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by Sue Ballew

130 Years Ago

A fraud: Miss Graham, so-called spiritual medium, held a seance at Piper’s Opera House. Miss Graham was assisted by Mr. Anderson, a slight of hand performer. From the time the curtain rose until its final drop, nothing but deception of the most apparent and diabolical character was presented to an audience of sane people. To cap the climax, Aschiem and another tonsorial artist were quite conspicuous on the stage ” in front and behind the rag cabinet ” and were utilized as spirit forms of various defuncts. Luckily for all concerned that the stores where nice, round, odoriferous eggs are to be obtained were closed.

110 Years Ago

“The coward dies a thousand deaths, the brave man dies but one.” This is the story of three or four men who died on C Street in Virginia City. They were going along the sidewalk, when they saw a teamster about to unload a wagon. On the top of the rather high load was a box which he had taken up in his hands. It was a dynamite cap box. The pedestrians stopped to see what the teamster was going to do with it when he suddenly tossed it off upon the side walks. All the spectators died right there.

70 Years Ago

Governor-elect E. P. Carville promises to do everything possible to promote and advertise Nevada. “I wish to emphasize the need of getting the wealth produced in Nevada ” from mines, livestock, agriculture and other resources ” to be reinvested in the state for even greater wealth.” Carville said he will gain every possible advantage to Nevada from Boulder Dam and its huge powerhouses. “I am going to see that Los Angeles doesn’t get all the benefit from the dam.”

50 Years Ago

Births at Carson-Tahoe Hospital: Mr. and Mrs. Don Catledge of Carson City are parents of a boy, Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Tietje of Minden are parents of a girl, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Laird of Carson City are parents of a girl.

20 Years Ago

Births: To Kimberly Richard and Michael J. Hayes, a son Michael Jonathon Hayes II born at St. Mary’s Hospital.

10 Years Ago

Photo caption: Rosalie Nunez, 13, presents a Good Samaritan Law proposal to a group of faculty, students and local politicians in the school library.

– Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.