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22 T'0ursday, January 30, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette i i i Gazette on the street I What do you think of the Internet? Pahrump Las Vegas 00iiiiiii00i iiii I, i ii'i   i . P00rump ! but it" is  the new WOODWARD -- RICHARD NORTON -- Cashier - "I don't deal with the Maintenance -- "I don't know internet. I haven't got on the anythingaboutit.I'veneverused interact. I have a home PC, but it it. I get by just fine without it.-" costs too much and hackers can get into your computer." TERESA DOAN -- Delicatessen manager-- I think it is stupid. I don't like computers. Everything is computerized now--and I think everything should be the way it used to be, You can't get a job anymore unless you can use a computer, no matter how LEONARD T. ANDERSON -- Retired carpenter-- "I think it would be a good thing if you can afford it. But it is just too expensive for me. If I bought a PC, someone would probably steal it." qualified you are otherwise." Compiled by Gazette staff photographers z ............... 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tono 9ah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrum i H iii ii i ii, i ,i i, ,,i iii IHI II I| III1,| ,111,1 I Nevada then and now New Year's mine rescue by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society iiiii ii Although Reno's Fourth Street tends to be ignored by those with an interest in history, that section of town is rich in history. The old Nevada-California-Oregon depot is located there, as is the former bottling works of the Reno Brewing Company and the Ranier Brewery, the latter currently the Spice House, a topless entertainment establishment. Further out in the 1900 block is the former site of Threlkel's baseball park, today occu- pied by the truck yard of Wells Cargo Inc. The short street leading into the yard, Threlkel Street, is the only re- membrance of one of Reno's leading citizens in years past, John E. "Jack" Threlkel, a Reno businessman and one of the community's baseball pio- neers. The street sign no longer stands, so those Curious about the location must look for the Wells Cargo turnin. Born in Newcastle, California in October 28, 1883, Threlkel grew up in Auburn, California becoming a telephone lineman. At the invitation of his uncle, U.S. Senator George S. Nixon, he moved to Goldfield in 1906 to work as a mine electrician. Just a year later, he opened the Reno Ga- rage on Chestnut Street, Reno, the community's fhrst auto repair shop. By 1909, he had expanded the scope of his enterprise, becoming a partner in a Dorris automobile sales agency. Threlkel's first love was baseball rather than die auto business, how- ever, and he soon began to hire mechanics and salesmen who demonstrated some talent as players,as did other downtown businessmen. In the 1920s, he sponsored several teams, the best known of which was"Threlkel's Cubs," and promoted tournaments involving local clubs and teams from Susanville, Sacramento, San Francisco and other California locals. Games were played at Moana Springs south of town, on a diamond lated on today's Galletti Way, at Reneva Park on east Sixth Street and Valley Road and at fields at First and Arlington and Locust and Crampton Streets. All the parks were primitive, according to reth-ed Reno educator Bud B easley, a pitcher i lil i [ lili iiiiiii liiiii ii li!i i [ iiii iii i Jack Threlkel, standing, right, and the Reno.Garage Cubs, late 1920s.. on several of Threlkel's teams in the 1930s, and Threlkel purchased four acres on land on East Fourth Street in March 1930 for a new diamond complete with bleachers and grassed fields. In an interview with a Reno newsman at the time of the purchase, Threlkel said that he was also planning to put up a basketball court and a boxing arena. Teams from two leagues, the Sierra Nevada and the Twilight, played at Threlkel' s and many university students picked up book and tuition money by playing or one or another team during the summer seasons. Beasley recalls play- ing for the Reno Larks just before the war and was one of a number of players who moved up in professional baseball, gradu- ating to the Pacific Coast League with Sacramento and Seattle and ending his career with Vancouver in the Western International league. Threlkel's Park also hosted uni- versity games, visiting professional teams on tour and army and navy teams during the war, including teams from the Rene Army Air Force Base, the later Stead Air Force Base. The park also served as the playing field for American Legion youth teams over the years. In 1941, Threlkel leased the park to Norrie DeLorenzi and Bob Peccole. Lights had been installed in May of Nevada Historical Society Photograph 1940 and the war years featured night games between the Larks and some of the best competition to be found in California. Threlkel retired from the garage business in 1947, but continued an interest in baseball. He also took part in Reno Rotary and was active in Masonic affairs. In 1959, he began to experience health problems and suffered a fatal heart attack at his Cheney Street home on December 26, 1960. Many of the baseball players he had sponsored and worked with were on hand for his last rites, as were members of Reno's business community, fraternal brothers and those Renoites who followed baseball over the years. Ill I II I II Illl I