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100 Years Ago

From the Nevada State Journal, September 7, 1914

100 Years Ago, September 7, 1914 from the Nevada State Journal

Austria suffers losses in battles with Russia, pleads for German assistance

English order Germans out of Egypt

Pope Benedict XV crowned in Rome

Germans moving on Paris

Baltimore Mob boards English ship; Throw Flag Overboard.

Russians capture German Zeppelin with 30 passengers

Japanese planes drop bombs on radio facility in German territory of China

200 Montana National Guard troops who were sympathetic to striking miners were forced to Butte under guard to join the militia keeping the peace.

The Southern Pacific has an ad selling Railroad land for farms and ranches.

Northern Nevada mining men are in Reno for mine rescue and first aid events at UNR in conjunction with other Labor Day events.

Want Ad: Marry if you are lonely; the reliable, confidential successful club has large number of wealthy, eligible members, both sexes, wishing early marriage. Descriptions free. Mrs. Wirbel, box 26, Oakland, CA

A 5000 pound chunk of coal has been found on the surface at the 400 block of Sierra Street and is drawing curious crowds. It is not known if it is due to the recent earthquake.

Undersheriff Dunkle and District Attorney Moore returned by auto from Bridgeport with the man they suspected of being involved in the recent murder on Virginia Road. The prisoner, who gave himself up in Bridgeport,  is a Scotchman and while he admits he is the one seen at Virginia City and elsewhere he maintains he knows nothing of the crime. After questioning him closely, the investigators are inclined to believe him.

7-Eleven Closing

The 7-eleven store in New Washoe City is closing, reportedly on the 17th of this month. Already, shelves are emptying. While it is not known the behind-the-scenes reasons, it would not be surprising that the new Dollar General across the street might have something to do with it.

Washoe Valley Citizen Alert

Verizon Wireless Cellular Communications Tower Update – 09/01/14
At the Board of Adjustment meeting on 06/05/14, the Verizon Wireless Application for a Special Use Permit to build a 100 ft. Cellular Communications Tower in North Washoe Valley was denied.
Verizon Wireless has chosen to appeal this decision to the Board of County Commissioners. A formal meeting date has not been set; however, the Planning Department believes that it could be at the end of October. This could change and be sooner.
We will need continued extensive citizen involvement to convince the County Commissioners to deny this application.

Detailed information on this or future applications can be found on the Washoe County Website (www.washoecounty.us). Select DEPARTMENT LIST at the top of the page and then select Planning and Development from the drop down menu. On the left side of the Planning and Development Home Page select Application Submittals. Projects for our area are under District Two.
This notification is being provided by The Washoe Valley Alliance. Please contact us at washoevalleyalliance@gmail.com if you have questions about this notification.

100 Years Ago In Reno

News from the Reno Evening Gazette of August 19, 1914.

Pope Pius given last rites. Relapse occurs in condition of pontiff and he fails to respond to all stimulants.

Germany is advancing across Belgium towards France threatening an “immense engagement”.

Jesse R. Grant, son of President civil war general Grant petitioned the court to stay his divorce previously granted in Goldfield after meeting the 6 month residency requirement. The couple, married in 1880 both claimed desertion.

Four Goldfield motorists arrived at the Overland Hotel in their Lexington 40 having traveled 2,200 miles with their brindle bulldog. Three punctures have been the only unpleasant incidents during the journey.

From the opinion page: “A large proportion of the membership of Congress is slated for defeat. The list presumably includes every member who voted against the proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution extending the vote to the women of all states, whether or not the women of those States wanted it.”

Work is to resume on the Consolidated Virginia Mine in Virginia City. Exploration work is underway on a crosscut at the 2500′ level. Work was stopped briefly due to the Declaration of War.

Canadian women can veto their husbands enlistment in their military and that has resulted in up to 50 percent being denied in some areas.

RUUD instantaneous water heaters are advertised for “the final touch to bathroom comfort”.

A seven acre small ranch just 2 miles south of town near the Moana street car line is being “sold at once” for $2100. Includes a fine four room house and fine chicken house.

Young lovers Jack Day and Florence Tucker of the San Joaquin Valley in California stole a car and “lived the nature life in the jungles of Truckee” were located, split up and returned to their homes. It is feared Jack will be sent to reform school for his “pranks”. Florence’s mom is sympathetic.

Former resident of Reno, Mrs. Marie Hollcroft, was shot and killed in Sacramento by Earl Loomis, boy bandit.

James P. Martin, Nevada mining man, is being sued in San Francisco court for $12,500 in back alimony. He made but one payment of the $100 per month settlement she alleges.

Garden Club Event and Notes

Hi Everyone -

Garden Tour Tomorrow Night!


Tomorrow night is our first farm/garden tour of this year.  Chris and Nita Taylor’s Pleasant Valley home located in Pleasant Valley, just south of the Mt. Rose Highway and Steamboat Hot Springs.  Their phone number is 848-7960.  It is at 6:30 and a potluck.  Bring a dish to share and we’ll all feast.

Chris and Nita live at 50 Connie Way, Pleasant Valley.  Take Eastlake to Old 395 and at the bottom of Washoe Hill, make your first left onto Pagni Way, go about 3 blocks to the last street which will be Connie Way.  Turn right and look for #50.

IF YOU’RE COMING FROM RENO, take Old 395 south of freeway 395 to the bottom of Washoe Hill after driving through nearly all of Pleasant Valley.  The last street on your right BEFORE you start up Washoe Hill is Pagni Way.  Turn right and drive about 3 blocks.  The last street is Connie Way.  Turn right and look for #50.


We will be touring Chris and Nita’s Garden.  You can ask questions about methods, watering, varieties chosen, and the how he runs his CSA (Community supported agriculture – i.e., subscription supported).  Gardening is such an individual and creative project.  Always interesting to see how other do it.


Can we have and support public transportation that serves Washoe and Pleasant Valleys?  David will talk to us about what might be possible if there is enough ridership to make it pay and types of transportation methods and vehicles that might work.  What are alternatives for us for the future?  I’m sure we all know someone who does not drive or cannot who lives out here.  What kind of transportation, to where, and for how long would work for those individuals?  Are there more options?


Turns out David Jickling is also very knowledgeable about owls.  We recently talked about Barn Owls and how they might be beneficial to keeping the rodents out of our gardens and vegetables.  Let’s ask some questions of David and hear how these might be encouraged here.


We always get some tickets to the Greek Festival in Reno this time of year and we have some available for those who’d like to attend.  The tickets are $12 each and give you $10 food credit.  The choices include Gyros, Loucumades, and other Greek specialities.  I LOVE Greek food so we always attend (usually Friday night – it opens at 5:00pm), and enjoy company with those who like the food and Greek dancing and cultural specialities.  Entry fees on the days of the event do not include food credit and are more than the $2.  I only have a few and must have them (and $) back by Wednesday so let me know if you’d like some.


I still have a stainless water bottle from several months ago and I now also have a pie server implement.  Let me know if these belong to you.  I don’t need them by my front door.  :)

See you all tomorrow.


Donna Murphy-Sharp

Bowl Making Event this Saturday

Is having a Bowl Making Event this weekend

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2nd 5-8pm Ages 18 & up
At Turtle Mountain Designs (2165 Beaver Drive, Washoe Valley)
Please RSVP: Robin McGregor, Carson City Pottery 775-313-8628

This is an invitation to fight hunger by
creating a pottery bowl. No skills required.

Local artists will be there to help.

Local artists of all ages are donating handmade bowls for the
event during & after the Silver & Snowflakes Festival of Lights on
Dec. 5 at the ice skating rink. For a minimum donation of $12,
you may select a delicious bowl of soup to launch the holiday
season. The artisan bowl is yours to keep as a reminder that there
are empty bowls in our community. There will also be a silent
auction at the event. Proceeds go to the FISH food program.

For more information and updates on upcoming events:
Carson City Pottery @ 775-313-8628 emptybowlscc@gmail.com
*Tax deductible monetary & silent auction donations always welcome!
Calling all artists to donate bowls and artwork to fight hunger.

Celebrate Washoe Valley

Washoe Valley Alliance hosted a free event, Celebrate Washoe Valley, on May 17th at Washoe Lake State Park. It was a delightful day for the over 300 guests who attended to connect and learn more about the ways that government agencies and service organizations support, promote, and preserve Washoe Valley.

Washoe Lake State Park offered a free opportunity to enjoy the park. A new feature is the children’s play maze.

Washoe County Parks featured a map of the Washoe Valley Scenic Byway. They announced that the State of Nevada had approved the addition of the segment of the Scenic Byway through Old Washoe City.
A large display of firefighting and public safety equipment was provided by The U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Truckee Meadows Fire Department, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and the South Valleys Volunteer Fire Department. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the equipment and meet some of the people who protect us from wildfires, natural disasters and sometimes not-so-nice people.

The U.S. Forest Service brought along Smokey the Bear. It was a wonderful photo experience for both young and old.

The new Washoe Valley Canine Rehabilitation Center, located in the old Cattleman’s Restaurant building was present to explain their program and show off some of the dogs that are available for adoption. The staff of the Washoe Valley Veterinary Hospital was present to provide helpful information on caring for your pets.
If hunger or thirst struck while attending, Boy Scout Troop 150 served hot dogs, chips and drinks for a small donation. A representative from Washoe Valley Girl Scout Troop 1001 was present to explain their program to interested girls.
The Lahontan Audubon Society had a very informative booth with beautiful bird mounts. The Society periodically leads bird walks in Washoe Valley.
The Washoe Valley Garden Club along with Master Gardeners from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension were available to provide a wealth of information to local gardeners and landscapers.
The Bureau of Land Management table featured many great handouts and information on the Adopt a Horse program. The agency has been instrumental in helping to transition a large amount of private land into public use. This has helped to keep Washoe Valley and the adjacent foothills open and accessible.
Representatives of the Nevada Division of Forestry Nursery offered information on pest control and tree identification. The Nursery is a public resource which is open Thurs- Sat.  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and offers many native plants for sale. Be sure to visit them.

Scenic Nevada was on hand to describe their efforts to fight blight, such as billboards, and to preserve the scenic beauty of Nevada. They helped to establish the Washoe Valley Scenic Byway and listed Washoe Valley as one of ten Last Chance Scenic Places in the state of Nevada that need protecting.
The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation displayed a project which provides a photo documentary of our area parks. This photographic ‘trail’ can be used to insure that area parks are properly cared for.
The 4H High Sierra Riders outlined the horse riding program of the local 4H chapter. They had a very nice display of riding equipment.

During the entire event the musicians from the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association (NNBA) provided music. The NNBA puts on the annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival. This is the 29th year for the festival and it will be held on August 15-17 at Bowers Mansion and Davis Creek Park.
Overall the Celebrate Washoe Valley event was a great success. Everyone seems to want to do it again!