140 Years Ago
First Annual Ball: The S. T. Swift Steam Fire Engine Company 3 will hold a Ball in honor of Washington’s birthday. Along the walls of the great hall whose lofty sides are to be hung with beautiful works of art, hundreds of brilliants will be placed at Moore & Parker’s Hall. Upon the listening night will pour the richest melodies and the most entrancing notes that ever beguiled the somber hours into a habit of jocund mirth.
130 Years Ago
Patriotic Billy goat: In our regiment we had a trained billy goat that used to climb up the enemy’s flag-staff and eat the ensign. When the enemy saw the flag was gone, they’d always surrender (Free Press).
120 Years Ago
Blackmailing: Parties are hot on the trail of the Carson correspondent of the “California World of San Francisco,” a blackmailing sheet. When found, whether a man or woman, a bucket of tar and a bag of feathers will constitute punishment ...
70 Years Ago
Pupils attaining high scholastic and attendance records for the first semester at Carson City was released by Superintendant Charles Priest (in part) — Scholars: First grade — Joanne Berger, Julie Furlong, Sally Thom; Second grade: Joan Fletcher, Larry D. Sullivan, Donald Lane; Third grade: Shirley Amodei, Diane Margaret Dilts, Edward George Stokke; Fourth grade: Ruth Thom, Georgia Meyers, Robert Clements; Fifth grade: Isabelle Forbusch, Donald Smelser, Muriel Lane ...
50 Years Ago
Sunny Acres (Children’s Home): John Aberasturi, Superintendent, gave a talk to the Kiwanis on Sunny Acres and said, “A home-like atmosphere is what we strive for in our operation.” The children are now housed and supervised under a “cottage plan” with eight to ten youngsters living in each house with a man and wife acting as foster parents. The large grey stone building that served as the home, school and office for the state children’s home was recently torn down.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.