Past Pages Feb. 14
For the Nevada Appeal
130 YEARS AGO
Ollie Steele, watching a game of billiards the other night at the Ormsby House, quite naturally fell asleep. Seeing an opportunity, two men took Steele’s brand new handkerchief and replaced it with a dirty one, pin and all. Later that evening before a looking glass, Steele became enraged and went down to Boskowitz’s and accused the clerk of selling him a second hand scarf. As he was about to climb over counter, Boskowitz, seeing a possibility of an error, gave Steele a new scarf and admonished the clerk to never do it again or he would be fired.
100 YEARS AGO
Early this morning Ralph Pickett was returning home from his saloon when a robber called him to stand and deliver. The robber escaped with nothing as Pickett didn’t have any goods. The fact that Savage and Randall and the Park Hotel have been broken into lately serves to show us that the robber has now taken the highway route. No strangers are in town that the police suspect.
70 YEARS AGO
For years the outcry has been against Nevada’s artifacts being carted away to California. Now Nevada will have it’s own museum, a repository of items that for decades have been stored in basements. The U.S. Government has sold the U.S. Mint building to the state for $5,000.
50 YEARS AGO
The “Boys in Blue,” a musical group from the Nevada State Prison, entertained members of the Lions Club. Warden Jack Fogliani was a special guest to the group.
20 YEARS AGO
There is a growing health hazard to residents of the Carson River in Carson, Lyon and Churchill Counties, Senator Harry Reid was told at a hearing on cleaning up the mercury-infested Carson River.
10 YEARS AGO
In a Nevada Memories column, U. S. Senator Paul Laxalt recounts becoming a full-fledged resident of Carson City in 1926. At that time it was the smallest capital of the United States, with a population of about 1,000.
• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.