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22 Thursday, March 20, 1997 Pahnunp Valley Gmtte Sun Valley, CA Gazette on the s! r eet... How do you feel about the proposed expansion of Fort Irwin? Lancaster, PA Santa Clarita, CA Esalon, CA Fremont, CA :- Housewife - Y areelosing so many bases we need to have enough bases for emergency training. If it's cheaper to opea, ate one large base. I would be in favor of it." RICK HAEFNER-- Geologist -- "I don't like it. I don't think they need the additional space. I don't understand why they keep with- drawing public land from the public. There won't be any public land left for the public." [AN BOULTON - Retired office Worker -- "I don't know much about it. I wouldn't be afraid to drive through a base--- Imight be safer there." "Why don't they use tle land." doesn't make any difference to nae; Compiled by  staff photographers i 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 - 111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump II I II I I Ill Although Wyatt and Virgil Earp are best remembered for their association with Tombstone, Arizona and the shoot-out at the OK Coral, both spent time in Nevada and Virgil died of pneumonia in Goldfield in 1905. Wyatt spent a few days in Carson City in March 1897 at the time of the Corbett-Fitzsimmons heavyweight championship fight. Later, in 1902, he and his wife returned to the state, settling in Tonopah where he ran the Northern Saloon, worked as a freighter and was employed as a guard by the Tonopah Mining Company. He also served a brief term as a Deputy US Marshal for the Ninth Circuit Court. In August 1902, they moved to California. Over the next several years, they prospected and lived briefly in several Nevada camps and Wyatt had mining interest in the Bullfrog District in 1905. Sometime in the fall of 1904, Virgil and his wife, Allie, showed up in Goldfield. For a time, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for Esmeralda,County. He also worked as a special officer at the National Club and had several mining claims in Bullfrog. In the fall of 1905, he fell ill with pneumonia and died at the Miners' Union Hospital on October I9. Over the years, many Nevadans have come to believe that Virgil Earp is buried in Goldfield. Not so. He is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, and the home of a daughter, Nellie Jane Earp Law. Nellie was born Ne.va,100- then ananow THE SAGA OF VIRGIL EARP by Phillip 1. Earl Nevada Historical Society at Pella, Iowa on January 7, 1862. Virgil was away in the Civil War at that time and his wife, Ellen, was informed that he had been killed in action. Believing herself to be a widow, she and Nellie moved to Oregon in 1864, where she remarried. Virgil had meanwhile returned from the war. Learning that Ellen had left, he decided to leave matters as they were and get on with his own life. In 1872, he married Alvia "Allie" Sullivan and the two remained together until his death some thirty years later. Nellie Jane married Levi Law in January 1880, becoming the mother of two daughters and a son. Ellen had talked to Nellie about her father from time to time as the girl was growing up and Nellie traced him to Prescott, Arizona in 1898 and began a correspondence. In April 1899, Nellie came down with a serious case of pneumonia and Virgil and Allie came to Portland to be at her bedside. The reunion with Nellie and her children and with Ellen was a happy one and Nellie and Virgil continued their correspondence. Ellen died two years later and Allie wired Nellie of her father's death in 1905. Nellie asked her son-in-law, Alex Bernard, to go to Goldfield and accompany Virgil's remains to Portland. The family had a plot at Riverview and it was there that Virgil Earp was laid to rest. In 1975, this writer had occasion to be in Portland. On the second afternoon in town, I visited Virgil Earp's grave and had a few long thoughts on all the violence that he had seen in the course of his long life and the strange twist of fate by which he ended up far from Tombstone, the Nevada boomcamp of Goldfield and all the other memorable places he had once called home. Virgil Earp, died in Goldfield, Nevada, buried in Portland, Oregon. I II