Past Pages Sept. 1
130 YEARS AGO
No wonder: Drs. Lee and Kearney were called to Genoa to attend to a Chinese man who was in horrible agony until his jaw was knocked back into place. He was yawning too much and opened his mouth so much that he could not get it back. He was reading the evening papers at the time.
Fortune telling: Madam Zola will be in Carson for the purpose of revealing the mysteries of the future … stocks, gambling, love affairs … and reads by cards or the lines of the hand. Fee $1.
Gillis Strikes a Spring, Part II: “I was boring into some likely looking ground near the old emigrant trail when I came smack on a spring that was nothing less than pure whiskey …” The other men laughed in his face until he produced a bottle filled with a muddy, strong smelling stuff which really had the odor of old Bourbon. They had no doubt that that Gillis was playing a joke on them. (continued on Thursday)
120 YEARS AGO
All sorts: The lawn surrounding the government building is excellent grazing property and considered by horses as one of the best pastures in the state.
The old man who is chasing children around the back street should leave town … before he is painted a delicate black, with feather frescoes.
70 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Carson Theater – “Virginia City” with Errol Flynn and Miriam Hopkins … America’s greatest adventure … now the screen thrill of the year.
50 YEARS AGO
Golden rooster: Dick Graves’ golden rooster will have to remain in the U.S. marshal’s vault far away from the Sparks Nugget. Judge Sherrill Halbert of Sacramento denied the claimant’s motion to release the rooster on bond.
20 YEARS AGO
Advertisement: Dayton Valley Homes, a master planned community … golf course homes starting at $162,950.
10 YEARS AGO
The Telephone Pioneers and the Carson City School District teamed up to give 120 homeless students backpacks filled with necessary school supplies. Once the backpacks were filled, Lee Radtke, president of the Telephone Pioneers, delivered them to the various school sites.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.