130 years ago Afraid of the Comet: The foolish intelligence sent over the wires that the comet would destroy this earth in 1883 has already had the effect of consternating a number of superstitious people in this city. One very nervous woman was so prostrated that for a while she felt her life was despaired of.100 years agoThe farmers of Washoe Valley and the Truckee Meadows have met in Reno with the idea of forming a protective association. High rates of interest borrowed and other matters were discussed. The grain sack question is among the problems causing trouble.70 years agoCommuters between their Reno homes and places of employment by the state in Carson City are now able to make the daily trips on the V. & T. Train at the rate of 50 rides for $15. The steam train or motor car will leave Reno every day at 7 a.m. and leave Carson at 5 p.m.50 years agoNevada Day Chairman G.W. “Swede” Russell announced that Nevada’s colors, silver and blue, will be in evidence on Carson’s Main Street along with plastic banners and other colorful decorations, a full two weeks prior to Nevada Day.20 years agoMark Smith, named best non-commercial chili chef at the Great Chili Cook-off III, said quality ingredients are the secret of successful chili.10 years agoCopeland Lumber quietly changes hands to Tum-A-Lum Lumber Company.• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.