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Future of Dangberg Ranch tied up in courts

by Regina Purcell, Tribune News Service

A June trial date has been scheduled to decide the fate of a museum built around the old Dangberg Ranch in Carson Valley.

There will be a mediation conference May 15 to try and settle the lawsuit between Dangberg descendent Steve Achard and the county. Douglas County Deputy District Attorney Robert Morris said the final issues could be solved through a summary judgment.

A quitclaim deed giving Douglas County some property from the Glide Estate was approved last week by Judge James Hardesty in Douglas District Court.

Milos Terzich, representing the Glide Estate, said they want out of litigation and offered the quitclaim to give Douglas County all other personal property to resolve the matter.

Hardesty approved the joint motion on the quitclaim deed with some conditions that the proposed museum open within five years, that a plaque honoring the estate be placed at the museum and that some personal property, including authentic Native American baskets, jewelry, artwork and rugs be returned to the estate.

At issue now is whether an agreement the Glide Estate had with surviving descendant Achard about additional personal property is valid. Douglas County argues it is not.

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Achard’s aunt, Katrina Glide, namesake of the Glide Estate, died in the mid-1990s. She was granddaughter to H.F. Dangberg, who settled the home ranch, located west of Minden off Highway 88.

A 1978 decree between H.F. Dangberg’s three granddaughters, including Achard’s mother, said the women could live out their lives at the ranch and that it would become a living history museum after they died.

The ranch has been sold several times. Dangberg attorneys said they weren’t bound by the 1978 decision, which prompted Douglas County’s lawsuit.

The county plans to create a museum on the grounds, open two days a week, nine months out of the year.