140 years ago
Amenities of St. Valentine’s Day. Have those times forever passed when the most delicate expression of a young man’s admiration for a young lady lay in sending her once a year an expensive and elegant valentine? The paper was unanimously filigreed and embossed. A minimum of picture was enclosed in a minimum of frame. Impossible nymphs were shown reclining beneath unreliable foliage. Preposterous mottoes did duty for poetry. Screens and curtains of embroidered paper revealed, when uplifted, infinitesimal scenes of gold-and-tissue enchantment.
130 years ago
Dust to dust — reinterring Nevada’s unknown dead. The ceremonies over the soldier’s remains from Fort Churchill. The ceremony of reinterring the remains of the soldiers who died in the early Indian wars of Nevada was performed yesterday with appropriate surroundings and an imposing military and civic display. (Continued Tuesday.)
100 years ago
Pursuant to the recess declared last evening the Senate met this morning at 11 o’clock, and an air of absolute serenity pervaded the atmosphere of the Senate chamber. Whether it was the calm that follows a storm or the quiet that sometimes precedes an approaching flurry, only the proceedings of the next few days can tell.
70 years ago
The Rambler by Wes Davis. Lots of people are impatient with the vocal ramblings of others in open meetings, but the satisfaction of getting things, however irrelevant, off our chests tends to greater harmony and more sound progress in a community. And out of these ramblings, a few ideas are born.
60 Years ago
William J. Crowell, formerly Nye County district attorney and Democratic state leader, has moved from Tonopah to Carson City and has opened law offices in the First National Bank Building.
50 years ago
Orson Hyde’s Curse, taken from Myron T. Angel’s Nevada History, 1881. Hyde, and a partner named price built a sawmill in Washoe Valley and purchased several land claims, in 1856. On Nov. 6 of that year Hyde was called back to Salt Lake City. What resulted was property left to Jacob Rose was not paid for and the valley cursed by Hyde saying he would recover the value of the property in the “Chancery of Heaven.”
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.