140 years ago
(The hanging of Johnny Stewart, continued form Friday.) “I never knowingly have wronged any man. I love my friends and hate my enemies. I never yet followed up an enemy without overhauling him.” Turning to an acquaintance he handed him a half-consumed paper of tobacco saying: “Give this to Larry Murphy of Genoa and tell him the last person who took a chew from that paper of tobacco was Johnny Stewart.” When the moment for the execution arrived, the trap door was launched into eternity with scarcely a struggle. It was commonly reported Stewart had murdered two men prior to killing Durand. — Virginia Enterprise.
130 years ago
Another dead newspaper. The Herald of Hawthorne has succumbed to the inevitable and passed out existence. From all appearances, it deserved its death. A new paper cannot take business away from an old one without resorting to what is known as “rat” work, a bit cheap on everything. In a matter of course, within a few weeks people forget it ever existed.
100 years ago
I.O.O.F. Celebrates its 95th anniversary. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was fittingly celebrated by Capitol Lodge No. 4 at its hall last evening. Included in the members of the local lodge was John Heindenreich, one of the oldest living members in the United States.
70 years ago
At the Carson Theatre: Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in “Girl Crazy.” Tuesday night only a return showing of “Gunga Din” with Cary Grant, Joan Fontaine, Victor McLaglen and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
50 years ago
Carson City’s residents have been long known for their friendly attitude towards visitors to the capitol. T.W. Bishop Jr. was traveling through Carson City Saturday when he stopped in a phone booth and left behind $139,750 in certified checks, bonds, negotiable checks and money orders. Harry R. Clapham and R. Craig found the money and returned it to the police station immediately.
30 years ago
A surprise move by the Public Works Board immediately after the close of the 1983 Legislative Session has thrown the work program behind schedule and leaving Nevada prisons critically overcrowded.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.