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Past Pages 6-23

by Trent Dolan
For The Nevada Appeal

130 years ago

A Growl: We yesterday heard a loud growl from a San Francisco gentleman, who was charged fifty cents for riding in the omnibus from the depot to Ormsby House. The charge was really exorbitant; under these circumstances it is not at all surprising that people from abroad are afraid to come here.

100 years ago

The wax figure of John Ericsson, inventor of the cheese box monitor, used a large block of wood as a pillow to rest his tired head after spending days and nights in his study. An identical block is kept as a historic relic in the “John Ericsson” room in the Swedish building at the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. So amazing is the likeness of this wax figure, that the visitor stops in reverence before going nearer.

70 years ago

The Good Old Summertime is here and has a special significance because the nation is on the road to economic recovery. It is a good old summertime when the building industry gets its first substantial taste of business in a year and when money starts to flow again.

50 years ago

The Carson City police department had a quiet accident weekend with no crashes listed, but were quite busy on the other side of the ledger. Topping the list was a kidnapping complaint, a threatening bodily harm complaint, and a recovered stolen car report.

20 years ago

The deadline for making reservations for the Bill Dolan retirement “roast” is coming up. Reservations can be made with Georgie Ruff at the Nevada Appeal for the event Friday at the Nugget Convention Center.

10 years ago

In the wake of Nevada’s early-day mining booms, saloons and brothels were the first commercial institutions to be set up and barbershops were not far behind. Barbering required no real capitol, just scissors, a set of razors, a stack of towels, a chair and a rental on a shop. At the barbershop a man could catch up on news, local gossip and all the information necessary for his social contacts during the day (“This was Nevada” by Phillip Earl).

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