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History comes alive at Carson Valley Museum

Staff Reports

A dark and stormy night drove 70 people out of the Garden Cemetery and into the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center for the 21st annual “History Comes Alive.”

Six presenters spoke during the event on Saturday night.

Mary Sarman and John Stephans talked about Sopphie Bauer and Chris Rabe, who later owned the butcher shop in Gardnerville and property at Lake Tahoe and Mottsville Lane. Rabe Meadow still carries their name.

Diedrich Wennhold’s grandson, George, portrayed the Carson Valley teamster and rancher, shifting from English to German as he brought out a bedroll, representing his arrival from the old country in 1885.

Tommy Hickey portrayed his grandfather, Justice of the Peace James E. Hickey, who was delivered by Dr. Eliza Cook at the Hickey Ranch in 1890.

Hickey served as Justice of the Peace for most of three decades between 1936 and 1965. He was also the first president of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Record-Courier Editor Kurt Hildebrand talked about his predecessors in interest Bert and Sue Selkirk, who operated the Gardnerville newspaper for 37 years.

Linda Shaw Reid talked about the Neddenriep, Heitman and Shaw families, who purchased the Graunke Warehouse and operated it as Shaw’s Feed & Seed.

Alan Reed talked about Frank Reed who became manager of the Minden Flour Milling Co. in 2937 before retiring in 1964.

Reed’s brother Ed owned the first full-time service station in Minden and Warren opened Warren Reed Insurance in 1951.