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Filer will be missed

Well, we lost another one. Larry Filer, 89, and the uncrowned Sage of Rough and Ready, passed away a few days ago.

Larry was a lot of things over the years: carpenter, electrician, hardrock miner, horseshoer, horse trainer, cowboy, raconteur. He even spent one term as a Nevada County supervisor but he was a little too honest and outspoken to make a good politico. In his seventies, Larry was still able to buck hay bales with the younger cowboys.

Here’s an incident about Larry that gives you an idea of the kind of man he was: Back in Nevada County’s gold days, an acquaintance of Larry’s spread some lies about him. So Larry tracked him down and told the man the talk had better stop or every time Larry ran across the man in the streets he’d stomp him into the mud.



The lies stopped. No court mandate, no sensitivity courses, no restraining order. Just 6-foot-4 of last-century gold town justice.

They say it’s dust back to dust. In Larry’s case, it’s more like rock back to rock.




Brad Prowse

Rough and Ready


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