Treasures From The Vault

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June 2017

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. H. 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

December 2016


Postcard postmarked December 23, 1919 and, addressed to Master Leonard Champagne, Genoa

World War II, Christmas Day Menu from the U.S.S. Yorktown, December 25, 1943.




This sleigh was purchased at a Genoa auction and is said to have been previously owned by Hank Monk and possibly used in delivering mail.


November 2016

Reprint of an editorial article in the Record-Courier November 22, 1935 entitled, “The High School Gymnasium”, regarding a proposal of a bond to build the Douglas County High School gymnasium.



Mexican War Veterans Medal. In 1876, the National Association of Veterans of the Mexican War issued a bronze, shield-shaped medal to its members. This is one is inscribed on the back: James P. Pettegrew, Iowa Infantry.









Invoice – Rejected claim submitted by C. M. Taylor to Douglas County for five meals for Election Board. Dated November 7, 1876.  We have to wonder, why was it rejected?  Too costly at five meals for $0.50 each?


“Official Programme of Automobile & Motor Cycle Races, Held by the Automobile Club of California under the rules and with the sanction of the racing Board of the American Automobile Association, at the Ingleside Track, San Francisco, California, on Friday and Saturday, November the Sixth and Seventh, Nineteen Hundred & Three”. Research indicates that Barney Oldfield won a 10-mile race in front of 4,000 spectators driving an average speed of 54 miles per hour. This program came to DCHS as part of the Harris Family Collection donation.


October 2016

Official Nevada Day Program “Nevada’s Changing Times”, October 31, 1972    


SNOW!  Fred Dressler on horseback with cattle in Pickett’s Junction, Alpine County, California. Signed: “Moving Out, Fred H. Dressler Oct. 1984”



Photograph of Douglas County High School Homecoming Parade on October 15, 1981. Cheerleaders are riding on top of the fire truck. L-R: Unidentified, Claudia Bertalona, Sheri Brewer, Natalie Prupas, Rosanne Rivera. In the truck: Fireman Dennis Atchison, Barb Gallager, Fireman Steve Morgan


World’s Columbian Exposition (aka Chicago World’s Fair) Ticket, dated May 1 to October 30, 1893 No. 359616 with image of Christopher Columbus.






Here is a calendar dated October 1920 from the Farmers Bank of Carson Valley, Incorporated.  Listed are W. F. Dressler, President, C. M. Henningsen, Vice President, and H. G. Marsh, Cashier


September 2016

Cooking at the Candy Dance, September 29, 1983 – Genoa Volunteer Fire Department members, left to right: Ed Brierly, Don Minifie, Lois Backland, Wally Adams, Pat Wilson.  


WW II image of local men posing in front of the Douglas County Courthouse. They were going to report at Salt Lake City Selective Service office on September 27, 1944. L-R, back row: Budd Dressler, Kenneth Storke; front row: John Henningsen, Bill Campbell, Sherwin Kettenburg.


September 10, 1908 – a look at men and machinery at work inside the Douglas County Creamery Co.


World War I or ‘The Great War’ image of automobiles parked in front of Courthouse.  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








































































































































































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