150 years ago
Local affairs. Wells, Fargo & Co.’s shipment of bullion yesterday amounted to 11 bars, weighing 681 pounds, and valued at $14,248.53. Mint Lot Secured — The Committee of our citizens into whose hands was confided the securing of a perfect title to the U.S. Mint lot, have been successful. Mormons — A party of seven men and 10 women, Mormons, from Salt Lake with eight wagons and forty head of horses and mules, arrived here night before last. They are on their way to the Sandwich Islands.
130 years ago
The hairy man. Oofty Goofty, the hairy man of San Francisco, was for some time in a dime museum, and was finally discovered as a fraud. He thus tells his story to an Examiner reporter: “When I came here, I looked for work, but could not find one.” He went on to explain he found a man on Market Street that wanted to glue hair on his body in return for half the receipts at the door. “He kept me there for weeks and we did a splendid business. When I asked for my money, he said I drank it up in beer.” He stayed in the Hamman baths for six days, which nearly killed him, trying to get the hair off.
100 years ago
Made a big run. An auto party consisting of John Shaughnessy, whose car was used, Dan Sullivan, Ernest Latourette and Frank Pine yesterday made the run around the lake, starting from this city at 6:15 in the morning. Arriving at the Tavern, on the other side of the lake, they went to Truckee and came home by way of Reno, arriving here at 6:15 p.m.
70 years ago
Next Tuesday afternoon the Nevada state flag which flew on the mast of the battleship Nevada when it received mortal wounds and went down in the Pearl Harbor tragedy, will be presented to Gov. E.P. Carville by Capt. H.A. Yeaber, former commanding officer of the battleship.
50 years ago
More than 160 outstanding high school youths form all parts of Nevada at the Stewart Indian School today for the 19th annual Boys State. Among the boys were six from Carson High School: Mark Carter, John Gamble, Mike Bell, Gus Chambers, Leland Hufstutter and Eddie Corda.
30 years ago
A Navy pilot scored a direct hit on a historical ghost town located one mile away from a 34,000-acre bombing range east of Fallon, Navy officials confirmed today. Nobody was near the deserted town of Fairview when the accident occurred. A F-A-18 dropped several 500 pound bombs in the Fairview area.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.