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Reno Gazette Journal - July 19, 1989
MRS. CHARLIEN S. NELSON - Submitted by Marcena Thompson

Grass Valle, California - A graveside funeral for Montello native Charline Sidonia Nelson, 74 who died Sunday at Sierra Nevada Hospital, is scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Masonic Memorial Gardens, Reno.

Mrs. Nelson was born Dec. 7, 1914, and had lived in Grass Valley a short time, coming from Sparks where she had resided for 36 years.

Surviving are her husband, Raymon F. Nelson of Grass Valley; daughters, Evelyn Johnston of Sparks, Lucile Lindsey of Naples, Fla., Melba Rae Pounds.

Lake County Examiner (Lakeview, OR) - June 14, 1912

Senator Nixon of Nevada Dies
Name of George Wingfield is Mentioned to fill Vacancy

Senator George S. Nixon of Nevada, died Wednesday, June 5 in Washington, D. C., from spinal meningitis. Nixon had been in a hospital about a week and had undergone an operation for catarrh, a few days prior to his death, which developed into the fatal disease. He was 52 years old. Senator George Nixon was a very prominent man and one whose loss will keenly effect Nevada. He had amassed a handsome fortune in the mining business and was the man who practically gave George Wingfield his start.

He was elected to the U.S. Senate about four years ago and had made himself popular at the White House.

The body was returned to Reno for burial.

The Reno Gazette in commenting upon the appointment of the successor that is to be chosen to fill the vacancy caused by Senator Nixon’s death, it gives the name of George Wingfield as being a man well in line for the job. The appointive power lies with Governor Oddie.


By MRS. J. M. McCoRMicK
Member of the Nevada Historical Society.

She was one of the oldest and most respected residents of Reno. She was born at Huntington Mills, Pennsylvania, in 1838.

She was married to J. F. Peacock in 1859. In 1861 they started across the plains by ox team, and arrived at Dayton, Nevada, in 1862.

They went to Meadow Lake, California, in 1867, and came to Reno, Nevada, in 1869, where she made her permanent home up to the time of her death, March 22, 1921 . Her husband, J. F. Peacock, two daughters, Ella and Gertie, and a son, Frank, passed away several years ago, leaving Mrs. J. M. McCormick the only surviving member of the family.

Mrs. Peacock was a member of the Nevada Historical Society since its organization. She was a woman of sterling qualities and of a very sunny disposition, that saw the world only as beautiful. She had always a kind word and sympathy for those around her.

For those of her family and we who knew her best, her loss is keenly felt, but only temporarily, for we know that after a few short years and we will be called "To that city not made with hands."

"May friends who love thee, tell thee so, Ere night descends, to bid thee go."

Nevada Historical Society Papers
By Nevada Historical Society
Published by State Printing Office, 1922

Contributed by Kim Torp

Reno Evening Gazette - December 12, 1906

MRS. B. F. RHODES Submitted by Holly Hart

Mrs. Rhodes Dies.

Mrs. B. F. Rhodes died at her home yesterday afternoon after having been ill for nearly a year. She was born in Northport, Mo., in 1832. One daughter, Mrs. C. C. Pearson, survives her. The funeral will be held from the residence tomorrow afternoon.

Reno Evening Gazette - February 13, 1945

MRS. JOSIE B. RITCHARDSON - Submitted by Elaine Elliott

Mrs. Ritchardson Dies Here Today

Lifelong resident of Nevada, Mrs. Josie B. Ritchardson died today. She had been a patient at the hospital for a week.

She was the wife of Will A. Ritchardson, for many years a peace officer here and now caretaker at the Orvis Ring school. Active in social and club affairs, she was a member of the Rebekah lodge, the Neighbors of Woodcraft and the American Legion auxiliary. She was born at Carson.

Surviving besides her husband are a son and daughter[sic] (should be daughter in-law) Edwin H. Cushing of White Pines, California, and Mrs. Jean Cushing of Reno, and a granddaughter, Barbara Jean Cushing of Reno. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Ross-Burke Co.

(Note: Her maiden name was Josie B. Fellows, she married Fred A. Cushing, then Will A. Richardson)

Reno Evening Gazette - February 17, 1990

MRS. FLORENCE R. ROGERS - Submitted by Marcena Thompson

Florence "Pat" Ruth Canfield Rogers, 73 of Sparks died Feb. 12, 1998 at her residence.

A Sparks native, she was born Aril 19, 1924 to Joseph and Marjorie Dowler Canfield and had lived in Sparks most of her life.

Mrs. Rogers was a sales clerk. She graduated from Sparks High School in 1941.

A daughter, Bonnie Kish Joyner, died in 1990.

Surviving are son, John and sister, Marjorie Bartlett, both of Reno, son, Scott of Las Vegas, daughter, Echo Taylor of Medford, OR., brother, Joseph Canfield Jr., and mother, Marjorie Dowler, both of Sparks, 10 grandchildren.

A private funeral will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of Northern Nevada Memorial Cremation and Burial Society.

A memorial is being established with the Nevada Waterfowl Association, 319 Capital Hill Ave., Reno. 89502.

The Humboldt Sun - June 8, 2009


Bob Samon was born April 2, 1936 in Berkeley, Calif., and passed away June 1, 2009 in Reno after a hard-fought battle against cancer.

He attended schools in the Walnut Creek area and after graduating from high school, he attended the University of California at Davis.

Bob's life-long passion was anything connected to horses and ranching, so after college he came to Battle Mountain where he worked as a buckaroo for the W. I. Jenkins Land and Livestock Company, owned by long-time Nevada ranchers, Louise and "Cap" Marvel. He spoke happily of going out to summer range with the wagon in springtime with his string of horses and the other cowboys and coming back to the ranch only after the fall work was done.

When the company was split up, Bob worked for several ranches including those of Tom and Rosita Marvel in and around Battle Mountain and the "25" Ranch in Battle Mountain. He managed cattle, ran hay crews, and continued honing his skills as a horse trainer.

In between ranches, Bob owned and operated his own training and show horse business in California and Nevada. He also managed the performance horse program for Wilbur D. May at the Double Diamond Ranch.

In 1978, he married Nancy, his wife of 31 years, and they settled in Washoe Valley where they reside today. Bob worked all warehousing and construction and continued developing Samon Quarter Horses. He and Nancy bred, trained, and showed their own cutting horses to numerous championships while Bob continued training outside horses, giving lessons, and judging.

Bob's specialty was starting colts. Having spent several summers with Tom Dorrance, the originator and master of natural horsemanship, Bob applied many of the techniques he learned from Tom to produce young horses with good minds and solid foundations.

His other love was helping people with their own horses. He especially loved working with kids and guided several young cutters to National High School Rodeo finals.

He was a founding member and past president of Western Nevada Cutting Horse Association and a long-time member and past president of Nevada Reined Cow and Cutting Horse Association. He was also a longstanding member of the National Cutting Horse Association, the Nevada Farm Bureau, and the American Quarter Horse Association.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; a son, Emitt of Las Vegas: a brother, Mike (Joann) of Easton. Maine; two granddaughters, Aisha and Coryna Samon of Reno; two brothers and sisters-in-law; a nephew, and many true and wonderful friends.

His was a proud legacy of a disappearing way of life. He will be greatly missed, but he made an awesome ride!

A celebration of Bob's life will be held Sunday, June 7 at 11 a.m. at Bowers Mansion in the Washoe Pavilion.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob's name may be made to Youth Scholarships, National Cutting Horse Association, 260 Bailey Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas , 76107.

Lake County Examiner (Lakeview, OR) - September 13, 1900

MR. E. C. SESSIONS - Submitted by Jim Dezotell

E. C. Sessions, a highly respected citizen of Reno, died at that place Aug. 26th. Deceased was in Washoe county before the town of Reno was thought of. He was the father of Charles and Edward Sessions, of Ft. Bidwell.

Reno Gazette - December 13, 2001

MR. DALE C. "TONY" SHERRILL - Submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Dale C. Sherrill, of Sparks, known to just about everyone as "Tony", passed away on December 11, 2001, at Washoe Medical Center. He was 83. Mr. Sherrill was born August 11, 1918, in Nauvoo, Illinois, the son of Henry and Effie (Smith) Sherrill. He had been a local resident since 1951.

Tony was an Army veteran of WW II, serving as a sergeant with the combat engineers in the South Pacific. He was a Teamster for 60 years, and a proud member of Local #533. Prior to a long career in the construction industry, he drove for Greyhound bus Lines for 14 years. Following his retirement in 1980, from H.M. Byars Construction, he was able to devote more time to the outdoor activities he so loved. Tony was an avid fisherman and enjoyed camping.

He is survived by his beloved wife Madaline, daughters, Loretta Sabini, Janet Taylor, Jackie Gilliland, all of Reno and Kathleen Mendenhall of Sacramento as well as nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

There will be a visitation on Friday, December 14, 2001, from 10:00 a.m. until noon at O'Brien-Rogers & Crosby Funeral Home, 600 West Second Street, Reno. A funeral service will follow immediately. Interment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

Palestine Daily Herald, Palestine, Tex. - May 22, 1908

HONORABLE JOHN SPARKS - Transcribed by C. Pinkston, submitted by Dale Donlon

Reno, NV
Governor Sparks Dead

Was a Former Texan, and Had Been Ill for Some Time

Reno, Nev., May 22 - Governor Sparks died this morning of neuralgia of the heart. Gov. Sparks was formerly a resident of Taylor, Texas, and had hosts of friends in Texas as well as in his adopted state. He had been sick for some time.

Reno Evening Gazette - July 6, 1923

MR. JACKSON SPURLING Submitted by Holly Hart

DIED SPURLING - In Reno, July 5, 1923, Jackson, beloved husband of Lorene Spruling and father of Mrs. J. J. Murphy and Sybil Spurling, a native of North Carolina, aged fifty-two years.

Private funeral services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the chapel of Groesbeck & O'Brion [sic]. Interment in Mountain View cemetery.

Lassen Advocate, Susanville, CA - January 8, 1953

MR. WALTER STRAHAN Submitted by Jana

Services today for Walter Strahan, 75.

Walter Strahan, formerly of Susanville and a long-time employee of the Lassen Lumber and Box Company, died in Reno on Monday at the age of 75. He was a native of Mississippi.

Funeral services were held from the Ross-Burke chapel in Reno this afternoon.

Survivors include his wife, Lizzie E., Reno; three sons, Claude, Keddie, Darwin, Puentz, and Clyde, Estaceda, Ore.; two stepsons, John Millsap, Millbrae, Lean Millsap, San Rafael; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dorothy Platek and Mrs. Ramona Mason, both of Sacramento.

The Humboldt Sun - October 15, 2009


Albert Herman Tietjen, 80, of Reno, passed away at his home on Oct. 8,2009, following a brief battle with cancer. Albert (Al) was born in Winnemucca on Dec. 9, 1928, to Henry and Bernadine Tietjen. He was raised on a ranch in Paradise Valley with his two brothers, Herman and Heine, until shortly after his father's death in 1937. Later his mother remarried and the family moved to Reno.

As a young man, Al went into the bit and spur business with his cousin and they opened a shop in San Francisco, Calif. He was drafted into the Army in January 1951, and served in Korea through November of 1952. After returning from the war he was employed by the Ford dealership in Reno, and in his spare time continued to hone his skills as a bit and spur maker. During this time, Al met and married the love of his life, Elsie, in April of 1954.

Al later went into the bit business full-time and went on to become a world-renowned maker of some of the finest silver and gold bits and spurs ever made. Over, the years, Al was honored with numerous awards for his fine craftsmanship. He received an invitation in 1996 to participate in and exhibit his work at The Gathering of the Living Legends in Calgary, Canada. In 1998 he was an original inductee into the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA). Also, in 2001 Al was the recipient of the Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in Folk Arts.

Al is survived by his wife of 55 years, Elsie; son John (Cindy); granddaughters Michaela and Amanda; Brother Herman (Anita) of Winnemucca; and several nieces and nephews. Al was preceded in death by his father Henry, step-father Bob Knieke, mother Bernadine, and brother Heine.

Services will ..be held on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at 1,0 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1138 Wright St., Reno, (775) 323-6894. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to Saint Mary's Hospice, 18653 Wedge Pkwy, Reno (775) 770-3081 or the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345.

Inyo Register - July 12, 1979

MR. WOODROW G. TOLES - Submitted by Marcena Thompson

Funeral services were held July 11 for Woodrow G. Toles, 64, of Rovana following his death July 8 at Northern Inyo Hospital.

The Rev. Ron T. Roberts of the First United Methodist Church officiated at the service, held at Brune-Talmage Chapel. Graveside services were held July 12, with Rev. John V. Moore of the First United Methodist Church of Reno, Nev. officiating. Interment was in the Masonic Memorial Garden, Reno.

Mr. Toles was born June 4, 1915 in Meeker, Colo. He is survived by his wife, June, of Rovana, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The Humboldt Sun - October 27, 2008


Paul James Vesco passed away recently near Las Vegas. He was born in Kemmerer, Wyo., on Sept. 2, 1954. The family moved to Winnemucca, and Paul attended school in Winnemucca and graduated in 1972.

He was good in art, math and shop. He played little league baseball and Babe Ruth baseball in Elko. He also played baseball in Salt Lake City, Utah. In high school he excelled in football and was awarded a four-year football scholarship to the University of Nevada. He played for the Wolf Pack for one year.

He joined the Marine Corp and during his time in the Marines he earned a membership in the 8th and I, which is the honor guard for the president of the United States of America.

His father and mother Paul and Rene Vesco of Winnemucca, his sister Jeanne Vesco Stewart of Phoenix, Ariz., his sister Monica of Cave Creek, Ariz., his sister Dr. Teresa Vesco of Scottsdale, Ariz., and his brother Chris and wife Julie of Las Vegas survive him. His nephews and nieces James and Marissa Stewart and Jose Parra, Niko Salvaggio and Morgyn ReAnn Vesco, great nephews and nieces Sebastian, Rachelle Rose and Jayden Stewart also survive him. His Aunts Arlene Garritson, Diana and Gale Vesco and his Uncle Jack Vesco and cousins Tim, Joe, Paul, Curt, Lorri, Cyndi, Vance and Jody Vesco and Tom, Susan, Elizabeth, and Patricia O'Doan also survive Paul.

After cremation there will be a private family memorial service in Phoenix, Ariz. Memorial donations can be made to Lakes Crossing, 500 Galletti Way, Sparks, Nevada.

The Eugene Register - Guard (Eugene,OR) - May 1, 2002
MR. FLOYD WORTHINGTON - transcribed by Jim Dezotell

Floyd Worthington of Sun Valley, Nev., died April 12 of heart failure. He was 66.

He was born Feb. 8, 1936, in Dayton. He married Vera Woodruff in Cottage Grove on Dec. 8, 1957.

He retired from the Air Force as a staff sergeant. He had worked for B & B Battery Co. in Eugene and Whittlesea Cab in Reno, Nev.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Terry Worthington of Cottage Grove and Barbara Karlowicz of Spark, N.Y.; two sons, Bob of Creswell and Dale of Cottage Grove; a brother, Howard of Portland; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A grandson, James Worthington, died previously.

A memorial service will be held in July. Ross-Burke & Knobel Mortuary in Reno is in charge.

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