152 Years Ago
Elect Good Officers: It will be seen by the proclamation of Gov. Nye that he had declared the Territory of Nevada organized and assigned the judges to their respective districts … (Territorial Enterprise, July 1861)
140 Years Ago
The watch: Capt. John Day, head of the State Survey Office, wears a watch that is an heirloom. He came up from San Francisco on the train and placed his watch beside him and forgot it. As he was waiting for the V & T train, he felt a tap on his shoulder. He looked up and the colored porter of the car had come with the watch in his hand and gave it to him. Capt. Day reached in his pocket for a reward, but the porter vanished …
130 Years Ago
All sorts: Sheriff S. T. Swift is the first white man in 1850 to drive a mule around Lake Tahoe. M. Gilligan can catch more fish at the Mexican dam than any other Carsonite using peculiar bait and a little Irish blarney.
120 Years Ago
A Mason valley man employs girls in the hayfield and speaks enthusiastically of their hay shoveling abilities … They are out early, never go on strike and do not smoke cigarettes. (Tidings)
70 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Carson Theater — ‘Pittsburgh’ with Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich — Men of steel, women of fire, forged in the flames of Pittsburgh’s wildest era.”
50 Years Ago
Ford: Ford Motor Company is the first of the big three automakers to report earnings, more money than in any other quarter of its 60 year history … $155.9 million.
30 Years Ago
Obituary for Lawrence W. Little, born Dec. 9, 1900 in Colorado. He was retired chief of materials and testing research engineer with the Nevada Highway Department. He came to Carson City in 1924 as mathematics, science and music teacher and organized Carson High School’s first band. He was an avid gardener and provided flowers for city functions and vegetables for senior citizens …
30 Years Ago
George Burns returns to Lake Tahoe to make a headlining appearance at Caesars Tahoe’s Cascade Showroom. In his eighth decade he shows no sign of letting up …
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.