Treasures From The Vault

 Curator – Gail Allen        Telephone: 775-782-2555       Email:

Appointment Hours: Fridays and Saturdays – by appointment.

Image scans are available for purchase.  Contact the Curator for more information.


December 2018

The old bandstand being razed in the Minden Park on December 8, 1983.         


“Peerless Bullfrog Mining Company, Number 2344, (for) 357 shares, December 1, 1906, M. Harris”. The Harris brothers, Abe and Morris, were in Rhyolite during the mining boom with a store and as stock speculators.

November 2018

This is page 18 of the Nevada Magazine, November 1945, with a caricature by Lew Hymers of Nevada brands and their owners. Included from Carson Valley are: George Henningsen, Bill Dressler (former Senator for Douglas County), Fred Dressler (son of Bill Dressler), John Dangberg of Dangberg Land & Livestock Co., and Maurice Mack.

Here is a photograph of Kiwanis poster makers holding their Thanksgiving posters at Douglas High School, November 18, 1982.

Can someone provide us with the names of any of these people?

This overseas postcard is addressed to Henry Frevert in Gardnerville from his brother, William, who was serving in the Army in Europe, and speaks about the death of their brother, Clarence, from influenza. Printed on the front, “These Supply Trains Will Continue Moving As Long As You Folks Buy Bonds”. It is dated November 8, 1918. Information about Clarence Frevert is part of the Centennial of Armistice Day 1918 exhibit at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Gardnerville until November 15th.

As it was then so it is now –  this is a photograph of campaign signs posted along a fence here in Carson Valley on November 13, 1986.

October 2018

Photograph of the H. F. Dangberg wagon used for hauling produce to Virginia City. This wagon was featured in the Admission Day Parade, October 31, 1946 at Carson City.

Pilots, left to right, unidentified man and Cedric J. Brockliss, 1935. Join us tonight at our Historic Cemetery Tour in Mottsville Cemetery and hear more about Cedric Brockliss and how this local boy took to the skies as a pilot with the 7th Bombardment Group in the 1930s.

A naughty postcard, which reads, “Now Bobbie, Kiss Nurse and go to bed. No fear, not me, she might smack my face like she did Pop’s last night when he tried it on.” Postmarked Gardnerville, Nevada, October 18 1914 and is addressed to Mrs. W. Champagne, Reno.

October 10, 1989, Douglas County Engine Company Volunteer Firemen outside Minden Station at the dedication of Pomona Bell. L-R: Don Stangle, Earl Jarrett, Capt. Hopkins, Ron Wilcks, John Folks, Lee Berg, Unidentified, Greg Juchtzer, Bruce Lawrence, Russ Byington, John (?), Dan Hellwinkel, Jerry Reed, Don Hellwinkel, Bruce Hollander, Lawrence Jacobsen, Steve Morgan, Randy Turria, Doug Sonnemann.

Does anyone know John (?)’s last name?

September 2018

Poster for the Candy Dance 67th Annual, Genoa, held on September 26, 1987.

Whimsical certificate which reads, “This is to Certify that on the 20th day of September, 1967, William Souligny did, alone and unassisted take off and return to Douglas County Airport thereby successfully completing his first solo flight”, and is signed by Donald Laustrup.

Colorful football program for the Douglas County High School team vs. Pershing County High School team. This game was held at the Gardnerville Field, Friday, September 24, 1954.

This postcard of the Edgewood Hotel was written to Leana Bull at Waterloo, Nevada and reads,

Dear Leana, E. R. left two of these … will send you one, they ain’t very good, I don’t think. We are all well and hope this will find you all the same. Love to all. Good by, Ethel“.

The postmark reads, “Sep 17, 1908, Bijou, Cal.”

Photograph taken during World War I of automobiles parked in front of the Douglas County Courthouse building. Written on the back: “Dear Fred: This is a picture of the crowd seeing the boys off at Minden on Sept. 5, Yours Fred J. Siebert, Minden Courthouse 1917.”

August 2018

Here is an interesting piece of pre-World War I patriotic themed sheet music, “For His Mother’s Sake” written by Miss Mary Crowell and published by American Advance Music Co., New York on August 14, 1904.                                  

This photograph of Arnold Trimmer, Grace Dangberg and Hans R. Jepsen was taken at Mormon Station at the annual Historical Society picnic held on August 19, 1979.

This photograph from Carson Valley of Jobs Peak is dated August 1, 1942.  There was no smoke filling the valley then the way it has for the past few weeks.

This is a 1995 Carson Valley Historical Society invitation to the Homecoming Dance and Grand Opening of the Carson Valley History Museum & Cultural Center on the evening of August 19, 1995.  Join us on August 4th for the anniversary celebration of our building, 1477 Highway 395 N., Gardnerville, and free admission Family Day, 10 am to 2 pm.

July 2018

Photograph titled, “There is plenty of help” for a pee wee contestant as he ‘ropes the dummy’ at Gardnerville’s Jr. Rodeo, sponsored by Douglas County Fair on July 23, 1987.

Photograph of the Acorn Fire in Fredericksburg area, Alpine County, July 1986.

Photograph of a group of people celebrating inside the Genoa Stockade (Mormon Station State Historic Park) 


and  the program of events for the July 14, 1951, at Nevada’s First Settlement Centennial celebration.  The U. S. postage stamp inspired by the Hans Meyer-Kassel painting was unveiled and received the First Day Issued cancelation in what is now the Courthouse Museum, Genoa. 


Postcard entitled, “Godess (sic) of Liberty”, depicting a float in the 1911 Gardnerville Fourth of July Parade.

June 2018

Carson Valley Historical Society Building Committee going over the restoration plans with the contractor in front of Courthouse Museum, Genoa building. L-R: William F. Schwake, Contractor Carl Falcke, Hans R. Jepsen, President Knox Johnson, Roy Heise, Lois Jones in June 1974.

“Bud McPherson riding Black Diamond at a rodeo in Gardnerville” on June 16, 1940.


Earl May on horseback with Pony Express re-Ride mochila on saddle on June 24, 1982. Today’s re-ride crosses the state line at Woodfords around 2:00 pm.  Head to Genoa this afternoon and watch ‘the Pony’ come through town!

Senior Citizen float for Carson Valley Days on June 4, 1989.

This poster was created for the Genoa Pioneer and Pony Express Day  held on June 9, 1934.  It was drawn by Lew Hymers.

Commencement Program for graduates of the Gardnerville High School held on Friday June 5, 1908, at Valhalla Hall, Gardnerville. Graduates of the ‘Complete Classical Course’ were Mathilda Jepsen, Mary C. Hellwinkel, and Oliver A. Hougner. Graduate of the ‘Special Scientific’ was Benjamin D. Cardinal.

May 2018

Photograph of Farmer’s Bank in Minden, May 28, 1909. Do you recognize this building today?

Genoa School Track & Field Team that won the Douglas County Meet on May 31, 1913. Genoa – 73 2/3 points, Gardnerville, Minden, East Fork, Central, Fairview, Centerville, a combined 59 1/2 points.

Front Row: Homer Raycraft, John Jepsen, Harry Franklin, Clyde Morrison, unidentified, Dick Canonica; Back Row: Tom Raycraft, Chauncey Dressler, Claire Morrison, Wesley Walker, Hans R. Jepsen, Oscar Franklin, Mr. McKeown. Yeah Team!

This is a May 15, 1941 Genoa Grammar School Graduation program. There were four graduates:

Betty Lamar, Carl Falke, Frances Juchtzer, and Herbert Cordes. 

Others listed on the program include Verla Winkelman, Clifford Winkelman, Gertrude Juchtzer, Billie Jean Byrne, Ervan Winschell, Edward Juchtzer, Lucille Cordes, Thelma Winkelman, Virginia Hawkins, Leonard Winkelman, Alice Cordes,  Ewald Winkelman, Duane Mack, Mrs. Ed Palen, and Henry Cordes.

May is Historic Preservation Month. Remembering structures of the past, here is an image of the old Power Dam. Later, it was known as the Douglas County Power & Milling Co. This image is the Douglas County Power Dam while under construction. Electrical power generated by the dam was used to run the Douglas Mill in Gardnerville among other things.                

This is an image of the dam in the 1960s or 1970s.

April 2018

Photograph of the Minden Grocery in Minden, Nevada surrounded by snow in this image dated April 23, 1931. It was owned at the time by John and Norma Dangberg Ellis.

Put on your party hat and join us for an “Evening Soiree – Gowns of the Governor’s Wives” being held at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Gardnerville, on April 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm!

Light-hearted certificate from the “Institute of the Blind, Kelly Field, Texas” issued to “certify that Cedric J. Brockliss has completed the course in instrument flying without peeping. Given this 1st day of April, 1932”. Way to go, Cedric! Cedric was a member of 7th Bombardment Group.

Statement from the “Gardnerville Record” dated April 1, 1899. This newspaper later merged with the “Genoa Courier” to become our local newspaper, the “Record-Courier”.

April 4, 1982 photograph of Easter Egg Hunt Dyeing with 20-30 Club members. L-R: Steve Morgan, UNIDENTIFIED, Steve Nalder, Bruce Lawrence, Mike Phillips, Richard Nalder, Jeff Dinsmore.

Does anyone recognize the unidentified man?

March 2018

Let’s all celebrate ‘Cat-urday’ and the 2018 Women in History program today with these undated photographs of four unnamed cats taken by local photographer, Juanita Schubert, a 2001 Douglas County Historical Society Women in History honoree.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  This program for the “Bits ‘O Blarney, An Irish Operetta in Two Acts” was presented by Consolidated School, District A, on March 27, 1931 at the Nevada Theatre in Gardnerville.

Cover of the “Nevada Highways and Parks”, March 1938 printed in purple, black and white. It is a Lew Hymers drawing of cowboys and horses looking down on an automobile driving on a highway through mountains.

The headlines on this Reno Evening Gazette read, “85 Die as Plane Hits Sierra Ridge”, dated March 2, 1964, and tells the story of a Paradise Airline plane, which crashed between Genoa Peak and Kingsbury Grade during a snow storm, killing all aboard. “A temporary morgue, where bodies will be stored and identified, will be established at the CVIC hall in Minden.”

February 2018

Photograph of a snowy trip to the outhouse one day in February day 1939.

Operator’s (Driver’s) License issued to Dan Hellwinkel, who it should be noted was then 15 years old, on February 7, 1941.

1912 Valentine postcard. Written on the back, “Master Myron Jones, Sheridan…Love, Cousin Nelle” with postmarks from Berkeley, California and Sheridan, Nevada.

Here is a photograph of the blizzard and windstorm of February 1923. Donor, Grace Dangberg wrote on the back of the image, “Taken from our back door at Minden, 1923.”

This is a photograph of Jane Rosenbrock working on a patron in her beauty shop on February 6, 1986. Be sure and visit the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, Gardnerville, and see the new exhibit of Jane’s Beauty Shop downstairs on our ‘Main Street’!

January 2018

“Needlecraft Magazine” dated January 1928 and mailed to Mrs. A. Millar, Minden, Nevada.

Photograph of the aftermath of the January 23, 1995 arson fire, which destroyed the Harris building. At the time of the fire, it housed the Coventry Cross Thrift Store and the East Fork Artists Gallery. Today is the location of the Historian Inn.

A January 20, 1983 photograph of the Douglas County Engine Company Volunteer Firemen.

Front Row L-R: Lawrence Jacobsen, Dan Hellwinkel, Bruce Hollander, Jim Gansberg, Ron Wilcks, Steve Morgan, Jim Gansberg, Steve Erb, Tom Cook, Mike Fisher, Greg Cowden, Jeff Summers, Greg Juchtzer, UNIDENTIFIED (Anyone know?), Randy Turria; Back Row L-R: Don Hellwinkel, John Cressaty, Bruce Lawrence, Lee Berg, Don Atchison, Steven Nalder.

The cover of the “Nevada Highways and Parks” magazine for January 1938 shows winter fun in our mountains.

The Virginia & Truckee Railway Engine 27 coming through the Carson Valley on its run to Minden on January 1, 1942

December 2017

1919 Postcard sent to Mr. William Frevert with the greeting, “With every Good Wish for a very Bright and Happy New Year”.

A humorous Christmas postcard from 1909 shows a rotund Santa Claus looking at a narrow chimney and exclaiming, “My goodness!”

This photograph of Mormon Station, Genoa, was taken December 25, 1905  and has the caption, “Nevada’s Oldest House”. This building burned down in June 28, 1910 Genoa fire.

Christmas Program for the original Minden School with a photograph of the school dated

December 17, 1909.

A page from a catalog of “Hats – Caps Staples & Novelties”, put out by the Rossett Manufacturing Corporation, Winter 1947 – 1948. Which one is your choice?

A page from a Farmers Bank of Carson Valley Calendar December 1919

November 2017

Photograph of beer and liquor rescued from the East Fork Hotel after the fire on November 20, 1986.

Postcard – “To Greet You with all Good Wishes for a Pleasant Thanksgiving Day”, dated November 18 1913. Handwritten greeting reads, “Dear Edna, am sorry you did not get down. I looked forward to such pleasure of your visit. Hope you can come yet. My but we are having lots of rain for this country, lots of snow I guess this winter (is) for the farmers. Good by with love. It has been raining hard since noon. Jessie”

This is a receipt from the Pioneer Iron Works addressed to A. M. Taylor, dated November 24, 1873, for the cost of cell and locks for the Douglas County Courthouse in Genoa. It reads in full, “Dear Sir, We received to day by Wells Fargo & Co. Express, eleven hundred twenty three dollars and eighty five cents ($1123.85) in full for our cell & locks for Douglas Co. Nevada. For which receive our thanks. If you or any of your friends with any iron work, I should like to do it for them. Yours respectfully, C. H. Leavitt, by Root”.

These cells are still in place and can be seen at the Courthouse Museum, Genoa.


An advertisement from the Record-Courier for the Minden Mercantile Co. Close Out event dated November 10, 1966.                                

This “Card of Approbation” was awarded to Willie Virgin, only son of Judge D. W. Virgin, for good conduct and lessons. It is signed M. (Mary) E. Davies, Teacher, Genoa School, November 1879. The school was the Genoa Seminary which stood near the Kinsey house on Genoa Lane, Genoa.

October 2017

This decal was issued for the “Nevada’s Admission Day Celebration, Pageant of the Past Oct. 31st.” No year listed.

Football program for “Douglas Tigers vs. Hawthorne, October 5, 1962, Gardnerville, Nevada”

“Venire No. 1 for Grand Jurors” for October session 1904. This is a writ issued by a judge to a sheriff directing the summons of prospective jurors.  List of those summoned includes J. Rodenbah, Charles Fulstone, Henry Godecke, James Campbell, J. P. Van Sickle, M. Jacobsen, Pete Heitman, C. C. Henningsen, R. McFadden, Leo Springmeyer, Arnold Settelmeyer, Henry Marquart, Fred Fricke, William Lampe, D. B. Park, A. L. Dressler, Martin Canonica, Frank Fettic, Ed Frey, Robert Falcke, John Giardelli, T. N. Hansen, D. R. Hawkins, Felix Martin. Filed on October 10, 1904 by H. C. Jepsen, Clerk. 

This is a ticket from the World’s Columbian Exposition, May 1 to October 30, 1893. No. 890211. A variety of images were used on the tickets and this ticket has an image of Native American.

September 2017

In recognition of Street Vibrations in Reno this weekend, here is a photograph of a group of old motorcycles parked in front of the Genoa Bar. Dated September 17, 1981.

HAPPY CANDY DANCE – September 23-24, 2017 (Same dates as in 1995)

Candy Dance Pins for 1994 through 1997. In 1994, the first collector pin was added to the “Candy Dance” event. The pins feature familiar buildings in Genoa: old Post Office, Country Store, Courthouse Museum, and Genoa Bar. The last pin was produced in 1997.

Photograph of men working inside the Douglas County Creamery Co. dated September 10, 1908.  The remnants of this building are still standing on Waterloo Lane, east of Highway 88 in Gardnerville.

Our local airport has seen lots of activity over the years.   This is Stock Certificate #36 for Douglas-Tahoe Flying Service Inc. for 25 shares to C. O. D. Garage, Inc. It is signed by Max Jones, President and Emery Graunke, Secretary, and dated September 24, 1949.

This miniature boxing glove was an official souvenir of the Nelson – Gans prizefight held in Goldfield, Nevada on September 3, 1906.  This is part of the Harris Collection and possibly belonged to Abe or Morris Harris.  They may have attended this prize-fight when they were in business in the nearby town of Rhyolite. 

FYI – Gans was declared the winner after Nelson was disqualified for a ‘below-the-belt’ punch.

August 2017

Handmade invitation to the 4-H Club Achievement Luncheon held on August 8, 1938.


Handwritten deed for the sale by the Douglas County Commissioners of the “old Court House” building to Genoa School District for $150.00 in gold coin dated July 13, 1916, filed August 8, 1916. 

This is the Courthouse Museum, Genoa and belongs to the Douglas County Historical Society.

Photograph of Harvey’s Wagonwheel Resort Hotel Casino after the bombing on August 11, 1983. This was a subject of a 2016 History Channel episode of Mysteries at the Museum partially filmed at our Courthouse Museum, Genoa.

In honor of ‘Hot August Nights’, this is an undated image of automobiles parked in front Meyers Mercantile Store and the Minden Flour Mill is in the background.

This image has two automobiles and several men in front of a two story building. Written in white across the bottom is, “Governor Sparks and party leaving Rhyolite, A. E. Holt, Oct. 1906”.

This undated image is Main Street, Gardnerville with Race Car #5 is in front of Howard Brothers Store. The banner over the street reads, “Midland Garage”. Several automobiles are visible as is the French Hotel and I. O. O. F. (Odd Fellows) Hall.  Notice the people on the sidelines watching the race.

Memorial Program for Milos S. “Sharkey” Begovich, born August 1, 1926, died August 9, 2002. The service was held August 15, 2002 at the C. V. I. C. Hall in Minden. Sponsored by the Minden/Douglas Lodge #2670, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks


July 2017

Hunters License, number 80, issued to Fred H. Hellwinkel on July 31, 1937.

Poster from the “39th US Nationals Soaring Championships, July 19 thru 27, 1972 Minden, Nevada.”

First Day Issue envelope celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Genoa, 1851 – 1951.  Image of Mormon Station and Colonel John Reese, the founder of Mormon Station. The 3-cent stamp was designed by Hans Meyer-Kassel, artist and resident of Genoa. The stamp was cancelled in Genoa on July 14, 1951 as part of the Genoa celebrations.

Program from Sharkey’s “Cowpasture Arena Boxing” held in Gardnerville on July 3, 1978.  

Photographic postcard with “Auto Parade July 4, 1911 Gardnerville, Nevada” written across the bottom of the image.

June 2017

In the Douglas County Historical Society collection is this nickel which fused to brass during the catastrophic Genoa fire on June 28, 1910.

This invitation is addressed to Mr. & Mrs. H. F. Dangberg for the formal opening of the Ferris Wheel on Wednesday, June 24, 1893 at three o’clock at the 1893 Columbian Exposition aka Chicago’s World Fair.

This is an image of Gladys Dangberg’s Douglas County High School diploma dated June 2, 1916 in the original gray leather folder. This artifact is currently on exhibit with many other high school related artifacts in the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, in High School exhibit downstairs on ‘Main Street’.

June 9, 1934 poster for the Genoa Pioneer and Pony Express Day drawn by Lew Hymers.

Photograph of Main Street, Gardnerville/Minden after a Carson Valley Days parade in the late 1990s. A man is standing next to Bertha the elephant wearing a red banner on her back, “John Ascuaga’s, Nugget”.

May 2017

This is the headstone of John A. Thomson, aka Snowshoe Thompson.  It reads, “In Memory of John A. Thomson, Native of Norway, Departed this life May 15, 1876. Aged 49 yrs, 16 days. Gone but not forgotten” Inverted, crossed skis carved at the top.  In 1960, members of the Norwegian Olympic Ski Team took time out from competition at Squaw Valley to visit this gravesite and place a brass plaque and wreath in memory of their fellow countryman.

This is a cookbook titled, “Conservation Recipes”, compiled by the Mobilized Women’s Organizations of Berkeley, dated 1918.  This is a World War I era book which assists those on the home front who want to do their part with economizing.  Written in the front: “Mrs. John Dangberg from Mother.”

Construction of the Vocational Building at Douglas High School in Minden, May 1980.

April 2017

Photograph – Riverview Bridge being reconstructed with “Bridge Out” sign. Dated April 10, 1980.

Ticket – “Douglas Sportsmen’s Club, Stag Feed, Hunter’s Stew $1.50, Saturday, April 15, 1955, 8:00 P. M., Legion Hall, Gardnerville, Nevada”

Postcard – “A Happy Easter”. Greeting – “Hello Edna, For goodness sake hurry up and take another start and write. You are as bad as I am, and you’ve only one little tot to look after. Love from Jessie”.  Postmarked April 10, 1911, and addressed to “Mrs. Wm. Champagne, Genoa Nev.”

Here is a program for a play entitled, “And Mary Did”, Comedy in Three Acts, presented by the Genoa Parent-Teachers’ Association at the Minden C.V.I.C. Hall on Saturday night, April 9, 1932. 

Photo postcard showing damage after the April 18th, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Printed across the bottom of the un-mailed postcard, “The Latin Quarters on Montgomery hill were destroyed – thousands of dollars worth of paintings, statuary and art work were lost by San Francisco artists.”

March 2017

It is giving the appearance of spring when we begin to see the of lambs and calves. This is an undated image of dogs, sheepherders & sheep connected to the Dangberg Land & Livestock Company.

Trinity Lutheran Church Confirmation Class photograph dated March 20, 1910. Names are not in order: Emma Gansberg, Peter Wilslef, Henry Cordes, Ernest Glock, Irma Settelmeyer, Frieda Schacht, William Lange, Pastor Frederick H. Menzel, Emma Thran, Dorothea Hansen, Fred Scheele, Clarence Heitman, and Mary Andersen.

Here is an image of the Minden School built in 1909. Signs on the building read March 1910. This building was on the site of the current Douglas County School District offices at 1638 Mono Avenue, Minden.

February 2017

Photograph of Jean Lekumberry and two men around a barbeque grill dated February 27, 1986.

Photograph of flooding on Muller Lane, February 18, 1982.  Or as Yogi Berra might say,

“It’s like deja-vu, all over again!”  

   Metal tag, “Hunting and Fishing License, Douglas County, No. 4, $10.00, expires Feb. 28, 1917”. Originally belonged to Raymond “Spud” Koenig.

January 2017

Advertisement for “The Montag Circulator (Heater), An ornament to any home”, with diagrams of how the wood or coal heater is built and used. Note the line at the bottom, “Built for Western fuels…”

It is winter in northern Nevada, so here is an image from the vault to remind us of winters past! 

C. M. Henningsen is taking a break from shoveling snow in an undated, colorized photograph.

Nevada license plate from 1969. This plate was registered to Hannah Harris Richards for her 1939 Dodge.

Here is the Record-Courier, January 7, 1916 with the front page headline which reads, “New High School Opened Monday”.  This is the now the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center and currently houses the Douglas County Historical Society.  Come by and see this beautiful building!

“A Happy New Year” postcard postmarked December 31, 1912, addressed to Mrs. William Champagne, Genoa, Nevada

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