150 Years Ago
Capturing ants: The following is the method for ridding kitchen and cupboards of pestiferous nuisances, ants: Get a large sponge, wash it and press it dry. Sprinkle over it some fine white sugar and place where the ants are most troublesome. They will soon collect on the sponge and make their home in the sponge cells. Then dip the sponge in scalding water. This will clear the house of every aunt, uncle and progeny.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: Leslie Bell’s wife presented him with a fine girl. All hands are doing well. This seems to be a good year for an increase in Carson.
110 Years Ago
Aladdin’s Lamp in Goldfield: Never before in mining history has there been a tale of suddenly acquired riches. Stocks hawked on the streets at eight to ten cents a share have sold within the last 24 hours as high as $15 a share. Bonanzas with $50,000,000 or more are developing. A tidal wave is the only adequate metaphor descriptive of these conditions.
70 Years Ago
Veterans Housing Baby Contest: A baby contest will be held with the production of “Pep Parade” a local talent play being sponsored by the 20-30 Club. The veterans’ housing project is sponsoring the contest as a benefit for an open house Christmas party for all Carson children. Votes are one cent each and may be placed in the jar with babies’ picture on the front.
50 Years Ago
Mystical assessor: A female Sacramento assessor told of her experiences with the mystical and occult. She said she had been reincarnated from former lives, employs extra-sensory perception, has witnessed faith healing and believes in ghosts. As assessor, she has caused controversy over her plan to increase property assessments four-fold.
20 Years Ago
Landmark to build 434 homes: Northridge will be among the last large-scale developments in Carson City. Landmark Homes has plotted 434 lots on 106.6 acres west of Lompa Lane. The list prices range from $119,500 to $159,500. Pictured is Mayor Marv Teixeira giving the thumbs-up sign during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.