120 Years Ago
All sorts: Cleveland was nominated before the St. Louis convention formulated its platform. The wire pullers wanted it this way because they thought it would be a hard matter to make the platform and the nominee jibe with each other.
100 Years Ago
The will of the late Governor John Sparks was filed in Reno by Campbell, Metson and Brown, attorneys. Mrs. John Sparks, widow of the governor asks the court that her son Benton Sparks be appointed to carry out the terms of the will. The estate is valued at $10,000 and consists of land, stock and securities. The heirs are Mrs. Nancy Sparks, Mrs. Maude McKenzie, Benton Sparks, Charles and Leland Sparks.
70 Years Ago
Mrs. Louisa Sweetland, Carson Pioneer, passed away in Oakland. The late Mrs. Sweetland, when a very young child, came across the plains in a covered wagon from the east with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. George W. Chubbuck. Mr. and Mrs. William Sweetland came to Nevada 62 years ago and established their home in Carson City where Mr. Sweetland followed the trade of shoemaker.
50 Years Ago
Photo caption: Automation takes over in the state highway department as the IBM section expands its operations. Shown working new tabulators and card duplicators are Laura Barantingham, Susan Green and Douglas Thompson. Card punchers are at work under the supervision of Mary Baye-Sneddon.
20 Years Ago
Robert F. Kennedy who was assassinated 20 years ago was honored in Los Angeles. He was remembered by Luella Hennessey, a nurse who worked for the family, as "the most thoughtful and considerate of the Kennedy children."
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.