Past Pages for September 11 to 14, 2021

Looking west from William Street at the Dutch Mill restaurant, corner of William and Carson streets in the 1950s or '60s.

Looking west from William Street at the Dutch Mill restaurant, corner of William and Carson streets in the 1950s or '60s.

Saturday
150 Years Ago
Social dance: Our music-loving and terpsichorean friends will be furnished with a rare treat by the Pioneer Blind Troupe. The ball room music these blind people furnish cannot be excelled in this State. The hall will be in the best possible condition and lovers of music and dancing will have a good time.
130 Years Ago
Pleasure Galore: Mrs. Senator Stewart threw the mansion open to all her young friends. The approaches were hung with Chinese lanterns, and spread just enough light among the trees to make it inviting. The background loomed up the brilliantly illumined home and extended a hand of welcome to the merry makers. The party was given in honor of Miss Sherard, stepdaughter of Henry Foote of San Francisco; Lieut. Carlin, Miss Holiday and her brother Bert Holiday.
120 Years Ago
All sorts: J. F. Clements and Miss Nellie Porch of Huntington Valley were married in Elko. A year ago the young man was arrested for eloping with the young lady — they were both under age.
The Carson Wheelmen are training hard at the track and tearing off some pretty lively records. Trainer Wing thinks he has a winning team, as some of the boys are developing into fast ones.
100 Years Ago
Gathering pinenuts: Frosty mornings have resulted in the migration of the Indians to the Pinenut section where the annual crop of nuts are to be harvested. This is expected to be a banner year, and according to old settlers, should mean a severe winter. From now on pitchy hands and clothing will be in order.
70 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Mark Twain Theatre Restaurant presents Comstock Players in ‘The Streets of New York’ reservations required, Phone 821, Virginia City, nightly except Thursday 8:30 p.m. Admission $1.00 plus tax.
20 Years Ago
Balloon races: The 20th Annual three-day event will be held at Rancho San Rafael Park and is expected to attract more than 130,000 spectators.
Sunday
150 Years Ago
Bridge burned: The Washoe Lake 7,000 foot long bridge was destroyed by fire. It originally cost $70,000. The fire originated in the tules adjacent to the bridge and burned several hundred acres of vegetation.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: Prisoner Sullivan played sick in the county jail, and the Sheriff prescribed a bread and water diet for a weak stomach.
Vags, hobos, bums, deadbeats, thieves and sure thing men are warned to keep away from Carson during Fair week. The jail has many vacant cells and the officers are able to provide lodgings for the characters mentioned.
120 Years Ago
All Sorts: Fifteen linemen are at work between Carson and Gold Hill putting up the new wires for the Sunset Telephone Company. When this line is completed, there will be a great improvement in long distance service.
100 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Grand Theater—Mary Anderson in ‘Bubbles.’ Overflows with vim, vigor and vitality. Emmett Dalton, in ‘When a Man’s a Pal.’ 10 and 30 cents.”
70 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Carson Theater—‘Stage to Tucson,’ in Technicolor with Rod Cameron and Wayne Morris. Lawless Tucson—last outpost—outdoor drama and plenty of action.”
20 Years Ago
9-11 Disaster: American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, United Flight 175 crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center, President Bush called the crashes an “apparent terrorist attack,” the second Tower hit collapsed and the first Tower collapsed. President Bush told the nation that thousands of lives were lost. Some 50,000 people worked at the trade center.
Tuesday
150 Years Ago
Fuliginous: Dense smoke prevailed. It was so thick that Sierra Nevada mountains could not be seen from Carson — attributed to fumidity [sic] of the atmosphere to fires raging in the Sierras northward. The smoke is attributed to the gaseous exhalations of decaying vegetable matter.
130 Years Ago
Is he a wizard: Frank Melbourne, a bona fide wizard, engaged in the business of producing rain by supernatural agency, charges $150 per half inch. He just turns himself loose and inside of a stipulated time has a quantity of rain falling. He could do a good business in Nevada and would have little trouble finding capital to back him.
120 Years Ago
President McKinley: President McKinley passed away at 2:15 a.m., September 13, 1901. His last words to his wife “God’s will, not ours be done.”
100 Years Ago
Some pumpkins: There are a display of pumpkins from the Indian school at the Walsh store. About four of the pumpkin whoppers fill the window and each is guaranteed to make pies enough to feed the entire school.
70 Years Ago
Dog has picnic, no pickles: Dick Surryhne of Gerlach parked his 1950 Plymouth on Main Street while he went into the Nevada Industrial Commission. When he returned to the car he noticed that a window was completely open. During his absence from the car a big black and white Pointer jumped through the open window and helped himself to picnic supplies. It looked like a picnic had been held in the front seat. All that was left were opened wrappers and pickles.
20 Years Ago
Photo caption: Firefighters raise a flag late in the afternoon on Tuesday, in the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers in New York. In the most devastating terrorist onslaught ever waged against the United States, knife-wielding hijackers crashed two airliners into the World Trade Center.

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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