Past Pages for March 10 to 12, 2021

Buildings along the north side of Taylor Street between B and A streets in Virginia City.

Buildings along the north side of Taylor Street between B and A streets in Virginia City.

Wednesday
150 Years Ago
Obsequies of Colonel Musser: The funeral was largely attended. Rev. George B. Allen of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church officiated in a few well-timed remarks at the residence of the deceased as well as at the church. It was one of the most appropriate and beautiful addresses.
140 Years Ago
Jottings: Two of the faro banks which were started for the accommodation of the Legislature have put up their shutters. There has been less snow at Lake Bigler this year than for the past ten winters so says Hank Monk, the most reliable of men.
120 Years Ago
St. Patrick’s Dance: It is always in order to give a dance in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. James Wiggins of Empire never forgets the day. The occasion will be up to the standard.
100 Years Ago
A jinx day for three: Arnold Millard was soldering a gasoline tank at the Phipps shop when the tank exploded which blew the end through the building. He was not seriously hurt.
The youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Savage fell after striking his face on a broken pitcher just missing the jugular vein. He required several stitches, but it is hoped he will make a quick recovery.
Some of the boys had gone up to the attic one of them clipping his foot broke a section of the ceiling which fell striking Frank Snyder, Miss Theresa Schulz, and Mrs. Drue Carothers. All survived with a few severe cuts.
70 Years Ago
Women’s basic wage: Minimum wages for women employees in Nevada would be raised from 50 to 55 cents an hour by terms of an amendment to a bill adopted in the Assembly. The original bill had called for a boost from 50 to 75 cents.
20 Years Ago
Leukemia: There is a mystery of a dozen childhood leukemia cases. The three top suspects are pollution sources, movement in the Fallon area and arsenic in the well water. Arsenic level in Fallon is 10 times the recommended federal standard.
Thursday
150 Years Ago
Corbett House: This old and popular hotel, situated one block from the passenger platform of the railroad is prepared to accommodate the traveling public and regular customers with the best of board and elegantly furnished, comfortable and quiet rooms. Give the Corbett Brothers a trial.
140 Years Ago
Jottings: The Clear Creek flume will be in operation in a few days. The grasshoppers are laying their eggs in the Truckee Meadows, and in the Carson Valley. They anticipate a productive season.
120 Years Ago
Earthquake: The Assembly was in the act of taking a recess, when the earthquake was felt. At first it was thought it was Lem Allen trying to interpose an objection. The machine that registered the quake in the cellar of the Capitol made an egg shaped diagram, which indicates a rotary movement. The diagram is on exhibition at Observer Friends.
100 Years Ago
The Grand movie-Zane Grey: “The U. P. Trail,” adapted from a popular novel by Zane Grey, is one of the big plays of the season. It is the story of pioneer days of adventure along the Union Pacific. Admission 25 and 55 cents.
70 Years Ago
DDT use: The unwise use of DDT was the subject of the American Medical Association committee as some human deaths have been caused by it. Certain precautions must be taken to guard against its toxic properties. Farmers should not apply DDT directly to the edible portions of a plant, use it on dairy cattle or animals prepared for slaughter.
20 Years Ago
Gambling addiction: A new drug, naltrexone, still under study reduces gambling urges. The drug was developed for heroin addiction and approved to control the urge to drink.
Friday
150 Years Ago
Eureka hospital: The establishment of a hospital in Eureka was found necessary because of sickness and destitution prevailing there. The chief cause is the arsenical and antimonial fumes from the smelting furnaces in the vicinity of that town. The sick and destitute had been taken to Austin to be cared for but the cost of conveying was too expensive.
140 Years Ago
Dan DeQuille: He is very sarcastic when he says that fish in the Carson almost climb the bank to get a sight of the angler. The real fact of the matter is that no angler dare approach the stream without a big club to keep the trout from eating his boots.
120 Years Ago
Disastrous Runaway: Adam Baey and his five-year-old daughter, also two young Gold Hill men were driving toward Gold Hill in a two-horse buckboard when the lines got wound around the axle of the vehicle. They started to run toward the Liberty Engine House on the divide, but crashed down the street towards Toner’s Saloon. The wagon and horses were overturned, Mr. Baey and young Lehigh managed to escape unhurt, but the little girl struck her head and was rendered unconscious. Young Sharp was struck on his face, knocking his front teeth out. The little girl had five stitches, and it is unsure if she may have been injured internally.
100 Years Ago
Sagebrush smoker: This evening the boys of the Sagebrush club will give a stag party and smoker at the club rooms. Smokes, cards and a feed will be the order of the evening. Members of the legislature are cordially invited.
70 Years Ago
Bowers Mansion restoration: The old landmark will be open to the public and will more closely resemble the splendor it knew in the heyday of the Comstock. Gloria Mapes, President, Mrs. B. R. Addenbrooke, curator of Bowers Mansion Restoration, and all members have been tracing and obtaining for the mansion article which have historical value. The kitchen, one complete bedroom, the hall way, parlor and a portion of the library will offer a new appearance when the mansion is opened. Drapes, chairs, kitchen utensils, and statuary that graced the mansion more than eight decades ago have been returned. The committee will follow as closely as possible the settings as they were arranged by Eilley Orrum Bowers when she returned from Europe to hold an open house to hundreds who came from Virginia City to honor the popular miner and his lady. Some members are in S. F. checking on the authenticity of some furniture that was believed to have been part of the shipment sent from Europe by Sandy Bowers and his wife.
20 Years Ago
Name change: Jackie Crawford, State Prison Director, introduced an offender management program in Senate Bill 193 that would officially change the name of the Department of Prisons to the Nevada Department of Corrections. It would help inmates become responsible citizens when they are released from prison.

Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.

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