140 years ago
Spiritualism — Gerald Massey, an erudite scholar and philosopher, is also a spiritualist. He lectured last night in Virginia. Truth takes on odd garments sometimes. If it were not so, we might give way to our prejudices and shut our eyes to strange phenomena which are brought to light in this progress of thought and experimental research.
130 years ago
Representative Budd, of California, has introduced in Congress the following bill to prohibit and punish the importation of opium: The bill prohibits the import of the drug and use in tinctures such as laudanum. The bill makes violation a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment not more than five years or both.
100 years ago
Carson’s new enterprise, the Capitol Garage and Engineering Company, is ready for business in the new fire-proof garage, opposite the Arlington hotel. The firm guarantees all work performed by competent and expert mechanics.
70 years ago
Boy Scout Troop 33 held its regular court of honor at the library building. Merit badges were awarded to Bill Awbrey for salesmanship, safety and carpentry; Bill Lawrence for farm home and its planning; Dan Hickey for carpentry firemanship, home repairs and pathfinding; A. Lawrence Jr., for safety, first aid to animals and farm home and its planning.
50 years ago
News of the new regulation forcing Nevada homesteaders to install irrigation systems came as a shock to the family of Alvin May and his neighbors. In effect, the new regulation doomed homesteaders hopes to patent their land.
30 years ago
Highlighting this week’s Appeal is the April Fool’s edition of the Nevada Ordeal featuring somewhat humorous stories such as: State Officials Crash by Misquote Renegade. Gov. Richard Bryan and Lt. Gov. Bob Cashell were hospitalized today following a collision in the lobby of the Capitol. Both men heard of a vendor from China had expressed interest in selling rice across from the Ormsby House. Bryan, realizing the potential for economic development, rushed from the office to speak to the vendor. Cashell, hoping for a new Republican voter, did the same.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.