Remembering Carson Valley’s ‘good old days’ |

Remembering Carson Valley’s ‘good old days’

Staff Reports
Downtown Gardnerville
Douglas County Historical Society |

The Douglas County Historical Society’s Thursday lecture at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Hwy 395 in Gardnerville will feature “Fond Memories – Growing-Up in Carson Valley” or “Those were the Days,” The Hickey brothers Mike, Dan and Tom along with Dale Bohlman and Linda Shaw Reid will share their personal stories of growing up in Carson Valley in the ’50s and ’60s.

“Those Were the Days” When no one locked their home and everyone left their keys in the car no matter where they parked. Walmart had nothing on Carson Valley stores, where you could buy your groceries a pair of jeans, paint for the kitchen if you needed one, a new tractor or milking machine. Everyone had a charge account at all the local businesses, even the gas stations and you paid once a month or in some cases the ranches only paid a couple of times a year.

“Those Were the Days,” when ranch kids drove the school buses and took them home at night. High school dances were considered fun and everyone attended. Dragging Main was what you did every night and parking at the Minden Park, turning up your radio, and dancing in the street was not unusual. Best of all, the neighbors never complained and often sat on their porches and watched. Those were the days when kids went trick or treating and your treat was homemade cookies, candy, popcorn balls and candied apples and your parents never had to check your treats.

Those were the days when all the boys had jobs. Much of the ranch work was done by hand and was a good summer job for teenage boys. Some of the boys had regular businesses mowing lawns, delivering newspaper and working in the local grocery stores, bagging and delivering groceries, pumping gas when no one had to pump their own. Girls worked at the Frosty Spot or at the drug store counter, and if you were lucky you might get a job at the phone company as an operator.

Residents will also be invited to share their stories of growing up in Carson Valley. Remember new time doors open at 6 p.m., lecture time 6:30 p.m. Members free, others $3.

The Douglas County Historical Society Lecture Committee is making an effort to have lectures more involved with Douglas County and Western Nevada history.

Each month a different speaker will talk about a new topic to add to this series.