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Sue Ballew

140 Years Ago

Advertisement: “Now is the time to get photographs of your residences. Scripture & Friend have made landscape photography a specialty and are now prepared to take all sorts of natural and artificial objects at very reasonable prices … They also publish a large assortment of stereoscopic views of scenery in the State such as the mills along the Carson, noted buildings, lakes, and mountains … Photography Gallery on Second Street, opposite the Ormsby House or at the store of John G. Fox.”

130 Years Ago

Manager Piper: When he writes a letter he dips his forefinger in ink, scrawls the epistle and folds it immediately for fear it will get dry … The first half of the page has a letter and the second a reverse duplicate on the lower half. It compels a man to stand on his head and employ two looking glasses to read it …

100 Years Ago

Breaking ground: For the building of the Mackay Library at the State University … Hope is to have the new building ready for service in the fall. It will be constructed of brick to look like the other buildings …

70 Years Ago

Special rations: Seeing-eye dogs will receive limited quantities of rationed meat, when horsemeat cannot be obtained — for feeding specially-trained guide dogs which serve as the “eyes” of blind persons.

50 Years Ago

Astronaut Gordon Cooper completed his fifth orbit of the earth and soared round and round the world en route to a U.S. man-in-space record … another big step toward landing on the moon.

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