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Five Nevada families receive Centennial Awards



RENO, Nev. – Members of five long-time Nevada families will receive Centennial status this year, according to Liz

Three generations of the Harrigan family gathered in 1928

Warner, coordinator for the Nevada Centennial Awards Program. Centennial status is given to farms and ranches that have been in the same family for 100 years or more.

The oldest ranch is the Quilici Ranch in Dayton, established in 1881 by Luigi Quilici who immigrated from Italy. The ranch is currently owned by his grandsons, Salvatore, Ledo and Larry Quilici and their sister Rita Selmi. The ranch is almost totally surrounded by development but is still a haven for bald eagles, deer and other wildlife.

Peter Hanson Anker established his ranch in Lovelock in 1887 after immigrating from Denmark. He was a county commissioner, served as assemblyman in the 22nd Session of the Nevada Legislature, and was the grandfather of Cliff Young, former Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme Court. Four generations of Anker’s descendants, including 91-year-old granddaughter Phyllis Anker Bendure, are being inducted for two portions of the original ranch they own.

Skip’s Place in Fallon was established in 1907 by Frances Harrigan. Harrigan was born in Gold Hill in 1873 and moved to Fallon when he was eleven to live with his grandparents after the deaths of his parents. He raised bees for honey, turkeys and cantaloupe, as well as Durham cattle. A 1911 article in the Fallon Eagle newspaper stated that Harrigan shipped 592 cases of honey, needing an eight horse team to bring it to town. His granddaughters Yvonne Prettyman and Sidney Ellen Imeson own the original ranch.

The Lawrence Ranch, also in Fallon, was established in 1908 by Charles A. Lawrence who worked as a surveyor for the Bureau of Reclamation. Lawrence raised hay, sheep, horses and turkeys and had a small

Pete Anker (left), his wife Julia Faas (right) and their children

dairy. After his passing, his wife added chickens to the farm, raising 1,000 chickens for eggs and meat. The ranch is currently owned by grandson Ronald Lawrence.

The awards ceremony will be held during the Wild West Fair in Reno, Aug. 28, 11:00 am. The public is invited. For more information, contact Liz Warner at (775) 857-8500 x 105 or [email protected].

Forty families have received Nevada Centennial status since the program started in 2004. The Centennial Awards Program is sponsored by the Agricultural Council of Nevada, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Farm Bureau, Nevada Agricultural Foundation, Nevada Heritage Foundation, Nevada Cattlemen’s Assoc., and Nevada Dept. of Agriculture.

For more information about the Centennial Awards Program, visit the Nevada NRCS website at http://www.nv.nrcs.usda.gov/centennial_awards.html.

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