Past Pages Jan. 30
130 YEARS AGO
Gentlemen Belles at the Leap Year Ball: General Clark wore the frizzed hair and pale lilac necktie, T. C. Pinckey wore a cut-away coat with black lining, costing at least a dollar a yard, Buck Zabriskie, hair banged in front, eyebrows painted to match gaiters and dyed moustache, Jack Marshall – fresh bath, Chris Batterman, new front teeth just ordered from Dr. Billings.
120 YEARS AGO
C. W. Friends Meteorolog-ical Estimate: December 1890 will go upon record as an exceptional year for precipitation … the oldest residents of the state say that no such weather has been experienced since the winter of 1868-69.
R.R. still closed: The V & T is in as bad condition as ever … Mr. Ardrey having two gangs at work got the men within a few hundred feet of each other by midnight just as the victory over the snow seemed assured, a wind sprang up. The snow poured into the cut all night and filled it level again.
70 YEARS AGO
Telephone subscribers received letters stating the company is making available information on school buses, routes and times; forecasts on local weather; road conditions; time and place of local social and sporting events, motion picture programs.
50 YEARS AGO
Manned Satellite to Moon: The United States is planning to send a manned satellite around the moon and back to earth sometime between 1965 and 1967… with “a manned landing on the moon” after 1970.
20 YEARS AGO
Photo caption: Western Nevada Community College offers paintings by artist Tom Gilbertson. He teaches art at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and teaches painting the way an anthropologist would search for an object.
10 YEARS AGO
Goodbye to Mapes: The Mapes Hotel stood its ground for seconds when more dynamite was detonated and the east end of the 12-story brick structure fell away … crumpling downward toward Center Street.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.