Past Pages for Friday, March 14, 2014
140 Years Ago
Escape: Jim Myers, the carrier of the Gold Hill Chronicle, was riding a spirited mare and was through serving his subscribers when the Empire locomotive came down the grade. Jim reined up on an embankment five or six feet high to throw a copy of the paper to Miner, the engineer. The mare commenced bucking violently, sprang high into the air and landed over the embankment onto the track with Jim underneath. The train was just a few feet ahead. Myers jerked his feet out of the stirrups and in a superhuman effort whirled his body over the lower rail and cleared the path of the terrible engine …
130 Years Ago
Magnetic anvil: A Bodie mechanic has invented a magnetic anvil that does away with the use of tongs. A piece of iron can be held in any position. The next appliance wanted will be a magnetic one to hold the disobedient small boy, then the mother can use both hands while wielding the slipper (True Fissure).
120 Years Ago
Go west: The Appeal received a call from the Horace Greely Statue Committee of New York City. They request that 250 men who took H. G.’s advice to “go west” put up $10 each to assist in erecting a statue of Horace …
70 Years Ago
War fund drive: The Carson City Chapter, American Red Cross, was presented with a check of $30 by Mrs. Belle Cross, the local telephone company manager …
50 Years Ago
Top Ten: Best selling record — “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Beatles; “She Loves You,” Beatles; “Dawn (Go Away),” Four Seasons; “Please, Please Me,” Beatles; “Java” Hirt; “Fun, Fun, Fun,” Beach Boys …”
30 Years Ago
IRS: About 1,200 Nevadans will be targets of an Internal Revenue Service effort to track tax evaders. A commercial mail-order list bought by the government will be used to compare households estimated to have incomes in excess of $10,000. A computer will be used to compare those names with tax records …
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.