150 Years Ago
Lincoln’s birthday. A meeting was held in the office of His Excellency Gov. Blasdel, ex-Governor Johnson was called in as Chair and Henry R. Mighels as Secretary. It was moved and carried that a mass meeting of the citizens of Carson be called for at the Assembly Chamber, for taking action toward the celebration of the coming 12th of February, Lincoln’s birthday.
130 Years Ago
The rain. It poured rain down all day and soaked the community to the skin. Streets were flooded with water and the roads leading out of Carson impassible. Roads at Empire were under water, the river rising rapidly. All backyards and cellars in the city were inundated and roofs leaked.
110 Years Ago
Advertisements. “F. J. Steinmetz, Druggist, prescriptions compounded night or day. Eastman Kodak and photographic supplies. Store opposite post office.” “The Stone Market, O. T. Shultz, prop. Dealer in prime beef, pork, veal, lamb and fish in season.” “The Bank Saloon, Meyer & Sanger, Proprietors, South Carson Street, the best apportioned private card rooms in the state ...”
70 Years Ago
March of Dimes. Mrs. Ken Johnson, county chairman, said that more than $200 was cleared in the benefit cage tourney. The goal of $3,000 was established and the Ormsby County chapter still has money coming in from the big dance. The proceeds will be used to stamp out and cure the dread disease of infantile paralysis.
50 Years Ago
Mike O’Callaghan. The Job Corp has accepted its first amputee. His name is Ernest King, 19. His right leg was amputated following a train accident in Kansas City. O’Callaghan, field administration director for the Job Corps, is also an amputee. He lost a leg in the Korean war. “We’re not really different than other people,” says O’Callaghan, former Nevada Health and Welfare Director. “We have to try a little harder ... that’s all.”
20 Years Ago
Beautification. A $1.4 million project for downtown beautification should be completed by Nevada Day. It will transform an 11-block section of Carson Street into a historic area similar to the Carson City of 1860-80, according to Mary Walker, Carson City finance and redevelopment director.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.