January 11, 2013
130 Years AgoShoe shop: The shoe shop at the State Prison is not on a paying basis. If the late attorney general had been active in collecting the outstanding claims of the shoe department of the prison, as he was to make a grand flourish against the lottery schemes, the state prison account would look more healthy. (Austin Reveille).120 Years AgoKids delighted: The miniature hack and ponies of Mrs. General Tom Thumb were driven about the streets followed by delighted children. The hack is four feet high and the ponies not larger than dogs… If the driver had started over the mountains to Placerville all the children in his wake would have followed him over the range…70 Years AgoMarriages: Marriages in Ormsby county in 1942: 3,916; 1941: 5,189; 1940: 4,330.50 Years AgoDeath of Mrs. Thurman G. (Harriet) Roberts: Her 82 years made her the oldest employee in state government. She died at Carson Tahoe Hospital after being struck by a car in front of her home. A native Nevadan and resident of Carson City, Mrs. Roberts joined the state in the 1930s. She was born in Elko County in 1881. Her mother, Mrs. Mary Hale lived to the age of 101. She is survived by her husband, Thurman Roberts, a retired miner, and three sisters. (Foreman-Roberts House — Thurman Roberts’ wife, Harriet).30 Years AgoThe International Bachelor Society released a list of the world’s 10 most eligible bachelors that includes George Burns, Steven Spielberg, Edward Kennedy, Mick Jagger… 10 Years AgoThe original 36-star hand painted American flag with Nevada as a state that once flew over Fort Ruby in Nevada is on display at the Nevada State Library and Archives building. This event is marking the anniversary of 10 years at the Stewart Street site. • Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.