140 Years Ago
Remarkable story: Booth was fatally injured by falling off the train cars, and Bolan rushed up to see him. Bolan is 18 and subject to fits. He looked at the mangled limbs of the unfortunate man and fell fainting to the floor. His hair was black when he fell and in one minute it became as gray as the hair of a man 90 years old ...
130 Years Ago
Dome of the U.S. Capitol: An unknown man performed a feat which chilled the blood of everyone. He ascended to the dome of the Capitol and produced a pair of opera glasses — then mounted the railings and walked around the narrow footing viewing the city and surrounding country. An officer was sent to bring him down and the command was obeyed. The unknown man handed the police officer a card that said “Wainratta, King of Air.”
120 Years Ago
Buzz of the typesetter: The press composing room has been equipped with typesetting machines that the old compositors will learn to use. The workmen will not be familiar with their working, and there will be a great many mmmstakes [sic], We beg the kkind indulgdulggggence of our fffriendz [sic] (Cleveland Press).
70 Years Ago
Briefs: Civilians will get more coffee, chocolate and cocoa in 1944 than in 1943 according to the War Food Administration. Ten thousand new passenger automobiles and 7,500 new bicycles will be available under rationing to civilians in March.
50 Years Ago
Wagon Train: The annual Highway 50 Wagon Train pilgrimage will stop overnight in Carson City for a festive hootenanny celebration ...
30 Years Ago
Sierra Pacific Power Company’s fund to help the needy pay their utility bills is nearly exhausted. It will continue to provide assistance to deserving customers as long as money is donated ...
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.