Remembering engineer, skier Bob Gardner |

Remembering engineer, skier Bob Gardner

Kurt Hildebrand

A funeral service is 9:30 a.m. Saturday for former Douglas County Engineer and Public Works Director Robert Gardner at the LDS Chapel on Spruce Street.

The Gardner family moved to Carson Valley in the early 1970s. In addition to his work for the county, Bob was on the school board, the Minden Town Board, and founder of the Saturday Ski Club in 1976.

Bob and wife Sandra celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. Bob died April 9 at his Minden home. He was 74.

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Gardnerville native George Hickey celebrated his 100th birthday at the Nevada Legislature with his son, Assemblyman Pat Hickey on Thursday.

George was born on the Hickey Homestead Ranch; his parents immigrated to the Carson Valley in the 1870s, according to a note Pat sent out on Wednesday.

George served in WWII as a master sergeant and was decorated for his service along the Burma Highway, receiving the Bronze Star.

When he got back, he inherited his father’s ice business at Lake Tahoe, and later started a heating and oil business. George was postmaster in Bijou at the Lake and created the first garbage company at South Lake Tahoe, with the help of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Rotary members heard on Tuesday that one of the plaques that once occupied the Genoa island was from the Rotary Club, John Hamer said on Wednesday.

The plaque was placed June 9, 1934, by Rotarians in honor of the riders of the Pony Express. According to the report on the front page of The R-C’s June 8 edition, Nevada’s last living Pony Express rider would be in attendance at the dedication. Both the plaque and a monument placed by the University of Nevada Press Club on Dec. 8, 1938, commemorating Genoa as the birthplace of the Territorial Enterprise will be moved as part of the town’s landscaping project.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.