150 Years Ago
The trip to Mono Lake — concluded: Mono Lake is 18 miles long by 12 miles wide. The color of the center of the lake is dark bottle-green. On the north and northeastern shore springs boil up from the bottom. One of these springs is 25 feet in diameter and comes to the surface with such force that it is impossible to keep the boat on the top. Mr. Lunday informed me that the lake has fallen several feet during his residence there since 1861. On the southern shore of the lake is an extinct volcano. It is best to visit the lake in May and June. In those months gulls visit the island and lay their eggs. 500,000 dozen eggs were collected last spring. Worms abound on the shore of which the ducks and Indians subsist.
130 Years Ago
Thanksgiving. The Appeal sent a reporter around the city to ask what they were thankful for — Gov. Adams, ousting of the State Librarian; Geo. Tufly, money left in the state safe; John Rosser, thankful that he and Jake Klein founded such a town; W. D. Torreyson, glad the fire did not burn up all his horseshoes and Major Garrard, that the Mint building was still left.
70 Years Ago
Ladies Aid Society. The Federated Ladies Aid society had a meeting to set up a bazaar and food sale. The meeting was held at the home of Mrs. J. H. Morgan. A chapter of the mission study book “African Logs” was reviewed by Mrs. J. L. Harvey and followed by a social hour and refreshments were by Mrs. A. H. Bordewich, Mrs. Donald Cameron and Mrs. William Reading. Members present included Mesdames Roland Van der Smissen. Guests includes Mrs. Burd Lindsay, Mrs. Charles Austin.
50 Years Ago
South Lake Tahoe. Today South Lake Tahoe is being born. Residents of four sprawling communities voted to band together and create some order into helter-skelter growth created by legal gambling just across the state line in Nevada. Stateline, Bijou and Tahoe Valley are joined into the new city.
20 Years Ago
Photo caption. Models from Jessi Winchester’s “Legal Red Light Ladies” calendar pose in front of a mural of Winchester at the Old Washoe Club in Virginia City. The women were at the club to autograph their photos in the calendar.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.