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PAGE EIGH4 NEVADA STATE JOURNAL',, RENO, NEVADA SUNDAY, JULY 7, 1937 Long Ely Before it Was Finished Hotel Held a Grand Ball Fully Modern Old Northern A! Same Stand By EFFIE O. BEAD Ely's Northern Hotel was scene of a house warming long before it was finished. The occasion was the great celebration of Railroad Day, Sept. 29,1906. So great was the need for a dance hall to entertain the more than two thousand guests and night revelers that carpenters hurriedly laid a pine floor in the unfinished hotel and it was initiated with a grand ball that evening. Music said to be "softer and sweeter than melodies f r o m heaven" was played by the great Helds Band from Salt Lake City, and many remember the echoes, of the beautiful strains of "Where the Silver Colorado Wends its Way" as they reverberated into the canyons wending southward and vv estward from Ely. Still Inviting Elv's hotel Northern is not only a memory to oldsters who were youngsters fifty years ago but is a hostelry of modern and inviting quarters for the traveling public ot today. The new, modernized Northern Bar has opened its doors; inviting one to step into the same part of the building which boasted of a Northern bar just half a century ago. Its tapestry and furnishings are of the latest design and it could not be outdone by its display of 2 1 - y e a r - o l d Scotch and other imported liquors. Its sott, friendly atmosphere suggests a delightful p l a c e for relaxation. It was in 1905 when the great awakening came and Ely bestirred itself to supply accommodations for the strangers within its gates. G. L. (Tex.) Rickard and Ole Elliott of Goldfield became interested. A company of Ely's hustling foremost citizens' listing Thomas Rockhill and Joseph Stevens, with Rickard at its head, was formed and a foundation of. a princely -Hostelry was laid. An army of workmen were employed and by Nov. 7,1906, a line hotel adorned one of the main corners in Ely. Nothing but the best was the aim. Plumbing was installed and every room supplied with hot and cold water. In the matter oJ furnishings the largest eastern and western outfitting houses were drawn upon and all that was finest was purchased. The sojourner of those days had no fear but he would fine a home on his visit to the Ely "Copperopolis." Rickard's Store Rickard also established a clothing store with Al Meyers, his father-in-law, as proprietor. It.later - became known as Graham's Men's Furnishing Shop. As early as Dec. 1,1913 a parcel of the building was leased and the Steptoe Drug opened its doors. The first floor corner site of the building was also the home of the First National Bank of Ely for years. That section is once again the Northern Bar. It was in 1911 when H. O. (Tex) Hall leased the building for $700 a month from the corporation. Tex, it is recalled, was a "fine manager," and working for him at the Northern bar was Eddy Hill- Ick. "Oscar Upwall was also an employe. Frenchie Vautrin, one of Ely's oldest residents lived at the Northern for more than 25 jears and well remembers the summer of 1913. The weather was sultry. Threatening Clouds On A u g u s t 26 threatening clouds made an appearance early. They came over with a sure promise of violence and at 11 o'clock tnat morning thunder crashed and lightning struck. A black, ominous cloud hung over 11,000 foot Ward mountain to the south. With another crash the cloud opened up. Residents watched its funnel- like appearance with anxiety. Then an avalanche of water poured down Murry Canyon and into dbwntftwn Ely, where Hotel Northern felt the bulk of its force. Hall had a large supply of expensive liquors and cigars stored in the basement. The storage room extended under the sidewalk. Hall, fearing his supply might be destroyed by the deluge filling the basement, sent Oscar Upwall, Eddy Hillick and Frenchie Vautrin below to bring the cases to the upper floor. Water Comes Fast The water was coming in fast and they were moving the case; bucket brigade style. Frenchie was calling, "Where are those high-priced cigars?" "All at once, bang!" said Vau trin, recalling the experience. "We were under the sidewalk and I thought the building had collapsed." "A heavy slab door had broken out between the boiler rooin and the stock room. A room full of water came at us, with more coming through the coal chute. It had such volume and force it was a veritable whirlpool, whipping up barrels and boxes tendin j them spinning round and round. Oscar wrapped his arms ·round a barrel and was whirled close to the stairway to safety, NEWS PA PER fl R C HI ELY'S HISTORIC 'NORTHERN'-ABUILDING, AND TODAY Mystery Develops in Carson- Where is the Cornerstone In The State Capitol Building? By JAMES HULSE In official circles in Carson City, there is a plan to tear down the aged gray-stone Capitol Building and to replace it with two flashy, modern structures for the executive and legislative branches of the government. Those who have the inclination and the influence to bring about the destruction of the old landmark have not yet given a date :o their enterprise, but the structure seems to be never-the-less doomed. A Reno structural engineer early this year told 1 he legislature the old silver-domed edifice is dangerous--a firetrap and a death house in the event of a major I The cornel stone was placed, with due ceremony, by Grand Vlaster George W. Hopkins. It lias xen determined that a few of '.he persons present had disappeared Behind swinging doors alon^ Carson St before (lie grand orator, the Ron Kohoit H. Taylor, had finished his addiess. AH these things a t e recoirlod with minute precision, but the alert Carson Daily Appeal neglected 10 say just \\hcie the cornerstone was placed. Masonic records are said to single out the northeast corner, but the was not inscribed comer. The tormei state ollicial said he located a smoo'.h stone, contiastmi; with the others which were lough, m the northeast corner ol the original building. This stone, like portions of all four cornels, was partly obscured hy th J addition ot wmgs to the huild- iii!,' in l'jl'.-]l It n pinbablv the coi nerstonc w i t h a ache of documents, (.cms and ore samples, hut no one appeals to be certain It w i l l bo an mtciesting trea'- ure hunt in some f u t u r e year find the "lost ' stone Hut it is to stone 'be hoped tne familiar old building has several moie uselul vears Mr. McEachin s study advanced the theory of the northeast bclore tilt 1 equipment KOes to woi -; Focal point of a violent flash flood that claimed the life of one man in its basement 44 years ago is the 51-year-old Northern Hotel on Ely's Aultman St. Old photo at top shows The Northern adorned by workmen, as construction neared completion in the fall of 1906. About five weeks before the building was finished a floor was quickly laid in it and a big ball held in celebration of the coming of the Nevada Northern railroad to Ely--Sept. 29, 1906. Lower photo shows the Northern as it is today, very similar in general outline to the original, although a section has been added at the extreme left, and the front and side elevations have been modernized. The hotel was built by George L. (Tex) Rickard of fight promotion fame, and several associates. earthquake. He said the governor's office and the legislative chambers would not be safe in the event of disaster. The official recommendation was destruction of the building. Although the removal is probably several years away, there are some who forsee a delicate historical problem when they begin to crumple the walls. The problem: the old cornerstone of the original building must be saved, and there is a doubt about exactly where it is located. No one, it seems, is certain which of the native stones is the resting place for the documents and trophies which were deposited on June 9, 1870. The events of that day have been pieced together in a document prepared in 1946 by Malcolm McEachin. then secretary of state for Nevada. Mr. McEachin entitled his pamphlet "A Cornerstone for the Capitol," and h e j provided considerable information on the occasion. Tbe 1869 legislature had authorized the construction of the building on the "plaza" in Car=on City. The lawmakers had created a seven-man Board of Capitol Building Commissioners, who worked without pay in planning the new seat of government They awarded S25C to Joseph Gosling for the best set of phns Peter Cavanaugh of Carson City was the contractor. Most of the dignitaries in the state were present for the cornerstone ceremony. There were bands from Carson City, Virginia City, and Gold Hill. Strong- lunged orators, miners, Chinese, charcoal burners, farmers, Shoshones, Paiutes, Washoes, rail road men, and politicians min gled in the spring sunshine, sharing the refreshments. The first governor, the energetic Henry Goode Blasdel, passed among the celebrating Nevadans. It was the biggest day since statehood. A colorful parade threaded through the heart of the little capital city, past the new Virginia and Truckee railroad sta tion and the new U. S. mint building. Down the street toward the skeleton of the new capital building went the Grand Army of the Republic, the Emmett Guards and N a t i o n a l Guards from the Comstock, the Warren and Currie fire companies of Carson City, and the lia ternal orders -- including the Odd Fellows and the Masons The latter portions of the parade included marching school girls and then citizens, riding in carriages or wallung, as their circumstances determined. NEVADA CAPITOL 86 YEARS AGO but Eddy and I were caught between the casing and the stock room door, which was forced shut by the onrush of water. "Water was up to our armpits and coming higher. I thought: We'll climb on the shelf,' which was merely a table for support of floor joists. "Follow and hang on tight," I directed. We reached that space and climbed on the ledge. I began beating with my fists on the floor. Eddy kept saying, 'I can't breathe'." Above there was a rush for axes, and willing hands worked frantically. It seemed an eternity as they located the sound from Frenchie's beating with already- broken knuckles. It was slow chopping through linoleum and floor boards to release him. New Hole Cut But where was Eddy? A floor joist separated the two men and another hole had to be cut in the floor to release him. Minutes later a Japanese reached under the floor, caught Eddy by the hair of the head and pulled him to the floor above. But too late; Eddy Hillick was dead. Doctors worked over him diligently and a pulmotor was hurried from the mines, but it was of no avail. His death was a shock to the community, for Hillick had many friends in the area. Only Frenchie stilj lives to tell the story, Mr. Upwall having died in Elko a few years ago. If one happens to get Vautrin to reminiscin, he may double up hi: fists and say, "See these knuckles. They are just a gentle reminder." The flash flood of '13, however, was one of the few tragic events associated with the Northern. Throughout its nearly 51 years of history It has provided residents from far corners of the earth, as well as the Ely mining district and White Pine county, with good service and fine fellowship. It was the leading hostelry in Ely until about 28 years ago when a group of White Pine residents joined in a corporation to build the Nevada hotel, just a block east on the main thoroughfare, Aultman street. Not many years later, incidentally, Ole Elliott of the original Northern partnership, became co-owner of the Nevada with the late Bert Riddick. Elliott, who had retained ownership of the Northern through the years, then sold it to Tom Wheelwright and Ruth Archabal in the 1930's. Mrs. Archabal, now Mrs. Mark Lattin of Fallen, and Mr. Wheelwright, now of Phoenix, Ariz., remain the ^Northern's owners today. Memories Remain The more plush Hotel Nevada may have assumed the role of the No. 1 hotel in White Pine county, but the memories of early-day Ely remain with the Northern. For one thing, the reputation* of the great fight promoter, Tex Rickard, has remained great, though he went to his reward in 1929. Even today residents of Ely can startle visitors with the statement that "Tex Rickard built the Northern." The name of the hotel, of course, indicates that Rickard was behind it. His several gambling houses in the Alaska gold rush days and at Goldfield were all given the same name--the Northern. And when Tex helped Vern Zook Discovers Way To Save Skid Row Bums-He Puts Them in Business By ROBERT STRAND United Press Staff Correspondent SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 6. U.R)--How do you save a skid row bum for himself and society? Vern Zook, an air force veteran from Indiana, has come up with a new approach--put him in a business of his own. "Work is the best therapy in the world," he says. "But with the work must go spiritual rediscovery. The skid row derelict must return to God." Tramp Restaurant To prove his theory, Zook opened a restaurant urn by tramps for tramps. It was so successful he opened a second in one of the city's better neighborhoods and is using profits to buy a house to shelter his crew. He calls his operation "Christian Service Enterprises" and build the hotel in Ely his favorite name was appended to it. Many a regular visitor to Ely from elsewhere in the west makes his headquarters at the Northern. It is especially appealing to those who know something of the history of the great heyday of mining camps. The Northern of the pair known as Tex Rickard and Hall, still lends to the old inn that indefinable something that makes a hotel distinctive. It'» usually called "atmosphere." U. 5. Heritage... This was the appearance of the State Capitol building in 1871, few months after the coinerstone was laid. Today, the exact location of the cornerstone is not clearly defined, since latter-day wings have obscured the original coiner and state records are revealing on this point. Some officials feel the old capitol should be removed in a few years. Fast Driving Blamed As Only One Cause Of Highway Injuries By ROBERT 3. SEKL1XG fritted Press Staff Correspondent NEW YORK (UP)--Is high speed the chief cause America's frightening traffic toll? Is the automobile industry contributing to highway slaughter with its race to build more and more horsepower into new cars ? Many Americans would promptly answer yes to both of the=e questions. There have even been demand* in Congress for such drastic actions as setting a na-i tional speed limit of 40-30 miles ivices a= padded iiT-trumc'it n per hour, and requiring manufac-' lolds regular Bible classes to help lis men build new attitudes toward life. The difference between Zook's scheme and the conventional rescue mission is that it provides regular employment in an atmosphere of understanding. The more common rescue mission, he says, emphasizes evangelism and provides odd jobs when available. When there are none, their skid row inmates depart with their earnings to buy a bottle. Zook spent five years running such a mission in Stockton, Calif. Convinced that was the answer, he proposed his new approach to the board ot directors, but they thought business and religion don't mix. America Talk At UN July 22 "What Is America?" will entitle an address at the University of Nevada by Dr. Orlo M. Brees, noted speaker on the unique features of American life. A program in the University's summer series of public lectures, dramatic productions, and other cultural events, Dr. Brees' .talk will be given at 11 a.m., Monday, July 22, in the education auditorium on the Reno campus, and is open to the public at no admission charge. With experience as varied as his topics, the speaker has been a coal miner, a Baptist minister, a salesman, newspaper editor and publisher, public relations cotm- sel, New York state assemblyman and senator, author and lecturer. Associated with the National Association of Manufacturers with offices in Palo Alto, Calif., Dr. Brees has traveled and lectured throughout the 11 western states for the past few years. During hii twelve-year legislative career, Brees became known turers to limit the top horsepower and speed of the cars they build. But virtually ev cry reliable statistic gathered on the nation's highway accidents points away from speed as the most important factor in causing injury and death. Cornell University's auto crash injury research program, which has investigated more than °,,000 accident;-, reported t h e tol- ,owing facts on speed Facts on |xvl 1. Tile average travoiling spend "I believe you can't divorce the two," says Zook. Things Going WeD His Sacramento experiment has lasted only a year now but things have gone very well. Customers show interest in the workers. Zook and his vfils themselves work up to 16 hours a day and take out only $50 a week for themselves. His greatest problem is that some of the men just don't show up for thair shifts. On skid row only one man in a hundred fights his way back to be a useful member of society, Zook guesses. as a champion of free enterprise and the American way of life. His philosophy is reflected m his lectures, such as "What Is America?"--a resume of a heritage, a way of life, and a destiny; "The American Grindstone"--an evaluation of our educational system; "Thermometers a n d Thermostats"--an address on leadership; and "The Worms Beneath the Bark"--a humorous and satirical piece on America's political problems. "But for tfie one per cent, we're willing to put iip with the jther N improved door locks and recessed steering wheeK SiHed Factor Some safety officials might reply that even if speed isn't necessarily a factor in determining how badly a person gets hurt, it's definitely a factor in causing accidents. But even this conclusion open to question. The accident rate on high- speed h i g h v a j s like the Pc'insvl- v a n i a and New Jersey t u !·· nr under the national rate Most safetv e\peits point too\'- cl cais involved in mjurj-produc-i cessive .speed, rather than speed, ing accidents i« about 4S miles itself, as an important factor in per hour. The average speed at impact is 41 m p h. 2. People can get hurt as easily and as severely in an accident at 30 m.p.h as they can at 50 m.p.h. Severity of injury as related to speed does not begin to increase to any marked degree until 60 m.p.h. is reached. Then the ratio takes a sharp jump. 3. In the thousands of accidents studied, 60 per cent of the extremely severe and fatal injuries would still have occurred if the speed of the vehicles involved had causing accidents. A car doing 30 on glare ice be guilty of excessive speed while one gomj sylvarda 70 m.p h. on the Penn- turnpike in perfect been held to 50 The director of the project, John O. Moore, says: One Segment "All evidence points to the fact that speed, as an injury-producing factor, is only one segment of the accident problem and then only in a restricted sense. Control of the very high speeds unquestionably would reduce injuries and deaths to some extent. But many more drivers get into trouble at speeds of 50 and below than they do at much higher weather is not. Weather and road conditions, traffic intensity, driving ability and the condition of the car itself --say the experts--are all factors in determining whether speed is excessive. That is why safety organizations like Cornell's r e s e praip are against setting a na- I speed limit applicable to Corncll|,iH tegions, all drivers and all Speed Limit "I'm positive." savs Moore, "that if you established and enforced a national speed limit of, say, 40 miles an hour, you'd wind up with such traffic congestion that you'd have to re-design the entire national highway system." What about the f r e q charge that Detroit has contributed to the worsening accident r.ite bv making cirs too powerful speeds, and those who believe for the roads they drive on. control of speed is a panacea to Here's the automotive ergmeers to the whole safety problem are reply: doing the nation an iniusticc ' --Horsepower has little rela- The Cornell researchers have tion to top speed. The horsepower concentrated on what causes injuries in an accident rather than on what causes the accident itself. But their data indicates that the injury and death rate can be reduced more readily by proper designing than by making slower automobile^. "There must be a parallel effort put forth to rie-lethalize the car itself," says Moore, "or the Simple factor of controlled speed will be only partially effective." By "de-lethalizing" an automobile, Moore refers to such de- of a modern car has doubled in the past 10 years but its top averages only 15 m.p.h. higher. --Horsepower is needed more for acceleration than for high speeds. You can get more speed by changing a car's gear ratio than by upping its horsepower. --More horsepower is needed for such innovations as automatic, transmissions, power steering and braking, electric window lifts and air-conditioning. On a 200 hp. car only 120 hp. goes to rear wheels. JEWSPAPERI

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