150 Years Ago
No sardine. A fish has been caught off Queensland that is seven feet long and six feet in circumference. Its head weighed 80 pounds. Inside his stomach were two broken bottles, a quart pot, preserved milk can, piece of earthenware, a sheep’s head, some mutton and beef bones. The spine of a skate was embedded in its liver.
130 Years Ago
Camping out (continued from Friday). “Have been too mad and disgusted to keep a diary for a week. We are nearly dead with fatigue, quarreling and exposure. We count the people every morning to see if anybody has run away in the night ... I was intending to make up a nice pleasant diary for Harpers to publish, but I guess now I’ll quit the hateful recital and throw the record away when I get home.” (There is no further trace of work in the diary after this. — Ed. Appeal).
110 Years Ago
Jim Butler. The father of Tonopah and a good fellow arrived by way of Placerville. Jim was riding in the rear seat of the stage, and the driver hit a rock. He jolted from the seat, and his head came in contact with the bows that hold the cover on. When asked about Tonopah, Jim sticks to the story that Tonopah is the greatest camp on earth, and the new strikes in several districts have proven the depth and permanency of the field. The load is now certain of great depth meaning prosperity for a quarter of a century in sight.
70 Years Ago
Birth. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Walters announce the birth of a daughter born in Reno. Mrs. Walters is well known for having the contract for mail delivery in Washoe Valley.
50 Years Ago
Aviation. Thirty school children from the sixth grade in the South Tahoe area are engaged in an aviation summer program. They visited the Aviation academy and learned the route day of an aviation student. They saw takeoffs and landings of several types of aircraft.
15 Years Ago
Fuji Park. Outlaw Kart races are taking part at Fuji Park. Racers as young as four-years old will race with a Box Stock, 125cc and the fire-breathing 500cc.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.