Sunday, August 23, 2015

Historic Reno Arch

The historic arch now located on Lake Street at the Truckee River is Reno’s most recognizable symbol. Fashioned after California city gateway structures, the steel arch was erected in 1926 at the intersection of Commercial Row and Virginia Street to promote the 1927 Nevada Transcontinental Highways Exposition, commemorating the completion of the Lincoln and Victory highways. At a cost of $5,500, incandescent light bulbs announced the exposition with blazing torches bracketing the name “RENO.”

When the exposition closed, the Reno City Council voted to keep the arch as a permanent downtown gateway, and Mayor E. E. Roberts called on Reno citizens to suggest a slogan for the town to be displayed on the arch. When none of the entries proved acceptable, a prize of $100 was offered, and awarded on March 14, 1929 to G. A. Burns of Sacramento for the winning slogan: “Reno, Biggest Little City in the World.” 

With the move to neon lighting in 1934, the slogan was thought to be outdated and was replaced with the single word "RENO" in green neon letters. In response to public protest, the slogan was returned to the arch, in new Art Deco neon lettering. The arch remained unaltered on Virginia Street for the next three decades. By 1963, the community launched a campaign to raise $100,000 to replace the arch in honor of Nevada’s 100th birthday. The old arch was moved to Idlewild Park and replaced with a futuristic model in time for the 1963-64 New Year’s Eve celebration. That arch, modified to reflect its new home, now stands in Willits, California. The arch currently located on Virginia Street was installed in 1987. 

A 1969 street widening project forced the move of the original arch to Paradise Park, and in 1988 it was moved to the city’s storage yard because the cost of necessary repairs was too high. There, it languished in disrepair until 1994, when a movie production company came to its rescue while shooting the film Cobb, about legendary baseball player Ty Cobb. 

The film company restored the arch and placed it over East 4th Street near Valley Road for four days of filming. No sooner had the production company removed the arch than the public clamored for its permanent return. A community-wide grassroots effort was launched, and in 1995 the arch was reconstructed on Lake Street next to the National Automobile Museum, home of William Harrah’s famed automobile collection, where it once again welcomes visitors to downtown Reno.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (Dec 24, 1809 – May 23, 1868)

Kit Carson (1809–1868) was a frontiersman, western guide, and trapper. He first gained fame as a distinguished guide for explorers in the western frontier, when America had a love affair with the untamed land west of the Mississippi River. Thanks in part to fictional tales and exaggerated magazine stories, Carson's reputation as a guide soon turned to that of legend, and the myth of Kit Carson was born.

Before he became a legend

Christopher "Kit" Carson was born in Madison County, Kentucky, on December 24, 1809. His father, Lindsey Carson, fought in the American Revolution (1775–83), a war in which the American colonies fought to win their independence from Great Britain. He married Rebecca Robinson in 1796. Kit was the sixth of ten children. The Carson family soon settled in Howard County, Missouri. When Kit was just nine years old, his father was killed in a tragic accident.

It is doubtful that Carson received much of a formal education, because he remained nearly illiterate, or unable to read and write, his entire life. At the age of fourteen he became an apprentice (a person who works for someone with a specific skill in order to learn that skill) to a saddle maker. After less than two years, Carson left the saddle maker and joined a group of traders who were on their way to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Life on the western frontier

Carson's career in the West spanned the years from 1825 to 1868, a period of rapid national expansion, exploration, and settlement. From 1827 to 1829 young Carson spent time working as a cook, driving a wagon, interpreting Spanish, and mining copper. In August 1829 he gained invaluable experience after joining a trapping party bound for California. For the next year and a half Carson trapped animals along the streams of Arizona and southern California.

In 1831 Carson returned to New Mexico, where he immediately joined up with the experienced trapper, Thomas Fitzpatrick (c. 1799–1854). With Fitzpatrick's men, Carson headed north into the rugged central Rocky Mountains. For the next ten years, Carson worked as a trapper all over western America in what is today known as Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. During this time spent in the wilderness of North America, Carson learned everything he needed to know in order to become a respected guide.

In 1836 Carson married an Arapaho Indian woman. The couple had two children, only one of whom—a daughter—survived. After his first wife died, Carson married a Cheyenne woman. The marriage did not last, and Carson took his daughter to St. Louis, Missouri, to further her education. For the next eight years, Carson split his time between his daughter in St. Louis and his trapping duties in Taos, New Mexico.

A turning point

In 1842 Carson's fate arrived by steamboat when explorer John C. Frémont landed in St. Louis. Frémont came to St. Louis looking to hire the well-known guide Andrew S. Drips to lead his expedition to the Wind River in Wyoming. Unable to find Drips, Frémont chose Carson instead. From June until September, Carson guided Frémont's party west through South Pass to the Wind River Mountains and then back to Missouri.

Over the next several years, Carson, along with Fitzpatrick, worked as a guide for Frémont on three expeditions through Oregon and California. The timing could not have been better for Frémont — or for Carson. The American public was fascinated with life in the West and the tales of hostile Indian tribes and unsettled land that could be found on the western frontier. Frémont's published reports on his expeditions soon became famous, as did Kit Carson. Although many of Carson's adventures would become wildly exaggerated, no one could deny his contributions to the settling of the American West. Many of Carson's accomplishments were popularized in Dr. De Witt C. Peters's 1858 book, The Life and Adventure of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains. (By referring to Carson as a nestor, Dr. Peters meant that Carson was is a leader in his field.)

A soldier's career

In 1846 Carson served in California with Frémont at the outbreak of the Mexican War (a war fought between Mexico and the United States from 1846 until 1848 that resulted in U.S. ownership of much of the area that is now known as the American Southwest, which had formerly been part of Mexico). During this time his duties were quite dangerous, as he carried dispatches, or messages, between command posts in enemy territory. When Carson was sent to Washington with dispatches, he was stopped by General Stephen W. Kearny (1794–1848) in New Mexico. Kearny ordered Carson to lead his troops west to California. At the battle of San Pascual (1846), with Kearny's tired men losing the battle, Carson, along with two others, was able to slip through enemy lines to call for reinforcements. Although Kearny's men were unable to take San Pascual, the reinforced army soon captured San Diego, San Gabriel, and Los Angeles, California, in rapid succession. Later, President James K. Polk (1795–1849) called Carson a hero and appointed him lieutenant in the mounted (on horseback) rifle regiment. However, the Senate rejected this appointment, and Carson returned to Taos.

Career as an Indian agent

By 1849 Carson had settled near Taos to farm and do occasional scouting for army units fighting hostile tribes. Carson also served in the Office of Indian Affairs, first as an agent and then as a superintendent of Indian affairs for the Colorado Territory. In 1854 he became the agent for several southwestern tribes. For years, Carson worked to keep peace and to ensure fair treatment of Native Americans.

While working for the Office of Indian Affairs, Carson often clashed with his superior, Territorial Governor David Meriwether. Carson disagreed with many of Meriwether's policies and thought that Native Americans were being treated unfairly. In 1856 their conflicts boiled over when Meriwether suspended Carson. Meriwether later arrested Carson, charging him with disobedience and cowardice. Carson soon apologized and got his job back working as an agent.

Back in the army

With the outbreak of the Civil War (1861–65), Carson left his position with Indian Affairs and was soon appointed a lieutenant colonel commanding the First New Mexico Volunteer Regiment. The Civil War was a war between the northern states and southern states that was fought to decide whether or not slavery would be allowed in new territories, and whether or not the South would leave the Union to form an independent nation. During the war, Carson fought against invading Confederates (soldiers from the southern states) at the battle of Val Verde. Carson also directed successful campaigns against the Apache and Navajo from 1862 until 1864. In his last battle he defeated the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache tribes in the Texas panhandle. In 1865 he was appointed as brigadier general (an army officer who is above a colonel) of volunteers. For the next two years Carson held assignments in the West until he left the army in 1867.

In 1868 Carson was appointed superintendent of Indian affairs for the Colorado Territory. He never had a chance to work in this position. He died May 23, 1868, at Fort Lyon, Colorado.

Although Carson's later career serving his country in the army and establishing relations with Native Americans was impressive, the name Kit Carson will forever bring to mind thoughts of the wild frontier and westward expansion.

Carson City, Nevada is named after him.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Rainier Brewing Company Bottling Plant

In 1905, the Seattle-based Rainier Brewing Company announced plans to construct a bottling works and distribution center one block from the established Reno Brewing Company. Located near the railroad tracks at what is now 310 Spokane Street, the structure required a sizeable investment of thirty thousand dollars for construction and equipment, including expensive boilers shipped from Chicago.

Disaster was closely averted in October 1905, just days before the scheduled opening, when a fire, believed to be arson, broke out in the cellar. A Reno Brewing Company watchman discovered the flames while making his rounds up the street and called for assistance just in time.

Rainier Beer was originally shipped to this plant from the company’s Seattle brewery via railroad, and unloaded directly from a spur track to a platform on the building’s south side. The complex included cold, keg, and barrel storage as well as the foreman’s living quarters and stables for the delivery wagon horses.

In 1914, the state of Washington voted to prohibit the sale or manufacture of alcohol, forcing all its breweries to dismantle their operations within a year. In 1915, the brewing of Rainier Beer shifted to San Francisco. The company survived national Prohibition, but the Reno bottling works was forced to diversify its range of products. In 1919, Nevada Supply Company operated from the building, selling non-alcoholic beverages including Rainier’s near beer, a beer substitute called Becco, Brown’s Celery Phosphate, carbonated apple juice, and maple syrup. It also rented out storage space for refrigerated and non-refrigerated food items.

The Rainier plant went on to house a number of businesses from Nevada National Ice and Cold Storage Company to Ice House Antiques. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, it is home to the Spice House Adult Cabaret.

Friday, June 12, 2015


Well, at Grand Council 2015, Jesse Lee Reno 1422 got FLEDGLING OUTPOST status!

Our sponsor chapter is Lucinda Jane Saunders 1881 out of Elko, NV

Our surrounding chapters: Snowshoe Thompson, Chief Truckee, Julia C Bulette, Snake River, Lucinda Jane Saunders, Vigilantes 1911, Growlersburg #86, Las Plumas Del Oro #8, Lord Sholto Douglas #3, LASSEN LOOMIS CH. 1914, Wm. Bull Meek-Mrrs-Stwrt #10.

Here are some fun facts about what we have named our OUTPOST here in Reno!

JLR = Jesse Lee Reno

1422 breaks down to mean the same thing:

14th and 22nd letter of the alphabet = NV

14 + 22 = 36, which in turn means the 36th state of The USA!

Jesse Lee Reno

Born on June 20, 1823 in Wheeling, Virginia (West Virginia), Jesse Lee Reno was the third oldest of eight children born to Lewis and Rebecca Reno. The spelling of "Reno' is an anglisized version of the French surname "Reynaud". Jesse's ancesters, having arrived in America in 1770, shortly changed the name to the phonetically simple "Reno".

Jesse's family moved to Franklin, Pennsylvania in 1830 where Jesse attended school and lived out his formulative years. An area history describes Jesse as a boy "of handsome countenence, of medium stature, brave and quick in action, and a generous companion."

Jesse secured entrance to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1842. Joining the class of 1846, Jesse would develop friendships with fellow classmates, George B. McClellan, George E. Pickett, George Stoneman, Darius Couch and Thomas J. Jackson. He would graduate eighth in his class of 59 on July 1, 1846, and was at once promoted brevet 2d lieutenant of ordnance.

During the War with Mexico in 1847 Lt. Reno commanded a Rocketry and Mountain Howitzer battery and fought in the battles Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Chumbusco, and Chapultepee, and in the siege of Vera Cruz. Reno was cited for "Gallant and Meritorious Conduct" and awarded the rank of Brevet First Lieutenant for his actionat the Battle of Cerro Gordo on April 18, 1847. He would again be cited for bravery and breveted a Captain for his action at Chapultepec and Mexico City on September 13, where he commanded a howitzer battery, and was severely wounded.

Reno's years between the Mexican War and the Civil War were spent at many posts throughout the country, including a brief stint as an assistant professor of mathematics at West Point from January till July, 1849. He was secretary of a board to prepare a system of instruction for heavy artillery in 1849-50 and was assistant to the Ordnance Board in Washington DC in 1851-53, where he met his wife-to-be Mary Bradley Beanes Cross. Promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant on March 3, 1853, Reno was given orders to conduct a road survey from the mouth of the Big Sioux River to Mendota, Minnesota. The survey took 2 1/2 months and laid out a route that was 279 miles long. Reno returned to Washington in the fall of 1853 to collate and compile his report.

On November 1, 1853 he wed Mary Cross at St John's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C.

Reno then spent several years as an ordnance officer at Frankford Arsenal, northeast of Philadelphia. In June of 1857 he was assigned as commander of an expediton to the Utah territories. The long two year assignment ended in 1859 when Reno was assigned as commander of the Mount Vernon Arsenal in Mobile, Alabama, until its seizure by the Confederates on January 4, 1861, when Reno's small force of 18 men overwhelmed without bloodshed by four companies of state militia. The state troops had been ordered by Alabama's Governer Andrew B. Moore to gain control of the post. A full week before Alabama seceded from the Union, the Civil War had come to then Captain Jesse L. Reno.

On July 1, 1860, he was promoted captain for fourteen years' continuous service. From February 2 until December 6, 1861, he was in charge of the arsenal at Leavenworth, Kansas

After being promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of volunteers by General Ambrose Burnside on November 12, 1861, Reno was given command of the 2nd Brigade. He trained and organized five regiments: the 21st Massachusetts, 51st New York, 51st Pennsylvania, 9th New Jersey, and the 6th New Hampshire. Reno's brigade actively participated in Burnside's North Carolina Expedition from February through July of 1862, where he led an attack against Fort Bartow, and the battles of New Berne and Camden. The Federals set out to capture Roanoke Island with nineteen warships, forty-eight transports, and 13,000 troops, leaving the rest of the forces at Hatteras Inlet. The fleet bombarded Fort Bartow on February 7, staying out of range of the other two forts, and skirmished with the seven vessels of CSN Flag Officer W. F. Lynch's "mosquito fleet." Burnside landed 4,000 men that afternoon at Ashby's Harbor, three miles south of Fort Bartow and by midnight had 10,000 men ashore. The Confederates guarding the shore retired to the Suple's Hill earthwork without opposing the Federals. In Burnside's attack the next morning US Brigadier General John G. Foster's brigade assaulted the works but were pinned down under heavy fire. US Brigadier General Jesse L. Reno's brigade slogged through a swamp on the Confederate right and charged the fort. The Confederates abandoned the redoubt, retreated north up the causeway, and CS Colonel Henry M. Shaw and 2,500 troops surrendered.

From April to August, 1862, he was in command of a division in the Department of North Carolina, and on July 18 he was commissioned major-general of volunteers.

On July 12, 1862, Reno was promoted to Major General and given Command of the IX Corps. In August Reno, under the command of General John Pope, would directly oppose his friend and classmate, "Stonewall" Jackson at the Second Battle of Bull Run and Chantilly.

On September 12, the IX Corps spent the day and evening in Frederick Maryland. Reno and three of his Divisions were sent on to Middletown at the foot of South Mountain on the morning of the 13th. September 14 saw Pleasonton's cavalry facing strong enemy opposition at South Mountain's Fox's Gap. He immediately asked Reno for infantry support and at 6 a.m. Reno sent his Fourth Division into the Gap. The Division commander General Jacob Cox met heavy opposition and passed word back to Reno for reinforcements.

By late in the afternoon, Reno's entire IX Corps was up at Fox's gap being personally directed by the General. Moving forward the Corps began driving the Confederates from Fox's Gap. Two hours into the attack, the advance stalled along the right flank. Reno rode forward with his staff to determine the cause of the delay. Rather than go directly to the right flank, Reno chose to start at his left and ride along the entire front length of his line, commending his troops for their excellent progress and battle conduct. About halfway across the line and in an exposed position, Reno stopped to observe the enemy's position with a telescope. Musket fire suddenly erupted from the confederate line and Reno was struck by a bullet that lodged in his chest. He was carried to the rear , where he saw his classmate and friend General Samuel Sturgis. Reno spoke to him and said "Hallo Sam, I am dead!". Sturgis thought Reno was joking and replied,"Oh no, General, not so bad as that I hope", to which Reno responded: "Yes, yes, I'm dead-goodbye!"

Reno was carried down the mountain and placed under a large oak tree where he was cared for by his surgeon, Dr. Calvin Cutter. At about 7 p.m. General Reno uttered his last words, "Tell my command that if not in body I will be with them in spirit."

General Ambrose Burnside eulogized General Reno when he issued General Order No. 17, announcing the loss of their leader to the IX Corps. "The commanding general announces to the corps the loss of their late leader, Maj. Gen. Jesse L. Reno. By the death of this distinguished officer the country loses one of its most devoted patriots, the army one of its most thorough soldiers. In the long list of battles in which General Reno has fought in his country's service, his name always appears with the brightest luster, and he has now bravely met a soldier's death while gallantly leading his men at the battle of South Mountain. For his high character and the kindly qualities of his heart in private life, as well as for the military genius and personal daring which marked him as a soldier, his loss will be deplored by all who knew him, and the commanding general desires to add the tribute of a friend to the public mourning for the death of one of the country's best defenders."

While crossing Antietam Creek near Burnside's Bridge on Sept. 17, 1862, the IX Corps began to chant "Remember Reno!"

Jesse L. Reno also was remembered in Nevada, where the city of Reno was named after him.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Redfield Mansion

LaVere Redfield was born in Ogden Utah on October 29, 1897. Although not much is known about this colorful personality’s youth, what is certain is that Redfield was born into abject poverty. As a young adult he made a meager living as a potato farmer, planting and digging up spuds in Idaho. A few years later, at the age of 24, he was able to move up the financial ladder employed as clerk in a department store in Idaho. It was here that he met and married his wife Nell, a coworker. After saving some cash the couple moved to Los Angeles during the dawn of the Great Depression of 1929. It was in the Golden State that the enterprising Redfield made it big as a securities broker. Redfield seem to have a knack for buying and trading stocks that he deemed undervalued. By 1935 when most of the country was still slowly working its way out of the Depression’s squalor, he was a millionaire. Much of his money was being shrewdly invested in real estate, including a massive 51,000 acre estate near Reno, Nevada. It was here in Nevada that Redfield’s claim to numismatic folklore and fame really began to take shape.

In the late 1930s Redfield purchased a large stone house in Reno Located here, a rather unpretentious but large three-story home containing 15 rooms. Redfield distrusted banks with a passion and kept large amounts of cash and coins in his house. Call it a hobby, call it a diversion fueled by the distrust of paper currency and the government, Redfield began to frequent the local banks in Reno and buy bags of US silver dollars. At this time US silver dollars could be bought for face value and were sold by most banks. Redfield began to accumulate bags of silver dollars each containing 1,000 coins. He would collect them in his old dilapidated pickup truck and stockpile them in the basement of his home. Word spread around town that this character wearing ripped jeans and cheap shirts was no longer the perceived transient, he was the “hard-money” man; a well versed investment mogul. Over time the fastidious Redfield converted the majority of his liquid assets into silver dollars.

Apart from banks, Redfield’s main supplier of silver dollars was dealer B.A. Brown of Fallon Nevada. Brown supplied Redfield with numerous better dates as well as San Francisco and Carson City mint pieces. Through the ensuing decades, Redfield would accumulate hundreds of bags of US silver dollars, always preferring to purchase fresh uncirculated coins for his hoard. However, by 1960 Redfield’s mistrust of the government came to a head. Embroiled in legal proceedings with the IRS, he was indicted for nonpayment of some $335,000 in income taxes. The frugal and eccentric Redfield decided to save money by not retaining an attorney and defended himself. Ultimately he was found guilty, serving 18 months of a five-year sentence at Terminal Island, California. Upon his parole Redfield went back to his silver dollar quest and by this time word about his fortune had spread around Reno. In 1963 his “stone palace” was burglarized and it is estimated that approximately 100,000 silver dollars were taken. At this time Redfield decided to build a false wall to hide his remaining silver dollar stockpile.

In 1972, Redfield left a will leaving half of his assets to his wife and another half to a niece. On May 20, 1974 Redfield was incapacitated by a stroke and died in September the same year, he was 77. Yet almost up until his death, Redfield continued to squirrel away silver dollar bags, dropping them unceremoniously down an old coal chute into his basement. Nonetheless, soon after his passing the IRS seized the opportunity to audit his estate. As federal agents searched the Redfield home, the false wall was discovered and removed. One source chronicles that the false wall in the basement was discovered through a note found by an IRS agent, which was left in a conspicuous spot in the basement by Redfield. The hand written message told of the hoard, and implored the discoverer not to alert the IRS. Unfortunately Redfield’s request was not met as lying behind the false façade was a silver stash like none other- 400 bags of silver dollars, 400,000 coins, the total weight of the silver dollar hoard was over 11 tons most of which had been sitting on the basement floor for decades. The majority of the silver dollars were Morgans, although a solid representation of Peace Dollars were present too. Many of them were still in their original Mint bags. The precise inventory of the “Redfield Hoard” has never been revealed. Although a number exceeding 351,000 of the silver coins found, were uncirculated.

Due to some lengthy litigation and jostling for position amongst several coin dealers, “The Redfield Hoard “ was not put up for auction by the probate court until January 27, 1976. There were so many silver dollars the massive lot could not be properly examined by the potential bidders. Bidding commenced at $5.7 million and it appeared a bid of 7.2 million placed by Bowers & Ruddy Galleries would take away the prize, however when the hammer fell Steve Markoff of A-Mark Corporation purchased the entire lot for $7.3 million. It has since been estimated that the wholesale value of the Redfield Hoard of silver dollars was about $20 million at that time. So as to not flood the coin market with this huge number of coins, Markoff employed a three-year liquidation plan with a well-conceived marketing promotion, thus ensuring the coin industry would see only a negligible effect. Several major coin dealers handled the retail marketing of the Redfield Hoard. Most of the coins in the Redfield Hoard were Morgan Silver Dollars. Some of the more noteworthy uncirculated dates of Morgan Dollars found in this hoard were 1892-P, 1893-P, 1893-CC 1879-CC, 1889-CC, 1895-S, 1896-S and the 1903-S. The most notable of the Peace Dollars segment found in the hoard were the 1925-S, 1927-S and 1928-S.

Although it’s been over 30 years since the last of the “Redfield’s” have been liquidated, numismatists and history buffs throughout the world are still anxious to discover one of the silver dollars that was part of the LaVere Redfield Hoard.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Virginia & Truckee Railroad

This is what's left of the V&T Railroad found in Reno.

I guess someone has taken the plaque when I went by it today:

This is where it is located:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

1881/1422 Benefit For Connor McEwen

Connor’s Story

Connor McEwen is like so many other 7 year old boys. He enjoys playing soccer, baseball, camping and fishing. He stays very active and busy like so many other young boys. That all changed in July 2014 on a family camping trip to Lake Tahoe.

Connor was riding his bike when he took a bad fall. A quick trip to the Emergency Room showed he had fractured his elbow. We were soon to learn that he would require surgery to correct this. A routine surgery with pins placed in his elbow and followed by a cast for 4 weeks.

On the day of the surgery, Connor had elevated blood pressure, with little concern surgery was still performed. Complications were soon to follow. Connor experienced extremely high blood pressures in recovery. The Doctors concern lead us to have a follow-up with his primary care physician the very next day. After weeks of monitoring the blood pressure, the family learned it was extremely high for a child and Connor was placed on medication. Specialists and testing became a weekly routine for Connor, along with trying to keep a 7 year old active little boy, less active, until a diagnosis could be made.

On September 8, 2014, Connor was diagnosed with Renal Artery Stenosis. This means that the artery to his left kidney was constricting, causing severe high blood pressures. It was also discovered that he has 2 arteries that connect to each of his kidneys. Connor is only 1% of the population who has been diagnosed with this. Because of the unique condition the family was sent to Las Vegas to attempt to correct the problem. On September 22nd, an angioplasty was performed, but unfortunately it did not work.

The family is now being faced with hard facts and because of Connor’s rare condition, they are looking to go to Specialists in the state of Michigan. Because of the overwhelming costs outside of what the insurance is willing to cover, they are now reaching out to their family, friends and the community for help.

On March 28, 2015, we will be holding a benefit for this young man at Ryan's Saloon.

Everything will start around 8:30 pm, until 2 am.

These are the bands that are lined up for this night:

Bat Country

Whiskey Shitty Buskers

Myke Read

We will also be having a raffle so if you'd like to donate a prize that would be greatly appreciated!!

You can also donate directly to the family here.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Brian "Fat Pat" Hawkins

9/6/1969 - 2/22/2015

Amidst the outward expression of free spirit and turbulent years of the Vietnam Conflict a couple in sunny southern California got engaged. Wyman Hawkins & Lucille Cadlini married in a fall wedding in November of 1965 in Riverside County, CA.

They provided for their new family with employment for Wyman at Southern California Edison and secretarial work for the Chino School District for Lucille where they settled in Chino.

The couple was blessed by the birth of daughter Kimberly in 1966. On September 6, 1969, the family was blessed by the additional birth of son Brian Patrick Hawkins in Pomona, CA.

A transfer of employment would send the family backing for the Owen’s valley where they settled in Bishop before Pat turned one. Dad’s continued to work for Edison while mom began working in the Bishop School District.

Those early years for the Pat and Kim were filled with riding skate boards or bikes, floating inner tubes in the creek or simply waking to the Safeway to buy candy bars.

Formal education began at Bishop Elementary where Pat was encouraged by second grade teacher Jeff Bell to bring “James R. Peabody III” to school. Can you imagine the look on the little girls faces when Pat walked down the halls with a snake wrapped up his arm?

When Pat headed off to Rivana Middle School he was blessed by having a mentor Mr. White to guide him. You know those times when there just seems to be more to the story than meets the eye. Well Pat was encouraged once again by a teacher regarding a pet.

This time it was to take Chuck the school rat home for the summer. Funny thing is there was no plan for a welcome return in the fall and Pat got to keep Chuck. By the end of his Middle School years, Pat had a list of dates where mom was called to come pick him up after school because the bus didn’t wait for detention to finish.

Pat didn’t really treasure the idea of authority and would boldly call the principle “Fred.” When asked to call him Mr. Patterson, Pat would promptly reply, “He didn’t call me Mr. Hawkins so he is just Fred.”

With a love and care of animals of any kind, Pat enjoyed spending time with his bearded dragon George who hated broccoli like the president. George loved to try to hide but the labs in the hours would always search him out.

Pat played soccer for AYSO from 8-11 years of age and wrestled in school. Oh how mom can’t forget the blue rosebud pattern sheet going out the door with eye holes cut out for his ghost costume for Halloween. Nor catching Pat with a can of chewing tobacco.

Maybe that was a nice shade of green “Irish” green he turned as mom made him finish the entire can! He rode BMX as a lad as well. Pat was always spontaneous and unafraid to share his boisterous side and awesome sense of humor.

By the time he was attending Bishop High School Pat had a pretty clear path set out. You simply walk into the school’s front door, continue down the hall and out the back.

Not exactly found of formal education, Pat dropped out of school after his junior year satisfied with a GED. Away from school, Pat loved those family trips to Klamath Falls each year as well as duck hunting along Tule Lake near the Oregon border. He loved upland game with his dad where pheasants were flushed out and retrieved by Shaka his bird dog.

Closer to home, fishing or horseback riding Sunday afternoons after church were a hit. The time he reached up to steady himself along the rocks while fishing that will never be forgotten was when the rattle snake coiled and struck. As Pat pulled his hand a way in pain and whipped it around the snakes head came off its body and remained attached to his thump. Pat was blessed to live in a community that had anti venom as he was rushed to the hospital for many doses and the loss of part of his thumb.

Pat enjoyed sledding in the mountains as well as ice skating. What a sight it must have been with mom popping the car hood on arrival in the mountains and placing hot dogs and buns in foil on the engine and closing the hood. One the kids were ready for lunch, it was waiting under the hood.

The mountains also provided the family the opportunity to cut their own Christmas tree each year. Birthdays were always special for the Hawkins, especially when a special cake was made each year as the family went to watch the local Volunteer Fire Department fireworks display at the airport and the family sang happy birthday to America on the Fourth of July.

Pat’s dogs were a huge part of his life, he loved the lab found in the White Mountains and Pepper who rode inner tubes with him but refused to bring them back to Lola that gave him the sad face look at the shelter so Pat would rescue her.

Over the years Pat had a wide range of employment. During his youth he installed tire chains, broke down tires and pumped gas at the local gas station before going into construction. He made his way to Las Vegas for a time where he did landscaping.

He worked for a muffler company and even attended a mechanics school in Phoenix. He graduated from UTI’s heavy equipment school in Apple Valley as an operator.

After his father broke his hip, Pat became his caregiver until he passed in 2010, Pat moved to Reno where he began fixing up an old air force house in Stead. The Andes St. home was given coats of paint with his family’s assistance. Time was a bit off however for the economy and he had a hard time finding employment so Pat continued his love of watching football, listening to country, pop or the River Classic Rock.

Many hours were watched intently of the Food Network with the result in mouthwatering BBQ Pork rubs and tri-tip. Not sure as his beloved butterscotch pudding could wait until after that main meal? Mexican food was a hit for Pat as well as that big rare Prime Rib at the Texas Roadhouse. Action as well as the books of Stone Barrington and Jack Reacher were read.

Pat enjoyed becoming an active member in the “Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus” or simply known as the Clampers. He was a member of Bishop’s Local 395 unit called the “Slim Princess” before becoming a founding member of Reno’s chapter 1422, the “Jesse Lee Reno” group.

The group is dedicated to the study and preservation of the American West but is very active in community outreach. The local chapter found Pat assisting in Easter Baskets for kids at the Children’s Cabinet, to fundraisers for children with rare illness as well as assisting the needy at the homeless shelter.

In honor of Pat’s connection as an auxiliary member of the board, his cane has been donated to the group and will become the official “gavel” for all their events.

The ECV group over the past twelve to thirteen years was a wonderful merge of his big heart, loving and caring personality where he could accept you as you were. He never met a stranger and loved to help others from collecting toys for needy children or being there for you as a loyal best friend.

Sadly, Pat passed away in the early hours of February 22, 2015 in the family home in Reno, NV. Pat was preceded in death by his father Wyman Hawkins.

Pat is survived by his mother Lucille, sister Kim Rochester and her boyfriend Andy Jecusco, niece Ashlynn Robinson, fellow Clampers as well as extended family and friends.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Watering Holes Reno

Here is a quick list of Clamper owned bars and Watering Holes in Reno! I will be updating this as needed.

Watering holes
Abby’s Highway 40 424 East 4th Street, Reno, NV 89512 JCB
Harry’s Sports Bar & Grill 1100 East Plumb Lane Reno, Nevada 89502 JLR
Ryan’s Saloon 924 South Wells Avenue Reno, Nevada 89502 SST
Blitz Bar & Grill 400 Rock Blvd Sparks, NV 89431 JCB

Clamper owned
Tiger Tom’s 196 Gentry Way Reno NV 89502 Tom
Bar M Bar 816 U.S. 40 Reno, Nevada 89523 Mike Ackerman
Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor 71 South Wells Ave Reno, NV 89502 Josh Smith
Sparks Lounge Bar 1237 Baring Blvd Sparks, NV 89434 Chad Keele
Coach’s Grill & Sports Bar 1753 South Virginia St Reno, NV 89502

Here is an interactive map (zoom out to see Bar-M-Bar and Sparks Lounge):

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Jesse Lee Reno Memorial

As you know, we have named 1422 after Jesse Lee Reno in December, 6019 (2014).

We do have a memorial park here in Reno just right down the street from where the first spot in Reno was settled. The Powning Veterans Memorial Park has multiple memorials at the location. This park is mainly dedicated to Veterans of different wars.

**Powning Veterans Memorial Park in Reno pays respects to veterans from all branches of the military. You can find the Powning Veterans Memorial Park on the eastern side of Virginia Street near a variety of small locally owned businesses and the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts.**

Fun fact about Jesse Lee Reno: His son, Jesse W Reno, created the first "inclined elevator" in 1891... Also known as the Escalator.