Past Pages Dec. 14
For the Nevada Appeal
130 YEARS AGO
About half-past 1 this morning a party of masked men forcibly entered the jailer’s room in the court house of Austin and took Richard Jennings, the murderer of Barrett. Jennings was taken out and hanged from the balcony over the front door. On Monday night Jennings shot and killed John A. Barrett in the barroom of the International Hotel. There was not the slightest provocation. Barrett was one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Austin.
100 YEARS AGO
The work of wiring the Capitol building for electric illumination to replace the gas service is a big contract. The rooms are very large and the walls built of stone, which means this is slow work. The old gas pipes were embedded in stone, meaning repair work was almost impossible. If everything goes as planned, the inside will be lighted in a few months.
70 YEARS AGO
A detachment of United States soldiers arrived in Elko this morning and will be stationed here to protect tunnels and bridges of the railroad, reports the Free Press. Precautions are being taken against sabotage at such vulnerable points. Some soldiers are being stationed at the Knights of Pythias Hall, while others are at the Masonic Hall.
50 YEARS AGO
Murdock’s basketball team will meet Reno Laundry in a cage duel tonight in Reno. Manager-coach Roger Murdock also announced Carson City’s annual city league beginning in January.
20 YEARS AGO
Mother Teresa of Calcutta brought her message of love and service to San Francisco, where she praised those who work with impoverished children, the sick and lonely.
10 YEARS AGO
A state panel voted Tuesday for new water quality standards criticized by environmentalists as no help for dying desert Walker Lake.
• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.