150 Years Ago
Postal bilk: There was no mail yesterday, and “that ain’t the worst of it.” You may calculate the coming of the meteoric shower with quite as much certainty as you can foretell the arrival of our hoped for mailbags.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: “Have those law-makers gone?” asked the old man of his boy, Jake. “Most of ‘em, dad,” said Jake. “Then take the padlock off the chicken house, I guess we can risk it now.”
110 Years Ago
Governor’s Mansion: The governor signed the bill for a gubernatorial mansion in Carson. The war of the clans of this city will have a voice in selecting the site for the structure at a public meeting — approved is $45,000 to build the mansion.
70 Years Ago
Tuberculosis: Six thousand state residents were given chest X-rays in 1946. The X-ray machine is operating under the sponsorship of the Nevada Tuberculosis Association. In the first 3,500 films read, 10 cases of active tuberculosis and 58 suspicious cases were found.
50 Years Ago
Leisure Hour Club: Mrs. Dominique Laxalt, Mother of Paul Laxalt, currently Nevada’s Governor, has been nominated as “Mother of the Year” by the Leisure Hour Club.
20 Years Ago
Then and now photo: V&T locomotive No. 27 sends up a smoke plume in front of the depot at Washington and Carson streets on May 31, 1950, the last day of operation for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. The old depot on the far left is now the Masonic Hall. The locomotive is being restored by the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.