140 Years Ago
Butting the snow: O. H. Sperry, engineer of the locomotive Carson, and George W. Fee, conductor on the train of the Columbus, conducted a daring feat. At a point between the ore scales and the American Flat tunnel, snow had drifted on the track to a great depth. The two engineers joined locomotives and rushed the snow bank at a high rate of speed, causing the snow to burst into the air like a volcano. No damage resulted.
130 Years Ago
Typographical vagaries: The Appeal called to the attention of the Times-Review some typographical vagaries. They come in such a shape that the office must be in a constant state of jamboree. The Enterprise says that in some places when the loud winds roar and the snow falls fast, causing blockades, the editors must either cease to publish or resort to brown paper. Major Dennis of the Tuscarora Times Review pulls down his files of exchanges and prints his paper square across them. The major seems to have taken a lesson from the cuckoo bird.
120 Years Ago
Tough shot: Pat Hanifan of Empire was shot in the spine. He was attempting to escape from Officer Burke in Virginia City after he had been arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct. In order that an investigation be made, a charge of assault was placed against Officer Burke ...
70 Years Ago
Turkey: There will be turkey for everybody in Nevada come Thanksgiving and Christmas. There was no forecast on the price ceiling the OPA will put on the festive flow. They are estimated to be worth $7 each.
50 Years Ago
Publisher’s Weekly, best sellers (fiction): “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold,” Le Carre; “The Group,” McCarthy; “The Venetian Affair,” MacInnes; “The Hat on the Bed,” O’Hara; “The Wapshot Scandal,” Cheever.
30 Years Ago
State Farm Mutual will distribute about $3.1 million in dividends to Nevada policyholders in 1984. The dividend will be approximately 16.8 percent of their semi-annual premiums. Nevada is one of 29 states in which State Farm policyholders are sharing $133.6 million.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.