150 Years Ago
Indians spear trout. We watched from the bridge that crosses the Truckee River at Stone and Gates Crossing and saw an Indian spear some fine trout in the stream. The trout are spawning and can be seen from the bridge, swimming and playing. We directed the Washoe with his fishing spear to the place where the trout were visible. He waded into the stream and after making a successful jab, he captured a male trout weighing three pounds. The spear used by the Indians is the most effective and ingenious implement of the kind ever seen.
130 Years Ago
Buffalo Bill’s agent. Frank Gibson called at the Appeal to order some job work. He said he was the agent for Buffalo Bill. Nobody believed him, as he had no big diamond pin on or pants striped in seven colors. He finally convinced the office that he was all he claimed to be. He reminded us of a well-bred Methodist preacher.
110 Years Ago
Advertisement. “Kitzmeyer’s Drug Store, new goods fresh drugs and reliable service at ‘The Old Corner,’ formerly the Thaxter Drug Store, corner Carson and King streets. Complete stock of high-grade perfumes, soaps and druggist sundries. Telephone orders receive prompt attention. Phone, Main 33, Carson City, Nevada. C. H. Kitzmeyer, Prop.”
70 Years Ago
Photo caption. Birthday of Campfire Girls — America’s oldest organization for young girls, the Camp Fire Girls, celebrates its 24th birthday in March. The purpose of the organization is to provide opportunities for enjoyable, worthwhile activities for the girls.
50 Years Ago
Advertisement. “Enjoy Bill Porter’s Music Box, 1112 N. Carson St., Carson City. Antique shop, cocktails, quiet atmosphere, nostalgic meals, welcome browsers, open daily except Monday.” (Bill Porter’s Music Box was where Adele’s restaurant is now.)
20 Years Ago
Shotgun slaying: Peter Elvik, a 15-year-old boy accused of a shotgun slaying of an elderly Carson City man, has been judged mentally fit to stand trial. After the murder of William Gibson, 63, Elvik stole Gibson’s guns, wallet and car.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.