Past Pages for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
140 Years Ago
Oozy mud: The county commissioners are preparing to mend the water ways of the town and lift the foot of the virtuous citizen above the oozy mud of flooded crossings. Many broad planks are distributed in places where they are most needed, some on the Carson Street intersections. Along the north side of the Episcopal church, the mountain tricklings have made sad havoc of the crossing there. Down further toward the parsonage and between it and the Penrod House, this unruly stream being frozen up and gutters being clogged with mud and sand are making dreadful business of street and sidewalk …
130 Years Ago
Price: A boss Chinese man told the free Press that one effect of the restriction act has been to raise the price of a Chinese woman from $500 and $600 to $1,000 and $1,300 — according to quality.
120 Years Ago
Off the track: A short distance from Franktown on its way to Carson, the engine encountered a huge drift of snow and the locomotive and the two forward cars left the rails. The drift had been rained on and had frozen. An Appeal reporter went out on the wrecking train and says the engine was found at right angles with the track; 100 feet of rails were torn up. The only damage to the engine was the mashing of the cowcatcher, and the engine was four feet in the mud …
70 Years Ago
Sulfa drugs: There has been an amazing reduction in the meningitis death rate. It has gone down from 39 percent in the First World War to less than 3.5 percent today — due to the use of “sulfa” drugs.
50 Years Ago
Interest in 1964: Federal reserve banks raised their charge for loans to member banks to 3 1/2 percent from 3 percent. The banks’ prime rate which they charge large borrowers with top credit ratings has stayed at 4 1/2 percent since the middle of 1960s.
30 Years Ago
Oswald daughters: An attorney for the accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s daughters reached an agreement setting a lawsuit against the National Enquirer because of an article that portrayed them as social outcasts …
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.