125 YEARS AGO
November 4, 1893: Tuesday, October 31st, was the 29th anniversary of the admission of Nevada into the Union.
Halloween, which is the vigil of All Saints or All Hallows, was dully observed in Elko by the young folks. A party was given by them at Freeman Hall Tuesday night in honor of the occasion and a jolly time was had. The young ladies provided a nice lunch, which was set in the hall, and dancing was kept up until a late hour.
Rich placers have been discovered on the headwaters of Van Duzer creek, northern Elko county.
Mrs. Ed Hudson and Miss Hattie Hale returned from the east Monday morning. Miss Hattie says they say a great many wonderful things at the World’s Fair, but in all their walks through the grounds they never met a person they knew.
Mrs. J.T. Wright and family and Mrs. Geo. P. Robinson and family of Ruby Valley, have moved into town for the winter.
100 YEARS AGO
November 4, 1918: The city council met last evening and issued an emergency order closing all the saloons in the city of Elko, on the advice of the health officer. It is also reported than an effort will be made to have the county liquor board close the saloons throughout the county for an indefinite period, in the effort to check the epidemic.
Joe, the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hankins, at Skelton, died yesterday morning with the influenza. He was 20 years of age and was one of the well-known and popular young men of Mound Valley. He was sick but a short time and his death was entirely unexpected. The funeral will be held this afternoon.
November 5, 1918: At two o’clock this afternoon about a third of those registered in the city had cast their votes, but at this time the women were coming in and all indications there will be an average vote cast. Ward 1 has cast 97 votes, ward two 66, ward three 77 and ward four 117.
Harry Keyser, of the undertaking parlors, said this morning that since October 16th, just three weeks ago, there had been 29 deaths handled by him, all from Elko county except four from Palisade. Not all of them were victims of the “flu,” but the great majority were. And still some people say that the situation is not serious, and the face masks are no good. Never in the history of the county has there been such a large rate as during the past three weeks.
75 YEARS AGO
November 4, 1943: The North Fork store, about 50 miles north of Elko on the Elko-Mountain City road, was destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon about 2:30 o’clock. The building which is owned by Chester Laing and leased by John Lagarzia, was completely destroyed, with the furnishings and a $3,000 stock. The blaze started in a faulty flue, while Mrs. Lagarzia was in the store section of the building. Her two children were having a nap and she rushed to get them to safety and then called for help. The blaze was so intense that it was impossible for the fire fighters to get close to it.
November 9, 1943: State and city equipment has been started on the difficult job of straightening the Humboldt river bed through the city of Elko and to throw up protective dikes against possible flood waters of the future. The state equipment including a drag line of a half yard capacity and a bulldozer have been on the job for several days. The old dam below the bridge is rapidly being removed in an effort to straighten the river channel, and allow for freer passage of water. The state’s activity will be confined to that area in the river between Fourth and Sixth streets. Necessity for work on the river through Elko became evident this winter and spring and early in the spring of 1942, when the river flooded its banks on three different occasions and drove people from their homes, located along the river banks.
November 10, 1943: Members of the present city council have reached an agreement with the Southern Pacific company for the purchase of a new dump ground, settling a question which has been a sore spot among a great number of resident in Elko for a number of years. The new ground is north of Elko and east of the old Tuscarora road. It consists of 340 acres and was purchased at a price of $1,140. There was an objection to the sale of the ground for some time, it being part that part of it was used as a livestock trail. However, the objection has been removed by the grazing service and as a result the railroad company willingly agreed to the sale as a convenience to the city.
50 YEARS AGO
November 4, 1968: Elko County Clerk Robert L. Kane today forecast an 85 percent turnout among Elko County’s registered voters tomorrow for the 1968 general election. He reported a total of 6.022 registered voters in the county and the 85 percent turnout — about the same as in 1962 and 1964 — would yield a total vote in Elko County at just over 5,100.
Election results again will be compiled and posted on election night by the Elko Daily Free Press. Results are expected to start coming in from special correspondents in each precinct of the county shortly after 6 p.m. tomorrow and will be posted on boards at the Free Press office as soon as they are received. Date compiled by the Free Press will be relayed to three Elko hotels — the Commercial, Stockmen’s and Ranchinn — as well as to TV Pix and Radio Station KELK. For the first time, TV Pix will present a special telecast of the election results to their cable subscribers on Channel 9 (weather channel).
November 6, 1968: Two new county commissioners —Eyer Boie of Contact and Steve Sutherland of Elko — and two new school board trustees — James Wright of Tuscarora and Eldon Westlund of Lamoille — will take office as a result of yesterday’s election in Elko County. Incumbent County Assessor John Moschetti was the only office holder at the county level to win re-election. The voting in this county also followed the state pattern in regard to the four questions on the ballot. Elko County defeated Question No. 2 (debt limit) and Question No. 4 (lottery); and approved Question No. 1 (judges’ pay) and Question No. 3 (Ormsby consolidation).
NIXON WINS BY NARROW MARGIN. President Richard M. Nixon, who rose from the ashes of defeat to claim the presidency of the United States, said today the first objective of his administration would be “to bring us together.” He thanked his defeated opponent, Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey for “the very gracious message” he had received from him and he congratulated Humphrey on his “gallant and courageous fight.”
25 YEARS AGO
November 5, 1993: Regal Financial and Development Corporation of Sacramento, Calif., was granted a conditional-use permit by Elko City Planning Commission Tuesday night to zone 30 acres of land on the north side of town as residential mobile home (RMH) 2. The land, located adjacent to the North VII Estates Subdivision, will comprise the future Golden Hills Estates Subdivision. The subdivision would consist of manufactured homes placed on permanent foundations with the low price range at around $85,000. The homes would have between 1,200 -1,900 square feet. The Golden Hills subdivision will consist of 119 lots built in five phases. The first building phase of 22 lots is scheduled to commence as soon as possible.
November 10, 1993: Ambitious plans to double the size of the Elko Convention Center with a 52,000 square-foot multipurpose building were unveiled yesterday by the Nevada Civic Club of Elko. Club President Ken Brooks and member Jacques Errecart made the presentation to the center’s board of directors and submitted an executive summary of the proposal for its review. The two-story facility would cost about $7 million and be financed through a voter-approved bond issue that would take effect in 1996, to coincide with the expiration of the 1976 bond that financed the existing center. The addition would offer space for 340 convention booths, three full-sized athletic courts, seating for 4,200 spectators, an indoor six-lane synthetic track, meeting and locker rooms and social areas. Civic Club member Kelly Buckner said their club’s primary interest was to find a method to expand the recreational facilities available for local youth activities. However, Buckner said, they realized a one-dimensional facility would never win the support of Elko taxpayers so they came up with the plan for the multipurpose addition to the convention center.
Elko City Council voted to develop a master plan for the Elko Industrial Subdivision, the old Western Pacific railyard property, in conjunction with North East Nevada Development Authority (NENDA) yesterday afternoon. The council also moved to reserve some of the land off Silver Street for public purposes.