150 Years Ago
Notes of a trip to Humboldt by John Wasson, 9-16-1865: I found good and plenty fare at all places except one. That was at the Cottonwood Station on the Carson River. The variety was too great, especially when carelessly mixed. I recommend that travelers avoid this place. Dunn Glen is composed of 50 or more adobe houses, mostly populated by soldiers. It has one quartz mill. Star City is located far up the canyon and is a place of 75 to 100 houses, mostly adobe. Sheriff Prescott says that 25 families reside in Star. The town wears a Sabbath day appearance, without the aid of either church or schools.
130 Years Ago
Ormsby House: Mr. Kaiser is the new landlord of the Ormsby House. He proposes to inaugurate the beginning of the new regime with a big turkey dinner. This famous house has been a landmark in Carson for years. It has had many ups and downs but is now under the management of a practical caterer. It will be run on the European plan.
110 Years Ago
Science and divorces: Prof. Gustave Eisen and Dr. Bruguire of Reno were inspecting the fossil remains and tracks at the State Prison. Prof. Esden said he was astonished that the State did not set the fossil remains apart as a scientific reserve. The doctor was not as interested in science as divorces as he is now having a strenuous time with his wife in the Reno courts.
70 Years Ago
Classified ads: “Spiritualist reading. Reverend Sadie George, Arlington Hotel.”
50 Years Ago
Tuberculosis: The mobile X-ray unit operated by the Nevada State Health Department and the Nevada Tuberculosis Association will provide free chest X-rays for anyone over 21 years of age.
20 Years Ago
New Ormsby House: The Nevada Gaming Commission approved Barry Silverton’s gaming application and so it will be the home to the clatter and ringing of slot machines and bustle of table games. Barry Silverton bought the Ormsby House for $4.5 million from Bank of America.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.