140 years ago
(Continued) He showed a system of steel to the very last and while they were adjusting the noose about his neck, he cried out from the scaffold, “Haloow Sweeney!” to a reporter from the Gold Hill News. The black cap was drawn over the doomed wretch’s head and tied under his neck. With a mournful thud the executed murderer — a prey to humanity and to himself — was hanging in the air with twitching muscles and a broken neck. Owing to a misunderstanding, no doctor could be found in the crowd. There was no one there who could pronounce Murphy dead, dead, dead and he was left there swinging 20 minutes. (Continued on Saturday.)
130 years ago
Samuel S. Buckland, late owner of Buckland’s Ranch, situated two miles East of Fort Churchill on the Carson river, died at the residence of his son George, in Dayton Sunday morning from softening of the brain.
100 years ago
A woman may refuse to tell her age, but sooner or later age will tell.
70 years ago
A dispatch from the Fifth army in Italy states that Sergeant Wallace Yee, cook, helped the preparation of an elaborate Christmas Day dinner for the doughboys in his outfit. Yee is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yee of this city.
60 years ago
Carson City has collected a total of $325.06 the first week from parking meters since they were installed. Fines amounted to $75.
50 years ago
Singer Frank Jr. is scheduled to return Jan. 7 to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, the place where he was kidnapped more than a year ago.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.