February 16, 2013
130 years ago
Captain Avery’s Hole-In-The-Wall is now run by electric wires running from behind the bar all over the place, to the billiard table, card rooms and keno department. The patrons simply press the indicators and think for a time they are in the Palace Hotel. The barkeep is in direct communications with the tiger’s lair and can feel the animals’ pulse without leaving his post of duty.
110 years ago
The guano caves recently discovered in eastern White Pine county have now been thoroughly explored, and found to have 50 to 100 feet of thickness. Borings estimate some 50,000 tons of guano worth $20 to $35 per ton in Los Angeles.
70 years ago
The Ormsby County Salvage Committee is now stressing the collection of hunting knives for use by the boys fighting for their lives in the jungles of the South Pacific. Wanted are blades at least four inches in length. Knives will be on display in the Meyers Hardware window display.
50 years ago
Membership in the Boy Scouts of America in Nevada totals 5,226, with 114 units and 52 Cub Scout packs.
20 years ago
Pet fanciers’ hackles were up Thursday as they protested a bill that would require prison sentences for dog owners whose pets seriously injure people.
10 years ago
District Judge Michael Gibbons gave Douglas County the thumbs down to a slow-growth initiative after a day-long hearing in a packed courtroom. An initiative passed by voters limited building dwelling units to 280 per year.
• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.