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16 Thursday, April 10, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Original Shoshone resident makes Mammoth move By C. Michael Carlson SHOSHONE--It is believed by many scientists that our dry landscape, known as the Mojave Desert, looked much differently thousands of years ago. According to their theories, grasslands may have once covered the entire area, with many lakes and streams flowing through them. Evidence of such a picture is often hidden among the sagebrush and the occasional rattlesnake waiting to be dis- covered. Usually, it's just remnants of a prehistoric fish, or a fossilized insect that had the misfortune of being stepped on by a much larger creature. But in 1982, four undergraduate students from Sonoma State University north of San Francisco, named Barry James, Bill Feller, John Schmidt, and Dale Dell' Osso made a discov- ery that shocked the scientific community. The team had discovered a complete skeleton of a prehis- toric Columbia Mammoth. This was something that had never been accomplished, on such a scale, by undergraduate students. It had been suspected by researchers, that these mammoths had once roamed the area. However there was little evidence to support these ideas until the students made a discovery in a 150 square mile dry lake bed, about two miles northwest of Shoshone. It was in this bed where they tbund large teeth and vertebrae. Obituaries They soon discovered other bones buried slightly beneath the surface. Getting permission from the Bureau of Land Management i i! was not an easy task; paperwork was lost three times. After securing the necessary permits from the govern- ment, the site was excavated, and the skeleton was taken to Sonoma State University where it remained on display until recent building renovations caused the closure of the exhibit. "It was agreed that if it were to be moved, it would return to Shoshone," said Shoshone Museum Curator and amateur geologist Martha Watkins. Watkins left this week to retrieve the remaining bones, from the university. Until the expansion of the local Shoshone Museum is completed, the bones will be kept in storage. The museum building, which is a Shoshone landmark, will stay much the same except for the back portion will be enlarged, according to Watkins. She is currently raising the $25 to $30,000 needed for the restoration project. One way, is by enlisting the aid of corporate sponsors. U-Haul, and the U.S. Borax company known for its historic "20 mule team" link to the Death Valley region, has already signed on as corporate sponsors, and Watkins be- lieves there will be more companies as time progresses. " People will also have an opportunity to sponsor a bone, or have their name engraved on a brick. "I want to have a chart on the wall naming all the spon- sors," said Watkins. The museum does not intend to charge admission fees, when the 20-foot long 15,000-pound, mammoth goes on display sometime this summer. Watkins has been with the museum since 1995. She is also director of the Death Valley Chamber of Commerce, and was once a local columnist for the former Death Valley Gateway Gazette, now the Pahrump Valley Gazette• O Emily Stringer Emily Stringer, 90, died on April 1, 1997 at the Henderson convalescent home. She was a three-year resident in Nevada coming from San Antonio, Texas. She was a homemaker. She is survived son John W. Young of Amargosa Valley, Navada, 1/2 brother, William H. Kresge of Casa Grande, Arizona. Private family service was held under the funeral director of Robin Dorand of the Neptune Society of Nye County. James Wilson James Wilson, 74, died April 5, 1997 at Valley Hospital, Las Vegas Nevada. He was born November 3, 1922 in Iowa, and was a Pahrump resident for the past 13 years coming from Fremont, California where he was a airplane repair- man. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Pearl Harbor Swines of Las Vegas, and a World War II veteran. He is survived by his wife Esther Wilson of Pahrump, Nevada; a son James C. Wilson Jr. of Pahrump Nevada; and a grandson Jonathan Wilson of Leumoore, California. Services will be held April 10, 1997 at the Memorial Chapel in Pahrump, at 11:00 a.m. officiated by F. Mortuary. Kathleen Ann Strobehn Kathleen Ann Strobehn, 40, died April 5, 1997 in Pahrurnp, Nevada. She was born October 16, 1956 in Covina, California and was a 6-year resident of Pahrump coming from Las Vegas. She was a change person at Terribles Town Casino in Pahrump and a member of the Catholic Church. She is survived by father Ronald D Bottom and mother Mona Iw Bottom both of Hesperia, California; Spouce; Gary Lee Erwin of Pahrump, Nevada; sons John Anthony Alarcon of Kingman, Arizona, Danial Michael Alarcon of Las Vegas, Nevada, Gary Arthur Erwin of Riverside, California. Also a Florin J. Hoffman II Florin J. Hoffman, 38, died March 24, 1997 at UMCI[ II Trauma unit in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was born No-[[ vember 27, 1958 in Henderson, Nevada and was a life- II long resident of Pahrump coming from Henderson,[[ Nevada. He was a construction laborer, served in thell Navy. II He is survived by his wife Judith Hoffman of Pahr- 11 ump, Nevada, mother Isabell Hoffman, father Victor II Hoffman both of Las Vegas, Nevada; brothers Glen II Hoffman ofFt, Bridger, Wyoming, Calvin Brad Hoffman l[ of Pahrump, Nevada, and Lyle Hoffman of Las Vegas, |1 Nevada. |1 ' Private services were held on March 26, 1997 atl[ Christian Church of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada. |1 brother urtis Joseph Strobehn of Las Vegas and sisters Karen Alice Niece of Hemet, California, Coleen Francis Read of Chino Hills, California, and 3 grandchildren• Services were Wednesday April 9, 1997 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, memorial service officiated by Father Joe Bosheski. Arrangements handled by the Neptune Society of Nye County. 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