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Women in History honored at Saturday annual reception

Mary Cioffi.

March 23, is our Annual Women in History reception where we honor those women who have contributed to the history and quality of life in Carson Valley. The reception will run from 2 to 4 p.m., with the program starting at 2 p.m. at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission charge for this event. We hope to see you there to honor this year’s nominees.

All monies donated to DCHS are 100 percent tax deductible and go to keep our doors open. The Douglas County Historical Society receives only occasional financial assistance from our county and state governments. We are here solely to preserve the history of this wonderful valley and to make sure you have the opportunity to enjoy it. If you have any questions about anything mentioned here, please call the Douglas County Historical Society at 782-2555 or visit our website at http://www.historicnevada.org.

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Lois M. Schacht Brooks

Lois was born in Carson Valley on what is now the Byington Ranch. She attended school in Minden, graduating from Douglas High School and attending Reno Business College. She married James Brooks in 1952 and the couple had three children. Lois continues to work for the Clerk-Treasurer’s office in Douglas County. She is also a member of the Douglas County Historical Society and a member of the Board of Trustees, which she formerly served as secretary.



Mary E. Cioffi

Mary was born in New York, moving to Lake Tahoe in 1974. She raised four daughters in Douglas County where she was a 4-H leader and also taught English riding and horse care. She received her real estate license in 1984, and was elected president of the local Real Estate Board in 1989. She currently sits on the Board of Real Estate Professional Standards Committee. Mary sat at the planning commission and county commissioner meetings during the creation of the Douglas County Master Plan as an advocate of private property rights.

Sharon Lynn Wood DeCarlo

Sharon was born in San Francisco. She spent her early youth and summers on the ranches in Sierra Valley, about 30 miles north of Reno. In school she studied art and photography and enjoyed writing. After her marriage to John DeCarlo, the family moved to Washoe Valley where her children learned her love of horses. At the suggestion of a friend, Sharon put her photographic and writing skills together, founding “Horse Tails Publications,” a horsemen’s newspaper.

Linda Mae Draper-Hivert

Linda Mae was born in Kansas City. She started her flying career in gliders in San Francisco. Before there were gliders in Carson Valley, the Drapers started “Soar Minden” at the Stead Airport in Reno. She has flown as a bush pilot in Alaska, a commuter pilot in the Virgin Islands and a contract pilot for the Nevada State Department of Wildlife. She is a lifetime member of Douglas County Historical Society where she served as Trustee for 15 years and nine years as secretary and as Docent at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa.

Dorothy Anne Atcheson Thran

Dorothy was born in the hospital on Main Street in Gardnerville, attending school in Carson Valley and graduating from Douglas County High School. After graduation from UNR, she married Earnhart Thran. In 1954 she helped Ernie campaign for the office of Douglas County Clerk and Treasurer. Later she ran the office of Red Swift, a contractor and designer of the beginnings of the Ranchos. Dorothy was a docent for the Courthouse Museum in Genoa and treasurer of the Carson Valley Historical Society for over 15 years.

Anne Wennhold

Anne was born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1918, came to the United States in 1952 and died in December of 2002. After her husband’s death during WWII, Anne and son Hans came to America where they were sponsored by the Springmeyer family of Reno to come to Carson Valley. Anne married Harry Wennhold and moved to his ranch off Centerville Lane. Anne was an avid swimmer in Europe and initially swam in the Carson River. Because of icy winter temperatures, Anne began a campaign which culminated with the heated indoor pool at the Swim Center. She also served many years as a Docent at the Courthouse Museum in Genoa.

Kathy Chipman Wicker

Kathy was born in Nevada, graduating from Carson High School and UNR with a degree in journalism. While traveling abroad, she landed a job at “The Stars and Stripes” in Germany, ending up as an editor. Also a lover of music, while in Germany Kathy was asked to direct a bell choir. Upon the family’s return to Carson Valley in 1999, Kathy joined the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, eventually initiating a fundraiser to purchase a four-octave set of hand bells and hand chimes. The Sierra Ringers have become a major part of the musical events of the Valley.