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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 1B INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS come to that kids to fish reservoir, this Jesse Lawson Manager Services District N S AUCTIO ' 'qa;, ....... INC:ORf ORAI ED Miriam S. Cody Staff Writer mcody@plumasnews.com he year was 1922. i Gold was down, interest in finding new ways to boost the economy was uP and "cigar-chewing" Welshman Nick Bath had an idea. In an interview with Feather Publishing, Bath's grandson Tom Rahn told thb story. Bath deeided to start a fish hatchery at Round Valley Reservoir, Which was created by a dam in 1864. In 1926, Bath started stocking fish from Carson City, Nevada, in the reservoir, even though naysayers told him they wouldn't do well. The fish thrived, in fact. In 1948, the reservoir was home to a record-breaking largemouth bass that weighed 14 pounds, 8 ounces. "Greenville Fish Farm" fish were served at the finest restaurants in Sacramento, taken by train from Keddie. A man of opportunity, Bath built a resort at the side of the lake surrounding the dam. Where today there are nothing but pine trees and one Forest Service vault toilet, 75 years ago there was a large lake house with an office, five rental cabins and 20 rental boats. Rahn, who spent his childhood living on the lake even before electricity was installed, said in those days boat rentals included a 2-pound coffee can for bailing water out of the boats, ,all of which leaked. That didn't stop locals and out-of-towners alike from flocking to Round Valley Reservoir every summer. Rahn said he heard an unspecified director of the Indian Valley Community Services board refer to Round Valley as "just a reservoir" in a meeting during discussions of a possible water transfer (sale) by the district last year. "It's so much more than just a reservoir," he said. He said the history and nostalgia are enough to make the reservoir a precious destination for local outdoor enthusiasts, and we mustn't ignore the importance of protecting such a resource. In the 1950s, the United States Forest Service "kicked commercial activity out of the national forest," said Rahn, so his father and grandfather picked up 140 acres of patented land on the edge of the lake. They realized they needed some land that touched the shore to make their resort work, Round Valley Reservoir is home to fish, deer, mountain lions, many species of birds and more. Indian Valley residents and tourists alike use the lake throughout the year. Photos by Miriam S. Cody Fishing is still popular at Round Valley Reservoir. Where once there were cabins and boat docks, visitors now sidle up to the lake in lawn chairs and fish out of their vehicles. and so traded 100 acres for 60 nearer the water and ended up with 100 lakeside acres. Bath died in 1952, and Rahn's father, Frank, took over running the resort with Nick's widow, Lynn Bath, Rahn's grandmother. In 195& Frank Rahn went to E.J. Humphrey, who was See Round Valley, page 13B "Hundreds of Items to be Sold Every Week!" Auctioneer's, Note: Lightning Auctions has been the leading auction house in Northern Nevada for 25 plus years now. Selling everything from antiques and collectibles, entire estates, business liquidations and used vehicles. We conduct online only auctions, provide appraisal services for bankruptcies and estates, accept quality consignments, conduct estate sales and we are always willing to go out and personally look at your items to see how we can help you. So if you need to sell or you're looking to buy, give us a call or check us out online at www.Lightn!ngAuctions.cQm. Lightning Auctions, Inc. 870 S. Rock Blvd Sparks Nevada 89431 Phone: (775) 331-4222 Fax: (775) 331-4281