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130 YEARS AGO

Judge Cray's court reels out some wisdom. On hearing a tramp's long story on why he was before the bench, the court leaned over the desk visibly excited: "I don't want any of this trifling. You think because I've been off on a fish to Hope Valley that I'm a sucker easily taken in. The devil sets on the banks of the stream of time and fishes for such yahoos as you. He bates his hook with faro, sunshine and rot-gut whiskey. He yanks but such fish like you by the dozen and after he lands you he leaves you on the bank to rot. In this world, you must head upstream."

110 YEARS AGO

Last evening Sam Rice, one of the pioneers of this city, passed away at 9 o'clock. Mr. Rice had been making his home in Mound House recently and was on a trip to Genoa when he was taken ill. Samuel Rice came to this country in 1853 from Germany and in 1864, settled in Genoa. He was the first man to start a restaurant business in that town and a charter member of the Genoa Masonic Lodge.

80 YEARS AGO

The Carson Opera House, through the efforts of Leale Peters, is being remodeled into a modern show house, equipped with the latest in "talking presentations" of the best films that can be procured.

50 YEARS AGO

At the Carson Theater: "Sink the Bismarck!" with Kenneth More and Dana Wynter. On Wednesday: Sir Alec Guiness in "The Horse's Mouth."

20 YEARS AGO

The Washoe District Board of Health split evenly on a vote that would have exempted two north Lake Tahoe communities from ordinances forbidding wood stoves and fireplaces in new homes.

10 YEARS AGO

When Haleigh Donnelly learned how to administer the Heimlich maneuver, the nine-year-old didn't know she was going to use it a week later to save a life.

• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.

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