Remembering women who helped shape Douglas County |

Remembering women who helped shape Douglas County

by Marlena Hellwinkel
The Douglas County Historical Society will be honoring influential women including Elzyette Knott Selby, a founding member of the Genoa Parent Teacher Association, among other accomplishments.
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March is National Women in History Month and the Douglas County Historical Society is honoring five women for their significant historical contribution to the quality of life in Douglas County.

Since 1919 DCHS has reached out to the community asking for nominees that fit this category.

The history gathered is archived at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in the VanSickle Research Library and with the Women In History Project in Reno.

Nominees for the “Women in History Remembering Project 2017” are:

Nevalyn Berrum Miller, grew up in Carson Valley on a ranch on Foothill Road raising 4-H livestock and assuming various 4-H leadership roles. She taught home economics in Yerington and later at Douglas County High School and various levels in the district. She and her husband Jim owned Miller’s Market for several years.

June Thran, born in Salt Lake City and a 1923 graduate of Moapa Valley High School, she completed her education at the University of Nevada, earning her expenses by working for the Drendel family in Reno. Her first teaching position was at the Mottsville School. She subsequently taught at the Fredericksburg School in Alpine County for 21 years.

Charlotte Lovegrove Jepsen, born in 1899. She received a degree in arts and letters from the University of California, Berkeley, becoming a teacher at Douglas County High School in 1926-27. Her husband, Hans R. Jepsen, served as county clerk. In 1923 she became a member of Minden Fortnightly Club and she helped with many other organizations.

Linda Lucile Shaw Reid was raised in Carson Valley by a pioneer family. She graduated from Douglas County High school in 1961. She then received a nursing degree and worked at Carson Tahoe Hospital, and later as a nurse at C.C. Meneley Elementary School, all while being a wife and mother of four boys.

Elzyette Knott Selby, born in 1859 and believed to be the first white child born in Genoa. She was a founding member of the Rebekah Lodge in 1896 at Genoa and elected Noble Grand in 1899. In 1931 she became a founding member of the Genoa Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

A reception will be held Saturday in their honor at the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center. The program presentation will begin at 2 p.m. It is open to the public with no admission fee.

At the conclusion of the program miniature pastries and coffee will be served, compliments of Harrah’s/Harvey’s Resort Casino. Additional information is available by calling the Historical Office at 775-782-2555.