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sr I I III Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 19, 1997 19 Gazette on the street... Why did God create the world? San Diego Las Vegas Pahrump Pahrump GARY BRIGHT -- General bAT MULLER -- Sales manager-- "So he could send his manager-- "To create Man in his son to die for us so we could have own image," , salvation." JOANN " SCHUETTE -- Housewife -- "Because God created beautiful things." DAN CROWLEY -- Construction --"I guess he didn't have anything to do. I guess he put us here to help each other." SUSAN TOOMER - Teacher -- "So that his children would have a place to learn and grow." Compiled by GazeUe staff photographers 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevaazt -then and now Comstock labor images by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society ver the years, there has been considerable research and writing on the history of labor on Nevada's Comstock Lode, the venue for the organi- zation of the first industrial mining unions in the American West. Writers and re- searchers have reflected their sources, their personal biases and the economic and politi- cal climate in which they worked. There has been some controversy over the nature of Comstock unionism and the actual state of labor-manage- ment relations at any given point in time. In the Fall 1996, issue of the Nevada Historical Society Quarterly, Ne- vada State Archivist Guy Louis Rocha reviews the literature in "The Many Images of the Comstock Miners' Union" and deals with the various theses which have been set down. He questions the Comstoek miners going on shift, 1890s. "cordial and peaceful re- lations" concept put for- ward by some writers, citing the use of federal troops-soldiers from Ft. Churchill - by Territorial Gov. James Warren Nye in response to a threatened 1864 confrontation in Virginia City. He also analyzes the "heritage of conflict" thesis and details the manner in which union miners came to dominate local politics, law enforcement, fire services and the militia. Union miners accepted the basic tenets of the capitalistic economy, Rocha contends, chronicling the extremely tentative relations with the socialistic West- ern Federation of Min- ers in the 1890s and on into the new century. He also deals with relations between the Comstock business community and organized labor and comments upon such re- forms as the minimum wage, the eight-hour day, assistance to win- dows and orphans and mine safety. Just as technological innovations on the Comstock spread to mining operations else- where, the ideals of in- dustrial unionism were carried to other camps in the West by union miners who moved on during the depression period, 1876 to the turn of the century, Rocha photo by Nevada Historical Society finds. This issue of the Ne- vada Historical Society Quarterly is available at the museum in Reno at a cost of $6. By mail, the cost is $7.50, postage included. Write the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89503. For further information, call (702) 688-1191