130 Years AgoDied: In this city, Jan. 9, 1883, George Roberts, son of James D. Roberts, aged 16 years. (Foreman-Roberts House. He was son of James and Annie Roberts).120 Years AgoA chip off the old block: Harry Mighels (Carson Morning Appeal editor in 1865) who did so much to give Nevada prominence in her palmy days and to encourage her people when hard times came… has long “gone over the range.” It would seem that his genius was hereditary for his son, P. V. Mighels is employed on the San Francisco Chronicle and is developing much of his father’s ability and promises to keep the name alive in a most creditable manner… 70 Years AgoSheriff Harold F. Brooks and hardware merchant George Meyers had ringside seats to a big blast. Meyers (Geo. Meyers Hardware) had in his stock high explosives in six cases. He had gotten it for use at the prison quarry but it was too shattering to be used in getting out rock… The cases were leaking and so Meyers and Brooks removed the explosive from the magazine, transported it to the old Voltaire mine and touched off the 275 pounds of terrific energy. It was the biggest giant cracker of their lives…50 Years AgoMajor revisions to Nevada’s adoption and child welfare laws have been proposed by Investigator Ernest Mitler and include: child welfare adoption to be licensed by the state and regulated by the state Welfare Department and a proposal to make baby-selling a crime… 30 Years AgoScientists checking instruments to see if rumors of Mammoth quivering every two to three minutes may be an ancient volcano rumbling to life. Tremors measuring 5.5 and 5.6 on the Richter scale rocked the high Sierra ski resort… no injuries reported…• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.