130 Years AgoFire: The residence of W. D. Tobey on Spear street was burned to the ground together with private and household effects. The origin of the fire is unknown. The fire department arrived with the Currys getting on the first team taking water from the hydrant near Mr. Yerington’s house on Robinson Street. The Warrens arrived at nearly the same time and attached to a hydrant near Bliss’ house. The fireman were blamed for allowing the flames to gain such headway… The loss is about $10,000.120 Years AgoA novel invention: A school teacher in Grass Valley has introduced a method of improving her scholars in spelling. When a girl in the class misspells a word, the boy that spells it right has the privilege of kissing the girl. The boys in the class have grown proficient in spelling, but the girls get stuck on any word containing more than three letters… 70 Years AgoCoffee rationing: August Berning Jr., chairman of the Ormsby County war price and rationing board, has been notified that “hoarding” of coffee is “out” and everyone will have to declare the amount of coffee on hand. The first coffee ration period will be from Nov. 29, 1942, until Jan. 3, 1943… An eligible consumer can buy one pound of roasted coffee upon surrender of Stamp No. 27 from War Ration Book One…50 Years AgoBirths: Mr. and Mrs. Warren McCullock of Carson are parents of a girl. Mr. and Mrs. Buck Taylor of Tahoe Valley are parents of a boy. 30 Years AgoThe typical unemployed worker in Carson City is a male, between the ages of 32 and 64, working in the service or manufacturing industry. At the close of October Carson City had a record 12.1 percent unemployment rate… 10 Years AgoAdvertisement: “Wallace Theaters, $4.50 – now showing ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,’ ‘Santa Clause 2,’ ‘8 Mile,’ ‘I Spy,’ ‘The Ring,’ ‘Sweet Home Alabama’…” • Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.