150 Years Ago
Bitten by a tarantula: W. A. Selkirk was bitten by a large black spider, or tarantula, on the foot that was swollen and became triple its natural size. He was in great pain in his joints, and had nausea and vomiting. Whisky, copiously administered and the external application of tobacco, leaves steeped in tincture of arnica, produced immediate beneficial effects.
130 Years Ago
The quill drivers (continued): The concert was given at the Opera House where the singers and musicians appeared on the stage. It was a good one — Miss Newman’s spirited recitations, Miss Dwyer’s solos and Mr. Duffy’s violin playing were especially acceptable. President Barnes’ Negro and animal imitations equaled four shows under one tent. The “unfinished opera” was amusing. They leave for Virginia City where they will visit the mines.
110 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Carson Opera House, one night only, Aug. 3, 1906 ‘Triple — Plated Honeymoon,’ A Chinese Musical Comedy, presented by THE LEISURE HOUR CLUB assisted by local talent. Thirty artists in the cast 30 Oriental songs and specialties. The Radiant Feast of the Lanterns. DO NOT FAIL TO SEE — The Chinese Joss. Admission — 50 cents. First three rows in orchestra and dress circle — 75 cents. Seats now on sale at Steinmetz Drug Store.”
70 Years Ago
Five youths hurt: Five young persons were seriously injured in an automobile accident. The five occupants were speeding in a 1946 Ford convertible coupe and were rushed to Reno hospitals when their automobile left the Kingsbury grade highway and crashed into a tree.
50 Years Ago
Nuclear center: The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor stated in a Lions Club meeting that Nevada could become “the nuclear generating center of the entire West.”
20 Years Ago
AIDS Education: Actress Elizabeth Taylor, speaking to members of the National Press Club stated, “To continue to withhold the means of self-protection from part of our population is not benign neglect,“ she said. There is a “bright glimmer of hope” with news of promising treatments and the next step is getting those drugs to all who need them.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.