Old pages from September 24 to 27, 2022

The first Territorial Legislature met on October 1, 1861 at Abraham Curry’s Warm Springs Hotel. Today, the Nevada State Prison occupies the site.

Saturday
150 years ago
A cottage: Our attention is drawn to a small cottage built by Jérôme Thorington of the Sazarac Saloon.
140 years ago
Fall Races: Each year, the city of Reno sends its net across the state and brings Nevadans together for its State Fair.
130 years ago
All kinds: Governor Adams and Burriston made a Mormon trade, Governor gave Burriston 200 head of horses and 100 head of oxen for his brand of cattle while MB throws a sack of carrots (White Pine News).
100 years ago
Frog Gathering: Baseball, marbles, top spinning, and other youthful games gave way to another sport for the Carson boys. Frog picking has taken hold, it is said, and despite fears of warts developing on the hands that held the animals, good catches are reported. A boy managed to collect six of them in a culvert on the Capitol promenade.
70 years ago
Advertisement: “For America’s Best Highway Trips – Go Greyhound… Carson City to Los Angeles – $8.35, Carson City to Sacramento – $3.10, Carson City to San Francisco $5.35 … Irma Olsen, owner. Hotel Page, telephone 203.
30 years ago
The trail gets cold: The Nixon Opera House (named after Senator George Nixon) caught fire after someone poured flammable liquids in several places in the old building and set fire to what may have been a Winnemucca storefront since 1907. The City of Winnemucca and State Cultural Affairs had earmarked money to repair the building, then the arsonist set it on fire.


Sunday
150 years ago
The Catholic Church: Through perseverance, Father Tormey managed to raise enough funds for the Catholic Church in this town to be nicely equipped with pews and related accessories. The Catholic Church, a fine structure, is the kind the town can boast of, and great credit goes to Father Tormey.
140 years ago
Advertisement: “New York’s Original Madison Square Theater Co. presents ‘Hazel Kirk,’ a beautifully acted simple love story in old England…”
130 years ago
All Kinds: When visiting Reno today, watch out for pickpockets.
100 years ago
Morning fire: A fire of unknown origin caused $5,000 in damage to a warehouse owned by EJ Walsh and located near the Virginia and Truckee railroad depot – two small trucks belonging to Heineke Construction and a wood saw belonging to Mr. Walsh among other items that were burned.
70 years ago
Governor’s Super Service: Governor Charles Russell and Budget Director Arthur Suverkrup were driving from Elko to Winnemucca when they came across two ladies trying to change a flat tire following instructions from a book. Suverkrup took care of the jack while Governor Charley used the lug wrench and changed the tire. The ladies thanked and asked if they would ever see these gentlemen again. It was then that Suverkrup introduced the two to Governor Russell of Nevada.
30 years ago
Rental announcement: “Senator apartments, studios $335 per month. Woodside Terrace Apartments, one bedroom apartments up to $330. Horseshoe apartments, 1 bedroom, $340 per month…”

Monday
150 years ago
Washoe Ball: Many people from Carson will attend the Washoe Tribe of Red Men’s Ball, which will be held on October 1st. Passenger trains will run on the Reno division of the V.&T. RR, and everyone can have fun for little money.
140 years ago
‘Wonderful discovery’: Dr. Harkness, from Sacramento, has come to oversee the digging of a tunnel at the state prison quarry where the footprints are on display. He said: “From a scientific point of view, this is a wonderful discovery…People on the Pacific side hardly realize how much excitement has been generated in Europe by the discovery…”
130 years ago
All Kinds: Traffic flags indicate cooler, but fine weather.
100 years ago
Advertisement: “Grand Theatre, a vaudeville comedy-drama, ‘The Girl and the Tramp,’ a riot of amusement – not a moving picture – popular prices. 50, 75 cents and $1 plus tax.
70 years ago
School Driving: Three new 1952 cars were donated to the Nevada Driver Education Program and accepted by Governor Charles Russell. The cars were donated on behalf of Ford Motor Co. by Richardson-Lovelock of Reno. At Carson High School, 52 students are enrolled in driving lessons under the direction of RG Whittemore. They use a surplus station wagon donated to the school by the Rotary Club of Carson.
30 years ago
Photo caption: Dawn Van Sickle and Steve Nelson of Dayton demonstrate some of the traditional skills of the Old West, spinning and metalwork. Old-fashioned dress is part of the Dayton Valley Days celebration.

Tuesday
150 years ago
Threshing: Snow-shoe Thompson has a threshing machine and a large labor force employed to thresh grain in the upper Carson Valley.
140 years ago
In Short: All of the hunting lies in this article are from the easy pen of James Chesley, our croquet and sports editor.
The Reno Gazette’s RL Fulton is ready for a searing newspaper battle.
130 years ago
Birth: Mrs. James D. Torreyson presented a lovely 9 1/2 pound daughter to the Attorney General, and her father is already considering exhibiting her at the Pavilion.
100 years ago
Ex-bums form a club at state university: They were dubbed ‘America’s most unique college secret society’ and are about a dozen men at the University of Nevada who have officially recognized the school as “The Sundowners of the Sagebrush”. The bidding of the organization of monstrous renown is that to be eligible for membership an applicant must present evidence that they have “made their way”, by land or by sea, over at least a thousand thousands.
70 years ago
Dental history: Vivian Sue Seal, granddaughter of Mr and Mrs David Seal, made headlines when she had two teeth extracted by a dental surgeon at the age of three days. She surprised her parents and her doctors when she cut two more teeth to replace the baby’s that had been removed.
30 years ago
Princess Diana: The princess has given up her Mercedes and will be driving one of her family’s rented cars. According to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, “Everyone is affected by the recession”. He further commented: “The Prince and Princess of Wales have no bottomless pit to draw money from, and she is belt-tightening like anyone else.”
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