140 Years Ago
Advertisement: “For Sale! The property known as the White House situated at the corner of Plaza and Third. The property comprises half a block of land with brick and frame house containing 30 rooms with kitchen, range, etc., suitable for a hotel; also, cottage in the rear containing rooms; all hard finished. The houses are all in excellent repair and well furnished throughout. For terms, apply to Dr. J. W. Waters.”
130 Years Ago
Funeral: The little daughter of Conductor Follet was buried and had services at the Episcopal church. The edifice was packed with people. The coffin was covered with roses, smilax, and delicate vines that surrounded the gentle face of the child who lay as if in slumber. The choir sang “Precious Jewels” and “Thy Will be Done.” Mrs. Bender, Miss Fannie Dorsey, and Miss Wasson rendered the singing, accompanied on the organ by Mrs. Dorsey.
120 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Hotel Ormsby. New Management. This famous hotel will from this date furnish the finest meals to be had in this city for 25 cents. Also, fine, large, airy rooms for 25 cents and upwards. W. H. Chedic, Manager.”
70 Years Ago
Nail polish nonsense: Don’t throw away the dregs of used nail polish bottles. Mix ’em all together and have an exclusive color. If you are having trouble with wartime lipstick cases made of cardboard, coat them with colorless nail polish. Don’t let your dime store jewelry tarnish. Preserve its shine with a coating of colorless nail polish.
50 Years Ago
Desert gardeners: In honor of Nevada’s 100th birthday, the Desert Gardeners plan a special centennial celebration. Mrs. Ruth Thom’s home in Reno will be the locale for the gay social event ... Mrs. Thom gave an interesting sketch of the history of the old James Thom residence at 308 N. Curry in Carson City which was recently demolished. It was built in 1862 by Hoosier J. Neely Johnson. He was governor of California before coming to Nevada. The home was the site of the signing of the Nevada Constitution.
30 Years Ago
Photo caption: Some of Carson City’s finest citizens instruct Lt. Gov. Bob Cashell in the finer points of dice throwing during Friday’s four-hour marathon drinking session, a.k.a. the “Sleazy Bar” tour. More than 50 persons, accompanied by anonymous high ranking sheriff’s department personnel, were guided by Nevada Appeal columnist Chris Schaller. Cashell donated $850 to the American Cancer Society for the privilege of viewing the seamier side of Carson City society ...
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.