Past Pages for May 12 to 14, 2021

Carson City looking north from the top of the Capitol building in 1871.

Carson City looking north from the top of the Capitol building in 1871.

Wednesday
150 Years Ago

Thingummy found: A thingummy is the after-part of a fashionable lady’s outfit, and which Charley Cavanaugh calls a “lady’s back-action.” It is constructed of brown merino, lined with black, has a gathered du-flipper overhanging the upper portion and is surmounted by a bow of the former material. Its caliber is exactly twenty-six inches from hook to eye.
140 Years Ago
All sorts: The ladies of the Episcopal Church will hold their strawberry festival at the Opera House.
Mr. Yerington objects to the city having the waters of the creek flowing past Treadway’s, diverted for city purposes, if such a thing is attempted.
130 Years Ago
Empire School Roll of Honor: P. S. King’s class: Mamie Hanifan, Nellie Meyer, Dean Hope, Willie Woodbury…. Miss Tobiner’s class: Sophia Ballom, Katie Frank, Mary Larsen, Cecelia Sullivan, Alice Woodbury, Chester Hope, James Sullivan…
120 Years Ago
All sorts: If any Carson parents are shy a boy, just figure out they have joined the circus.
Messrs. Norris & Rowe extended invitations to the Orphans’ Home children to attend the animal show.
65 Years Ago
Old grammar school King & Division, Carson City: “…This building should have been vacated a long time ago. Expensive repair and replacements have been avoided… However, we must do all in our power to keep a fire from starting and make exit and evacuation of the building as easy as possible.” There is inflammable material throughout the building, broken or cracked windows, sticking fire escape doors, a hole in the floor near the west fire escape and playground conditions crowded.
20 Years Ago
Pumpin’ hand cars: Twenty co-ed teams of athletes take on rural Nevada for a TV show. The second annual “Nevada Passage Adventure Competition” took place with six days of competitions that included competition at the V & T tracks on F street in Virginia City.

Thursday
150 Years Ago

Incendiarism: R. D. Hoag, a clerk in Driesback store, was passing the large works of the Virginia (City) Ku Klux Klan farm and store house, owned by Hon. H.F. Dangberg and noticed that one of the mangers was on fire – the work of an incendiary, attributable to the Ku Klux Klan.
140 Years Ago
Jottings: The Genoa stages are now carrying passengers to that village for fifty cents each.
The mumps prevails among the children of this city.
Mr. John Sweeney says the new race track will be finished on or before the 4th of next month, in time for the Pioneer picnic.
130 Years Ago
Petrified woman: Today is the last day to see the petrified woman. Mr. Reed has learned that parties in New York are anxious to bet him $10,000 that the woman is a fraud. He will go to New York, bet the money and allow any tests. He expects to clean up in coin on the way.
120 Years Ago
Advertisement: “The Bank Saloon, Meyer & Sanger, Proprietors, South Carson St., Carson, Nev., Finest Wines, Liquors and Cigars. Sharp Beer, Free lunch at the bar, Private card rooms.”
65 Years Ago
Photo caption: Arriving at hospital, President Eisenhower is in a jovial mood as he prepares for a “head to toe” checkup at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
20 Years Ago
For the birds: The “Spring Wings Bird Festival” in Fallon and a “Birding walk” at the Silver Saddle Ranch are popular for bird watching. According to the Fallon Convention and Visitors Authority, catering to bird lovers could prove financially lucrative, and they have sought out Carson City for a partnership.

Friday
150 Years Ago

Gold Hill lottery: The tickets are selling off rapidly. John D. Kersey, of the Ormsby House, and agent for the sale of tickets in this city, has received orders to close and sell no more. Some lucky hombre will get a fortune for a small investment in the Gold Hill Lottery, and a great many others will get a good starter.
140 Years Ago
The curfew bell: A curfew ordinance is being discussed in Virginia City. An adoption here would be desirable as youngsters under fifteen years of age can be found on the streets at all hours of the night. If this curfew is being introduced the beautiful lines of Thomas Gray (English poet) would be changed to something like this:
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The bold policeman slyly lies in wait;
Homeward the hoodlum plods his weary way,
Curing the statutes of his native state.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: A case of scarlet fever was reported in Carson. Some coin buried by the Donner party has been unearthed near Truckee. James Gilmore was arrested in Virginia City for attempting to kill his wife with an ax.
120 Years Ago
Flooding: The Carson river is still rising and at Empire (City) the water is very high. Wiggins, the bar owner, is dispensing liquid refreshments from the second story of his establishment.
65 Years Ago
Poor Farm: Dr. James Thom told Ormsby county commissioners that the poor farm was in very good condition and the patients all had good, wholesome nutritious food. It should be up to the county doctor and commissioners to decide whether a patient was to be in a hospital or not. Inmates at the Poor Farm are furnished with medical care.
20 Years Ago
Bird-watching sites in Carson City: Carson River corridor, Silver Saddle Ranch, Riverview Park, Carson River Park, Ambrose Nature Study Area.

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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