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Past Pages May 12

Sue Ballew

130 YEARS AGO

The “Rocket:” A propeller for “The Rocket,” destined for the logging boat on Mono Lake, passed south of town perched on top of a huge wagon. It belongs to Henry Langly and Mason Annos and is 36 feet by 10 feet. It will accommodate passengers and tow two lumber barges across the Lake. An old English witch once prophesied that when a ship went over dry land, the Byron estates would pass from the owners. A small ship was conveyed across the country on wheels and the same year saw the Byron family lose their estate. Perhaps something will happen of an extraordinary nature on this occasion.

Piscatorial: At the Episcopal festival there will be all sorts of devices to lure coin from the pockets of the worldly to the exchequer of the Lord. There will be a fish pond, 25 cents a drop. Hub Parker, Fish Commissioner for Nevada, has been chosen as keeper of the pool. Lines, poles, bait, furnished. He claims the pond to be the best stocked on the coast.

120 YEARS AGO

Advertisement: “Spiced oysters, pickled lamb’s tongues, quartered pine-apple and fragrant Limburger at Chas. H. Kelly’s.”

70 YEARS AGO

Warship and Warplanes to Remain at Hawaiian Islands: The United States battle fleet was ordered to remain “indefinitely” in Hawaiian water and carry out tactical exercises and maneuvers.

50 YEARS AGO

Advertisement: America’s lowest-priced car Rambler American 2-door deluxe sedan, 6 or V-8, $1795, over 47,000 sold in April. Wiest’s Motors.

20 YEARS AGO

“Pretty Woman” continues to lead in the theater box office, seconded by “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” “Pretty Woman” which stars Julia Roberts, grossed $6.8 million.

10 YEARS AGO

Photo caption: Executive Director of Carson City’s Library, Sally Edwards, displays some of the Wizard of Oz items obtained through a $350 memorial fund given to the library. The donation came just days before the 100th anniversary of the writing of the Wizard of Oz.

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