Monday, November 24, 2014

Outpost Status Requirements from LJS!!

To: 1422
Proposed ECV Prospect Group

Lucinda Jane Saunders Chapter #1881
PO Box 544
Elko, Nevada 89801

Outpost Status Requirements

Dated: November 18, 2014 (C.Y. 6019)

It has come to the attention of the Officers and Board of Directors of the Lucinda Jane Saunders Chapter of E Clampus Vitus that, a faction of members in Good Standing, wish to pursue the creation of a new chapter of ECV. Furthermore, it is expressed that said group intends to ask for territories bordering the Western edge of the State of Nevada, currently claimed by Julia C. Bulette, Chapter 1864. It is the intention of the Board of Directors of LJS to assist you, 1422, in your endeavors and sponsor you to chapter-hood by walking with you to the guiding light.

First let me commend you on your enthusiasm and dedication toward this great organization. Before we go to far, there are a few basic steps which are mandatory that you fulfill in a timely manner. There will be required paperwork throughout this entire process. It is imperative that accurate records and reports are generated and preserved as well as, remain accessible to all governing bodies with this process.


First and Foremost, the LJS Sponsoring Chapter needs to have a "Letter of Intent" delivered to the sponsoring chapter as soon as possible. Upon our receipt, this will be recorded and filed. You need to methodically articulate what type of a proposed group you intend to create as well as the boundaries of territory that you intend to ask/negotiate for. You must also submit a business plan outlining your means of managing and funding your group and territory.

Second, compose and deliver, in writing, the representatives of your operation (officers and board members). This includes the names of persons and what position they hold whether elected, appointed, or volunteering. Along with this, it is imperative that mailing and phone contact information be included as well as the individuals' home chapters. Accurate records must be kept, filed, and accessible in the event that gatherings occur.

Third, a source to receive reliable mail service. A Post Office Box is the best suggestion and it is undesirable and NOT recommended to use the personal PO Box of any single individual.

The above requirements are mandatory and are non-negotiable. It is highly recommended that you fulfill these requirements within 30 days of the receipt of this letter. This will go quite a long way in showing sincerity and bolstering the integrity of your desires to branch out. As a reminder; for you to conduct any business under the persona of ECV other than that approved by LJS #1881, BEFORE the requirements have been fulfilled is strickly forbidden and against rules set forth by the Grand Council of E Clampus Vitus Inc. as well as the LJS Chapter Bi-laws.

From the entire Board of Directors of Lucinda Jane Saunders Chapter #1881, we wish you good luck and the greatest success with your desires. We thank you for all of your cooperation and professionalism. We are here to assist you in any way we can and look forward to working with you. Together, we will bring the venture to life.

Sonny Marshall
X-Sublime Noble Grand Humbug
Lucinda Jane Saunders Chapter #1881
E Clampus Vitus

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Feeding the Homeless

Every 3rd Saturday, from September to March, we go and help handout food to the needy and homeless.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Belmont & Manson: Truth or Not...

Las Vegas Review
Journal Thursday May 22, 2008
A mark of Manson

Cultist's name left in Nevada ghost town

Investigators just wrapped up a fruitless dig for bodies at Charles Monson's hide out in California in Death Valley, but you don't need a shovel to find what the Manson family might have left at one Nevada ghost town. If someone is around to let you inside the old Nye County courthouse in Belmont, you can look for it on a door frame on the first floor--a simple patch of graffiti that now carries haunting undertones. Many old-timers in central Nevada believe the mark was left by a member of the doomsday cult, maybe even Charlie himself. And though state officials and historians won't confirm the notion, they don't exactly reject it either. "I have more reason to believe it than I do not to believe it," said Eric Johnson, region manager for the Nevada Division of State Parks.

"It's hard tellin'," added Tonopah native and historian Bill Metscher. "To me, it's entirely possible."

Even State Archivist Guy Rocha, a man who has dedicated his career to busting fantastic-sounding historical myths, doesn't completely dismiss the story of the Manson family in Belmont. For one thing, he saw the graffiti himself decades ago.

"There is something there that relates to the Manson family. Whether they put it there, I don't know," Rocha said. "It's a long-standing belief. It's claimed. I don't know how you verify it forensically."

Longtime Nye County resident Paula Kniefel serves as caretaker and part-time tour guide for the courthouse, now a state historic site. She said the graffiti reads, "Charlie Manson + family 1969," with a peace symbol drawn in the O in Manson. Kniefel said it looks like a pocketknife was used to carve the words into the wooden entrance of what used to be the county recorder's office.

Belmont, 255 miles northwest of Las Vegas, had one full-time resident in 1969, a woman by the name of Rose Walter. Before her death in the late 1980s, Walter told several people about the time that Manson and his followers squatted in the abandoned courthouse for a short while.

"She swore up and down that it was them who lived there and left" the graffiti, Kniefel said. "She said they didn't bother her. I don't have any reason to doubt her."

Henry Berg grew up in Smoky Valley, one mountain range removed from Belmont. Now he and his wife, Bertie, own and operate the historic Belmont Inn, just up the hill from the courthouse. Berg said he knew Walter a little and heard a different story about her interaction with Manson and company.

"She went over there with a shotgun and run them off," he said. "It's lucky. They could have come back and killed her."

They didn't, and Walter lived on into her nineties. Now that she's gone, though, the only ones left who might be able substantiate the story are Manson or another surviving member of the family, Rocha said. For that to work, you would have to find someone who was willing to talk to you and who might remember, through the fog of time and illegal drugs, a brief stop in central Nevada a few months before the Los Angeles killing spree. Manson himself might be able to shed some light on it, Rocha said, but it would be hard to trust what he told you one way or the other.

"This has taken on layers and layers of lore," he said. "It's hard to know what's really there."

Similar questions have swirled around the Barker Ranch at the remote, southwestern edge of Death Valley National Park. Manson and some of his followers were arrested there in October 1969, a few months after they committed a series of grisly murders in Los Angeles. For years, there have been rumors about unmarked graves on the property.

On Wednesday, though, a team of investigators put those stories to rest with the conclusion of a two-day forensic dig that yielded no evidence of human remains. No one seems to think there are any bodies left behind from the Manson family's visit to Belmont. If there are unmarked graves in the area, they probably belong to American Indians from 100 years ago or more, Berg said. For a time in the late 1800s, the silver mining camp of Belmont was Nevada's second-largest community with about 2,000 residents.

The two-story, red-brick courthouse was completed in 1867 and served as Nye County's central offices until the county seat moved to Tonopah in 1905. The building stood open and abandoned for decades, falling victim to vandals and scavengers. Kniefel said someone removed the flooring from the assessor's office, and the building's doors, windows, baseboards and crown molding were all carried off over the years. The building was at risk of collapse when Nye County deeded it to the Nevada Division of State Parks in 1974.

Since then, the structure has been stabilized and sealed from the elements. Last year alone, the state spent more than $500,000 to strengthen and "seismically retrofit" the courthouse, said Johnson, who oversees the far-flung Central Nevada-Fallon Region of the state park system. There are plans to renovate the inside of the building someday, but based on the state's current budget situation, Johnson doesn't expect that to happen anytime soon. "To be honest, it's not even on the radar," he said.

When the renovations do get done, Johnson said, an effort would be made to preserve some of the graffiti left in the courthouse through the years, including one carving reportedly made by prominent Nevada businessman George Vucanovich, the late husband of former Nevada Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich. Without a doubt, the Manson family mark will be the highlight of the collection, Johnson said.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Delucchi Building

Standing in front of the Delucchi Building, built in 1948, it’s hard to imagine that Lake Street was once the center of Reno’s rich cultural heritage. You are steps away from the city’s long-gone Chinatown and at the portal to a neighborhood once known for its Italian hotels, Spanish hotels, Basque hotels, Jewish clothing stores and Jewish pawnshops, Chinese laundries, and hole-in-the-wall restaurants of a dozen nationalities. The first to settle in the area near today’s First (originally called “Front”) and Lake Streets were members of the Chinese community. Early maps locate Chinatown southeast of the current intersection of First and Lake Streets, on the north bank of the Truckee River. In the early years, Lake Street didn’t connect to Front Street, allowing the town’s primary business district to be kept separate from Chinatown. Front Street was only developed commercially in the years after 1904, when the two streets finally linked.

In the decades to come, more structurally sound brick structures moved eastward and southward from the central business district, including the Reno Garage, which took up most of the southern side of East First Street from Center Street to Lake Street.

The DeLucchi Building is one of the few vestiges of Lake Street’s ethnic roots (the Santa Fe Hotel being another), reflecting the strong Italian influence on the neighborhood. Builder Leo Delucchi was from a longtime Huffaker-area ranching family whose name still graces a lane near their original property in south Reno.

The building had four tenant spaces: two each facing Lake Street and First Street. For decades, the corner housed Cerveri and Goodin Drugs (later Cerveri Pharmacy), popular for its soda fountain and wide array of goods. The store, like many in downtown Reno, was severely flooded in 1950 but reopened days later. It finally closed its doors in 2000.

Other tenants through the years included a maternity shop called Stork Date Apparel, a beauty school, and a popular bar called The Phone Booth, whose vivid neon sign is now on display at the Nevada Historical Society.

Thank you:
Sharon Honig-Bear, “Delucchi Building,” Reno Historical

Monday, September 8, 2014

UPDATE: 150th Do-ins

Alright gents... You have until Friday this week to have your prepay paid. Go to this website to use PayPal or send the rub to the address on the site.

And we have roughly 18 days left til we see all you in Belmont!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Myron C. Lake Mansion

First off lets do a short "description" of Myron:

Myron Charles Lake (Feb. 1828-June 20, 1884), hotel-keeper/entrepreneur, was the hot-tempered, tight-fisted "first citizen" of Reno, Nevada. Between 1862 and 1873, Lake lorded over the town through his vast real estate holdings and monopolistic control of a vitally important toll bridge and road. He quickly assumed the posture of a stereotypical "robber baron," and in an unhappy marriage, often resorted to domestic violence. But he also wielded a keen business acumen and in so doing, ensured that the Central Pacific Railroad during the building of the great transcontinental project would run through Reno, thereby sparking the growth and prosperity of western Nevada.

Lake Mansion History

Where the Mansion stands today.

The Lake Mansion, built in 1877 by W.J. Marsh, was sold to Myron Lake in 1879. Lake is often considered the founder of Reno. In fact, his toll bridge across the Truckee caused the early settlement to be called “Lake’s Crossing”. The Lake Mansion was originally located near the river crossing at Virginia and California Streets in Reno where the “One California Avenue” building stands. (See Here)


The Mansion is a great example of the Italianate style house. With the hipped roof and veranda banding the house, it typifies upper middle class prosperity during the period. Well-detailed brackets, window frames, doors and balustrades testify to the quality craftsmanship which went into the structure’s construction. Among the impressive details of the Lake Mansion are the etched glass of the doorway, the period furnishings, and the carved woodwork over the sliding doors in the front parlor.

The Mansion has had 3 different addresses since it was built and the building has been moved twice. The first address was on the Truckee River and Virginia Street. In 1971, the mansion was threatened with demolition, but residents of Reno rallied to save the structure and formed the non-profit Washoe Landmark Preservation. The aging mansion was donated by the owners and moved to the Reno-Sparks grounds of the modern day Convention Center on the corner of Kietzke Lane and Virginia Street, which is now a small park across the street from The Olive Garden. It was moved around the same time the Liberty Bell Saloon was demolished (See Last Call for Liberty Bell).

The Lake Mansion at its second location at Virginia Street and Kietzke Lane.

In 2004 the mansion was moved once again to its current downtown location at 210 Court Street.

On July 11, 2004, the Lake Mansion moving slowly down Virginia Street.

July 11, 2004, Bruce and Barbara Goff, descendants of Jane Lake, in front of the moving mansion, at the original location of the mansion on Virginia Street and California Avenue on its way to Court Street and Arlington Avenue.

I got a chance to go inside the mansion. Here is my video... Sorry no audio.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Charles W Fuller

A newspaper advertisement by Myron Lake


Charles W Fuller, a settler from Missouri, gambled on travelers’ impatience to get across the river and stay dry.

By this time, the first rivers of gold had dried up in California. Still, prospectors continued to arrive in the Truckee Meadows, pursuing rumors that gold had been found in the mountains just 20 miles away. The “Rush to Washoe” had begun.

When the first Pony Express riders headed west from St. Joseph, Missouri in 1860, they passed through Mormon Station, some 35 miles south of the Truckee Meadows before crossing the Sierras into California. Other adventurous horsemen discovered a pleasant rest stop at Fuller’s Crossing. Nothing fancy, but shade trees and cool breezes were a relief after weeks of relentless heat in the desert. Snow-topped mountains in the distance gave riders a hint of the rugged terrain that lay between them and Sacramento.

Fuller took up this land and put up some small buildings. He also built a ferry boat for the river. He later constructed a low bridge which had to be fastened down during high water. Still the river could be forded at this point as it was shallow. The old ford ran diagonally from the point where the old gas works were, now the site of the Rialto Theatre, to the present library. Mr. Fuller was very poor and it was said that the first winter he spent at the crossing he wore a blanket tied around his waist as he had sold his only suit of clothes for seed corn.

It was a good location and as travel increased his little inn began to be a welcome sight to travelers. It was only a dugout and shack a little north of where the Riverside now is but travelers did not expect elegance or comfort in those days. The bridge was the important feature to the traveler. It was built in 1860. It was made of logs and heavy timber about six or eight feet lower than the present bridge.

Fuller’s bridge made the trip easier – until the river rose again and demolished the supports. Fuller’s luck seemed about to run out. Behind his back, critics of the bridge called it “Fuller’s Folly”, but the Missourian was determined to try again. He rebuilt the bridge in the spring of 1861, then looked around for a chance to quit the tool-bridge business. It was time to try his luck somewhere else.

In 1861, Fuller sold his bridge and hotel to Myron C. Lake, who renamed the spot Lake's Crossing and soon was charging a toll on the bridge. The Crossing became an important station on one of the main routes between northern California and the silver mines of Virginia City and the Comstock Lode.

A drawing done in 1861 of Virginia Street when Myron Lake owned this area.
The house in the drawing is where the Riverside Hotel now stands.

Circa 1910 Virginia Street. Notice the steel bridge, this was built by the city of Reno.
The white building is the Riverside Hotel. Across the street on Virginia stood Myron Lake's mansion
as seen in the next picture:

The Lake mansion has been moved as seen on the next picture. Notice the stone bridge.


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Reno facts

Things Every Reno-Sparks Resident Should Know

-Charles William Fuller had the first settlement in Reno
-Shoshone, Washo, Paiute are the 3 Native American tribes represented at Idlewild -Sparks comes from Nevada Governor John Sparks
-Reno is named after General Jesse Lee Reno
-Fourth Street is where the Fight of the Century on July 4, 1910, between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries, took place
-The Truckee River was named after a Paiute chief
-TM Ranch near Sutcliff was the first dude ranch
-In Reno, on First and West streets, is the oldest Methodist Church west of the Mississippi
-All of these entertainers worked at the Mapes: Liberace, Danny Thomas, Mae West, Gypsy Rose Lee, Nelson Eddy, Milton Berle, The Marx Brothers, Lena Horne, Ann-Margret, Sammy Davis, Jr., Vic Damone, Lynda Carter
-Ducks ate the Virginia Lake water fountain
-Mills Lane was a former Washoe County DA that parleyed his political hubris into a television career
-The Misfits is a classic screen play about Nevada
-Priscilla J Ford was a mass murderer who was sentenced to death for killing six people and injuring 23 more, driving down a Reno sidewalk on Thanksgiving Day 1980. She died in prison from emphysema Jan 2005
-Masonic Building on Commercial Row and Sierra Street is the oldest standing building in Washoe County
-The Reno tailor who added the first copper rivets to Levi¹s jeans was Jacob Davis
-A famous bird that was impounded by the US Treasury Dept was the Solid-Gold Rooster at John Ascuaga's Nugget
-March 11, 1905 Sparks was incorporated
-There has been four Reno arches
-G. A. Burns of Sacramento came up with “Biggest Little City In The World”
-Morrill Hall is the oldest building at UNR
-Glendale School was the oldest school in Nevada (1864-1958)
-Tad Dunbar has a lifetime news anchor contract
-Just off Angel Street there is a Civil War Cemetery
-According to legend, women threw their wedding rings off of the Virginia St bridge after their divorces
-The art in front of the Federal Building represents a Native American bone artifact
-The flood of 1997 in Reno resulted in the largest 8 day release of water from Lake Tahoe in history, hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, and massive hydrophobia
-Saint Mary¹s Regional Medical Center began as a convent and school in 1897
-George P. Turritin was Reno’s first mayor
-On the site of the Riverside Hotel is where Lakes Crossing started
-April Fool¹s Day, 1868 is the date the town site for Reno was laid out

Sunday, August 3, 2014

UPDATE: 150th Nevada Do-ins

We have about a month and a half until Sept 26th. Maybe it is time for you red shirts to read (if you can) the history of these Nevada chapters.

-Julia C. Bulette #1864-
-"Snowshoe" Thompson #1827-
-I am waiting for a good history page from LJS #1881-

And maybe learn:
-Queho Posse #1919-

Pay your rub at:

SST/JCB Welcome Picnic!

Snowshoe Thompson and Julia C. Bulette chapters are holding a Welcome Picnic

PLEASE follow the directions on the JCB website (link above) to RSVP.

AUG 9TH @ 12PM
There will be hamburgers and hotdogs.
Bring a side dish and drinks!

There will be games for the kids. Let your ‘Lil Ones’ become official chapter ECV Orphans. There will be a $10 rub & sign in for those who want a official “Lambskin” certificate awarded to children – a keepsake to remember the day. For this year only, there is a commemorative 150 Year lambskin available.

Monday, July 21, 2014

150th Nevada Do-ins


Come join Julia C. Bulette #1864, Snowshoe Thompson #1827, and Lucinda Jane Saunders #1881 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Great State of Nevada and to plaque the Belmont Courthouse.

Pay your rub at:

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Eloise and 1422

Today we, 1422, gave the money that we raised from our benefit on June 14th to the Baker family. We raised just over $1500 for Eloise to help her with a kidney transplant. She is a year and a half old and she has Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis which is scar tissue that forms in parts of the kidney called glomeruli. The glomeruli serve as filters, helping rid the body of unnecessary or harmful substances. Each kidney has thousands of glomeruli. One glomeruli is called a glomerulus.

Jesse Bolin, Adam Young, Leonard Fuller, Daylynn Waldman, and I met up with the family at 7 PM.

Here are the pictures from today when we met up with them at Reno Town Mall: