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Sweden Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 21, 1997 19 Gazette onthe street... What do you want written on your tombstone? ...... / ! Pahrump Santa Rosa, Calif. Hemet, Calif. MARTIN HAKANSSON- Designer-- "Lived happy and died happy." SHARRON CZETO-Housewfe BERNIE JORGENSEN -- LARRY KITTS -- Retired -- "Loving Mother." Retired Postmaster- "Once I'm military -- "I want a crust that goneIdon't care what they write." rises." RONNIE 482-301 6 No to Abuse 751 -111 8 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevada-then and now New Lovelock/Pershing County history by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society L ast summer, the Humboldt Historian, the annual journal of the North Central , Nevada Historical Society in Winnemucca, published the first section of a two-part article by this writer, "The - Development of ....  .... Lovelock and the Creation of Pershing County." The second part is now off the press and available at a cost of $5, plus $1.50 postage and handling from Toddy Folgate, 3190 North Granada, Winnemucca, Nev. 89445. The first article covered the founding and development of Lovelock from 1860 through 1916. The second part picks up the story in 1917 and goes through the community's incorporation that year, the creation of Pershing County in 1919, the establishment of county, government and the construction of Lovelock's famed }round courthouse. The saga of World War I as experienced by the citizens of Lovelock is also covered, as are wartime mining developments, highways, promotional activities and related matters. Incorporation had been a public issue for several years and was finally achieved when proponents were able to convince a reluctant citizenry that their tax money would be better spent closer to home by local officials rather than sent off to Winnemucca to be allocated by the members of the Humboldt County Board of Commissioners. During the debates, several speakers mentioned that incorporation would put their community in a better position to argue for dividing Humboldt County and creating a new county with Lovelock as the county seat when the legislature convened in 1919. The catalyst for creating a new county was the destruction of the Humboldt County Courthouse in a fire on July 20, 1918. Lovelock residents did not see why they should help foot the bill for a new building and the movement picked up steam in the southern section of the County. A bill to create a new county had already been written by the time Lovelock's famed round courthouse, late spring, 1922. of the convening of the legislature in January 1919 and was introduced by Assembly- man Crofton Uniacke on February'25. Humboldt County officials sent representatives down, as did county division advo- , II cates from Lovelock, and the debate .... soon became acrimonious. The divisionists prevailed, however, and Governor Emmet D. Boyle signed the ....... measure into law on March 18. Over the next several months, Humboldt County officials challenged the act in court, but lost on every count. The Justices of the Nevada Supreme Court finally ruled that the measure met the requirements of the Nevada Constitution. Reno architect Frederick DeLongchamps was awarded the de- sign contract for the new Pershing County Courthouse in December 1919 and the firm of Howard S. Williams of San Francisco won the construc- tion bid. Work proceeded and the dedi- catory ceremony took place on June 20, I921. The study of county seat fights photo by Nemda///aor/Soday and county division movements pro- vides insights into many phases of our state's history - differential economic developments, politics, taxation and expenditure of public funds, civic pride and others. County division and county creation are also contemporary issues, proponents of a new county at Lake Tahoe having only recently failed to bring off the division of Douglas County, Carson City and Washoe County. The North Central Nevada Historical Society is also seeking new members and society officials are involved in raising funds for the expansion of the Winnemucc museum. Memberships and donations are tax deductible. Your help would be appreciated. Call Toddy Folgate at (702) 623-5512 for further information. i , ii ml, ii ram, i, m, ii i ml, i i I ii ii