Past Pages for Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2014
140 Years Ago
Fall opening of Mrs. Brooks millinery. A stock of millinery, bonnets, artificial flowers, feathers, etc. by Mrs. Anna S. Brooks was the most brilliant affair known in Ormsby County and include hummingbirds nestling amidst violets and bluebells, great ostrich feathers, wreaths of fuchsias and orange blossoms clustered with lilies of the valley …
130 Years Ago
Capt. Laphams Schooner. The schooner was launched near Glenbrook and named “Lilly Van,” for Miss Lillie Van Sickle, a miss of 10 years old, daughter of Peter Van Sickle of Carson Valley. It is 75 feet long and 20 feet wide, has a fishing room, side parlor, dining room, store room and private saloons …
110 Years Ago
Goldfield, a Carsonite’s view: Commissioner Henry Dougherty went to the scene of the gold excitement and was delayed on account of washouts. The Goldfield proper is simply a hummer. The town is confined to a couple of blocks of tents and small buildings and a swarm of industry — miners, promoters, leasers, gamblers and all sorts. Accommodations are tough, sleeping apartments scarce. Beds are not made of feathers. Restaurants are rushed, and there is a long wait. Price of meals is high, water pretty bad, and there is a lot of sickness.
70 Years Ago
Carson Highlights: Frosh week. This week freshmen were obliged to obey certain rules — 1. Girls are to wear no makeup. 2. No frosh are to use front door at school. 3. Frosh must stay off the lawn at school. 4. Whenever confronted by a senior, the frosh are to bow on bended knees and say, “Almighty Seniors.”
50 Years Ago
Photo caption: Miss Mildred Bray, 406 N. Curry St., is shown taking part in a simultaneous conference call with Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson. The first lady urged Miss Bray and 50 other women to push registration and get-the-vote-out drive.
30 Years Ago
A nuclear test with an explosive yields 10 times greater than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima was detonated at the Nevada Test Site. The test, code-named Breton, was done 1,585 feet beneath the surface of Yucca Flat.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.