125 YEARS AGO
April 15, 1893: Reckhart & Froelich received on Thursday a carload of Schlitz Milwaukee Beer, in kegs, which they will sell to the saloon keepers at very reasonable prices.
The big cabinet of minerals and curios that used to occupy the space on the rear wall of the Depot Hotel bar-room, was shipped to Uncle Jimmy Clark at Humboldt last week, it being the personal property of Mr. Clark.
J.R. Mason, who has been in the drug business at Tuscarora for many years, is going to locate to Lovelock.
Old residents agree that there has not been such a cold, backward spring as the present one in Nevada for thirty-one years.
Section Boss Sheridan has filled in the big hole, made by the overflow from the upper ditch, at the freight depot crossing with cinders. A good job.
100 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1918: The Home Guards are turning out to daily drills in fine shape, there being nearly sixty members in the ranks last evening. Lieutenant Hesson appointed the following as corporals and assigned then to regular squads for practice: Judge Taber, E.P. Carville, Cliff Gilbert, Emmet Bachman, C.F. Williams, James Dysart and Nick Simenson. Tonight at the meeting of the guards they will decide on a trip to the Red Cross ball at Lamoille next Saturday night, and will also take up the matter of buying new uniforms and guns.
The opening of the Hunt Candy store last evening was attended by several hundred people, and Mr. Hunt and his corps of assistants were kept busy until eleven o’clock serving the good things of which Hunt makes a specialty. The building has been completely remodeled and is now one large room, fitted with open booths and tables. The rear of the room is fitted for dancing, a maple floor occupying a portion of the rear, and is for the free use of his patrons who delight in tripping the light fantastic. The basement has been fitted as a candy manufactory, and he intends to add to his retail a wholesale candy and ice cream business.
April 17, 1918: John Henderson received a telegram last evening from Montello that they had “gone over the top” in the sale of Liberty Bonds and expected to do even more. Their quota was $10,000 and they have sold to date over $12,000. Midas also goes over the top with $6,400 and report more to follow.
One of our nearby ranchers when approached the other day by a member of the woman’s Liberty Bond committee and asked to buy bonds, subscribed for a $100 bond for each of his nine children and one for his wife, and said he was sorry he couldn’t make it a thousand each. This is the spirit that will win the war.
April 20, 1918: Jarbidge telephones that she has sold $9,000 of her $10,000 allotment of Liberty Bonds, and says that she has fixed her figure at $15,000 and nothing will stop her.
75 YEARS AGO
April 15, 1943: Harold Biegler announced today that he has sold 107 lots in Elko since the first of the year, showing that real estate is not at a stand-still in this district.
Two of the reasons that Elko county went “over the top” in a big way in the recent Red Cross drive can be found in the persons of Mrs. Rose Goodwin of Clover Valley and Max Uhlig of Metropolis, Both of these individuals were among the committeemen to collect the Red Cross funds. There prospects were few and far between, and there were no open roads between them. As a result these two Red Cross workers rode horseback to the various individuals they were assigned to see in order to get donations. Needless to say the prospects were liberal with their donations, making the rides on the part of both individuals worth-while.
April 20, 1943: Hilter’s birthday was dedicated here today with the announcement by Ira Pearce, chairman of the Victory War Loan drive, that the Elko county total has reached $230,395, a sharp jump from yesterday. And there was another “touching” remembrance in Elko this morning. He was hung on the telephone on the J.C. Penny corner, with a placard dangling from the “body” for all to see: It read something like this: Let’s give Hitler a birthday gift — Buy Bonds. The dummy was hung high and free in the chilly winds this morning by Tom Gallagher and a group of high school students in memory of the occasion and to stimulate the sale of war bonds in Elko County. Pearce thanked the boys for their spirit of cooperation today and said things were looking better each day to reach the quota of $533,000.
50 YEARS AGO
April 16, 1968: Preliminary land leveling work was started today at the site of the proposed new Elko shopping center, which will feature a large new J.C. Penney Co. store. A spokesman for the shopping center development said an official announcement of the start of construction is expected to be made within the next week.
April 18, 1968: New four-way stop signs have been installed to control traffic through the intersections of Eighth and Cedar Streets and Ash and Highland Avenue. The signs were erected this week following a request for the additional control at the two intersections made by Police Chief Dan Taelour to the city council.
Dates of Aug. 2, 3, and 4 were announced today for the 22nd annual Silver State Stampede, to be sponsored by the Elko Jaycees and to feature Prunty’s Diamond A Rodeo stock. Dan Leyva, rodeo chairman for the Jaycees, and Harold (Corky) Prunty, rodeo producer, said the new dates for the annual event were worked out this week with members of the Elko County Fair Board. For years the Stampede had been staged in June, but both Levya and Prunty were enthusiastic about the change of dates. They said the success of the National High School Rodeo here last summer indicated the early August dates are prime, and pointed out the new dates are approximately midway between the Elko Basque Festival on July 4 and the Elko County Fair and Livestock Show on Labor Day.
April 20, 1968: The Elko Daily Free Press team won the championship of the Hunter Men’s Handicap Bowling League last week by taking a bowl-off from the Mountain City Lumber Co. team. Members of the winning team are Gene Montrose, Rod Knapp, Joe Barber, Bill Messerly, Ronnie Nelson and Don Johns.
25 YEARS AGO
April 15, 1993: A breakfast program for elementary and combined schools in the Elko County School District will be phased in rather than started all at once in the 1993-94 school year. The school board approved a plan outlined by Director of Instruction Bert Elliott, to begin with four pilot schools and expand from there, with four more the next year and the remainder the following year. Elliott proposed that the first schools be Southside Elementary School in Elko, Owyhee Combined School, West Wendover Elementary School and Jackpot Combined School, if Jackpot’s new kitchen is completed in time.
Volunteers are being sought to help work in the new Spring Creek Sports Complex this weekend. Organizers said they are looking for help raking the grounds Saturday and Sunday and laying sod for the seven-field facility starting Monday. The complex is located on Spring Field Parkway west of Spring Creek Elementary School and Brentwood Estates. It is operated by Spring Creek Association (SCA). It will take four to six weeks before the sod is ready to play on, so the fields may not be ready for the baseball season. SCA provided the 10-acre site and $45,000 for sod and sprinklers. The facility’s estimated cost is $200,000. When finished the complex is to have four diamonds for Little League and softball. They will be arranged around a central concession stand. The four fields will be flanked on three sides by multi-use fields for both soccer and football.
April 16, 1993: Elko is not only one man’s idea of the best small city in the nation, it also has the highest average family income in Nevada, according to the Census Bureau. Figures from the 1990 census place the mining-rich county tops in the state with an average family income of $38,000, placing it 231st among the nation’s 3,141 counties. Second in Nevada and No. 255 in the country is Washoe County with a family income of $38,225.