July 25, 2012
130 Years Ago
Ghosts: Boarders at the Ormsby House created a sensation at about 2 o’clock a.m. when they rushed through the halls yelling “Ghosts” and awakened every one in the house. Several valiant boarders armed with shooting irons descended to the designed locality and found Charley Sharp perambulating in his night shirt with a revolver in hand trying to shoot a lot of invisible, howling cats.
120 Years Ago
A. Morris – scientist (Carson river fish): Arthur Morris, alias Baron Muschausen, has been studying the food question of the Carson river trout. At present that no more trout will be eaten by people on the Carson river below the Mexican mill because at that point the slum and refuse from the stamps flow into the river after passing through a system of quicksilver… Morris caught several fish from an Indian and after dressing them carefully, fed them to a well known dog… (continued on Thursday)
70 Years Ago
Mae West jackets: Australian airman complain that the bright orange color of their “Mae West” life jackets make them too easy a target for Japanese gunners.
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50 Years Ago
Restoration of the Mackay mansion in Virginia City has been unveiled before the Nevada State Park Commission. Owner, C. J. Duggan, said he would be willing to sell the structure for $25,000 to some non-profit corporation which in turn would donate it to the state. The building was originally built for mine superintendent John Mackay.
30 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Capital Ford Mercury – 1983 Mustang – power steering, power brakes, radio and much more… sale priced at $7,148– 12.9 percent A.P.R. Financing or $500 cash rebate! 26 mileage city – 40 highway…”
10 Years Ago
Photo caption: A Nevada State Prison inmate, spends some quality time with Shadow (the dog) during the Puppies on Parole program at the penitentiary. The program put on by the Nevada Humane Society allows chosen Nevada inmates to train puppies.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.