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Sue Ballew
For the Nevada Appeal

130 YEARS AGO

Ladies and the Leap Year: The plan of allowing gentlemen to keep open house that they might receive the ladies was entered into and was more of a success than sanguine advocates anticipated. Superintendent Crawford, the acknowledged leader of the “receiving faction” had decided that the calling of ladies on gentlemen was not exactly recherches. This intelligence spread utter discomforture in the male camp, and Jim Chesley and Jack Marshall were detailed to pack Crawford’s head in ice to ward off an attack of brain fever. The suspense began by half past noon when there were no lady callers and not a carriage in sight. The gentlemen began to get uneasy. At Meder’s the gloom was overpowering, when Mr. Crawford, seized with a brilliant idea, hailed a passing milk wagon and paid the man a dollar to ride up and down before the house and make tracks close to the gate so it looked as if many visitors had come and gone. Jim Chesley and Jasper Babcock also fixed up the tracks in front of their place with a velocipede.

St. Peter’s Church: Subject of the New Year’s service at the Episcopal Church will be the “Canker worms of time.” Everybody is invited.

120 YEARS AGO

Wheelmen’s ball had a large crowd of dancers at Armory Hall on New Year’s Eve. Leading members of the club performed a series of evolutions on their machines during the eight dance. The phonograph ran at a lively rate.

70 YEARS AGO

Advertisement: Carson Theater, “Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” with Jean Arthur and James Stewart. Romance, drama, laughter and heartbreak … created out of the very heart and soil of America.

50 YEARS AGO

The first baby of the new year was a daughter, born to Mr. and Mrs. Lous Plympton of Carson City.

20 YEARS AGO

Two file for state offices: Pro-Life Andy Anderson and Vernon “Rhinestone Cowboy” trudged through the snow to become the first people to file their candidacy for statewide elective office.

10 YEARS AGO

Y2K bug may still bite: Millions of world’s business systems have yet to reboot. Software was the focus of the most diligent millennium bug removal efforts. Experts never expected anything but a few failures in such

systems.

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