150 Years Ago
Silver trowel: A massive silver trowel bears the inscription: “Presented by the employees of the Gould and Curry Mill to A. Curry, Superintendent of the U.S. Branch Mint, Carson City, Nevada.” This elegant trowel will be used in the corner stone ceremonies.
130 Years Ago
Scarlet fever: Many children are down with scarlet fever, and dyptheria (sic) is also reported. Both are perilous and require the high medical skill to combat. It is apt to grow more dangerous when cold weather comes.
110 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Carson Race Track — Opening Sale of Lots, Sept. 25th. The Race Track to be cut up into Residence Lots, 30 feet by 120 feet, with streets 82 feet wide and 20-foot alleys. The company offering these lots for sale will furnish cement sidewalks and plant trees without extra charge. SPECIAL OFFER — The first 100 lots at $150 each, terms, one-fourth cash; balance, 1, 2, and 3 years, 6 per cent interest ... Don’t miss it, get in on the ground floor, big money maker, absolutely a sure winner, Lewis & Co., Agents, Nye & Ormsby County Bank Building, Carson City, Nevada.”
70 Years Ago
Vikingsholm: The estate of the Lora J. Knight home of Vikingsholm at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, has been sold to Lawrence J. Holland of Washoe County. The exact price was not made public but was said to be $250,000. The property is one of the finest country sites on Lake Tahoe. It includes the magnificent home, the beach along Emerald Bay, the tiny island and two hundred acres of surrounding mountain land.
50 Years Ago
Photo caption: Craters on the moon? Not at all. They are photos taken right outside Carson City by Nevada State Museum staff photographer Ernie Thies. They are footprints of the early Pleistocene Epoch or “ice Age” in an area now occupied by the Nevada State Prison.
20 Years Ago
Tax for bypass: The Carson City Board of Supervisors plans to institute a 5-cent-per-gallon gasoline tax in November to help pay for part of the bypass through Carson City.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.