150 Years Ago
On official business: The rumor that Col. Cradlebaugh has gone to Salt Lake to join the Mormons is wholly untrue. He has visited that saintly city for the purpose of settling certain matters of business concerning the Nevada troops stationed there.
130 Years Ago
Sulfur and frogs: The State Prison was deluged by rain and thunder. In the morning the officers were astonished to find the ground covered with sulfur, fine as flour and pure yellow. There also were millions of young frogs about half an inch long. It was explained that a water spout scooped up the frogs and sulfur from some lake and deposited it at the prison.
110 Years Ago
Samuel Doten: The former principal of the University High School has been appointed by President Stubbs of the Nevada University as head of the department of entomology. This will established a new course in the college.
70 Years Ago
“Carson Theater — ‘Smoky’ with Fred MacMurray, Anne Baxter and Burl Ives, in beautiful Technicolor, same kind of picture as ‘My Friend Flicka’ and ‘Thunderhead.’ Pete Smith Specialty and News.”
50 Years Ago
Maniac murder: Richard Speck murdered eight student nurses who were strangled and knifed to death in their dormitory.
20 Years Ago
Bargain: People were waiting in lawn chairs reading newspapers and novels to wile away the time to take advantage of a $25 one-way ticket on Southwest Airlines ... a promotion on Southwest’s 25th anniversary.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.