140 Years Ago
Work at the Round House: The mammoth 180 foot front of the railroad structure presents a striking appearance with its 11 ironbound doors and 11 smoke stacks. From within each doorway enters a track that diverges from the round table about 75 yards from the center of the building. The intervening space was filled by a swarm of Chinese men who kept travelling back and forth on a train of six flats to and front the cuts along the road towards the tunnel where they loaded sand obtained from the rocky hill. The turntable is the iron machine that cars are to be turned on is 16 1/2 tons ... from Sellers’ Co. Philadelphia. The work is under the direction of C. L. Anderson, civil engineer.
130 Years Ago
Turtle Rage: New Brunswick — Among the fashionable young ladies of Bordentown is the turtle which has replaced the poodle. A turtle reception was given in that city where turtles were handsomely dressed in silks and satins ... The young men catch turtles for their sweethearts.
120 Years Ago
A Great Invention: Major Frank McLaughlin of Oroville has received a patent which will revolutionize the egg industry. The major has succeeded in crossing a Plymouth Rock Hen with a Columbia River Salmon, and the result is a fowl that can keep a small town in omelets all year. Tom Edison helped him figure out the details.
70 Years Ago
Advertisement: Carson Theater: ‘Carson City Cyclone’ with Donny Barry and Lynn Merrick. Also Jane Frazee and Ritz Brothers in ‘Hi, Ya, Chum’ — A comedy that will keep you in continuous laughter.”
50 Years Ago
Flying bathtub: A craft that looks like a bathtub designed to return men from space flew successfully — it has no wings. The 20-by-30 feet vehicle was twice towed to 13,000 feet by a B47 and soared in for a landing ...
50 Years Ago
Tourists: One of the largest tourist crowds in history swarmed to motels during the Labor Day holiday. Motel owners put out the “no vacancy” signs during the Saturday rush and were filled to near capacity ...
30 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Charles Kitchen Realty — Fine family home with three bedrooms, two bath, two car garage, fireplace and one acre, $84,900; Kitchen home, four bedroom, 1 3/4 bath, two car garage, fireplace, covered patio, $91,000.”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.