Nevada State Journal from Reno, Nevada on August 2, 1955 · Page 3
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Tuesday, August 2, 1955
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TUESDAY, AUGt/ST 2. 159, ·NEVADA STATE JOUKNAL, EENO, NEVADA PAGE THREE Probe Opens as Gambler Tony Cornero Stricken LAS VEGAS, Nev., Aug. 1. (IB The coroner's office opened an investigation today into alleged "irregularities" in the death of Tony Cornero, big time gambler and one-time prohibition bootlegger. An inquest into the death of the 54-year-old . Cornero, who died of a heart attack following an argument with a- croupier over money, was scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (PDT. Cornero, head of the soon-to- open Stardust Hotel, collapsed in the Desert Inn casino yesterday following a gambling bout in which he reportedly dropped $37,000. It was shortly after he had exchanged heated words with a casino employe over a $25 check. Deputy Coroner Bud Bodell o r d e r e d an investigation of events following the death. Bodell c h a r g e d "concealment," alleging that the Desert Inn op erators failed to inform thi coroner's office of the death fcr four hours. He also charged thai the body was moved from the casino floor into a private room. No Autopsy Bodell said Comero was "dead before he hit the floor." There will be no autopsy, said Coroner John Mendoza. Comero -built the hotel but found himself unable to obtain a Nevada gambling license from the state tax commission which regarded his background as unfavorable. He subsequently leased the 1,000-room resort hotel to a group of men headed by Milton B. (Farmer) Page, veteran Las Vegas gambler, for the staggering monthly rental of $500,000. Brother Elected The board of the ownership corporation of the Stardust Hotel last night elected Comoro's brother, Louis Stralla, mayor of St. Helena, Calif., as general manager and president of the hotel. Stralla, who flew here when he learned oi his brother's death, said he would resign his post as mayor and devote all his time to running the $6,000,000 hotel which is scheduled to open Labor Day. Cornero, also known as Tony Cornero Stralla, re-entered the casino-hotel field here .this year.! In the early 1930's he and two brothers, Frank and Louie, operated the first such resort hotel, the Meadows. He operated it Dr. Ernest C. Holmer Optometrist Announces the removal of his offices from Sparks to 1006 Wells Avenue Reno Phone 3-4343 Stealthy Thief 1$ Sought Here Police blame a very sly thief for stealing a wrist watch from the daughter of D. Bain, 402 Ryland St., who filed the theft report. Mr. Bain said the yellow gold, diamond-f 1 a n k ed watch was ;aken while the family was away j : rom the house. He didn't explain how the house was entered. The report indicated nothing else was missing. The watch was a ladies Winston, with a chip diamond on each side of the timepiece and had a black band. Mount St. Mary's Academy Fully Accredited Conducted by The Sisters of Mercy A Day and Boarding School for Girls of Good Character Special Busineii Training School for High School Graduates Grass Valley, California until about 1938 when he came to southern California, where he operated g a m b l i n g ships in coastal w a t e r s beyond -- he thought--the legal reach of government. Gambling Ship His first ship was the Rex which rode outside the three- mile limit in 1939. The luxury gambling ship was anchored off Los Angeles harbor and was reported doing a 56,000,000 yearly business until blockaded by law officers and put out of business Cornero, dubbed " The Admiral," h a d frequent and lengthy legal jousts with the law. but lost the final decision to the United States Supreme Court which ruled the Kex was in California waters. In 1946 the government shut down his second gambling ship, the Lux, to which he had carried patrons by water taxi from Long Beach. Cornero's figures indicated he made a. $173,000 profit for the first three days the converted Navy ship operated as a luxury gambling ship. The Lux was closed down when the government successfully refuted Cornero's claim that the vessel was engaged in coastwise trade. Cornero's attorney was Sam Flumme], underworld mouthpiece who was killed by a single shot in 1950 in a gangland slaying still unsolved. His clients included mobster Mickey Cohen. Cornero's troubled life included several brushes with bullets. One such incident in 1948 resulted in his being asked to give up Beverly Hills as his residence. The 1948 incident involved Cornero's being shot at when he opened his front door. In 1924 he was wounded when he exchanged shots with state officers during alleged prohibition violations. Edwin Sireng, 0,D. OPTOMETRIST has returned and resumed practice Phone 3-7801 Room 318 First Virginia A. M. Mackenzie Dies Suddenly Death J* Attributed To Heart Attack Death yesterday claimed veteran state official Alexander M. Mackenzie. Mr. Mackenzie, who had been secretary of the Nevada State Planning Board since 1941, died suddenly in Reno. He was 57 years old, and had lived in this community for 38 years. Death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr. Mackenzie was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. Funeral arrangements' are pending at the Ross-Burke Co. .A native of Nova Scotia, Mr. Mackenzie came to Reno from Sacramento in about 1914 to attend the University of Nevada, where he was an engineering student. He played on university basketball and rugby teams during his college career. Mr. Mackenzie was a veteran of World War I, after which he returned to Reno and operated several businesses including Mackenzie - Leeper Clothing Store, and a management consultant '.'irm. He became office engineer for the old Civil Works Administration in 1932, a post he held until 1934, when he was named assistant state director of the projects division of the National' Economic Recovery Administration From 1935 .until 1941, he was assistant director and acting director of the state works division of the Work Progress Administration. Mr. Mackenzie was a long- -jme member of Reno Lodge No. 597, BPOE, the National Recrea- :ion Association, Reno Chamber of Commerce and Nevada Alpha chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 3e was a past president of the Reno 20-30 club. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Edna F. Mackenzie, the former Edna Barbara Frisch ivhom he married May 29, 1931. He also is survived by a daughter, Miss Barbara Micol Mackenzie; three brothers, Earl Mackenzie of Sacramento, Calif.; Don Mackenzie of Oakland, and Jack rfackenzine- of Alameda, Calif.; :wo sisters', Mrs. Elsie Jeff and Mrs. Jean Kent, both of Alameda, 'alif. and a number of nieces and nephews. C f i A k ^ C C which destroyed the George Kaspian Lumber Mill at I r-MIVl C J Truckee also destroyed timber near the west city limits of the California community. Damage from the fire was estimated yesterday at $100,000. The fire occurred late Saturday and was believed to have been started from a welder's torch. This photo was taken Saturday afternoon shortly after the fire leaped from the mill to the forest south of Truckee. 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Tho two pleaded guilty to ishing on Hobart Creek on Sunday. Hike Noted in Marriage and Divorce Licenses for July; Totals Trail Other Years Washoe county's marriage business increased sharply during July, the month in which the district judges were removed from the marrying business, according to figures released yesterday by County Clerk Harry Brown. The county clerk said that 2,120 marriage licenses were issued during the 31-day period. It was the busiest month in the marriage license bureau since August of 1953, when 2,157 licenses were issued. Meanwhile, the county's divorce business also showed an increase. There were 380 divorce actions filed during the month, as compared with 350 in June. The increase in marriage licenses is normal for this time of year, since July and August are usually the "marrying months" for Reno. There were 2,060 licenses issued in July of last year. There were 1,750-licenses issued in June of this year, and 1,633 in ? May, according to the county clerk's records. The divorce business is still lagging behind the totals of earlier years, in spite of the increase recorded in July. The 380 actions filed last month was the smallest number for July since 1942. Last year, 381 July divorce cases were recorded. The drop in divorce filings results in decrease in county revenue from law suits, and it is one of the causes of the. county's present financial difficulty. In addition to the 380 divorce Cuba's Communist Problem Discussed Communists are a problem in Cuba and it takes constant vigilance on the part of the government with assists from the United States to keep Communism from spreading, Richard G. Gushing told, members of the Reno Rotary Club at the noon luncheon at the Riverside yesterday. Mr. Gushing, a Nevadan by marriage, is public affairs officer for the American Embassy in Europe. His wife is a Lovelock girl, formerly Nancy Heizer, and he's a brother-in-law of John M. Hieizer of Lovelock. 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