140 Years Ago
Fight: A green grocer and a rampageous carpenter had the roughest running fight. First they took to business with “the naked heels,” then they got to flinging, pitching bowlders (sic), and attempted to cave each others head with chunks of old red sandstone and masses of tufa. It was the most alarmingly mineralogical fight ever seen. Then one of the belligerents went home and fell down in the cellar popping out directly just in time to dodge a vast monolith of tertiary limestone. We trust there will be no more recourse to the geological formations.
130 Years Ago
Disgrace: The Capitol Building sidewalk is a disgrace to the city as well as a man-trap. The planks are warped and trip the unaware pedestrian. These nuisances can be remedied at a very slight cost.
120 Years Ago
Dayton: A fire occurred in Dayton which destroyed Eugene Pierini’s saloon and residence as well as a cabin and several tons of hay belonging to Andrew Nelson. It also damaged the office of the Lyon County Times. Editor Fairbanks, proprietor, saved the material in the office and received a severely scorched neck in the battle ...
70 Years Ago
Rotarian speaker: Hugh Shamberger, state director of civilian defense, was the highly interesting guest speaker at the French hotel. He spoke of the historical background of the names of the various counties and said that Ormsby County was named after Major Ormsby, a renowned American Indian fighter who was later killed in the Pyramid Lake War. He also said that during the Mormon occupation of the territory, Orson Hyde, a follower of Brigham Young, settled in Franktown to establish a town similar to Salt Lake City but was called back to Utah.
50 Years Ago
Sunny Acres: Carson TV Cable was brought to youngsters at the Nevada State Children’s Home free of charge. Television sets were hooked up in all five cottages.
30 Years Ago
Top twenty singles in the pop music field based on Billboard’s survey: “Jump,” Van Halen; “Somebody’s Watching Me,” Rockwell; “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper; “Footloose,” Kenny Loggins ...
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.