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Historical Marker #30
This house was built in 1906 and is located on the SW Corner of Myers Avenue and Bellevue Avenue here in Goldfield. Major Stanton was a respected mining engineer during Goldfield’s boom years. He was one of the chief mining engineers for John w. Mackay in the later years of the Comstock boom and served as a consultant and engineer for many of the prominent mining companies in Goldfield. While Stanton was not an officer in any of the more prosperous mining companies in Goldfield, he did invest in several prospects in in the Goldfield, Goldreed and Bullfrog Districts. The Miners’ Strike of 1906-1908 as well as the National Panic of 1907 wiped out his investments. This financial disaster led to his suicide in Los Angeles in April of 1909.
The house features a hipped roof – very popular at the time, boxed eaves and a grand front porch enhanced with elegant pillars.
The house was boarded up for many years until purchased by Bill and Sandy Beltz of Longview, Washington and Goldfield, Nevada. Their intention is to restore the old house to its former self… and what a job it is turning out to be! Bill has spent days crawling under the house to place house jacks to re-level the residence. That was followed by more days rebuilding window frames and walls… not a job for the faint hearted.
Sandy’s first priority was removing the boarding over the windows. She was thrilled to discover the windows were unbroken and the trim around them and the doors were in excellent condition. However, the old wallpaper glued to muslin on the ceiling in the front room did not fare so well and hung down in shreds. Then came the dirty, tedious stuff - sorting through boxes of old storage, (some treasures… some not), tossing trash and sweeping out decades of dust and dirt; the discovery of a cellar. Who knew?
The grounds were overgrown, and unkempt… yet another job. Interesting bits of wallpaper were found lurking in closets and out of the way places in the house - small, intriguing hints about the past “life” of the house. According to the 1907-08 Goldfield City Directory Major Stanton is listed at this address along with a woman named Edith. While we can’t know for certain, we might assume that Edith was the missus and may well have selected these patterns.
As you can see by the photos below, Bill and Sandy have the project well in hand. A new roof is in the works and they plan to restore the ceiling as done originally – paper over heavy muslin or canvas. That is dedication! As things progress, more information will be added to this page. The Goldfield Historical Society is proud to showcase their efforts to preserve this old home. Check back often.
There has been a lot going on with this house since our last update. Bill spent a busy summer leveling the house and also redesigning the cellar which required a sturdy new trap door and stairs as well as a LOT of dirt work.
<---This armoire was left in the house and has been there all these years. When Sandy and Bill moved the piece they found the stamp on the back than proves it was one of Major Stanton’s furnishings. A truly wonderful find!
Sprague came to Goldfield in December, 1905, with an established reputation as a prominent newspaperman and politician from Colorado. In January, 1906, he purchased the Goldfield News and developed the newspaper into one of the most successful businesses in the district.
Mrs. Blanche Sprague was the founder of the first Nevada Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The home of Mrs. Blanche Sprague, “The Gables”, is where the first meeting was held in February of 1910.
Mrs. Sprague, a member of the Mayflower Society, was a descendent of both John Alden and Miles Standish, and was a leader in both the social and charitable activities of Goldfield.
2010 marked the centennial of the D.A.R. in Nevada. In honor of this on August 22, 2010, the Daughters of the American Revolution Nevada Chapters, presented the owners of the Gables, Mr. and Mrs. John Ekman, a plaque to commemorate 100 years. The event took place at the entrance to the Gables residence on Crook Street in Goldfield, Nevada. The public was invited to attend. Listed as #22 in the Goldfield Walking Tour Booklet
The Rectory building of the First Methodist Episcopal Church built in 1912, housed Reverend J.L. Collins pastor of the church. The building, owned by Esmeralda County is currently used as a offices and a meeting place for the Goldfield Chamber of Commerce and the Goldfield Historical Society.
The building had fallen into disrepair and in the early 1980's volunteers of the Goldfield Chamber and the Goldfield Historical Society requested funds to have it restored for the use of both organizations. Various donations and the Southern Nevada Private Industry council contributed to the restoration of the building. Local professionals, Volunteers and Students of Esmeralda County restored the building with a new roof, and installing plumbing, heat and an additional room.
Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and perseverance in both organizations the building did not succumb to the ravages of time. The building is a good example of how restoration projects can bring new life and use to small town America.
Recently, county employees and volunteers repaired and replaced the Front porch and painted the building. Listed as #47 in the Goldfield Walking Tour Booklet