125 YEARS AGO
January 28, 1893: The Tuscarora stage is again on wheels, the snow having melted from many parts of the road.
Dr. Meigs is packing up his household goods preparatory to removing to California. He disposed of his horse and cutter to Jimmy Holland. We regret to see the Doctor and his family leave Elko. They will be greatly missed.
Petty thieves must be around town. A can of coal oil was stolen from the new church last Saturday evening, and a fine pair of gloves, left on the counter at the Postoffice for a few moments by the minister, were spirited away. This is pretty low business.
The Tuscarora-Times Review of January 23, reports that shortly after six o’clock yesterday morning, a street dual took place at the junction of Weed and Main streets, in which Ed Allen and Gene Way were the participants. Some six to nine shots were fired, Allen receiving a wound in the left ankle. Way was unhurt. The fight was the culmination of ill feelings engendered as the result of certain horse races during the past year, although the immediate cause was hot words at the faro table at which Way was dealing. Both men were sober. As a judicial investigation doubtless will be held, we refrain from comment.
100 YEARS AGO
January 28, 1918: Charles Oldham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oldham of Fox Springs, has written his parents that he has been transferred from the training ship “Huntington,” to the E.S.S. Lakemoore, a cargo transport, and that as soon as the ship is overhauled they expect to be ordered to South America.
January 30, 1918: The city is filled today with stockmen and ranchers who have come from all over the county to attend the meeting to take up matters of importance, mainly the conservation of the public ranges. Prominent speakers are to make addresses and the session this evening at the court room will be interesting. The meeting is open to all who wish to attend.
January 31, 1918: The finishing touches are being put on the new high school building this week and next Monday will be taken over by the corps of teachers, who are busing getting their rooms in shape for the coming term. The exterior is made of red, pressed brick, with simplicity in its every line, presenting a massive appearance. There are two entrances, the main one from the west, and the other from the east to the manual training shop and gymnasium and athletic field. It is proposed to have the dedication service on Washington’s birthday, February 22, and there is a coincidence here, as the old state university building, which now stands adjoining the new buildings and now used as the county hospital, were dedicated on this date just fifty years ago.
75 YEARS AGO
January 23, 1943: The state highway department came in for criticism today from rancher William Rahas, Elko county rancher, for the time it has taken to replace the washed-out North Fork bridge. “Give me ‘Doby Doc’, and the two Glaser Brothers and I could put a temporary bridge over there in a day,” said the irate rancher. He compared the stream to an irrigation ditch in Idaho and asked what the department would do if it came to building a bridge over a large stream of water. “In one day we could build a temporary bridge, and in two days we could build one to last forever,” said Rahas.
February 1, 1943: Parents are aiding in a dangerous practice which should be stopped before some child is injured, Sheriff C.L. Smith said today. He said a number of parents have taken their children to the top of Adobe summit in their cars and are allowing them to coast down the summit. In several instances children have had narrow escapes. The sheriff urges parents to discontinue the practice before some child is hurt.
In 1941 Elko went on a building spree. Government regulations on buildings reversed the picture in 1942 and activities in the building line were greatly reduced. In 1941 43 new residences were constructed. There were but four in 1942. In 1941 the building permits recorded at the city office, totaled $202,710. The 1943 figure was for $33,840. One of the reasons that the permits reached that amount was the construction done by the Bell Telephone Company here during the summer.
50 YEARS AGO
January 30, 1968: Jim Polkinghorne, a native of the Winnemucca area and a resident of Elko County for the past ten years, has been selected as Elko County Manager to take over his duties on March 1. Polkinghorne will replace Darrell Brewington, Elko county’s first manager, who resigned Jan. 13 after serving since September of 1966.
January 31, 1968: Elko Lumber Company, a firm which has been serving the building needs of the city of Elko and surrounding areas of the county since 1868, is celebrating its centennial year in 1968. In the early days the lumber for the company came from the Sierra Nevada mountains and the firm supplied the needs of the area north and south of Elko for great distances. Today the Elko Lumber Company with the main office of the company at Eighth and Commercial Streets in Elko, has five full-time employees. They are Miss Clara Riddell, J.R. Coffin, James Boyland, Frank Lespade and Davis Gonzales. The four oldest employees of the company total a combined 117 years experience in the lumber and building supply business.
February 1, 1968: Plans to consolidate the offices of 13 state agencies in Elko in the present Elko Clinic Building, 949 Idaho St., were announced today. The announcement said the state will lease the clinic building on July 1, and state agencies will move in on the date. Carl Shuck, manager of the clinic, said the clinic expects to be moved into its new building near the city park early in April, and the Idaho Street building will be renovated. He added the Lilian Martin home next door to the clinic building, purchased by the clinic two years ago, will be removed to provide adequate parking for the state offices.
25 YEARS AGO
January 28, 1993: Elko will increase its offer for the Westward 7 Motel by $27,500 and try to convince the Federal Aviation Administration that the additional money is necessary, Elko City Council decided Tuesday. Seeking to buy the motel as the site for the proposed Airport Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) facility, the council at its Dec. 22 meeting voted to offer Lloyd Davis $325,000. Davis described the offer as unrealistic. In moving to increase the offer, Councilman Bill Strickland said the ARFF facility is “long overdue” and the city faces potential liability problems due to inadequate rescue and firefighting capabilities at the airport.
February 2, 1993: Elko is the number one small town in the country, according to a new book titled The 100 Best Small Towns in America, which was written by Norman Crampton and released by Prentice Hall of New York. Crampton explained small town is classified as having 5,000 to 15,000 residents, with Elko’s population listed as 14,736 as of 1990. Such factors as population growth, education and health care were used to rate the towns. Elko did not place in the top slot in any of the eight grading categories, but its overall score was the highest.
February 3, 1993: More than $1,000 in prize money is to be awarded Saturday at the Elko Winter Canoe Races. The event will be held at the Elko SnoBowl, about three miles north of Elko off North Fifth Street. It will be the first event staged at the SnoBowl and proceeds benefit expansion of the Elko SnoBowl.