150 Years Ago
Burning at state prison: A fire in the southeast part of the state prison building caused total destruction of the inside. During the fire prisoners were all secured and placed under guard. The adjoining Warm Spring Hotel was saved from extended injury while the old Territorial Assembly Hall was entirely destroyed. Lt. Gov. Slingerland, Mr. Mason and their families lost everything.
130 Years Ago
Fortune teller: Professor of Palmestry has been going about examining ladies hands for a dollar a head (we mean hand) and is still boozing around the city.
110 Years Ago
Smallpox: Mrs. J. W. Bradbury on E. Spear Street has developed symptoms of smallpox and is under quarantine. She came from Baker City, Ore., last month and was exposed to it while on the train. Physicians have been watching her case closely and the disease appeared yesterday. All persons involved have been vaccinated.
100 Years Ago
The flag: Days when flag should be displayed — Lincoln’s birthday, Feb. 12; Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22; Inauguration Day (every four years), March 4; Battle of Lexington, April 19; Battle of Manila Day, May 1; Memorial Day, May 30; Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, first Monday in September; Lake Erie Day, Sept. 11; Lake Champlain Day, Sept. 11; Columbus Day, Oct. 12; Battle of Saratoga, Oct. 17; Surrender of Yorktown, Oct. 19.
50 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Majestic Theatre in Reno — ‘Casino Royale 007’ is too much for one James Bond. Starring David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andres.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.