The Ely Times

The White Pine County Commission has proclaimed Jan. 25 as James Yelland Day. County Commissioner, Steve Stork will be presenting the proclamation along with a plaque to the family.

Speakers from the Nevada State Museum, and Senator Dean Hellers’s office will also be speaking at this special event.

James Yelland was born on July 24, 1894. He was drafted to serve in the Army in October of 1917. Yelland was born in Spring Valley, and spent many of his years helping his parents on the ranch.

Just before he was due to be shipped out from Hoboken, New York, Yelland became very ill with pneumonia at the embarkation hospital.

He died on Jan. 25, 1918.  Yelland was the first person to die in the army from White Pine County.  The airport was dedicated in his honor in 1928. The 1918 flu pandemic was from January 1918 through 1920. It was a deadly influenza that infected 500 million people across the world.

This event will be held on Thursday,  Jan. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Ely Airport to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of his death.