Past Pages for Wednesday, March 12, 2014
March 11, 2014
140 Years Ago
Saloons: There are 36 saloons within the city limits of Carson. The town has 3,600 inhabitants … each saloon is supported by 100 persons. Two-thirds of the town are women and children who do not indulge. Let every man seek his happiness in his own way unmolested …
130 Years Ago
Prison composer: A convict at the state prison, Jules M. Lazand, has composed a Mazurka for the piano. He has dedicated it to Mrs. Dorsey, the lady who leads with the organ when the Episcopal choir sings for the prisoners. Mr. Lazard was sent from Winnemucca for stealing watches. He joins the musical exercise playing the violin with great skill and writes music that looks like print. He speaks several languages and is without doubt the most educated man in prison — and maybe the state.
120 Years Ago
The strong man: Sandow, strongest man in the world, passed through Reno. One of the opinions is that a man of such great strength must be large, but he is a man who would not attract more than a passing notice. He had several dumbbells with him that required the full strength of some of Reno's heavy-weights to lift (Journal).
70 Years Ago
Lions Club: Bishop Gorman, Bishop of Nevada, was the guest speaker. Bishop Gorman said St. Patrick was born in 387 and died March 17, 493. He lived during the time the great Roman Empire had reached its peak. He was 16 years of age when he was sold to an Irish chieftain in Northern Ireland …
50 Years Ago
Cassius Clay's brain gets a rematch, and Sonny Liston will have to await the outcome. After Clay reportedly flunked the mental test in a previous Selective Service examination, he will get another chance in Louisville. (Clay later changed his name to Muhammad Ali.)
30 Years Ago
Joy Lynn Peterson and Diane L. Engelhard have been selected as state finalists in the 13th Annual Miss Nevada National Teen Pageant. The winner will received a $1,000 scholarship …
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.