at Schurz was announced by Senators Alan Bible and Howard Cannon.
A second suit for damages had been filed in a California court as a result of the crash of a Mineral County Airlines passenger plane on Feb. 18. All 32 passengers and three crew members were killed when the plane struck a mountainside after leaving the Hawthorne Airport on a return flight to Burbank, Calif. Airport.
60 Years Ago:
Three men playing a 25-cent slot machine in the El Capitan Club hit a $1,250 jackpot, but the management and local law enforcement officers were concerned with the means employed to “hit” the machine and the three men who won the big prize on a 4-Ace combination on a 4-reel machine are in custody pending completion of an investigation by officers.
Mineral County High School Serpents ended a long “drought” in the field of football victories when they came through with a thrilling 27-14 upset over the South Tahoe Vikings at Lake Tahoe.
70 Years Ago:
Among the communications received by the Hawthorne City Council at its semi-monthly meeting was one from the state department of health in the form of a report on the sanitation inspection made in this community by that department during the last week of August. Of the 25 food and drink establishments inspected the town’s only bakery was given a grade A rating; four bars received A rating; two were rated B and four C. Three cafes were rated A and two C.
Shortly after five o’clock the Lelani Club on South E Street was broken into and an hour later a man who gave his name, Louis Harding, 44, was taken into custody by Chief of Police Joe Collins. It was noon the same day that Larry Bernard, who had been managing the club, closed the business to go to Sacramento, Collins said. Around five o’clock the building rear door which had been forced, the chief of police said.
80 Years Ago:
Two young men, said to be residents of Fallon, were apprehended while shooting on the naval ammunition depot reservation. The young men claimed they were not hunting and were only shooting rocks but military authorities confiscated their firearms and turned the two men over to local authorities for investigation.
Pleading guilty to a charge of first degree burglary, Donald J. O’Brien, 29 was sentenced by Judge Wm. D. Hatton in the district court here the previous morning to serve one to fifteen years in the state prison.
90 Years Ago:
Arrangements had been completed to continue the core drilling of the Copper King Mine of the Harmill Divide Mining Company, situated in the Ubehebe Mining District, Inyo County, Calif., said Gerald B. Hartley, president of the company.
Greatly improved mine conditions were noted by A. A. Codd, president of the Kernick Divide Company, in announcing assessment No. 13, at the rate of one cent a share