Anker clan joins centennial ranchers |

Anker clan joins centennial ranchers

Gardnerville 3-year-old Gwendalyn Scossa is a centennial rancher times two.

The Scossa clan was selected for the Nevada Centennial Ranch and Farm Program in 2004, the program’s first year.

Alexander Scossa and his brothers arrived in Nevada in 1872 and purchased 300 acres in Carson Valley. The ranch has grown over the years and is still in the Scossa family.

Jeremy Scossa is married to Ansie, granddaughter of former Douglas County Extension Agent Leonard Anker.

In August, the Anker property in Lovelock was recognized as a centennial ranch. Established in 1887 by Peter Hanson Anker after he immigrated from Denmark, the extended family includes former Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Cliff Young.

Ansie said Gwendalyn is a sixth-generation Nevadan on both sides of the family.

They’re living on the ranch in the ranchhouse.

“Gwendalyn stays in the nursery where five generations grew up before her,” Ansie said.

Jeremy is a 1996 graduate of Douglas High School. Ansie graduated in 1997.

On Sept. 3, I wrote about Howard Althouse coming across a handful of crosses located in the Pine Nut Mountains.

I got an e-mail in response from the person who said he put the crosses up in 2003 as a memorial to his brother. Since then he’s put up another cross for each of his three brothers who’ve died and his girlfriend put up one for her sister.

He said he hoped they were enough out of the way to be left alone, but they’re getting some traffic up there now.

I hope that those folks who take the effort to get that far up the Pine Nuts would be respectful of what the crosses represent, and perhaps take a moment to remember their loved ones.

On Tuesday at about 5:15 p.m. the e-mail address started regurgitating e-mails from January. I spotted it after setting up an obit and then realizing it was for an event that took place in early January. By 6:45 p.m., more than 900 e-mails had materialized.

I spent most of Wednesday morning cleaning them up, but if you spot something in the paper that looks like it was from January, or actually did send something to between 5:15 and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, it wouldn’t be a bad thing to resend it just in case.

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