Past Pages 11/25
130 YEARS AGO
Pneumonia Boom: The Bodie Free Press protests against outside criticisms of the health of that town … but, as the quotations are all from papers published and edited by church members, we cannot accept the statement that they have lied: In Bodie people go to bed at night alive and well, and get up dead and stiff in the morning. Reno Gazette. A great many men of Bodie commit suicide to escape pneumonia. Elko Post. The line of wagons which passed through Carson was not Cooper & Bailey’s
circus … but a consignment of coffins for Pneumoniaville. Carson Appeal
120 YEARS AGO
A Miner’s Secret: An old miner died near Dayton and revealed to a couple of attendants the whereabouts of three gold bullion bricks buried in 1862 in the cellar of an old ruined hotel near Devil’s Gate in Silver City … several parties are now hunting.
70 YEARS AGO
Carson Theater: “The Wizard of Oz” with Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Billie Burke – Sing and Swing! Seven tuneful melodies.
50 YEARS AGO
Free Thanksgiving dinner for needy: Any local residents who are unable to afford Thanksgiving dinner are invited to be guests of the Carson City Nugget. To accept the Thanksgiving hospitality, take the check from the waitress on the way out and hand it to the cashier with the remark, “I’m a guest today.”
20 YEARS AGO
Steve Wynn opens the $630 million Mirage Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. He promised that it would be “a wonderment the world will flock to see.”
10 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: Joshua Sullivan and his father, Dan, wave to Tango the Kangaroo while his mother, Deni, talks with Lee Wetzel at a book signing event at Kennedy Books in the Carson Mall.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.