80 Years Ago – A fire which burned fiercely for five hours last night destroyed the three-compartment shaft the Belmont Mine in Tonopah and in addition caused an estimated loss of $100,000 in buildings, machinery and fixtures as the blaze spread from the mine to surface buildings. No workmen were in the mine at the time of the fire.

10 Years Ago

  • “Did you know that the newest mountain in Nevada is being formed in Mineral County?” That was the question asked when going up the mountain road to Rose Creek Reservoir on US Army government property with John Peterson and Sue Barrow of the Depot. At the site, “We had a good talk with Dr. Steve Wesnousky and Ph.D Candidate Jayne M. Bormann from the Mackay School of Geological Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno,” stated Tony Hughes of the Independent-News. For two weeks Dr. Wesnousky and Bormann had been working at the site about eight miles northwest of Hawthorne at the base of Mt. Grant. With the approval and assistance of the Hawthorne Army Depot, they had made a trench along a known earthquake fault line and had mapped out the earthquake activity. The answer to the question was, yes, the specified area is growing and is measured periodically throughout the year, stated Dr. Wesnousky.
  • Approximately 200 Tui Chubs netted at Walker Lake were transported to the Hawthorne Army Depot Rose Creek Reservoir.

20 Years Ago

  • At the end of the World Senior Games held in St. George, Utah, five more Hawthorne residents had been added to the list of world champions. For two days square dancers from all over the world gathered to compete in the square dance division and at the end of the two days awards were presented. World Senior Games Square Dance Medal Winners were Bill and Connie Nelson, Pat Parsons and Warren and Marilyn Atkinson.
  • It was Nevada’s 135th birthday.

30 Years Ago

  • A sub-lease plan for the operation for the operation of the Babbitt Bowling Alley was completed in order to keep the facility open, county officials stated. The county acquired the facility from the Army’s Corp of Engineers and in turn granted a sub-lease to Day & Zimmermann/Basil Corporation which had been managing the operation as the operating contractor at Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant.
  • During a recessed meeting of the board of county commissioners further consideration was given to bids submitted by two local automobile agencies to supply two patrol vehicles to the sheriff’s department.

40 Years Ago

  • A man who robbed the Bright Spot Café in Mina was arraigned in justice court on a charge of armed robbery. Michael J. Stephens, said to be a resident of the Los Angeles area, entered the café about 6 p.m. and after allegedly threatening an employee with a knife, took a sum of money from the cash register. As the robber was leaving the café a bystander, Willis Cameron, struck him with a chair to impede his escape.
  • Two Hawthorne boys were ordered sent to the state industrial school at Elko, and one girl to the state school for girls in Caliente, following a session of juvenile court conducted here by Judge William P. Beko.

50 Years Ago

  • Hawthorne Volunteer Fire Department answered several calls the prior week. A double call was made about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday when trash cans at the rear of the Hawthorne Variety Store and Gulf Service Station were blazing. At 3:20 a.m. Friday the firemen answered a false alarm in the Lakeview area. The same night, about 8:30, a “next door” run was made to the rear of Charlie’s Liquor Store. In this case the damage was done to electrical switches and the junction box mounted on the wall above the trash box.
  • El Capitan Club was serving chicken and dumplings for only $1.50.

60 Years Ago

  • When Bonanza Air Lines terminated air service to Hawthorne on Sept. 27 it did so without full legal authority, in the opinion of Attorney General Roger Foley. The formal opinion from the attorney general’s office was released as a reply to an inquiry made by Chairman George Allard of the Nevada Public Service Commission. It was reported from Carson City that the public service commission was to order Bonanza to reinstate service to Hawthorne pending further hearing.
  • John Engblom of Hawthorne had filed a civil action against Las Vegas-Tonopah-Reno Stage Lines, Inc., and other defendants seeking damages for injuries sustained when he was a passenger on the Reno-Hawthorne bus that overturned on Feb. 8, 1959, about eight miles north of Schurz on Highway 95.

70 Years Ago

  • It was announced that unless more liberal financial assistance could be obtained from the residents of Babbitt and organizations which had use of the hall, it would be necessary to close the Babbitt recreation hall.
  • A survey in connection with National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week which began Oct. 2 showed that approximately 3,100 disabled veterans who had served in the Army, Navy or Air Force, were employed by the Navy Bureau of Ordnance at its field activities throughout the country. In some stations these workers comprised as much as 18 percent of the civilian personnel.

80 Years Ago

  • The annual Halloween Dance of the enlisted personnel of the Marine Corps stationed at the Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot was held in the recreation hall at the depot and besides making an annual event on the social calendar, served as public farewell part for Captain and Mrs. G. W. Walker.

90 Years Ago

  • The Navy Day Ball tendered by Mineral Post No. 19 of the American Legion, at the Knights of Pythias Hall in Hawthorne was declared to be a great success.
  • On the activities of the Dodge Brothers construction crews within the town site limits, Hawthorne found a close-up of actual highway construction. An array of caterpillars, heavy plows drawn by horses four abreast, massive steel rollers, excavators and a string of trucks and motored implements had been engaged in tearing up and rebuilding that portion of the state highway that had been projected through the town site.