Germans bring greetings to Minden on 100th birthday |

Germans bring greetings to Minden on 100th birthday

Kurt Hildebrand
Shannon Litz / The Record-Courier/ Horst Schumacher describes his life growing up in Germany during a ceremony at the Minden Park gazebo on Thursday.

MINDEN – Try as they might, residents here have been unable to limit their 100th birthday celebration to a single day.

The celebration is Sunday, but on Thursday, Germans Horst and Jörg Schumacher brought congratulations from Minden/Westfalen Mayor Michael Buhre in recognition of the town’s celebration to town board members and members of the Minden Centennial Committee.

More than a dozen Minden residents watched as Town Board Chairman Ross Chichester presented a book and a silver medallion to the father and son.

Horst Schumacher was born in Minden, Germany, in 1940, but left when he finished school.

He lived most of his life in Bremen, 70 miles away from the Dangbergs’ hometown.

Schumacher said he arrived in Minden by chance. His son is attending flight school in Phoenix for the German Air Force. School let out in June and the two decided to tour the West, driving up through southern Utah and across Nevada to arrive in Minden on Wednesday.

“My son is not a Minden guy, but he has Minden blood in him,” he said.

“It is so nice to see people who live somewhere else,” he said in making his presentation to Chichester. He handed Minden Town Office Manager Sheila Byington several publications dealing with Minden and showed the Minden newspaper.

Board member Bob Hadfield described his trip to Minden.

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada published a statement in the Congressional Record to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Minden’s formal establishment, which is this Sunday.

“This small town – which got its first traffic light in 1985 – has managed to move itself into the 21st century, without losing its historic charm. Every June, thousands of Nevadans travel from all over to take part in the Carson Valley Days. Co-hosted by Minden and Gardnerville, Carson Valley Days is an annual event with a parade, carnival, live music, truck pull, and arts and crafts. This historic event was started in 1910 by H.F. Dangberg Jr., and it is now in its 96th year.

“Mr. President, I’m proud to have a town like Minden in my home state, and I congratulate the people of Minden on their 100th anniversary. I encourage all my colleagues in the Senate and all the people of this great country to experience this beautiful and historic part of Nevada.”

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