140 Years Ago
Chief Natches: (He and Sarah Winnemucca are brother and sister.) The Appeal was shown two letters from Major Powell of the Colorado scientific survey. “Dear Natches, I hope you have succeeded in getting some of the Indian goods you promised to get me … I sent this by the gentleman in charge of the engineers who are coming to your town.” In another communication, Major Powell gives Natches a list: (abbreviated here): 60 arrows with stone arrow heads, 3 quivers, 25 bone fish hooks, 10 strings of bone beads, 25 Indian stone pipes, 5 head dress of feathers, 5 decoy ducks … J. W. Powell, In Colorado River Exploring Expedition.”
130 Years Ago
Lizards: George T. Mills, paymaster of the V & T railroad, has returned from the Owens Lake country. The weather is so hot there that lizards cannot crawl along the ground more than half a dozen yards before they turn over on their backs to cool their feet …
70 Years Ago
Rationing: Housewives have been cautioned to abide strictly by the rules that govern us of sugar for canning fruit. No more than five pounds of each person’s canning allotment of sugar may be used for making jams, jellies and preserves …
50 Years Ago
Guy W. Farmer, former capitol correspondent for the Associated Press, was named to the post of Assistant Executive Secretary to the Nevada Gaming Commission.
30 Years Ago
MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas settled thousands of claims following a 1980 fire that claimed 85 lives. The fire resulted in one of the most complicated court cases in the country’s history.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.