John James Thrasher

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John James Thrasher (b.1909 - d.1956) was married to Helen Thrasher.

Vanderburg (1938) and Overton (1947) state that J. J. Thrasher owned property in the Donnelly Mining District[1][2]

A 1953 Nevada State Journal newspaper article says that J.J. Thrasher "owns an interest in the general store, is a partner in the Gerlach-to-Reno truck line, holds the distributorship for an oil company, sells electric power to the residents and has ranching interest." "Until two years ago Thrasher sold his own diesel-generated power to most of the reseidents. Now, however, he purchases electricity from the Sierra Pacific Power Co. and re-sells it for domestic and business use."[3]

The 1940 Census has a record of the Thrashers living in Gerlach in 1935.

Thrasher was a member of the Gerlach-Empire Lions Club and died in 1956.[4]

A photo of John J. Thrasher appears on p. 850 of Nevada, The Silver State," vol. 2, p. 850, Western States Historical Publishers, 1970.


  1. W. O. Vanderburg, "Reconnaissance of mining districts in Humboldt county, Nevada," U. S. Bureau of Mines 6995, p. 20, 1938.
  2. Theodore D. Overton, "B046: Mineral resources of Douglas, Ormsby, and Washoe Counties," B046, Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, 1947. Full version with lower resolution images. Includes images of Fly Geyser, the Petrified Forest, Gerlach Hot Springs that are in the collection at UNR.
  3. John Burns; Frank Johnson. "Residents of Gerlach Like to Think of It As One of the last Genuine Frontier Towns," Nevada State Journal, April 26, 1953, Page 7.
  4. Nevada State Journal, "[ Gerlach Resident, Dies Here," p. 3, November 18, 1956.


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