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by Sue Ballew

130 Years Ago

Squally times on the Comstock Ð A young gentleman of Carson who was in Virginia City and who is something of a stock operator says the excitement was intense over that day’s stock board. The wailing, came from margin buyers. Pale looking men stood around the brokers offices scarcely daring to look at the list, and almost doubting their own sense of seeing as the long list of reduced figures met their sight..and women with tear-filled eyes told over and over again the old, old story of their losses… contrasting what they were pecuniarily with what they might have been had they sold their stocks but a few days before.

110 Years Ago

All sorts: A Reno saloon man is about to try the experiment of female bartenders.

70 Years Ago

Nevada faces difficulty is stretching relief funds according to WPA Administrator Gilbert Ross, “Nevada was several months behind the other states in feeling the effect of the recent recession,…and it probably will be late in responding to the business pick-up.”

50 Years Ago

Advertisement: Austin’s Market Ð Coffee 2 lb. can $1.59, Large Red Jonathan Apples 3 lbs. for 29 cents, Crisp Stalks celery 9 cents lb., lettuce 2 for 19 cents, Campbell’s tomato soup 2 for 31 cents, pot roast 59 cents a lb.

20 Years Ago

Twelve archaeologists who work for NDOT have found thousands of prehistoric sites across the state, including old homes ruins, camping sites and a huge food processing area Ð finding artifacts dating as far back as 5,000-10,000 years ago.

10 Years Ago

Photo caption: Carson High School homecoming King and Queen Sara Moore and Bryan Horgan smile as they are crowned during half-time at the Homecoming football game against Lowry. Carson went on to win the game 58-30.

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