Old pages from May 11 to 13, 2022

Photo provided Tallac pier is advertised in this historic undated photo.

Wednesday
150 years ago
Huge Terrapin: LP Frisbie’s steward had the opportunity to look into the six-foot box that the terrapins are in. There were heavy moans, coming from the box, sounding like a very large turtle in distress. He opened the box and saw a monstrous animal lying down and covered in terrapins. The clerk gasped, “Oh Lord, the devil is in the turtle box.”
Passers-by from the early bird class reopened the box and a man crawled out with the turtles stuck to his shoulders, in his pockets, hair and clothes. The man got drunk and kind friends put him in the turtle box.
140 years ago
A Lucky Find: As Robert Logan was removing a bulletin board from the north side of the county building, he found a gold watch. He found it hidden in the wall. He thinks it’s the watch that was there a long time. It is assumed that it had been stolen and placed there by the thief who probably feared capture.
130 years ago
Lockjaw: James Murphy stepped on a nail in the C.&C. mine, and lockjaw was the result. He died in great agony.
100 years ago
Leisure Hour Club: Tonight an article on “Modern China” will be read by Mrs. B. Sauer, and Reverend Bateman will give an article on “Personal Reminiscences of China”.
70 years ago
Annual Children’s Fishing Contest: Ormsby’s youth, numbering 160, caught over 400 trout from county farm ponds. The children were between 6 and 12 years old. The highest family honors went to Governor Russell who had his five children at the fishing pond. They caught 26 fish.
30 years ago
Photo caption: President Kay Bennett and ‘Sheriff’ release Doc Beaudette, who has raised $500 bond, under the watchful eye of ‘Judge’ Dick Murray. The fun-filled action took place in a makeshift 7-seat “jail” at Scolari Market on US Highway 50 East. This was a fundraising project for the Carson City Chapter of the Cancer Society.


Thusday
150 years ago
A Carrier Pigeon: Frank Hall of the Theater Saloon has a pigeon that is a wonder to all who see it. The bird got into the habit of flying every morning to a private house and staying there all day – and going to the saloon only to wash. The pigeon returned to Frank yesterday seemingly overjoyed. Frank noticed something on the bird’s claw, grabbed it, and danced for joy. On the paper in a neat hand, for a pigeon, were these words: “Frank, you are an asshole.”
140 years ago
News from Mark Twain: A gentleman from the East says he met Mark Twain in Connecticut, and that Mark looked very cadaverous. He was bilious and angry, his humor turned to rage, and he was angrier than a turpentine-dosed puppy. His deluxe pleasure culminated in an eruption of pain. (Footnote: In 1881, Mark Twain made a large and unsuccessful investment in the typesetter “Paige”).
130 years ago
All Kinds: Dayton draggers are stayers. As soon as one type of machine fails, they try another. They are currently replacing the dredge’s large pump with another one.
100 years ago
Hiccups: Paul Thompson, veteran make-up artist at the State Printing Office, is confined to his home with worsening stomach aches. Early relief was sought.
70 years ago
Bowers Mansion: Bowers will be open to the public tomorrow for the first time this season. The mansion is being renovated thanks to the efforts of the parties in Reno. The historic mansion built by Eilley Orrum and Sandy Bowers will be open all week during the summer but will be closed on Tuesdays. Ms. Olga Fish is the new curator.


Friday
150 years ago
Dolly Varden Parasols: The Olcovich brothers have a lot of entirely new model parasols. The parasol forms an excellent walking stick, with the canopy part being the center of the cane. It can be used as a sun visor or as an attack and defense weapon. Dolly Varden dresses, wraps, shoes, blankets and box springs are all worth checking out.
140 years ago
Declining opium use: Several months have passed since the Carsonites were called upon to arrest a white man for smoking opium. This is encouraging as it highlights the fact that blowjob slaves are trying to conquer their pernicious appetites. The Chinese keep sniffing the pipe, but since we have so little in common with them, they can keep whistling Gabriel.
130 years ago
Strong enough: Oliver Roberts received a shipment by Wells Fargo from St. Helens. He refused to take it because the smell was so strong that his dogs ran away. He discovered that it was a few pounds of a new type of Limburg cheese sent by Tubercio Parrott. He had to buy clothes pegs to get on his nose while eating the cheese.
100 years ago
Pioneer Day: Thirty-five Nevada Indians are to be sent to the “49 Days” celebration in Sacramento. Ambrose has already secured forty Indians from Carson Valley to make the trip in their native costume. They will live in wigwams during the celebration.
30 years ago
Photo caption: Bureau of Land Management parachutist Dan Arnold of Boise guides his parachute during a stand-up landing in a field east of Bowers Mansion. The public along with approximately 1,068 area students were treated to a display of fire equipment used by firefighting agencies in Northern Nevada and Eastern California. The students also received safety training, including the “stop, drop and roll” technique used to smother a clothing fire. Firefighters are expecting a tense fire season as a sixth year of drought leaves the Nevada countryside and California’s powder keg dry.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.

Calvin W. Soper