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Robert C. Gray

Bob Gray and #29

Born August 13 1921 in Oakland California

Died April 3 2019 in Orinda California

Bob Gray grew up in Oakland California where his father was a dealer in postage stamps, and Bob became an advanced stamp collector himself. He was a Boy Scout and in 1935 attended the first National Jamboree in Washington DC. It was on that long railroad journey that he began to take an interest in trains.

William G. ‘Wheezer’ Dell

Wheezer Dell

Born June 11 1886 in Tuscarora

Died August 26 1966 in Independence California

Wheezer was the first Nevada native (and the first Eskimo) to play major league baseball. He played briefly for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Brooklyn Robins — later the Dodgers — and pitched an inning in the 1916 World Series against the Red Sox.

W.J. Forbes

W.J. Forbes — this is the only photograph we could find.

Born in Ohio, date unknown

Died October 30 1875 in Battle Mountain

He was famous as “a twister of words who hid a pun in a sentence . . . Unfortunately most of his good things are now considered too broad for reproduction.” He ran newspapers all over northern Nevada and was widely quoted around the USA.

Marion Jones

Born November 2 1879 in Gold Hill

Died March 14 1965 in Los Angeles

She was a four-time tennis champion at the U.S. National Women’s Championships. At the 1900 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, Jones became the first American woman to earn an Olympic distinction (medals were not awarded until 1904).


Born ca. 1856 in Smith Valley

Died September 20 1932 in Yerington

Wovoka introduced the Ghost Dance as a vehicle to reunite Native Americans with dead friends and family. At Wounded Knee in December 1890, 300 Sioux were massacred by soldiers who lost 25 killed when a Ghost Dance erupted in violence.

Lewis ‘Doc’ Sherman

Born February 28 1934 in Witchita Kansas

Died January 7, 2004 in Baker

During his recovery after a severe stroke Doc was out walking one day and found a glove by the side of the road. After reflection he sprayed it full of insulating foam, popped it onto a fencepost and proclaimed the Permanent Wave Society.

Joe Conforte

Born Augusta Sicily December 10 1925

Presently living in Rio De Janeiro*

Despite violent competitors, law enforcement vendettas, prison terms, exile, and life as a fugitive, Joe made the Mustang Ranch east of Reno into the biggest, brightest whorehouse in all the world. He is now living happily ever after in a penthouse in Rio.