Carson City Past Pages for Thursday, July 18
140 Years Ago
Letter from Sarah Winnemucca: The Carson Appeal aroused the ire of the Paiute Nation by calling their favorite Princess Sarah Winnemucca Bartlett, a Digger. The following letter was received: “Some of my people are very angry because I have been called by the Carson Appeal, a Digger, or descendant of the Diggers. They will not give me any rest till I refute the slander. The truth is, I am full Pah-ute blood, descending from the Truckee and Winnemucca families, and was born at Humboldt Sink. What little schooling I have, I got at a San Jose Convent. (Signed) Sarah Winnemucca Bartlett.” (Virginia Chronicle)
130 Years Ago
The circus: The town was billed yesterday for Robinson’s nine-ply circus. It takes 400 pounds of flour a day to make paste for the bill to stick. The bill advertises a tattooed woman, the 3-eyed ox, five great military, the South Sea Island beauty, testing the strength of the elephant, the giraffe climbing the greasy pole … The only jabberwocky ever brought to America alive will be on exhibition. It weighs nine tons and sweats blood twice a day …
70 Years Ago
Beavers: A colony of beavers in the Tuscarora area have caused great turmoil. A rancher planted the beavers along a creek on his property, and they immediately built a dam. His neighbor said it reduced the water he should have received from the creek, and the attorney general was asked for an opinion. He said the rancher being damaged had a right to remove the dam but he couldn’t remove the beavers …
50 Years Ago
Gulf Oil Corp. has filed for oil and gas leases on 127,000 acres of land in Eastern Nevada — northeast of Railroad Valley where Nevada’s only producing oil wells are located.
30 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Come to the 4th Annual Capital City Fair at Fuji Park, August 5, 6 & 7. Free things to see and do — mud bog, petting zoo, chili cook-off, working dogs, Navy fleet band concerts … $2 general admission, seniors and kids under 6 free … ”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.