Past Pages 6/26 |

Past Pages 6/26

by Trent Dolan

130 years ago

Attempted Stage Robbery: Sunday morning at 2 a.m. As the incoming Bodie stage was ascending a sharp pitch in the road about six miles from this city, near McTarnahan’s bridge, a cry of “stop!” rang out from the upper portion of the rocks which overhang that portion of the road. Thomas Byrne and a passenger sitting on the box both looked and saw faintly outlined above them the form of a man standing upon the highest portion of the rocks. “Send along your team,” said the outside passenger (continued tomorrow).

100 years ago

Past pages of past pages: In cleaning up The Appeal office several bound files of The Daily Appeal have come to light. Some are as old as 1868. From the file of 1869, June 23, we copy the following: the new officers of the mint will take control July 1. Curry Engine Co. advertised its dedication July 3. One hundred woodchoppers were wanted at the Haines ranch. The notice appeared in French and English. “The peace jubilee, heralded as a ‘big thing’ turns out to have been a ‘big sing.'”

70 years ago

In the “Tales of the Pioneers” column in the Inyo Register is the story of the 1871 escape from the Nevada State Prison. One of the convicts came the way of the eastern Sierra to get revenge on Captain Dingman, who had been a guard at the prison. They were “laying for” Dingman when they captured and ruthlessly murdered young Billy Poor, an Aurora mail rider.

50 years ago

At the Sky-Vue Drive In Theatre: You Can’t Run Away From It plus Odongo. At the Carson Theater: Pork Chop Hill and Stalag 17.

20 years ago

The Nevada Department of Wildlife, Carson City Advisory Board and the Ormsby Sportsmen’s Association are planting fish in Ash Canyon Creek.

10 years ago

Large hairy animals mingle with vendors, occasionally snatching a bite of grass or taking a drink from the creek. Meant to protect innocent shoppers, horses patrol the Pony Express Pavilion and surrounding park during summer events like the Carson City Rendezvous, Taste of Downtown and concerts in the pavilion.

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