SPRING SYMPOSIUM A GREAT
Carson Valley Inn – Gardnerville, Nevada
Symposium Chair Larry Schmidt orchestrated a great time for the attendees of the Spring Symposium. He had some help. Gerald Carbiener, Roger and Karen Gash, Steve and Patty Knight and Dave Hollecker pitched in and saw to it that the Convention and Board meetings, the Saturday program and evening dinner went off like clockwork.
Jack Greenhalgh entertained the members on Sunday morning with his knowledge and skill on making a wagon wheel at his shop and home near Reno.
“Pathfinders Then and Now” was the theme of this year’s event. John Fremont was the subject of two topics: his route and campsites along the Carson River with Peter Lathrop and Stony Tennant telling the story, and his lost cannon’s probable location being described by John Wilusz.
Donna Cossette spoke on the Northern Paiute perspective regarding European pathfinders. Lee Dummel presented a “first person” reenactment of two men who rescued an emigrant Jayhawker party from Death Valley in 1849.
Dee Owens wrapped up the program with a power point presentation of discovering and mapping the Grizzly Flat Road.
A buffet lunch was followed by the award presentations and recognition program. Dinner was at the JT Basque Restaurant and Bar where members enjoyed a Basque dinner served family style. Both Carson Valley Inn and JT’s served exceptional food.
On Sunday morning attendees of the symposium were invited out to Jack Greenhalgh’s home and blacksmith shop near Reno. Jack gave a brief history on wagon and wagon wheel making, and the tools that make them. Jack has nearly all the original tools that were used to make these wagon parts, going back to the mid-1800s. The following paragraph and photos show the process for installing the iron tire on the wooden wheel.