140 Years Ago
The Dashaway Society: This useful institution, a liberal sort of temperance league, has long been needed in Carson City. It will attract men who would decline to join the Good Templars, but who nevertheless wish to obligate themselves to abandon the habit of indulging in intoxicating drink and who value the strengthening virtues of association in helping themselves toward a needed course of reformation.
130 Years Ago
Nevada’s birthday: When the ‘Battle Born State’ was admitted to the union, our country was having dark times. A war was raging, national credit was very low and greenbacks had depreciated. Then a knock for admission came from Nevada that said, “I will pour my millions into your treasury and furnish the sinews of war.” The request was granted, and Nevada became a state. Her timely aid gave President Lincoln the much needed bullion. Nevada has nineteen years of life and has been able to take care of herself. Sagebrush land has greeted our eyes so long that we like its hue, the Washoe Zephyr has become our lullaby, silver is good enough for us, if we can get enough of it. California observes Admission Day as a holiday; Nevada should do the same (Reveille).
120 Years Ago
Woman’s wit: A woman’s tongue is mightier than the sandbag. A Carson footpad held up a woman, but she argued the point and talked him out of robbing her (Silver State).
70 Years Ago
Admission Day history: Gov. E. P. Carville was the guest speaker at Lions Club at the French Hotel. He sketched briefly the historical resume of Nevada. The first white person to cross this territory was a Franciscan monk named Garcias in 1775. Then came the Gold Rush in 1848 and 1849 and brought many eastern travelers to the west — to Nevada, Genoa and then to the great mining boom in Virginia City ...
50 Years Ago
Robert Wamstad: Carson High School athlete was one of two Nevada youths named to attend the National Youth Conference on Atoms. The conference is to give outstanding students from all over the United States the opportunity to study the advancements made in peacetime for atomic power ...
30 Years Ago
The film “Chemical People” was shown to a crowd of 400 adults along with school children at the Carson City Community Center. It is a part of a national project to strike back at substance abuse among young people.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.