150 Years Ago
All sorts: Winnemucca, the War Chief, was in town on his clay-bank pony and rigged out in a ring-streaked blanket with a plug hat.
130 Years Ago
Ordinance No. 73 (an ordinance to abolish opium smoking): No person or persons shall keep within the limits of Carson City, or become an inmate of, or visit, or contribute to the support of smoking opium. Any person convicted shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $200 or 100 days in prison.
110 Years Ago
Epidemic: Doctors in Reno are discussing the subject of spinal meningitis. In the past 10 days, 10 deaths have occurred in that city that are diagnosed as cerebral spinal meningitis, and the community is becoming somewhat alarmed.
70 Years Ago
Corbett/Fitzsimmons fight: On St. Patrick’s Day 50 years ago the “city was crowded with sports and more people pouring in for the famed battle of the century between heavyweight champion and contender, Bob Fitzsimmons.” The 1897 headline in the Appeal said, “Fitzsimmons in 14 Rounds.”
50 Years Ago
Body of President John F. Kennedy: His body was transferred in secrecy to its permanent resting place at the Arlington National Cemetery. President Johnson joined Kennedy’s widow and other family members in a ceremony at the granite memorial where the slain president will rest.
20 Years Ago
Hale-Bopp: It is the brightest comet in 40 years and a source of calamitous predictions that it would smash into the earth. Hale-Bopp is creating imaginations and paranoia and now is visible to the naked eye. It will grow larger as it approaches.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.