125 YEARS AGO
April 14, 1888: H.M. Reed of Reed’s Station, Tuscarora Road, was in town Wednesday. He says they are going to have a house-warming at the Station on the 20th of this month, in honor of his new house, which is about completed. There will be dancing and feasting and a jolly good time.
Elko had more than its share of amusement this week. First came the Minstrels, Monday evening; then the Royce & Lansing Swiss Bell Ringers, Tuesday night; then Wild Jim, the Texas Cowboy, who gave an exhibition of fancy shooting; while Thursday night Mrs. Emma Pow Smith gave a temperance lecture.
There will be a public meeting at the Courthouse on Saturday evening, April 21st, for the purpose of organizing a District Fair Association. Everybody invited.
The Elko Baseball Club played a game with members of Lew Johnson’s Minstrel Troupe Monday afternoon. The Elko boys came off victorious.
100 YEARS AGO
April 15, 1913: A new business firm has been organized in Elko under the name of the Western Auto company, for the purpose of dealing in autos and accessories, with Messrs. E.S. Van Leer and James Warden as partners. Both are well known residnets of this place. They will erect a building next to the Hesson company block, and will start an active campaign for the sale of their Apperton “Jack Rabbit” car. Mr. Warden is one of the best drivers in this part of the state, is a rustler, and believes that he has the best car on the market for the money, and if these qualifications won’t succeed, we would like to know what would. They have already shipped one car load of machines, and expect to have the second a little later on in the season.
The pay car of the Western will arrive in Elko tomorrow and the employees will receive their monthly pay, amounting this month to more than $18,000. This amount of money being distributed each month in town makes a big difference from a few years ago, as practically every dollar is spent with the home merchants. The Western Pacific is a big factor in making Elko one of the best towns in the state, and has aided materially in the upbuilding of the town.
April 17, 1913: G.S. Garcia has started the excavation for the basement on Railroad Street. He expects to start the moving of his big two-story building in about two weeks, and believes he will have no trouble with the job, as it was built with the expectation of moving it at some future date.
April 18, 1913: Hylton and Hanna have just received a car load of barb wire and nails, over the Western Pacific, and we understand that they will erect many miles of fence this year on their ranches in Mound Valley.
75 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1938: A definite scale of pay for trucks used in the fight against crickets this year has been established by county commissioners. The decision is that trucks will be hired at a rate of seven and one-half cents per mile, with a monthly limit of $115. All of these trucks will be stationed at the cricket camps, while a supply truck, to bring supplies to each of the camps, will be hired at the rate of 12 cents per mile.
April 18, 1938: Two clips of wool have been sold here recently, with 191⁄2 cents being the top price. It was given for Martin Hachquet wool. A clip of 5,400 fleeces was sold by Tony Herrera for 191⁄4 cents.
April 20, 1938: Growing pains are again striking the progressive city of Elko with an announcement today by the city council that Idaho Street will be widened for four blocks by taking four feet from the sidewalks. This widening will start on Third Street and extend east for four blocks. As a result of the widening the street will be 58 feet wide, rather than the 50 feet at the present time. Four feet will be taken on each side of the street. While the work will be done by WPA labor the property owners will be assessed 60 cents per running foot for the cement used in the work. One of the unfortunate things which will result from the extension of the street is the removal of the trees in front of the court house.
50 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1963: As has been the case for a number of years, Elko County once again supplied almost 50 percent of the entire state’s total 1962 deer harvest, as determined from returned deer hunter report cards. The kill in Elko County was 12, 090 animals out of the total 25, 527. According to the Nevada Fish and Game Commission the total take for 1962 was down four percent from the 1961 season.
Elko police today requested the cooperation of Elkoans with respect to a U.S. Army convoy, which will pass through Elko late next week and early the following week. Acting Chief Phil Gielow said the Fifth Infantry Division will convoy through Elko on Idaho Street (U.S. Highway 40) on Friday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings. While units of the convoy are on Idaho Street, there will be no civilian vehicles allowed traveling west, and there will be no traffic. Either pedestrian or vehicle, across the street (North-South or South-North.)
April 20, 1963: In elections yesterday at Elko High School, the following students won offices in the school student body for next school year. President, Jack Ames; vice president, Wayne Van Zee; secretary Vicki Hood; treasurer, Peggy Toothman. Cheerleaders elected were Carla Rose, Karen Pacini, Delores Etchegarry and Sandy Davis.
25 YEARS AGO
April 14, 1988: Red Lion construction crews broke ground earlier this week for a 69-room expansion to the hotel and casino. The rooms, which will be added to the west end of the hotel, are needed to keep pace with the growth of the town and the success of the casino’s jet junkets, Red Lion manager Dave Zornes reported. Construction should be finished in four or five months.
April 15, 1988: Accountant Jeff Zander has been appointed business manager of Elko County School District to replace Dick Harris, new director of fiscal services for the district. A native of Elko, Zander graduated from Elko High School in 1978 and from Boise State University in 1963. His father, Bob Zander, was superintendent of the school district during most of the 1970s and now resides in Boise.
April 20, 1988: Moyal Kump, the winningest football coach in the history of the sport at Elko High School, resigned that post last week to concentrate on his new responsibilities in other areas of the school, according to Glen Adair, Elko High principal. Adair said that Kump will remain as the school’s athletic director, a decision reached mutually by both of them.