Past Pages July 23 |

Past Pages July 23

Sue Ballew


Flume traveling: Few people have an idea of the immensity of the lumber business at the Lake. At the Incline, wonderful engineering feats have been accomplished. Long, snake-like flumes bend and swerve in and out of the rocky canyons. A well dressed stranger got off the boat recently and inquired of Charles McFarlan what attractions the road to Carson furnished. Mac wandered away in a long description and said that a trip through the flume tunnel a mile long would be scenic. The tourist hired a cayuse and struck out for the flume. The first hundred yards was plain sailing, then the candle went out and roof became lower. On he plunged getting madder every step until he reached daylight. He walked back over the hill to his horse and after wringing out out his clothes started back looking for McFarlan whom he was very anxious to see.


Scrap aluminum: Reports from the national campaign for scrap aluminum indicate an “unhoped for” success … twice the quota of 20 million pounds will be collected (needed for airplanes during the war).


Governor to dedicate first Nevada fallout shelter: A nuclear-age family fall-out shelter at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Critser will be dedicated. The demonstration shelter is a six-person above ground structure and was built by the U.S. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization for $1,000.


Advertisement: Homes for sale – 4 bedroom 2-1⁄2 bath $125,000 – 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1700 sq. ft., split level, $89,900 – assumable 8.5 percent financing, 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,344 square foot home $95,000.


Photo caption: Bartender Steve Hill looks over a plaque displayed in the window of the Old Globe Saloon. The plaque will be dedicated by the Virginia City Clampers and Transierra Roisterous Alliance of Senior Humbugs.

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