125 YEARS AGO
October 28, 1893: Frank McPhetres and Ira D. Wines have purchased 6,000 head of sheep from the Ross estate. The price paid was $1 a head.
John Ainley and L.D. Alberta have gone to the Bruneau gold fields.
Only one more Sunday’s fishing. Then you can throw your fishing pole away.
Tuesday last W.T. Smith shipped a carload of hogs to Lovelock. He purchased them from Joe Hennen, G.M. Bauer, Tom Cahill and others of Lamoille. We understand the price was 4 ½ cents, on foot.
There came near being a fire on the freight depot Tuesday among the baled wool stored on the platform. Luckily Agent Morrow discovered it before it got fairly started, and a few buckets of water extinguished the flames.
100 YEARS AGO
October 31, 1918: Four men were up in the police court this morning who had been arrested for not complying with the city ordinance in wearing face masks, and one was fined $5, the others being allowed to go, under the circumstances. Owing to the fact that the Red Cross has been unable to supply the demand for face masks, the police have been lenient, but from now on this order will be enforced as the supply is ample.
Frank Smiley is down today from his ranch in Starr Valley. He says that Jim Griswold in the valley is reported to be quite sick with influenza.
Alex McCulloch, who was reported to have died yesterday, is a very live man today and his condition has greatly improved.
November 1, 1918: Catrino Abila, a Mexican, was brought up last night from Carlin by Constable Berning and was taken before U.S. Commissioner W.W. Booher and a charge under the espionage act was filed against him. He got into a fight with another Mexican yesterday at Carlin, in which the other man had an arm broken, and during the fight Abila is charged with having made disloyal charges against the country and flag.
Two men were up in the police court this forenoon charged with not wearing their face masks.
November 2, 1918: Word came in from Huntington Valley this morning to send an officer out after a crazy man. Who he is or what the circumstances are will not be learned until the officer returns.
75 YEARS AGO
October 28, 1943: Bing Crosby, famed radio and screen star, met his brother Ted here yesterday at the Crosby ranch east of Elko, which is under the management of John Eacret. In company with Frank E. Walters they went to the Crumley ranch today, formerly Kearns ranch, north of Elko, where they intend to hunt deer.
November 1, 1943: Elko’s meatless day is scheduled for Friday, beginning November 5, according to Robley Burns, acting price representative of the OPA for this district. Those agreeing to Friday for the meatless day were Mayer café, Grant’s café, Commercial café, Elk café, Nevada hotel, Telescope hotel, Star hotel, Waffle Shoppe, Blue Jay café, Dupont’s, Wagner’s and the Carter hotel. They can serve anything which is free of points on that day.
November 2, 1943: The name of the Echo Coffee Shop was advertently omitted from the list of restaurants yesterday, which have adopted Friday as a meatless day in Elko. The restaurant has agreed, with the others, to adopt this program.
Nevada has a population of 136,685 — a gain of 25.7 per cent since the 1940 census — according to an estimate completed today by the census bureau at Washington and based on the number of ration books No. 2 outstanding on April 1 of this year. Clark county, where most of Nevada’s war activity is centered, registered a gain of 25,376 to increase its population 154.6 per cent over the 1940 figure of 16,414. Elko county’s population showed a 9.0 decrease from 10,912 in 1940 to 9,928 on March 1, 1943.
50 YEARS AGO
October 29, 1968: Mayor Frank Weinrauch will cut the ribbon at 9:45 a.m. tomorrow to officially open the new Penneys stores in Elko, the first to start business at Elko Shopping Plaza. Four other new businesses — Albertsons, Sprouse Reitz, Pennywise Drug and a bar-restaurant — are scheduled to open About Dec. 1. Other stores signed up for the plaza include Mode O’Day and ViGi’s Coiffure, and they plan to open next spring. The new Penneys replaces a J.C. Penney Co. store that stood for years at the corner of Fourth and Idaho Streets in Elko and was destroyed by fire in January of 1965.
J.C. Penney Company, Inc. has created 70 new jobs in Elko in order to fill out the staff of its new store at the Elko Shopping Plaza. Of the 94 it will take to man the company’s newest facility, only 24 have been transferred from previous positions with the company, most of those from the company’s operations here.
October 30, 1968: Elko County Manager Jim Polkinghorne announced today that election day, Nov. 5, has been declared a holiday for all county employees. He said the designation is in compliance with a proclamation from Gov. Paul Laxalt that election day be an official state holiday.
Elko city council members yesterday went on record as favoring a transfer of certificate route authority to Air West from United Air Lines and authorized City Manager Jack Sutherland to prepare a formal document of approval for presentation to the Civil Aeronautics Board.
25 YEARS AGO
October 30, 1993: Beginning Jan. 31, no long-distance charges will be assessed for calls made between Elko and the Carlin or Lee-Jiggs areas. Telephone lines in the 754 and 744 exchanges will be included in the local telephone calling area. Nevada Public Service Commission (PSC) made the announcement yesterday, explaining Alltel had requested the action and 350 Carlin area residents mailed petitions to the PSC’s consumer division requesting the change.
Dr. William B. Wright is seeing small and large animals by appointment in his new office at 411 S. Fifth St. Wright graduated from Elko High School in 1971 and from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a bachelor of veterinary science degrees in 1977 and 1979 respectively. He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine with honors from Washington State University at Pullman in 1982. For the last year he was associated with Elko Veterinary Clinic. An Elko County native, Wright grew up on the Mary’s River Ranch east of Elko.
November 2, 1993: Elko Police Chief Bob Songer is encouraging residents to complete the survey printed on Page 3 of today’s Free Press. The survey is designed to aid Songer in his evaluation of the department and identify areas of public concern. A survey was done once before and about 40 responses were received. Based on last year’s results, the Neighborhood Watch Program was expanded. Traffic enforcement on Idaho Street, drugs and juvenile drinking were concerns mentioned most frequently. The survey also indicated a public desire for increased manpower. Nationally, there are is an average of 2.5 police officers for every 1,000 in population, Songer said. Elko’s ratio is approximately 1.5-1.8 officers per 1,000.