Past Pages for Tuesday, July 8, 2014 |

Past Pages for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Sue Ballew

140 Years Ago

On the night of the Fourth of July, the laboratory for making sulfuric acid and bluestone owned by Messrs. Rice & Duffy, took fire and was completely destroyed. The cause is supposed to be carelessness on the part of the Chinese men who attend the furnaces …

130 Years Ago

According to a New York dispatch, the reigning sensation among the lovers of the marvelous in this city is Lulu Hurst, the Georgia electric girl. One hears of some fresh demonstrations of the secret forces of nature — any man who seriously denies that such a force exists and calls it a hallucination labors under a deeper hallucination than any body. Astonishing things happen daily in mesmerism and clairvoyance, and if people would spend a little time in honest inquiry, something more might be learned.

110 Years Ago

All sorts: Fish Commissioner Mills shipped 120,000 Eastern brook trout to Reno to be deposited in the Truckee River.

70 Years Ago

The Rainbow Girls enjoyed a picnic at Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe with swimming and boating. Later a picnic lunch was planned. Mrs. Grace Sweetland, Mrs. McQuigan and Mrs. Mighels accompanied the girls.

50 Years Ago

A 10-month-old monkey named Dexter got out of his cage, danced about the shop, gobbled pet tranquilizers, threw pet food on the floor, opened a bird cage, broke a few bottles of vitamins and shampoo and had a few more tranquilizers. He went fishing in a guppy bowl, dialed random numbers on the phone, threw bottles, and ate more tranquilizers. By the time the Riverside owner arrived, Dexter was tuckered out and ready for bed …

30 Years Ago

Advertisement: “Sierra Search & Rescue is sponsoring the American Continental Circus. Over two full hours — presenting the American Continental Circus — aerialists, clowns, wild animals, dogs, acrobats, elephants — all new edition.”

Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.