View from the Past

50 Years Ago

Science Topics: Chances are that when you try to pronounce a strange word, you depend on previous experience with similar words and your knowledge of the English language. But how does a child decide on how to pronounce a new word? A linguist and a psychologist at the University of Wisconsin are analyzing this problem and other skills related to reading in an attempt to determine the clues a child learns that later help him to correctly pronounce an unfamiliar word. Their research indicates that English orthography — the relationship of letter patterns to the pronunciation of words — is a more regular and complex system than had been assumed.

Fallon Eagle-Standard, Friday, March 29, 1968

75 Years Ago

Motorist Warned to Condition Cars: Declaring that the arrival of spring this year brings with it a critical stage in the preservation of the nation’s automotive transportation system, Ed Hedner, national director of service for Chevrolet, urges the individual car and truck owners of America to accept as their patriotic duty the responsibility of making sure their vehicles are thoroughly and properly spring conditioned. “There are many reasons why it is tremendously important for owners to accept such responsibility this year,” he said. “Subnormal driving at low speed, plus the attendant inclination of many owners to neglect proper service, and the rigors of severe winter conditions in many sections of the country have exacted a heavy toll on the nation’s cars and trucks.” Whether or not our motor vehicles will continue to function effectively in getting war workers to and from their jobs, and in transporting an increasing number volume of war materials.

The Fallon Eagle, Saturday, March 27, 1943

100 Years Ago

Soon to Drill for Oil - Experienced Oil Well Man to Begin Sinking Near Salt Wells: Never since the boom days at Fairview and Wonder has interest been so keen in the development of the latent resources of Churchill County as at the present time. While there has been much talk of the oil indications hereabouts, it is only here recently the actual steps have been taken to make tests. This week, manager W. M. at McCaffrey of the Nevada State Basin Dome Oil Company, which was recently organized in Fallon, has been going over the ground with E.W Clark, an experienced oil well driller, and carefully inspected the holdings of the company in the vicinity of Salt Wells for the purpose of designating the place where drilling will be done. Mr. Clark is preparing to move his well drilling outfit from north of Reno to Fallon and it will begin drilling in the near future. Mr. Clark is an experienced oil well driller and expresses the belief that definite indications of oil may be found at even the surface depth of a couple hundred feet, though of course it not be expected that oil in commercial quantities could be developed without sinking to great depth.

Churchill County Eagle Saturday, March 30, 1918

A view from the past ... Stories from the Churchill County Museum and Archives researched and compiled by Dawson Frost, Churchill County Museum Intern.


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