125 YEARS AGO
September 14, 1893: Miss Hattie Clark has gone on a visit to Omaha and the World’s Fair.
Miss Amy Weston came down from Lone Mountain Sunday and departed for Reno Monday, to visit Miss Maud Bradley.
The Board of County Commissioners met pursuant to law, Monday, October 1, 1893. Present — Commissioners Rigsby, McAfee and Wilson. The petition of citizens of Carlin praying for the appointment of S.P. Howard to the office of Constable in place of Wm. Carlisle, resigned, was read, and after fully considering the matter, it was ordered that said Howard be, and he is hereby appointed Constable in and for said Carlin Township, upon his filing a bond in the sum of $1,000 and taking the oath as required by law.
The old church is being pulled down.
100 YEARS AGO
October 7, 1918: Yesterday morning, sometime after they had closed at midnight, burglars entered the rooms of the Basco hotels of Elko and robbed the guests of money and jewelry to the amount of about $500, mostly money. The four hotels were the Telescope, Overland, Starr and Domingo’s, opposite the Western Pacific. No trace of the burglars have been discovered, and the only clue is that of a belated guest at the Starr, on returning to his room about 3 o’clock, saw a man in the hallway going through the pockets of a pair of overalls he had in this hand. He spoke to the man in Basque, and was answered in the same language, but thought nothing of it until the other guests had discovered their loss in the morning, and this is the reason it is believed that the loss at the Starr was no larger. The guests at the Overland lost about $100 in money, taken from their pockets, at the Starr but $15 was missing, at the Telescope over $150 in cash was gone from the pockets of the men, and at Domingo’s besides $150 a valuable gold watch was taken by the thief. It is believed that the burglar was working alone and that he was a Basque.
The ladies of the Red Cross are very busy these days trying to finish their quota of refugee garments, so they can reach the poor people of Europe before the cold winter comes. Now is the time for all women to show just how much sympathy they really feel for these unfortunate people.
October 8, 1918: The official casualty list issued by the war department today contained the name of Clarence D. Miller of Arthur, Nevada, who was listed among the severely wounded in action on the battle front. Mr. Miller is one of the boys who left here early in the war and his many friends hope for his speedy recovery. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lymann H. Miller, are prominent ranchers of Ruby Valley.
October 10, 1918: Dr. Worden, Elko county health 0fficer, has received instructions from the state medical health board warning him of the danger of an epidemic of Spanish influenza coming to Nevada, and urging that the physicians take every precaution possible.
75 YEARS AGO
October 7, 1943: The town of Tuscarora again has a public school after having been closed for ten years. Miss Woods, who taught the Spanish Ranch school in Independence Valley for the last three years, has been engaged as teacher and a school room has been constructed at Miss Woods’ home, until a time when a school building can be erected. Classes began October 4. Five students are enrolled.
October 11, 1943: Game Warden Harry Elliott is authority for the statement that there were a large number of successful hunters in Elko county yesterday. He was in the northern section of the county checking hunters and says there were many bucks and does brought in. He also says some hunters had been disappointed. However, the season lasts for 45 days and many deer will be brought in. The weather was ideal for the opening of the season, with the roads in good condition. Deer hunters are warned to use care in watching their meat so it will not spoil. They are also asked to turn in their deer hides for the war program and to render deer fat.
October 12, 1943: Aviation Cadet Joe W. Heguy of Elko graduated this week from Minter Field, Army Base Flying School near Bakersfield, California. He has successfully completed his basic flying training and now enters Advanced School, the final phase in the rigorous course of instruction prescribed by the Army Air Force for its flying officers. Upon completion of his training he will be awarded the silver wings of a lieutenant in America’s mighty aerial armada.
50 YEARS AGO
October 8, 1968: The mercury skidded to the 18 degree mark here early this morning to equal the recorded cold mark for this date, attained previously in 1957. The frosty reading also was the lowest temperature to date for the season.
The defense Department announced yesterday Sgt. Chris D. Munson, husband of Mrs. Ann G. Munson of 1126 Idaho St. in Elko, was killed in action in Vietnam. No details were given.
Work was halted here yesterday on the construction of a gymnasium at Elko High School as the result of a 15-day restraining order signed by a Reno judge. The restraining order is the result of a suit filed last Friday by a Reno attorney naming the City of Carlin as plaintiff and the Elko County School District and Child Construction as defendants. The suit seeks to halt construction of the gymnasium because Carlin residents contend classrooms for their community will not be constructed with funds derived from a $2.9 million bond issue if the gymnasium is built. They contend the gymnasium project will deplete bond funds.
October 10, 1968: More than 40,000 deer hunters are expected to be in the field when the 1968 Nevada deer season opens Saturday, Oct. 12. Fish and Game official estimates indicate 37,000 Nevada residents and 4,800 nonresident deer hunters will hunt during the coming deer season, which will last for four weeks in more areas. In Elko County, 3,700 non-resident tags were issued, and it is expected, if past trends continue, that approximately one-half of all hunting in the state of Nevada will be done in Elko County.
25 YEARS AGO
October 8, 1993: State highway officials are moving ahead with the second phase of the Lamoille Highway widening project and construction could begin as early as next summer. The widening project will continue the four-lane stretch of highway to the Spring Creek housing intersection, a distance of about four and a half miles beyond where it ends now. A left-turn pocket and right-turn lane also will be added at the Spring Creek Horse Palace intersection. The first phase of the project, spanning five miles from Elko to the first Spring Creek exit, was completed in 1989 at a cost of about $6 million. The second phase is expected to cost less, depending on how much property must be purchased.
October 9, 1993: Real Estate broker John Gourley is the new owner of the United National Real Estate office in Elko, Claridge and Associates, and he has moved the office to a new location in the Henderson Bank Building. Gourley said he bought out Rex Claridge, who retired to his ranch in Utah after 35 years in the real estate business. Gourley said he went to work for Claridge in 1991.
Elko County Commission Thursday voted to approve going forward with a plan to close abandoned mines in the county. County Manager George Boucher said he has identified 67 abandoned mine sites considered most dangerous. Four of the 67 are easily accessible by existing roads and are a hazard because “you can walk right up to them” before they are visible. The four mines, located about one mile northeast of Interstate 80 at Silver Zone Pass in the Toano mountain range, will be earmarked for closure first. In December, The Nevada Department of Minerals asked the county’s assistance in closing 123 open mines in the Elko area. Boucher said most of them are in east Elko County.