Jerry Zottola, 1924-2013

One of my favorite high school history teachers, Jerry Zottola passed away November 24, 2013, at his home in Hiouchi. He was born in the Bronx, New York, July 12, 1924. He graduated from Grants Pass High and served in the Navy as a radioman during World War II. After leaving the service, Jerry attended … Continue reading Jerry Zottola, 1924-2013


He Signed Las Vegas into Existence

Born in Brooklyn, New York, October 24th, 1870, Tasker Oddie lived in East Orange, New Jersey, where he attended school. From the age of sixteen to nineteen, he lived on a ranch in Nebraska. After returning from Nebraska he engaged in business in New York City. During this time he attended night law school, from … Continue reading He Signed Las Vegas into Existence

My Challenge Towards Thankfullness

Doesn’t it seem as if the people with the most problems are often those who are most thankful for what they have? Facing a crisis tends to make us appreciate the things we take for granted. Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in ‘Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community,’ -- “We pray for the big … Continue reading My Challenge Towards Thankfullness

Thanksgiving: America’s Real Religious Holiday

In the winter of 1620, Pilgrims, traveling by sea, settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts, for religious freedom -- a desire to worship God and live according to Holy Scripture. But the country they found was bleak and uninviting, with several inches of snow already on the ground. Of the 102 passengers aboard the ship, the Mayflower, … Continue reading Thanksgiving: America’s Real Religious Holiday

The Wreck of the ‘Queen Christina’

The ‘Queen Christina’ ran aground off the coast of Del Norte County on October 21st, 1907. The steamer had sailed from San Francisco, Saturday, the 19th, for Portland, Oregon, with a cargo of wheat. Build at Newcastle, England, in 1901, she displaced 4,268 tons, had a beam of 48 feet and a length of 360 feet. At … Continue reading The Wreck of the ‘Queen Christina’

The Wild Bunch’s Last Hold Up

Three men rode up to the First National Bank in Winnemucca on September 19th, 1900, and they left with nearly $33,000. The trio reportedly included Butch Cassidy along with Wild Bunch member Kid Curry and another man, whose never been never identified. It would be the last holdup by the famous gang, which later had … Continue reading The Wild Bunch’s Last Hold Up

Crescent City Nearly Disincorporated in 1957

One hundred years following incorporation, a 204 page document was presented to the board of supervisors in July 1957, recommending Crescent City's charter be dissolved. It went on to ask city services be turned over to the County of Del Norte. The board turned down a motion that would have called for the election of 15 … Continue reading Crescent City Nearly Disincorporated in 1957

18,250 Days Later

In the later part of my junior year in high school the re-examination of the President John Fitzgerald Kennedy assassination was nearing its crescendo. While everyone in class was being forced to read such books as “Lord of the Rings,” or “Ragdoll,” I was working my way through three books on the conspiracies surrounding JFK’s … Continue reading 18,250 Days Later

Remembering Captain Courageous

They purchased the Angus-cross bull from Harold Del Ponte when the animal was jus’ a couple of days old. Larry Bush and his wife, Audrey took the animal, they named 'Bahamas' to their Klamath Glen home, raising him on the bottle. 'Bahamas' was two-and-a-half years old, when on December 22nd, 1964, a flood washed him down … Continue reading Remembering Captain Courageous

The Great Lava Bed Wars: Captain Jack

While the old Modoc chief remained in the reservation, Kintupash returned to Lost River and lead an abusive harassment against the white settlers who had occupied the area. The small Modoc group of about 43 Indians demanded rent for the occupation of "their land", which most settlers paid. After a few attempts to negotiate in … Continue reading The Great Lava Bed Wars: Captain Jack

Harry Reid’s Secretive Grant Announcement

Washoe County's Regional Transportation Commission has been awarded a $4.6 million grant to purchase three electric buses. The 35-foot buses will replace three diesel buses and will operate from the Riverwalk District downtown to the University of Nevada, Reno. So far, where the money for these buses came from no one is saying. Hopefully the … Continue reading Harry Reid’s Secretive Grant Announcement

The George E. Tryon Bridge

Hundreds of people turned out for the George E. Tryon Bridge dedication on Big Flat Road in July of 1957. Mrs. Tryon received the dedication to her late husband and flowers from Bailey Steward, former Board Chairman.The existing historic 206-foot long, two-lane, steel, spandrel deck arch bridge, built-in 1948, crosses the South Fork of the Smith … Continue reading The George E. Tryon Bridge

Klamath’s Army Air Force Farm

Known as "Trinidad" or the "Klamath River" station, Radar Station B-71 was built between 1942 and 1943 in response to Japanese attacks on U.S. soil during World War II. In total, the Army built 65 stations spanning from the Canadian border and into Mexico. But this particular one, located in the coastal bluffs south of … Continue reading Klamath’s Army Air Force Farm

Questions Linger in 1966 Crescent City Murder Case

“We figure that anybody who would do a thing like this must be insane,” Crescent City Police Sgt. Douglas Premo told the Associated Press, following the brutal slaying of a girl found Saturday, February 12th, 1966, between Pacific Avenue and A Street. Myra Sue Gerling, described as a pretty long-haired brunette, was naked, throat slashed … Continue reading Questions Linger in 1966 Crescent City Murder Case

The Destruction of the Crescent Bay Hotel

The blaze started around three, the morning of February 16th, 1958, gutting the 67-year-old Crescent Bay Hotel at Second and H Streets. Nine other businesses on the ground floor and next to the hotel were also damaged, causing an estimated loss of $300,000. Four fire companies responded to the alarm, two from Crescent City and … Continue reading The Destruction of the Crescent Bay Hotel

The Specter of Virginia Street Bridge

The first couple of months after moving to the Reno area, I was lonely.  All I did is work, writing Keno tickets at the Cal-Neva, then go home. One afternoon, I wrote a ticket for a woman from Canada, named Carol. She was visiting, having traveled with a gambling junket, as they were commonly known. … Continue reading The Specter of Virginia Street Bridge

Carson City, Nevada’s Chinatown

A 1875 lithograph of Carson City and a 1907 Sanborn Fire Insurance map places Chinatown between East Second and East Fourth streets, and from Fall Street to Valley Street. The main street was East Third, with Chinatown spread out on both sides of the Virginia & Truckee Railroad tracks. Population estimates for Chinatown have ranged … Continue reading Carson City, Nevada’s Chinatown

The Del Norte County Courthouse Fire

Del Norte County's governmental business came to an abrupt halt during the early morning hours of January 18th, 1948, when fire broke out in Del Norte Court House. The fire began at about 5:45 a.m. "in or near" the Office of the Superintendent of Schools. One of the first spectators on scene was a woman … Continue reading The Del Norte County Courthouse Fire