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r Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, October 30, 1997 17 ,! Gazette on the street... What is the zaniest thing you ever did on Halloween? Pahrump Utah PAT PATTERSON-- Machinist -- "Put a wagon up on top of the post office." [EANNINE VanAUSDAL -- Engineer -- "A bunch of married women dressed up in costumes and we went around to each others homes. The husbands wre the only one home and we put on a show and made them give us something to eat." Pahrump GRACE WILLIS -- Retired housewife -- "We had a scavenger hunt and it was t lot of fun." Pahrump GERALD URQUHART -- Retired chemist -- "I was really good on Halloween -- we just went out trick or treating. We would have got in big trouble had we done anything bad. I am from Canada so perhaps they are more strict up there." Pahrump RED CRAWFORD -- Retired miner -- "Pushed over an outhouse with a woman in it. That was up in Ely, Nevada." Compiled by PVG staff photographers 482-3016 No to Abuse 751-1118 Tonopah 24 Hr. Crisis Line Pahrump Nevada-then and now New Book on Lake Tahoe/Sierra Eastern slope by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society j ust off the press is a new historical work by Mark McLaughlin, focusing on Lake Tahoe and the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, "Siei'ra Stories: True Tales of Tahoe." Available from the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 North Virginia St., Reno, Nev. 89503, at a cost of $10 plus $1.50 postage and han- dling for mail orders, this book would be a worthwhile addi- tion to anyone's library. Al- though all of the twelve stories have been published elsewhere over the years, they are long out of print and otherwise un- available to modem readers. The story of Moses Schallenberger's solitary so- journ at Donner Lake during the winter of 1845-46 is over- shadowed by the saga of the Donner Party just a year later. Some members of the party took over his cabin at the lake and the mountain just to the south is known as Schallenberger Ridge to this day. A flume laborer riding a "go-devil" on a Sierra Nevada flume. The chapter on Snowshoe Thompson, a Norwegian who carried mail on skis from Placerville to Carson Valley in the 1850s deserves reprinting, as does the chapter on the Pony Express, particularly the sections dealing with the hardships and dangers of carrying mail across the mountains in the early 1860s. Squaw Valley, famed as the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics, is touched upon in terms of a mining rush in 1862-63. Many heretofore obscure historical sites in the area are mentioned and plotted on a sectional map, a bonus for hikers and explorers. The history of the timber flumes of the eastern slope chronicled in the book would be of equal interest to those who have turned the old flume trails into venues for mountain hiking and bik- ing. Among the odd and as- sorted characters associated with the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe who find a place in the book are Hank Monk, legendary stagecoach driver, and Charley Parkhurst, stage driver and freighter, who was discov- ered to be a woman follow- ing her death in 1879. The author also chronicles the Verdi Train Robbery in November 1870, and several incidents related to the Great Snow Block- ade in the mountains in January 1890. In a conclud- ing chapter, the history of marathon swimming at Lake Tahoe is discussed in some detail. This book is a limited edition, so readers should get their orders in if interested. For further information, call the Nevada Historical Society in Reno at (702) 688-1191.