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Dangberg Foundation sponsors book on Humboldt County

Staff reports

A book entitled “Humboldt County, 1905,” is being published by the Northern Nevada Historical Society at Winnemucca. The book describes the county’s regions and varied activities at the turn of the century in 1905.

Publication of the book is being sponsored by the Grace Dangberg Foundation. The foundation will pay for the cost of having it printed.

The Grace Dangberg Foundation was established by Grace Dangberg who, as a child, lived in the Carson Valley. Granddaughter of a pioneer rancher who settled here in 1851, she became a noted historian, and near the end of her life, she established the foundation. It is devoted to furthering the interest of history and education.

“Humboldt County, 1905” was written by Allen Bragg, who was then editor of the Silver State newspaper in Winnemucca.

In 1905, Bragg rode around all of Humboldt County with assessor Joseph William Guthrie as he traveled to make his annual assessments of the farms, ranches and business properties in the county. It was a long trip. They visited five distinctly different areas located north, northwest and south of Winnemucca. It is a story of loneliness, suffering and surprising prosperity.

At that time, Unionville, Humboldt County, was the center of much activity. North of Winnemucca to the Oregon state line, Bragg said, there were only “long distances.” In the northeastern part of the county, Bragg described how the small town of Denio is located next to the Oregon boundary. The Quinn River originates near there and flows south to finally sink into the sand and disappear.

Bragg tells the story of the area in the early 1900s almost entirely in terms of the ranches and their owners. As they traveled, Bragg and the assessor, Guthrie, stayed every night as welcomed guests of one of the ranchers. The ranches produced cattle and hundreds of tons of hay.

In 1905, Lovelock, now in Pershing County, was a part of Humboldt County. It was very prosperous. It produced cattle and sheep and wheat, barley and hay.

The historical society will print 1,000 copies of “Humboldt County, 1905.”