Carson Valley outstanding women honored
GARDNERVILLE – Seventeen women were honored Sunday at the Carson Valley Historical Society’s Second Annual Women’s History Remembering Project, “2001 A Woman’s Odyssey.”
Marlena Hellwinkel, society president, said honoring these women is vital.
“There are so many great women who deserve to be celebrated in Carson Valley,” she said. Hellwinkel said Peggy Knox was instrumental in establishing the event.
“She did an outstanding job,” she said.
As people entered the Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center where the event was held, they were asked to sign a guest book. The pages were filled by 156 names, leaving standing room only during the presentations.
Alora Knight, an honoree and society trustee said she was amazed by the turnout.
“I am just surprised, there are so many people here,” she said, clutching the rose and certificate she was presented.
Joyce Willman and Lois Mitchell came from Carson City to the event.
“I read about it in the paper and thought it would be interesting,” Willman said. She and Mitchell were impressed by the museum.
“We had no idea this was here, its beautiful” Willman said.
“We enjoyed this very much,” said Mitchell.
Women from Carson Valley were nominated by various people or organizations.
Winona James, 98, was among those honored.
James was born in Genoa and has lived in the area her entire life. She is a member of the Washoe Tribe, and when asked how long she has been here, she said, “Forever, this is my country.”
Carole Read-Andersen was also honored.
“I am very humbled to be part of such a strong, fine group of women,” she said.
Biographies of each woman will be bound in a book and kept in the Van Sickle Library at the Carson Valley Museum.
“We are pleased by the support of the community,” Hellwinkel said.
Beatrice Fettic Jones
THE FOLLOWING WOMEN WERE POSTHUMOUSLY HONORED:
Elizabeth M. Brown
Marie K. Cordes
Augusta D. Hellwinkel
Alice E.H. Haase
Eliza Mott Taylor