Family tradition carries on |

Family tradition carries on

Nita Summers, left, and her daughter, Kim Summers Silva, took first place on Feb. 19 during a Pedro tournament at The Corner Bar in Minden.
Special to The R-C |

Nita Summers remembers those occasions growing up in Carson Valley when evening or weekend entertainment meant a good game of Pedro.

And she still plays the game as well as ever.

Summers turned 82 on Jan. 2 and enjoyed a belated celebration recently by combining with her daughter, Kim Summers Silver, to win The Corner Bar’s Feb. 19 Pedro tournament in Minden.

Pedro (pronounced Peedro) is a trick-taking card game believed to have been developed in Colorado toward the end of the 19th century and primarily played by two-person fixed partnerships.

The game was regularly played at her parents’ home — Gorgonia and Raymond Borda, who owned the East Fork Hotel & Bar in Gardnerville and Borda Land & Sheep. And their eight children played the game, of course.

“We used to play a lot of it at home,” Nita said. “Whenever the family got together, we would play for hours. … My dad, he loved to play, and he was a very good player.”

That love has been passed along to the family generations that have followed. Nita and her husband of 63 years, Jim Summers, who also grew up in Carson Valley, have five children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Other players in the tournament included grandson Nick Summers, his wife, Kaycee Wilcks Summers, granddaughter, Chelsea Silva, and her boyfriend, Max Buchholz.

Among the other participants were Jerome Etchegoyhen and Al Schindler.

Even at 82 years young, you won’t hear Nita talking about being a good player. Just lucky in the case of winning that tournament at The Corner Bar.

“I don’t consider myself a good Pedro player,” Nita said, laughing. “We just happened to have the right cards.”