Past Pages for November 16 to November 19, 2019 | NevadaAppeal.com

Past Pages for November 16 to November 19, 2019

Sue Ballew
Carson City looking north from the top of the Capitol building in 1871.
Courtesy Nevada State Museum

Saturday

150 Years Ago

Died: In Carson City, Nov. 16, 1869, Nellie Augusta, daughter of John L. and M. G. Blethen, aged 5 years. The funeral will take place at the parents’ residence.

140 Years Ago

Brief mention: Wood thieves are getting to be very industrious about town. Telegraphic dispatches can now be sent at half rates provided they are sent at night.

130 Years Ago

Tons of Gold: The Eureka Sentinel reports great excitement in White Pine County on the discovery of vast gold deposits of marvelous richness. These great strikes occur frequently and “peter out,” but we shall be pleased to know that this is an exception to the rule.

100 Years Ago

Dat-so-la-lee: Mr. and Mrs. Abe Cohn, accompanied by Dat-So-La-Lee, the famous Indian basket weaver, returned from St. Louis. For the past three weeks they have been attending the industrial art exhibition.

50 Years Ago

Photo caption: Window decoration winner–Gene Brown is congratulated by Mel Ishmael, manager of the downtown Sprouse Reitz store for winning the first place trophy awarded by the Nevada Day Committee for her window display. The decorations were composed of figures with apple faces made by Mrs. Brown’s mother, Catherine Tierney of Dayton. Other winners were the Dress Shop, the Cottage Beauty Salon and Northern Nevada Realtors.

20 Years Ago

Camaros and Firebirds: Plans have been made to stop making the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. Sales have dropped to less than half of the 150,000 units officials had thought they could sell.

Sunday

150 Years Ago

Pie material: Billy Wilson, proprietor of the stage line, gave us a noble and generous sized squash to make “pumpkin pies” for Thanksgiving. It was one of Billy’s own raising and looks good enough to eat raw. (Gold Hill News)

140 Years Ago

Marriage: Miss Emma L. Verrill and Jonathan Doane were married by Rev. J. L. McLaine, at the residence of Mrs. Harry R. Mighels, sister of the bride. The affair passed off very quietly.

130 Years Ago

California on canvas: Hutching’s Stereopticon “Exhibition of California on Canvas,” will be presented at the Odd Fellows’ Hall. It represents views of California, Nevada and Oregon thrown on a 20-foot canvas from a double calcium light of immense power. School children—15 cent admission.

100 Years Ago

Opium confiscated: A store in Chinatown was raided by two federal officers and Sheriff Springer. Quong On Lung and Louis Sing were arrested for having opium in their possession. They were taken before U.S. Commissioner S. J. Bonnifield and were held to answer to the federal grand jury, with a bail fixed at $500 each. (Humboldt Star)

50 Years Ago

Advertisement: “Carson Theater—‘The April Fools,’ with Peter Lawford, Jack Weston, Myrna Loy and Charles Boyer. He has a wife, she has a husband. With so much in common, they just have to fall in love.”

20 Years Ago

Passing of the millennium: The White House Millennium Council has named Carson City the state’s only official Millennium Community. It has been named this through Carson’s efforts supporting the national theme, “Honor the Past—Imagine the Future.”

Tuesday

150 Years Ago

Erysipelas: George Bender, 16, son of Major A. S. Bender, resident engineer of the Western Pacific Railroad, received a light scratch on the face. It was pronounced by the physician who was called upon to attend him as erysipelas. He died this morning. (Stockton)

140 Years Ago

Brief mention: The Ladies’ Aid Society will meet at Mrs. Adams’ house to sew and gossip. A full attendance is requested.

The Chinaman tried for selling opium was convicted in the District Court.

Sixty children are now attending the Kindergarten school. A santata [sic] for the Christmas holidays is being rehearsed which gives promise to it being quite a pleasing affair.

130 Years Ago

New Society Fad in Chicago: People of wealth who have no acquaintance with anything else are at their wits end to know how to entertain people at an evening party. They hire bright women to come as guests and pay them to sparkle—one such lady who commanded the highest price was Miss Laura Dainty, who appeared here as an elocutionist and charmed everybody with her wonderful recitations. She is paid $100 a night.

100 Years Ago

Place of Honor: The place of honor, the center of the first page of the art supplement of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, was dedicated to a large picture of Dat-So-La-Lee, Carson’s famous Indian basket weaver. In the background of the picture were arranged a number of the artist’s best baskets.

50 Years Ago

Bull’s-eye landing: Two American astronauts raised their flag and wise-cracked their way through a four-hour exploration of the black, powdery moon surface. Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. and Alan L. Bean landed on the Ocean of Storms and carried man’s quest for the unknown for a second time.

20 Years Ago

Advertisement: “Wallace Theater—Northgate movies, ‘House on Haunted Hill,’ ‘Anywhere But Here,’ ‘Pokeman,’ ‘Light It Up,’ and ‘Music of the Heart.’

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