150 Years Ago
Whirlwinds: There were many whirlwinds in Eagle Valley. Anything along their path — sticks, boards and fences — make a frightful rattle. At a distance they resemble intense inverted cones, revolving furiously like a giant top driven by Jupiter.
130 Years Ago
Races: The horse lovers of Genoa are taking their favorite horse, “Lookout,” while the people of Dayton pin their faith on a very fast nag known as “Sadie C.” Washoe County will be there with three awfully fast horses that have been sent up from the Riverside town.
110 Years Ago
Too-low neck: In Norfolk, Va., there is quite a hubbub and some sailors in uniform were refused admittance to a ballroom. It is claimed that the cut is so low in the neck of the uniform that people object to a naval display in the ballroom.
100 Years Ago
Search for draft opponents: A secret search for slackers and anti-conscriptionists has begun. Emma Goldman’s Anti-conscription league is organizing a campaign against registration in seven of the large cities including San Francisco. Federal agents arrested Owen Cattell, Charles Francis Phillips and Eleanor Parker, charged with conspiring to induce men to refuse to register, declaring the nation was being Prussianized.
70 Years Ago
Gyp joints: Attorney Alan Bible plans to meet with members of the U. S. Highway 40 Association to discuss curbing “gyp joints.” The objectionable name of “museums” is used to evade the law. The measure adopted by the last legislative session prohibits the operation of roadside “zoos.” Once a tourist gets inside, a shill tricks the tourist into a game known as Indian chuck-a-luck.
20 Years Ago
Advertisements: “Early bird special, at the SOLID MULDOON — enchiladas, rice and beans, chicken or beef; hamburger with fries — $2.25. 110 W. Telegraph.”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.