125 YEARS AGO
February 25, 1893: At the congregational meeting held at the new church Tuesday evening, Gardner & son were awarded the contract to complete the building. Their bid was $70, of which amount they donate to the church $35, leaving but $35 to pay in cash for the work. The gallery will be finished immediately.
St. Patrick’s Day will be duly celebrated in Elko by a grand ball at the Depot Hotel, under the auspices of Messrs. Green & Abel, the proprietors of this popular house. It is going to be a jolly dance and you can depend on having a good time. An orchestra of six pieces will furnish the music, and special Irish melodies will be played. A hot turkey supper will be served at Freeman Hall. Engage a partner in time. Everybody is going.
John Hankins, the well-known rancher and cattle man of Ruby Valley, was in town yesterday on his way home from California, where he took a shipment of beef cattle. After landing his stock in San Francisco he took a run down to Los Angeles to visit relatives there. The weather, he says, is nice in California, but the complaint of hard times is heard all over that State. The beef market is low and unsettled.
Washington’s Birthday passed off quietly in Elko. Flags were up on the Knights of Pythias Castle Hall, and the Masons and Odd Fellows Hall. The town flag was not up, for the reason that a big hole was torn in it while being taken down last July. Too many wires near the liberty pole.
100 YEARS AGO
February 25, 1918: Jack Greiser, manager of the Palm saloon, hit on a happy thought when he secured a large barrel and placed it so the public could see the yawning interior, and as inquiries were answered that they were invited to buy tobacco or cigarettes to fill it for shipment to the soldier boys. Although the barrel was placed on exhibition only yesterday forenoon it was completely filled by noon today, with more than 150 pounds of tobacco bought and placed in the barrel. It will be sent to the general headquarters, and from there shipped to the soldier boys in France. This is a worthy movement, and is along the line of the Free Press tobacco funds of last fall when between one and two hundred dollars-worth of tobacco went to the soldiers.
February 28, 1918: Mayor McBride has received a letter from the fire underwriters on the coast that they are sending a man to go over the city of Elko, and in conformity with the installation of the necessary fire-fighting apparatus, assures Mr. McBride that the fire insurance rate of the city property will be materially lowered. In fact the saving will amount to more than the expense of the fire department.
March 1, 1918: A petition for permission to negotiate a $85,000 loan has been presented to the state board of revenue by the commissioners of Elko county. The petition recited that a “great Necessity and emergency” exists in that county. The money is wanted, according to the petition, for the establishment of a new county hospital. The petition recites that the present hospital has been in use for many years and at the present time is dangerous and unsafe. In addition it has been condemned by several grand juries. In addition it is located within a few feet of the high school building.
March 2, 1918: The new advertisement of the Elko Milling company calls attention to the fact that they are now manufacturing poultry food, consisting of scientifically mixed ingredient to increase egg production, and are selling it at a low price. The government has forbidden the sale of wheat for poultry food, and this new food is far better.
75 YEARS AGO
February 26, 1943: A total of 2,821 No. 2 ration books had been issued at the close of the third day of registration yesterday, according to C.M. Luce, superintendent of the Elko grammar school. Superintendent Luce was free in his praise of the volunteer workers who conducted the registration. He listed the workers as follows: Misses Clara Strand, Thelma Hagerman, Martha Schultz, Kathryn Allen, Mesdames Rosa Dotta, Eva Ogilvie, George Turcott, Mary Peterson, Dora Waage, Elberta Keppler, Cora Lee Griswold, Mable Livingston, Alene Brown, Louise Bellinger and Theresa Siegmann.
March 1, 1943: The Elko county board of commissioners held a special meeting today and appointed Attorney George Wright district attorney to fill the position which was vacated as a result of A.L. Puccinelli’s induction into the United States army. The order made it clear that Puccinelli would be given an opportunity to apply for reinstatement to the office in the event that he is discharged from the army before his regular term will have expired.
With the range lambing season about to begin, Nevada ranchers were informed this week of the ammunition they may obtain for the control of predatory animals. For this purpose, each rancher, stockman or farmer may buy the following amounts of ammunition, according to word received by the University of Nevada agricultural extension service from the war production board: 100 rounds of .22 caliber cartridges; 40 rounds of 30.30 caliber cartridges; 40 rounds of 30.06 caliber cartridges; 50 rounds of 12-guage shotgun shells. Ammunition can only be sold for the caliber gun or guns actually in possession of the purchaser.
50 YEARS AGO
February 26, 1968: The home of Fred Williams Jr., located in the Lamoille Grove was completely destroyed by fire Saturday night, despite a valiant attempt by neighbors to save the dwelling. Neighbors formed a bucket brigade and began fighting the blaze. Water was obtained from a newly installed fire hydrant which was located less than 100 feet from the house. However, no hoses were available and the buckets were the only means to transport the water to the fire. A spokesman for the Nevada Division of Forestry said that an attempt will be made to get some fire hoses for Lamoille in the future and will do all it can to help get a fire department going in the community in the near future.
February 27, 1968: Tuscarora, Independence Valley, Jack Creek, Deep Creek, the IL Ranches and Petan Company have direct communication ties through Elko with a new buried cable system. The new service, which will officially be in operation tomorrow provides for a maximum of ten parties per line with all line being brought into the switchboards in Elko. An expansion of dependable telephone service into northwestern Elko County calls for completion of a similar installation through the North Fork area within the next 60 days.
March 2, 1968: Mrs. I.F. McAllister yesterday announced the sale of Elko County Farm Supply to Dave Seacrist of Lamoille and his brother Bob Seacrist, formerly of Willits, Calif. The firm was developed by Mrs. McAllister and her late husband, Ike, who came to Elko from Cedar Rapids, Iowa in February of 1959 to buy the Hansen Lumber Co. from the late Harold Hansen. The new owners said they plan to retain the name of Elko County Farm Supply and to continue the business along the same lines as in past years.
25 YEARS AGO
February 26, 1993: Trustees of the Elko County School District Tuesday night authorized the architectural firm of Ferrari-Sweeney of Reno to prepare floor plans that will serve both the planned Spring Creek Junior High School and Wendover Junior-Senior High School. According to the district’s building plan, the Spring Creek school now is scheduled for construction before the Wendover school. For that schedule to work, however, Tooele (Utah) County School District will have to agree to a year’s extension on an existing contract by which West Wendover students attend the high school in Wendover, Utah. The contract expires in 2 ½ years and the Wendover school is not expected to be completed until about 3 ½ years, when enough money is available under the district’s pay-as-you-go policy.
March 1, 1993: The first gaming junket sponsored by Silver Smith Casino-Resort and Stateline Hotel and Casino is scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m. today at Wendover Airport from Grand Junction, Colo. In a previous interview, Steve May, marketing director for the two casinos, said he believed the gaming market was large enough that the new West Wendover junkets would not harm a similar program of Elko’s Red Lion Inn and Casino. Casino Express, the airline serving the Red Lion, is likewise confident of being competitive with the new West Wendover junkets.
March 3, 1993: Elko City Planning Commissioners last night gave the go-ahead for an expansion of Albertson’s Supermarket. The store has an option to purchase a 50-foot strip of land along the back of the existing structure where a 38-foot-long, 6,000 square foot extension may be built. The current structure is 30,000 square feet. With closing on the property, hiring an engineer and construction, it will be about a year before the expansion is completed.