153 Years Ago
Daggett Pass Wagon Road — From Mr. Kingsbury, we learn that the new wagon road through the Daggett Pass is nearly completed. Stages will be able to pass over in a day or two. This improvement will be of great advantage to those coming to Washoe by the Placerville route ... (Territorial Enterprise)
140 Years Ago
Capt. Meder’s Windmill: The captain has dug a square trench at the corner of his fence and lined it with a wooden tank, and the flow of water into this at the depth of ten feet is enough to feed the pump which is worked by the windmill ... He gets all the water he requires for his garden.
130 Years Ago
Mark Twain: The last and greatest work of the world’s most popular humorist, Mark Twain, entitled “Life on the Mississippi” is now available. People know that Twain’s writings are great, and only need an opportunity to secure his last work, which is pronounced to be his best.
120 Years Ago
Men’s beauty contest: The barbershops report a heavy increase in business since the beauty contest started. The saloons think their business has fallen back ... Men with red noses have let up for a spell anyhow.
70 Years Ago
Consumption rates: Nevada has one winery and two breweries. It also has the largest per capita liquor consumption rate in the union. The Carson Brewery produces 70,800 gallons of beer, and the Reno plant turns out 397,109 gallons per year ...
50 Years Ago
President Kennedy will help the First Lady celebrate her 34th birth at Cape Cod ... It will be a family celebration for Mrs. Kennedy, who is expecting her third child. John Jr., 2 and-a-half, and Caroline, 5 and-a-half, with a bevy of cousins will be there to celebrate ...
30 Years Ago
Births at Carson-Tahoe Hospital: To Tonja and Michael Lyman of Carson City, a daughter; to Katharine and William Orock of Gardnerville, a son ...
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.