140 Years Ago
Alida Valley was visited by a severe thunderstorm where lightning played some antics that kept the citizens in a state of excitement. The liberty-pole of the town occupies the center of the space formed by two main streets. The lightning struck the liberty-pole and split it in two parts. In one direction head to the restaurant of Antoine Barba, knocking the stovepipe to pieces and stunning the Chinese cook. Three goats were killed at a distance of about 50 feet (Borax Miner).
130 Years Ago
Henry Dube, a Frenchman sentenced to 10 years in the State Prison, was brought to Carson from Lander County. He considers his outlook Dube-ious.
110 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Headquarters for Tourists and Commercial Travelers — Well lighted free sample room — First Class in Every Respect, ARLINGTON HOUSE, W. Brougher, Pro., J. Hill, Manager, One block from railway depot, rates per day: $2.00, $2.50 and $5.00 ...”
70 Years Ago
Carson Chatters (high school newspaper): Claire O’Shaughnessy, known as “Cairie,” is a member of La Sool and the Glee Club. After graduation she will be entering the United States Nurse Corps. We expect another Florence Nightingale!
50 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Nat King Cole with Pete Barbutti and the Merry Young Souls at Harrah’s Tahoe.”
30 Years Ago
Gold — $385 an ounce; silver — $8.90; platinum — $400 troy ounce.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.