140 Years Ago
Toll road: Mr. C. W. Lane of the Winston Exchange Chop-House, having business in Virginia, hired a conveyance here, and took his friend Frank Costello for a driver. He went by way of the Devil’s Gate toll road and paid his toll. He got no ticket in return. He passed on through Devil’s Gate without stopping and went on to Gold Hill. He and his companion found themselves under arrest for running the tollgate. The majesty of a sagebrush turnpike must be vindicated. Lane was tried, and they acquitted him.
130 Years Ago
Current music: As soon as the young boys get enough to take a girl to a show, he hooks on to the current music. The last tune that the boys are standing by is, “I’ll Meet Her When the Sun Goes Down.” In Carson there are two thousand boys devoting their energies to that tune ...
120 Years Ago
All sorts: A buffalo burglar inveigled a man by sending him a couple theatre tickets, and then went through his house — at leisure.
70 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Dance for the president’s birthday ball for the benefit of victims of infantile paralysis, Saturday Evening, Jan. 29 at the Carson City Civic Auditorium (now Children’s Museum). Attend this dance and help others to walk — Admission $1.00 — 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.”
50 Years Ago
Births at Carson-Tahoe Hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Peter Laxalt are parents of a boy. Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Millard of Carson City are the parents of a girl.
Gas War: In Reno and Sparks the gas war has sent the price of gasoline down as much as 9 cents a gallon. Major gas stations have dropped the price for regular from 37 cents to 29.9 cents a gallon ...
30 Years Ago
Taste of Wild West: Carson City’s Rendezvous, planned over the Memorial Day weekend, is based on a type of historic caper and features Scout Kit Carson. At the mountains men’s urging, everyone sang the rendezvous song:
“Goin’ down to Carson town as early as the dew,
Off the mountain winter to Kit Carson’s Rendezvous.
Gonna drink and eat and sing,
Laugh and dance and have a fling,
Stomp and shout and raise some hell at Carson’s Rendezvous.”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.