March 8, 2013
130 Years Ago
A tribute to Hank Monk by Charley Goodwin (continued from Thursday): After his episode with Greeley, distinguished men passing over the Sierras, where Monk drove, would plan to ride outside with him and a half dozen words from Monk, spoken with his peculiar drawl showed that when he drove Greeley’s coach over the mountains, there was as big a man outside as there was inside the vehicle. In his prime he would turn a six-horse coach in the street with the team at a full run and the coach would always bring up in exactly in the spot that the careful driver meant to bring it. His eye never deceived him and his estimation of distance was absolute … His driving was such a perfection of art that many an envious whip watching him turned away saying, “He is the luckiest man that ever climbed on top of a box.”
120 Years Ago
New contrivance: In Philadelphia the “belt knob waist” has been invented. It is a knob fastened to a lady’s belt and is for her partner in dancing to hold on to instead of putting his arm around the lady’s waist …
70 Years Ago
Bing Crosby ‘lost his shirt’ to Elko high school. The singer was asked to donate a shirt for auction at the students’ bond concert… Crosby owns a ranch near Elko, and the students counted the incident as just neighborly borrowing.
50 Years Ago
The Leisure Hour Club will hear Centennial Year Plans. Mr. Clyde Anderson will appear before the club. He is executive-secretary of the Nevada Centennial Commission …
30 Years Ago
The Mavericks Lions Club is 10 years old. Lions Merv Flander, Tom Harris and John Doherty are original charter members. A major special project is the creation of a new park for Carson City. The Maverick Lions have the rights to about 39 acres – on East Fifth Street between Edmonds Drive and River Road …
10 Years Ago
Photo caption: Beijing Palace co-owner Dr. Peter Shao talks about the new business he and his wife, Sandy Cai, have opened in South Carson. “Our long-term plan is to introduce real Chinese dishes from time to time,” he said.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.