Cattleman remembered, Gold Hill thespians honored

An item in the Nevada Appeal's "Past Pages" column, compiled by Sue Ballew, caught the attention of Patty Cafferata, who, like Paul Harvey, reported the rest of the story.

Ballew mentioned that Marsh, a cattleman, was in Carson City in 1887 and wanted a bill passed to prevent scrub bulls from running at large.

Washington Jerome Marsh, known as "Rome," hailed from New York and sailed around Cape Horn to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. He raised cattle in Honey Lake Valley before moving to Reno and building what is known as the Lake Mansion.

Cafferata reports that the mansion was moved down South Virginia Street from California Avenue to Kietzke Lane in 1971, then moved back to the center of town in 2004, coming to rest on the corner of Court Street and South Arlington Avenue.

Marsh sold the mansion to Reno's founder, Myron Lake, in 1879 and moved to Douglas County. He owned ranches in Douglas County and later in Lyon County near Fort Churchill.

Cafferata said he was so proud of his purebred cattle he printed a circular describing the pedigrees of his bull and cows.

Now you know the rest of the story.

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Members of the Gold Hill Theater Troupe put on their finery and walked down the Gold Hill Hotel's Great Room (no red carpet) to receive their Albert Awards last week.

The Alberts, named after a character in the troupe's first play, are given for the best performances in the plays of the previous year, and are held before the Oscar telecast.

Here are the major award winners:

• Best Play - "Agnes of God"

• Best Playwright - Leslie Stevens for "Comstock Charade."

• Best Actor - Cameron Crain for "As You Like It"

• Best Actress - Kimmie Huffman for "Agnes of God"

• Best Director - Redarle Baker for "Comstock Charade"

• Best Supporting Actress - Michelle Reynolds for "Agnes of God"

• Best Supporting Actor - Mark Stevens for "Fringes of Gold"

• Best Young Actor - Jessica Boggus for "Comstock Charade"

• Most Promising Newcomer - Carleana Kondor

• Best Male Comedic Performance in a Play - Mark Stevens for "Fringes of Gold"

• Best Female Comedic Performance in a Play - Meredith Richardson for "As You Like It"

• Best Costumes - Jeanne Weber

• Best Set Design - Richard Rondeau

• Best Lighting - Redarle Baker

• Best Stage Manager - Redarle Baker

• Producer's Showmanship Award - Perry Arnn

• Best Ever Key Grip - Richard Rondeau

• Producer's Choice Award - "Jailhouse Tango"

• Best Fight - Cathylee James and Mark Stevens

• Best Kiss - Michelle Reynolds and Cameron Crain.

• Best Emergency Fill-in - Katy Dotson

The troupe also handed out Alberts for performances in the Friday Follies, a music and skit dinner show at the Gold Hill Hotel. Follies winners are:

• Best Male Performer in the Follies - Rich McGregor

• Best Female Performer in the Follies - Megan Huffman

• Best Director in the Follies - Redarle Baker

• Best Dance in the Follies - Perry Arnn and Lisa Light

• Best Duet in the Follies - Leslie Stevens and Cathylee James

• Best Comedic Performance in the Follies - Michael Riggs and Rene Anderson


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