Past Pages for Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
150 Years Ago
All sorts: Lance Nightingill has returned from California vastly improved in health. E. B. Rail, Esq. is confined to his bed by an attack of pleurisy or something like it.
130 Years Ago
Suicide at Elko: A man staying in Elko registered at the Depot Hotel as J. G. Irvin from Aurora, stayed there one night and then walked down the railroad tracks where he sat down, placed a revolver to his head just above the right ear and sent a bullet into his brain. He was 60 years of age. In his pocket was a note: “Please write to John G. Booker, Aurora, Nevada … Reason why I do this is I am dead broke and got no friends …”
110 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Magazine Readers — Sunset Magazine, $1.50 per year; Town and Country Journal, .50 cents a year; Road of a Thousand Wonders .75 cents — Sunset Magazine, James Flood Bldg., San Francisco.”
100 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Grand Theater — Official British War Pictures, presented by War Relief Fund, “The Tanks,” in action at the Battle of the Ancre; matinee 10 and 25 cents; night, 15 and 25 cents.”
70 Years Ago
In hospital: Infant daughter of Mrs. Phillip Harper in Washoe General Hospital for nearly two weeks was brought to Carson in the McGuigan ambulance. (Carson City didn’t have a hospital.)
20 Years Ago
New mail delivery time: Carson City is the only post office to implement changes at nearly every level of the mail delivery process, according to Postmaster Bob McLean. The changes include the addition of employees called “casers” who sort and pack the mail for the carriers, and the formation of teams of carriers and casers. Instead of mail carriers sorting and packing the mail, the “casers” come in a 4 a.m. to begin sorting mail, so carriers can begin their routes by 7:30 a.m.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.