150 years ago
Death of “Old Swipes”: In another column, under the head of “Died,” will be found the name of Marcus Thompson Flemming, familiarly known hereabout as “Old Swipes.” He died at Oliver Cromwell’s ranch, in Pine Nut Valley, on Wednesday. Flemming, a native of Warren County, Pa, was 58 years old at the time of his death.
130 years ago
Leaf by leaf: Yesterday the Chinese washhouse opposite the St. Charles closed its doors forever. No red shirts flopped in the idle wind yesterday, and the scents of no more pro-Chinese socks will fill the air in that neighborhood. “Leaf by leaf the roses fall.”
100 years ago
The new fire whistle just put in at the Warren Engine house was tested this afternoon. To say that it makes some noise of great carrying power would be putting it mildly. It has not the carrying power to be heard in Reno, but it is so strong on noise and the blasts so distinct that it was heard and counted at Dick’s Tavern at Lakeview; by Mrs. McGillis at the poor farm, at the Indian school and at the state prison.
70 years ago
Present plans of Joint Task Force One, in charge of the atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll, call for the first bomb to be dropped on the target ships in the lagoon at 3 p.m., June 30 Carson City time.
50 years ago
Everyone knows it is easy to get married in Nevada, with 24-hour marriage license service and 24-hour wedding chapels. But Keith MacDonald, Ormsby County Commissioner, who is unwed, found he was “married” as the result of a photo appearing in yesterday’s Nevada Appeal. The photo caption identified MacDonald with a dinner companion, Miss Carol Jerome as “Mrs. Keith MacDonald.” “It just ain’t so,” he affirmed.
30 years ago
The ghosts of most of Nevada’s former governors were conjured up Saturday at the Governor’s Mansion during the first reunion of relatives of Nevada’s 25 governors. About 150 relatives of Lewis Bradley, Frank Bell, Denver Dickerson and others just as forgotten turned out for the barbecue and reunion organized by First Lady Bonnie Bryan.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.