150 Years Ago
Horned rattlesnake: A horned rattlesnake was captured in Death Valley on the road to Salt Lake City. It was two feet long, chocolate color, with light brown plaids; jet back horns projected from over each eye, the shape of a horn on a sheep or calf. The tongue was forked and long. The rascal when irritated would run sideways. When Gov. Blasdel’s party was on its way through Death Valley they killed many of these snakes, some much larger. Horned rattlesnakes and scorpions are the only living things that have been found in that locality.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: A luncheon will be provided for the public today by the ladies of the Presbyterian Church. It is at the location formerly occupied by M. Cohn. Lunch, including coffee, ice cream, or berries and cake, 50 cents. Ice cream or berries, 25 cents. The lemonade and homemade candy made by the young ladies of the congregation also will be served.
110 Years Ago
Advice to honeymooners on trains: Do not kiss each other behind the menu. If you must kiss, take the menu to your berth. Don’t hold hands all the time. Have them free for use in case of a wreck. Don’t make love in daylight before the other passengers. Don’t drop into “oogy” talk ...
70 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Carson Theater, ‘Nob Hill’ with Joan Bennett and George Raft. ‘Abilene Town’ with Randolph Scott and Ann Dvorak, a great picture of the roaring frontier.”
50 Years Ago
Advertisement: “The Silver Spur, Carson City’s favorite fun spot, under new management, open 24 hours, breakfast, merchants luncheon, dinners, Len Thurman, ‘Chef.’ Len welcomes his many friends to dine and enjoy the friendliness of the Silver Spur. Jackpot Headquarters.”
20 Years ago
Advertisement: “Wallace Theaters — now playing ‘Eraser,’ ‘Striptease,’ ‘The Rock,’ ‘Independence Day,’ and ‘Twister.’”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.