Past Pages for September 15 to 17, 2021

Carson City looking north from the top of the Capitol building in 1871.

Carson City looking north from the top of the Capitol building in 1871.

Wednesday
150 Years Ago
The railroad: A gang of thirty men commenced grading near Carson City. There is much heavy work between here and Washoe Valley, over a mile of heavy fill and a tunnel 400-feet long.
130 Years Ago
All sorts: Miss Cherry Bender became frightened at a mouse and fell down, cutting a severe gash under the left eye.
The plum crop this year will be a wonder. Doc Benton’s trees of several varieties have been propped up under every limb to keep the fruit from dragging on the ground.
120 Years Ago
All sorts: All the offices in the capital building were closed out of respect of the death of President McKinley.
100 Years Ago
Moving the plant: The work of pouring concrete from Bowers to Mill Station has been completed by the Heineken Construction company. They expect to move the plant to Lakeview and pour from that point to the finish. The concrete road between Lake view and Reno should be complete by October.
70 Years Ago
Court of honor: Two Carson City youth will be honored at a ceremony, Larry Sullivan and Billy Holcomb. A court of honor will be presented in the auditorium of the new state office building. The governor and other dignitaries will be on hand. Rotary sponsored Troop 33 is the only in the state that has two Eagle Scouts.
20 Years Ago
9-11 Timeline: President Bush asked the nation to find comfort in Scripture as he mourned the death of thousands of Americans. Air traffic around the nation was halted for the first time in history as stunned travelers watched televised pictures of the smoking ruins of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon…
Thursday
150 Years Ago
Grading: A gang of Chinamen are at work at the end of the Carson and Reno division of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. They are grading just beyond the old toll house, near the divide, and three and a half miles from this city.
130 Years Ago
Press the button: The First National Bank is having electric burglar signals in that connect the bank with the Justice Court and the Constables office. In case of an attempted robbery any one in the bank can press the button. It is a fine idea and should be universally adopted among banks. (Gazette)
120 Years Ago
The Governor’s Proclamation: “A terrible bereavement has befallen our people. The President of the United States has been struck down…. “President McKinley crowned a life of largest love for his fellow men, of most earnest love for his fellow men, of most earnest endeavor for their welfare…”
100 Years Ago
Must muzzle dogs: An order was issued in Ely that all dogs must be muzzled. A dog bit a small child and an examination showed the dog had rabies.
70 Years Ago
Nevada drivers rush to get licenses: The state has cracked down on motorists who drive their vehicles without a license. Director John H. Murray estimates that of the 20,000 motorists a month ago who were driving cars without necessary licenses about half have now obtained required permits. Authorities have been doing spot road-blocks in an attempt to cut the 10,000 figure down to a negligible mark.
20 Years Ago
Two black boxes found: Investigators pressed to identify terrorist collaborators who may still be in a position to strike more Americans. The agents located critical ”black boxes” from two of the hijacked planes.
Friday
150 Years Ago
Dr. Ah Kee: Ah Kee, a botanical physician of Confusian descent, is a resident of what is known as Chinatown. He prepares powders to whiten ladies faces. The excellent quality of Ah Kees powders has become known abroad and in distant towns.
130 Years Ago
Advertisement: ”Nevada State Fair 1891 Reno, Nevada — from — September 21 to September 26, Inclusive. $12,000 in purses and premiums! Trotting, Pacing and Running Races. Ladies’ Tournament, Military Parade. Splendid agricultural. Horticultural, Mining and Mechanical Exhibits. For Premium List, Speed Program and other information, address the Secretary at Reno, Nevada. C. H. Stoddard, Secretary. W. H. Gould, President.
120 Years Ago
He never came back: A man by the name of Webb called at Raycrafts’ stable and secured a horse and buggy to drive to the flume. Up to the present time nothing has been heard of the man or the rig. It is believed he went to Reno, disposed of the buggy and went on to California.
100 Years Ago
Pioneer Days: Ab Ambrose has started the movement and has been on the hustle since the plan took shape. He realized that the pioneer, his trappings, the data and materials are fast disappearing. He is asking that all citizens join with him on this occasion and all who have interest in this city and the west are asked to get in line and boost for Pioneer Day. The governor has announced that the 24th of September will be set apart as Pioneer Day. At the Golden Jewelry store a number of prizes of more than passing value are on exhibition. They are to be awarded for decorations and floats…
70 Years Ago
Photo caption: Now for the first — Yankee Mickey Mantle is forced at second in the eighth inning of game with the White Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York.
20 Years Ago
World Trade Center: There are 4,700 missing souls in the World Trade Center, and a gruesome search has yielded no survivors.

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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