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by Sue Ballew


When the Virginia & Truckee rounded the curve drifts near the Knickerbocker Mine it brushed two boys off the snow bank, killing one and breaking the other’s legs. Since the storm more than 100 men and boys have been employed shoveling snow and picking out ice between the ties at $2 a day. The boy killed was Newton James.


A.V. “Deacon” Gale, conductor and one of the railroad pioneers, received word that the Southern Pacific has placed him on its pension role. He is about 70 years of age and as capable of telling a good story now as he was 20 years ago when he was running on the old Carson and Colorado. Along in 1884 when Manager Yerington decided that the C & C and the Virginia & Truckee were not receiving enough money for hauling passengers he ordered the discharge of every passenger conductor on both road with the exception of “Deacon” Gale.


The Pacific Coast Borax Co.’s “Death Valley Days” program will feature the Virginia & Truckee Railway. The “Old Timer” is scheduled to start telling his story of the early history of the railroad.


Epsilon chapter, Beta Sigma Phi held its first meeting of the New Year at the Green Hotel. A short business meeting was conducted by president Mrs. James Thorpe. The cultural program “Absolute Music,” was presented by Mrs. Gerald Alberson.


Photo caption: Carson residents Carl and Helyne Herriman of Kings Canyon Road receive welcome visits in the form of deer grazing outside their window. The Herriman’s feed hay to the deer during winter months when snow covers the brush. They also feed grain to hundreds of quail and blue jays.


The state Agency for Nuclear Projects has protested the applications of the U.S. Department of Energy to permanently use 430 acre-feet of water at the proposed high level nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain from the Forty Mile Canyon-Jackass Flat basin in Nye County. These rights expire in the year 2002. The energy department has asked the state Division of Water Resources to make them permanent.

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