It’s alway nice to start the day, as I did yesterday, with an email wishing me a Happy New Year, on the 8th day of June. I don’t know if seasoned-contributor Bud Holland sent it early for next year or the thing’s been banging around in somebody’s computer for five months plus. But it was pleasant and I’ll now share it. It’s Sunday morning now and I’m in a cantankerous mood so I’ll post Bud’s letter and the postcard without his prior permission while giving attribution to none – that’s just the kind of guy I am. And I hope he will send those pictures he refers to toward the end of his note – maybe by the Pony Express or some carrier that will get them from Tacoma to my home in several days – I’m no spring chicken and these five-month transmittal times are killers! In sincerity, I’m grateful to Bud for this info….
“Happy New Year Karl (aka: Ol Reno Guy!),
First, I have sure enjoyed reading your updates since chancing upon
your site last year. I went back through some of the archives and found
the article on Reno homes with a reference to Tony Pecetti’s home on
Wonder Street. I have attached a scan of a 1942 postcard for ‘Tony’s El
“There are some notes on the back that the ballroom was located on Commercial Row & Chestnut Street [Arlington Avenue] and that Tony was a part-owner of the “El Rancho Drive-In Theater” at the Sparks “Y”. As you can note the appearance of Ina-Ray Hutton was filled in in purple ink and has smeared over time or going through the USPS as it was sent to a Rural Route in Lodi, California.
“Keep up your good work and if it meets with your approval, I will
periodically scan some of my late 1890s and early 1900s photos for you
to view and share if you so desire .. oh, a few of the snapshots I’ll
need help on exact locations.”
R. Bud Holland
Here’s another piece about Tony Pecetti