150 Years Ago
St. Patrick’s Ball: The ball which is to be given in honor of St. Patrick’s Day (which has jolly memories) will be a handsome affair. Profits are to be devoted to the Fenian cause. Brotherhood’s favorite band has been engaged for the occasion.
130 Years Ago
The prison mule: Discussion is ongoing at the State Prison over the mule which locomotes the dump cart. He has been a fixture at the prison since the place was built. Warden Bell put him down on his inventory as valued at $125. Does a mule improve in value with age? All have taken a look at the mule’s mouth and agree that the molar remnants are no longer reliable guides of the animals’ years ... Bell in placing him on the inventory figured his age and concluded that he was worth a dollar a year.
110 Years Ago
Move to Nevada: The counties of Inyo, Mono and Alpine in California have petitioned the California Legislature to be sent over to Nevada. The counties are remote from San Francisco or Sacramento. People of these counties are all a unit for annexation to Nevada. When such a condition exists, the relief asked for cannot be withheld for long.
70 Years Ago
Pension plan: All employees of the state of Nevada and its subdivisions will be entitled to retirement and pension under the terms of a bill passed in the Senate — without a dissenting vote. All persons coming under the provision of the proposed law and their employer will make certain specified contributions into the pension and retirement fund.
50 Years Ago
Photo caption: Proposed Civic Center — Architect Perry Means’ rendering of the proposed convention and civic center depicts the exterior of the building which would house a 1,200-seat auditorium with additional space for two basketball courts and meeting rooms. The center would cost $511,512 without furnishings.
20 Years Ago
Mummy issue: A decision must be made as to whether the Spirit Cave mummy, unearthed near Fallon, may be returned to the ground, or whether scientists may be able to study it. “Some tribes say the dead should be back in the ground no matter who they were affiliated with,” according to Pat Barker, Bureau of Land Management archaeologist.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.