John Meder Collection

Saturday
150 years ago
Upcoming Circus: The Great San Francisco Circus and Roman Hippodrome will perform in Carson City on July 23-24. It is a grandiose, moral, instructive and pleasant exhibition. Matinee at 2:30 p.m., admission $1.00, children under 12, 50 cents.
140 years ago
All Kinds: The circus tent will be erected on the land formerly occupied by the Overland Stage Company on State Prison Road.
A gypsy wagon, resembling a pirate land craft, passed through the streets attracting much attention.
There are now eight patients at the county hospital, all receiving maternal care at the hands of the matron, Mrs Kennedy.
130 years ago
Le Mamie: The steamer Mamie has been repaired and now takes all so eager parties from all parts of the lake. Send your order to Captain JA Todman, Carson City.
100 years ago
Advertisement: “Buy a Ford – spend the difference, $522/$62 FOB Carson City, fully equipped. First payment Balance of $175 in ten monthly installments. Sales, Service, Repair, Carson City Garage, Authorized Ford Dealers, Corner of Sixth and Carson Streets.
70 years ago
Inmates Put On The Show: Nevada’s “Little Olympics” will be performed by an all-inmate cast at the penitentiary. They will imitate the world champions in many sporting fields during the “Arlequinade du Jour de l’Indépendance” of 1952. The prefect AE Bernard announces with regret that there will be no fun starters and that the contest of tunneling is closed. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be available.
30 years ago
Advertisement: “El Charro Avitia – show promotions. Fiesta all day in the living room only. Monday: “Evening of football widows”. Tuesday: “Pina Colada Day”. Wednesday: ‘Tequila Day.’ Thursday: “$1.00 tequila shots”. Friday: “Festive evening”. Located at 4389 South Carson.
Sunday
150 years ago
New Baby: The hands of this office, (the “devil” and sub-local), were the recipients of a bountiful supply of wines and cigars by Louis Morris, who had a daughter born to him. The wine was drunk by the “boys” and long life and happiness were sent to the happy parent and the promised child in many overflowing bumpers. We were so “taken” by the happy effects of the potions that the words of that good old song, “Oh, I would like to get married”, were continually present in our minds.
130 years ago
Advertisement: “JH Cowning, the pioneer, coachbuilder and sign painter of Carson City. Founded in 1860, prices adapted to the times, shop opposite Leete and Leary.
120 years ago
The Indian School: “The Advance”, an article published at the Carson Indian School, indicates that the school year ended with total enrollment reaching 300 while the average was over 230. Interest shown by the students was very satisfying, even the older Indians showed a warmer feeling towards the school.
100 years ago
Carson Tennis Tournament: Fifty players use the public courts, and it is expected that at least thirty will compete in one or more of the events scheduled for the tournament: Misses Stella Colcord, Florence Bray, Anna Maud Stern, Frances Shaughnessy, Anna Louise Shaughnessy, Claire Gifford…Charles Priest, JL Harvey, CE Kitzmeyer, Ned Martin, Vernon Lovell, Alden Hunting, WT Holcomb and CE Barber to name a few.
70 years ago
New Dining Hall at Sunny Acres: The new dining hall, “Redwood Gables”, was officially opened and is fully equipped to prepare and serve meals to over 100 children. The first meal served in the new dining room was a bag lunch. After breakfast in the old dining hall, all of the children and staff started the day’s work by transporting parts and equipment, food and supplies to the new building.
30 years ago
Photo caption: Joleen Feyder washes her quarterorse mare after a training session for the upcoming fair. The new $750 wash stand at the Carson City Fairgrounds was donated by the Capitol City Riders 4-H club.
Monday
150 years ago
Blind Musician: A man was playing the flute in the streets and a woman was picking up spare parts sent as rewards for the notes of dulcet emitted by the instrument. The music spoken was excellent, and the ability exhibited showed a great deal of practice, to play the instrument with as masterful a touch as the blind. They had large crowds of spectators gathered wherever they went.
130 years ago
Doctor: The state employs a doctor to care for the sick at the state prison and the orphans’ home.
120 years ago
Como Resumes: Times are improving in Como and the district of Palmyra, and it is likely that 100 men will be employed before the end of the summer. The Paramore brothers have four feet of rich ore in their claim, and the capitalists who own it own the Como-Eureka mine.
100 years ago
Picnic at Bowers: St. Theresa’s Parish will host a picnic at Bowers Mansion. It has been promised that there will be games, swimming and refreshments.
70 years ago
Highway 50 Wagon Train: Routes riders will travel from Stateline, Lake Tahoe to Placerville taking a week for travel. The first day’s drive will be through Lake Valley, then to Meyers, Echo Portals and Haypress Meadows on Mount Ralston and on to Tamarack…it costs little to accompany the wagon train caravan. Riders can book a ride in boxcars, stagecoach or other transportation for $1 a day. Riders pay no entry fee and can purchase hay for $1 a day.
30 years ago
Lightning Helps Plants: Frequent lightning strikes in Indiana skies this summer may seem terrifying, but they help boost plant growth. “This is not an old wives’ tale,” said David B. Mengel, professor of agronomy at Purdue University. “As lightning passes through the atmosphere, it converts nitrogen into ammonia, and the ammonia is beneficial to plants.”
Tuesday
150 years ago
Nevada State Lottery: EL Blanchard, who runs this lottery, says the folks at Virginia Enterprise have just returned from San Jose, California, and will immediately set fortunes in motion. As this is an originating institution, sanctioned by our legislature, tickets will no doubt sell out very quickly once the program is made available to our people.
130 years ago
Prize fight, lots of bulls: There were feuds between Al Bryant and a Frenchman who worked for Circe. They argued and fought along the train tracks near the Box Factory, then agreed to adjourn at the old Willis ranch corral near the orphans’ house. There were a hundred people present, and the two men were covered in blood. The shout went out that the police were coming and people scattered off the stage – but there were no police for half a mile. Just as the fight resumed, a Holstein bull from the orphan house broke loose and came charging into the bullpen, head down and tail up, charging at the fighters around the ring. The Frenchman had the worst of the fight and the contest went to the bull.
120 years ago
Wheelman: Helmsman Carson, or a number of them, are in training. They expect to break records before the end of the season.
100 years ago
Death: Frances Judnick, former resident of the orphans’ home, was trampled to death by a horse. She came to the orphan home with her sister and brother a few years ago from Virginia City after their father killed their mother and then committed suicide during a time of madness. Frances was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. William Fleming in Fallon. She was leading a horse, was knocked down and kicked to death.
70 years ago
Advertisement: “Carson Theatre, ‘I’ll see you in my dreams.’ The delicious musical story of Gus Kahn, who made America happy, has cheerful and hummable hits, with Doris Day, Danny Thomas, Frank Lovejoy.
30 years ago
Photo caption: Piles of dead fish in Rye Patch Reservoir, north of Lovelock, provide an ominous sight after water from the reservoir was released to irrigate crops. State officials, who said they were not notified of the impending water release, say they doubt the water will even reach the fields due to high infiltration and evaporation. It could be over a decade before the fish population of Rye Patch Reservoir regains its world-class status.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.