140 Years Ago
Wild Steer: After an attempted shoeing, a bull got loose and jumped the Plaza fence. He proceeded to stampede some Indians who were gambling and kicked up a bobbery and continued on to play mischief with our Swiss friend’s ice cream wagon… He even made the excellent and nimble Secretary of State clear a fence with unwonted precipitancy…
130 Years Ago
The new R.R. Uniform: Conductors: light dunn overcoat and double soled boots, to assists tramps off the train; Brakeman: elegant blue uniform edged with gold lace; Sleeping-car porter: black broadcloth and diamonds, frilled shirt and club hanging by side to knock down passengers who object to pay a dollar for having boots blacked; Baggage men: light checked suit and heavy boots for staving in trunk lids.
120 Years Ago
Cigar and umbrella race: Fourth of July games at Pizon Switch — Each rider must lead his own horse to the starting point. Before mounting, the racer must light a cigar and open an umbrella. At the finish, the cigar must be alight and the umbrella open.
70 Years Ago
Honor roll: Addison Millard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Millard was listed on the University of Nevada honor roll… majoring in Arts and Science.
50 Years Ago
Thomas Lee Bean, an 18 year old Reno high school junior was convicted of first-degree murder in the mutilation slaying of Sonja McCaskie, 24, a former British Olympic skier.
30 Years Ago
The cost of renewing a driver’s license has jumped from $7 to $10 and the cost for those 70-years of age and older will rise from $3 to $5.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.