Remembering two Valley residents |

Remembering two Valley residents

Sherry Jacobson

Gardnerville resident Sherry Jacobson died on Sept. 6, after she lost her battle with stage 4 lung cancer, according to her family.

Sherry worked at Raley’s for nearly 30 years and lived both down in the Valley and at Lake Tahoe during her time.

According to daughter-in-law Phallon Fleck, Sherry was a single mother with four children and died only 10 days after her diagnosis.

“She wished to be buried in South Shore,” she said.

The family turned to to raise mioney for the burial, and managed to get $2,840 of the required $10,000 donated. The fundraising stopped last weekend, and they turned the money over to Happy Homestead Cemetery in South Lake Tahoe where Sherry will be buried.

They’re keeping the page up at, where they’ll post information about service and the celebration of life.

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Last week I wrote about Ralph Milton Park, who grew up in Carson Valley before graduating from Douglas County High School.

Ron Lange remembers growing up with Ralph Milton Park on Douglas Avenue in the 1930s.

“Milty lived four houses down from us on Douglas Avenue,” he said. “I knew him from the time I was 4. Milty’s uncle was Sheriff Park.”

William D. Park served as Douglas County sheriff from 1922 until he officially resigned as sheriff April 15, 1947, when the county split the office from the county assessor. Park was elected assessor in 1948. Harry Winkleman was elected in 1950 to the post.

After graduating from high school in 1947, Park joined the Navy. When he came back to the Valley he worked for the Farmer’s Bank before he moved to California.

“Growing up in Gardnerville was something,” Ron said. “Everybody knew everybody. The girls were great marble players.”

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The year 1947 saw a couple interesting events, including the effort to build the fort at what is now Mormon Station State Historic Park, which was priced at $12,000, and the formation of Tahoe Township.

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After more than a month, the Rim fire is predicted to be contained midnight today.

All that really means is that firefighters have a line around the fire and are confident they’ve stopped its spread. The fire will keep burning in some of the more remote sections until the rainy season hits.

The fire pretty much stopped pumping smoke into Carson Valley on Sept. 10, and with Tioga Pass Road opening through Yosemite last weekend, most of the effects have passed. The final size of the fire was 256,895 acres or 401 square miles, or the equivalent of more than half the total area of Douglas County.

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I’m going to be out of the office next week, ostensibly on vacation, though I’ll be wandering about the Valley. Late next week I’ll be driving to Elko, and I’ll be twittering the trip, depending on cell service. Have a great week.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.