Past Pages for Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
140 years ago
One Murphy, alias Watson, alias John Doe, alias anything he happens to call himself so as not to be recognized by name as the rogue and sneak-thief that he is, was brought in here by Sheriff Scott of Alpine County, California, yesterday and lodged in jail preparatory to a four-year-term in Point San Quentin. The same behavior got him arrested here last fall, but with no evidence, he was discharged. He went bumming and picking to Markleeville and Silver Mountain and couldn’t keep his fingers off other people’s drawers, and here he goes.
130 years ago
Since the introduction of a dancing school on every block in Carson and the teaching of many newfangled quadrilles, the staid ways of earlier days have passed into oblivion. On St. Valentine’s night at the Opera House in an old-fashioned quadrille, Mr. George Morrison, one of Bancroft’s Nevada historians, interpreted the order of the caller of a “ally mand left,” and attempted an execution, but the lady he seized pulled herself away thinking the historian had mixed something with his lemonade. The caller was warned never to let that happen again, and the dance went on.
100 years ago
Captain Dave, chief of the Paiutes, is in Reno today and reports the death at the reservation of Lee Winnemucca, 90, son of the famous Young Winnemucca, the peace-maker who endeavored to dissuade Old Chief Winnemucca from battling the whites. He was buried with greatest honors Sunday.
70 years ago
In a case of mistaken identity, Harry Cantlion went out to find his car gone. A Yerington businessman, believing it to be his car, with the two parked side by side, drove it to Reno before he realized the horrible mistake. He returned to Carson to return the vehicle.
50 years ago
Reno policemen in plain clothes posing as party-goers helped arrest 22 persons at a party, including 13 accused of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. One undercover agent said he was going out for more ice and returned with police.
30 years ago
More than 125 teachers carrying protest signs picketed school administration offices on West King Street Tuesday.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.