130 YEARS AGO
Thumb: In China, the Celestial vagabonds are not photographed, but their thumbs are smeared with lamp-black and pressed down upon a piece of paper. It creates a rude impression which is kept in the police records. A face may be altered, but a thumb never changes.
120 YEARS AGO
Betsy Ross: A Quakeress, Betsy Ross, made the first flag of stars and stripes used in the United States Army. She did the work in a little brick house on Arch Street, Philadelphia. There is now talk of moving it to Chicago for the World’s Fair.
70 YEARS AGO
Scrap: Over a period of years great quantities of iron and steel scrap were bought in the U. S. for Japan furnishing them with the material for building ships, guns, and planes – now used for war purposes against the United States.
50 YEARS AGO
Thought for the day: Mark Twain said: “Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.”
30 YEARS AGO
Alma Catherine Darensbug became the capital city’s 26th Miss Carson City and captured the talent award with her jazz routine.
10 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: Members of the Carson High School Basketball team display the championship plaque. The Senators received their award for having the best team grade point average among 4A girls basketball. Erin Stieber, Talia Joyce, Katie Kotter, Rosalia Nunez, Andrea Hoff, Brittany Puzey, Terah Laack. Nunez received the coach’s award.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.