Old pages from September 17 to 20, 2022

North E Street near Virginia City Railroad Depot, probably late 19th century.

Saturday
150 years ago
New depot: The wood for the erection of this new building is quickly delivered to the site and many men are at work framing the heavy frames. The iron is all laid on the new road through town and the connection complete and ready for rolling stock.
140 years ago
The Footprints: John Mackay plans to operate the prehistoric mine by paying the cost of operating a gallery on the side of the state prison quarry so that the line of footprints can be stripped and that the soil so rich in archaeological treasures can be more fully explored. He sent a man to estimate the cost.
130 years ago
Burglar: Charles Slingerland exchanged gunfire at Hot Springs. But never touched the burglar. The only way to prevent burglaries is to keep a shotgun handy and shoot anyone seen in the yard at night.
100 years ago
Famous Indian basket maker Dat-So-La-Lee and her husband returned to Carson from Lake Tahoe.
70 years ago
New Music Teacher: AA Saliman, a summer grad from Northwestern University, has taken up the position of Music Teacher at Carson City Schools according to Superintendent Donald Robertson.
30 years ago
Photo caption: Brenda Baxter, children’s librarian at the Carson City Public Library, sings for preschoolers during ‘story time’ at the library. Story time takes place from Tuesday to Friday for children 3 to 5 years old.
Sunday
150 years ago
Moral City: In the evening we are greeted with music from full bands in saloons and dance houses. This expense can only be incurred during peak periods of mining. Thirty or forty saloons, several tigers and their kindred beasts of prey, two dance houses and four or five bands at full blast. Carson must be lively, if not strictly, religiously moral. Carson is universally known as the most moral town this side of the Sierras.
140 years ago
A message from the past (in part):
(Dedicated to those whose manual labor has accomplished so much in the interest of science by the recent archaeological discoveries at the State Prison)
In this abode of crime, where night and day,
Men brood over secret sins and wasted lives…
But the, at last a wonder has been revealed,
A rock-bound volume of unknown age
Was unsealed by a bloody hand of crime,
And science bent down to scan the open page
Who had been hidden in this secret way,
As worlds were born and planets turned gray.
Before the juggernaut or stalked the bear
To give him battle in his cavernous lair.
130 years ago
Married: in Sacramento, California, September, 1892, Fred F. Knobloch and Miss Emma N. Kinney, both of Empire. Miss Kinney is the daughter of William Kinney, a prominent money man and Empire butcher. She married Mr. Knoblock, who runs a rival meat market.
100 years ago
The Carson Social Club dance to celebrate the opening of the new road from Carson to Reno will take place at Armory Hall. The room was thoroughly cleaned and the broken windows were replaced. Reno’s famous Tony’s Orchestra was engaged and several instruments were added to the usual number of musicians. Music by Tony’s Orchestra – Admission: Gentlemen, $1.10; Ladies, free.
70 years ago
Austin Editor: Jock Taylor, editor and publisher of the Reese River Reveille in Austin, the state’s oldest newspaper, was a visitor. Taylor worked on the Call and the Chronicle from 1945 to 1949 and enjoyed seeing old friends again.
30 years ago
Advertisement: “Meadowdale Theaters, Meadowdale Center Mall, Hwy. 395. Now plays Clint Eastwood in ‘Unforgiven’ and Robert Redford in ‘Sneakers’.
Monday
150 years ago
Exchequer Factory: The railway platform contains two battery mortars for L. Chalmers, superintendent of the Exchequer factory in Monitor. This mine belongs to an English company which has spent a lot of money on its development.
140 years ago
In short: The Indians arrive with their pine nuts.
130 years ago
All kinds: Frank Bishop, who sold alcohol to an Indian in Reno, was convicted
to 16 months in prison.
100 years ago
Squirrel Destroys Dodge: While on a hunting trip near Highland Lakes, Henry Cordes of Gardnerville reports that a squirrel stole a piece of his Dodge car’s electrical appliance, and he was forced to walk 40 miles to acquire help. Fearing that someone might steal his automobile, Mr. Cordes pulled a small coin out of the manifold and hid it under a pile of rocks. While Mr. Cordes was hunting, a squirrel burrowed under the rocks and carried the contraption to its underground dwelling. For several hours, as he tried to reach the bottom of the squirrel’s dwelling, without success, Cordes walked on foot to a house in Carson Valley, 45 miles away (Gardnerville Record-Courier).
70 years ago
Advertisement: “Carson Theater—”Tembo” with Howard Hill and another movie, “Wild Animals.” See this for sure.
30 years ago
Buzz: Many complaints have come from local residents about the bloated airplanes at the Reno Air Races. Airport manager Bob Thomas said, “We’re doing everything we can, but we can’t go out there and pick them up,” Thomas plans to escalate complaints from local residents to the office of the Federal Aviation Administration in Reno.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.

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