140 Years Ago
Drips: The fluid which Dick Mills is pumping from the Maxim Gas pipes that skirt the sidewalk is gasoline. It needs to be pumped out to give place to gas generated afresh every day. If some fellow happens to drop a half-burnt match into Dick’s odoriferous can, the neighborhood will very probably be put to mourning.
130 Years Ago
Mound salters: Melrose and Shannon attempted to salt the prehistoric mound near the state prison. From the Office Denver Tribune is a letter addressed to Mr. S. P. Davis — Dear Sir: Your letter asking for information relative to some stone hatchets by two Colorado miners was received. Mr. Taman informs me that these two men called at his establishment and purchased six stone hatchets which they said they were going to take to Nevada and make a sensation with. The two frauds are the same fellow who played a trick in Pueblo and made some money out of it (continued on Thursday).
120 Years Ago
Letter from the Columbia Exposition (Part III): One of the pleasant features of a stroll down the Plaisance is a feeling that one can purchase souvenirs of all the foreign booths without violating any principles of that protection to home industry. I always spend my creditor’s money at home in home products, and I purchased a genuine Damascus blade 300-years-old. I knew that the Aurora cutlery works got its whack at my dough. The blackthorn shillelagh from the Blarney Castle with a true Donegal knob on the end came from the same Connecticut forest I played hookey as a child.
70 Years Ago
Hot lunch: The PTA hot lunch program is soliciting donations of home-canned tomatoes. They are urged to donate any amount they can spare. Eight quarts of tomatoes per week will be required for use in stews, soups, spaghetti, Spanish beans. Unless a considerable portion is donated, it will be impossible to maintain the program.
50 Years Ago
Carson pioneer educator Martha Frances Gleason died. Mrs. Gleason served as principal of the local grade school in the old elementary school on Division Street. She began teaching at the age of 17 in Gardnerville. Mrs. Gleason was born in 1874 in Carson City, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Fredericks. She spent her entire life in Nevada.
30 Years Ago
Capitol bomb-blast in Washington D.C. Three hours before the bomb ripped part the Republican Cloakroom, the adjoining Mansfield Room was filled with Nevada politicians. Among the guests were Gov. Richard Bryan, Sens. Paul Laxalt and Chick Hecht, Rep. Harry Reid, former Sen. Howard Cannon and former Rep. Jim Santini. All were safe.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.