Carson City Past Pages for Thursday, July 4
140 Years Ago
Col. Curry’s Railroad Ball: The great hall which Curry has prepared for his Ball is so far prepared for the festive occasion. Chinese lanterns have been placed, seats have been built, and the best ball band that ever twanged a cat-gut or blowed a horn in Nevada has been engaged. The Fountain Restaurant proprietors will furnish the supper. Two dollars a ticket for a gentleman and all the ladies he can get to keep him company …
130 Years Ago
Water famine: The Water Company has prohibited citizens from irrigating their gardens and had the street sprinkler withdrawn …
120 Years Ago
Squirrels: The Treasurer of Churchill County reports the hay crop in his section heavy. The grain crop is greatly damaged by the ravages of squirrels. From Wadsworth 75 miles east every foot of ground is covered with squirrel tracks. One rancher, after turning the water on, caught 95 half-drowned squirrels from one hole …
70 Years Ago
Priest award: “Colonel” Ralph E. Priest received the coveted award of the Purple Heart from the War Department for “being wounded in action above and beyond the call of duty” in World War I.
50 Years Ago
Photo caption: Tennis finalists in the Carson Jaycee tennis tournament are Gordon Hunting, Cathy Kerrigan, Mary Jane Hunt, Jim Kurtz, Kirby and Brian Clendenon.
30 Years Ago
TV rerun top ratings put CBS in first place: MASH, Cagney and Lacey, Archie Bunker’s Place, “A” Team, Simon and Simon, 20-20, Magnum, P.I., 9 to 5, Love Boat and Hill Street Blues.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.