Douglas County Historical Society Honors Women In History

Posted By on March 28, 2017

By Marlena Hellwinkel, Douglas County Historical Society · 2 min read

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — March is National Women in History Month and the Douglas County Historical Society (DCHS) has recognized five women for their significant historical contribution to the quality of life in Douglas County.

A reception was held in their honor this past weekend at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

DCHS has reached out to the community asking for nominees that fit this category yearly since 1999. The history gathered is archived at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in the VanSickle Research Library and with the Women In History Project, Reno.

Photo courtesy of Dennis Little

Honorees for the “Women in History Remembering Project 2017” are:

Nevalyn Berrum Miller: Raised in Carson Valley on a ranch on Foothill Road, raising 4-H livestock and assuming various 4-H leadership roles. Having teaching credentials she taught Home Economics in Yerington and later at Douglas County High School and later at various levels in the District. She and her husband Jim, owned Miller’s Market for several years.

June Thran: Born in Salt Lake City and graduating from Moapa Valley High School in 1923, she completed her education at the University of Nevada, earning her expenses by working for the Drendel family in Reno. Her first teaching position was at the Mottsville School and subsequently teaching at the Fredericksburg School in nearby Alpine County for 21 years.

Charlotte Lovegrove Jepsen: Born in 1899. She received a degree in arts and letters from the University of California, Berkley, becoming a teacher at Douglas County High School in 1926 & 27. Her husband Hans R Jepsen served as County Clerk She became a member of Minden Fortnightly Club in 1923 and was a member of many other organizations.

Linda Lucile Shaw Reid: Raised in Carson Valley, being born of a Carson Valley pioneer family and graduating from Douglas County High school in 1961. Receiving a nursing degree, Linda worked at the Carson Tahoe Hospital , and later as a nurse at Meneley Elementary School, while being a wife and mother of 4 boys.

Elzyette Knott Selby: born in 1859 and believed to be the first white child born in Genoa. A founding member of the Rebekah Lodge in 1896 at Genoa, and elected Noble Grand in 1899. In 1931 she became a founding member of the Genoa Parents Teachers Association (PTA).

More information is available by calling the Historical Society’s office at 775-782-2555.