Past Pages for June 5 – 7, 2019 | NevadaAppeal.com

Past Pages for June 5 – 7, 2019

Trent Dolan
Carson City looking north from the top of the Capitol building in 1871.
Courtesy Nevada State Museum

Wednesday

150 years ago

The Glenbrook House, at Lake Bigler, is to be opened very soon. Mr. Mark Gaige has been engaged as major domo. A better selection could not have been made. It is needless to reintegrate the superior attraction of this elegant watering place.

130 years ago

Washoe Lake is drying up. The dam put in at the north end stops the water from running into the lake and it is fast evaporating.

100 years ago

Greatest Enthusiasm Pervades Convention. Machinery all oiled and plans laid to make new highway one of the most popular in the west.

70 years ago

Sorrow for everything he did wrong in his life was expressed in a letter yesterday by doomed slayer Lazzlo L. Varga, 23-year-old Hungarian, who dies then minutes after dawn tomorrow in the lethal gas chamber of the Nevada state prison.

50 years ago

The Eagle Valley Gophers Antique Bottle Club was formed to preserve antique bottles and other antique items. Bill Rogers, past and incoming president of the club, is a general contractor.

30 years ago

The Carson City Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards were announced Friday with the prestigious “Citizen of the Years” award going to Dr. William King.

Thursday

150 years ago

Birds singing at night. We have noticed lately the singing of wild birds as late as 11 o’clock at night. The notes are of the meadow lark. These are delightful serenades to those who live on the outskirts of town.

130 years ago

The editor of the Appeal left for San Francisco last evening for a few days. He probably went to see what had become of Sam Wright and Senator Stewart, who have been making a prolonged stay.

100 years ago

Writing a Book. It is stated that Lieutenant Harold Willis of the Lafayette Escadrille, who is temporarily making his home in this city, is riding a story of his exploits in the European war and that soon it will be submitted to the publishers.

70 years ago

The question of operating the county airport came up this morning for considerable debate before the board of county commissioners. The result of all the talk was the retention of Brice Wilson, as manager until a permanent replacement can be found.

50 years ago

A dutch psychic has told police where to find the body of a California hunter missing since October, and police believe him, the Tahoe Daily Tribune said in a copyright story Monday. The psychic, Peter Hurkos, was called to aid police in several well-known cases. The Tribune reported that Harks drew a map of the area an indicated where Douglas Grensted’s campsite was without every visiting the area.

30 years ago

Chinese railroad workers were a big part of Nevada history, working and living in communities where the Southern Pacific Railroad passed. Quite often Nevadans would see a gang of elderly Chinese laborers doing ballast work and replacing rails and lines.

Friday

150 years ago

Fire at Empire. A cabin, owned by a German, opposite Statmuller’s store, at empire, was set on fire on Sunday night and completely destroyed. Loss trifling.

130 years ago

Chinese White Caps. Yesterday Frank Lee and young Coombs were in the rear of Doc. Benton’s livery stable looking toward Chinatown when they saw two men from China leading another toward the Joss House. The man forced along was crying, yelling and fighting to get away. The boys thought something wrong and ran to rescue the man. The rescued man said the proposition was to lock him up in the Joss House until night and then cut off his head. Officer Stern caught one of the men who was leading this man to his death. The Chinese said it was the work of the man Num.

100 years ago

Trapper Tells of Desert Experience. “As a result of trapping and hunting in the Utah-Nevada desert for the past 18 months I am enroute to San Francisco with the hides of 375 coyotes, 85 badgers, 275 muskrats and 35 mountain lions,” yesterday said Fred Hinkley, a bronzed young man who is staying at the New Western.

70 years ago

Lethal cyanide gas fumes claimed victim number 19 at the Nevada state prison this morning as Lazzlo Varga, 23-year-old Hungarian refugee paid wit. His life them minutes after dawn for one of the state’s most brutal and shocking murders in the rape-slaying of Mrs. Billiee Rhae Morning, the pretty wife of a Wells, Nevada Presbyterian minister.

50 years ago

Gov. Paul Laxalt, his daughter Sheila Marie among the 210 seniors, will address Carson High School’s graduation exercise Friday at the school gymnasium.

30 years ago

Crunch time has arrived at the Nevada Legislature. Legislators who were smiling and friendly in January now snarl and frown as the pace has multiplied on the floors and meeting rooms of the Senate and Assembly.

Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.