July 21, 2012
130 Years Ago
Mosquitoes: Carson is filled with Mosquitoes, the pests with their musical buzz can be heard from early candle light until dawn. They are so thick, the inmates are kept up all night fighting them. … A resident of Sacramento would feel quite at home here just now.
120 Years Ago
Cruel work: The boys at Thaxter’s Drug store are having fun with him. Three of them go into his place of one as a Weaver, one as a Harrison and one as a Cleveland man… They get along side his soda fountain and ask him who is going to vote for… Thaxter, as long as he can retail soda at 10 cents to all political persuasions, proposes to be neutral and maintains his position with rare skill.
70 Years Ago
The Ormsby county rationing board has issued its first certificate to purchase a bicycle to Mrs. Alice Pamp because she is gainfully occupied doing defense work. …
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50 Years Ago
Postmaster General J. Edward Day advised a young lady in Wyoming that it is against the rules to mail a male. She had sought a summer visit from her boy friend in Illinois. In a letter to the postmaster she said, “Would you please tell me if it is possible and lawful to mail oneself?” He responded people aren’t mailable even when they’re male. …
30 Years Ago
The number of poor Americans grew in 1981 for the third straight year. … The median family income was $22,388 in 1981.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.