150 Years Ago
Murder in Virginia City: The Supreme Court decision regarding John Millian, a French transient and jewel thief, held for the murder of Julia Bulette in Virginia City, has not yet been made public.
130 Years Ago
A crooks retreat: Cal Knapp purchased the old City Hotel for $10 and pulled it down to sell the lumber. In the attic of the building, he stumbled across a lot of queer things left by passing strangers as security for board. There were trunks, valises, saddles, old harnesses, boxes and bundles. The most peculiar discovery was a kit of counterfeiter’s tools and a quantity of bogus half dollars. The counterfeiting was done in the attic — discontinued by the manufacturers long ago.
110 Years Ago
Getting busy: Reno City Council revoked the licenses of two saloons doing business in the red light district. They are going after the dives flat footed and intend to rid the city of a number of dead-falls which are doing business under saloon licenses.
100 Years Ago
Holiday dinners and conservation (World War I): The approaching holidays are a test of loyalty on the part of Americans. “Hooverized” menus have been prepared to do justice to the occasion and conserve food needed for the war: For example — cream of celery soup, cheese straws, roast turkey with cranberry sauce, olives, mashed potatoes, creamed cauliflower, graham bread and butter, mince pie with cheese, or ice cream and cake. The following rules apply — Use no meat in making of the soup, use brown sugar for the cranberry sauce, and use oyster or chestnut stuffing to save bread. The English recipe for mincemeat should be used as it contains no meat and plum pudding is to be made without eggs.
70 Years Ago
Virginia and Truckee: “Grandpappy Refuses to Die,” by Thomas E. Stimson, Jr., is a well illustrated article about Carson City’s historic railroad that appears in the November issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.
20 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Wallace Theaters, Northgate Movies 10 — “Mortal Kombat 2,” “Alien 4,” “Anastasia,” “Flubber,” and “The Rainmaker.”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.