Past Pages for Friday, May 12, 2017
150 Years Ago
Death: The body of Charles G. Chadwick was brought into town and now lies at the Warren Engine House. The body was carried by the snow slide from 200 yards above and remained there for three months buried in the snow.
130 Years Ago
Mark Twain at home in Hartford, Connecticut: Mark Twain (S. L. Clemens) lives a quiet life. At his new $100,000 residence he devotes his time to literary work. His cottage is German and Swiss style of architecture, of red bricks worked into the walls in ornamental design. The living rooms are on the side opposite the roadway, their windows looking out on a pretty little grove, a park river and its meadows. The interior is finished in black walnut and curled maple. A billiard room is on a large veranda, and he has an “artist’s friends” room to entertain …
110 Years Ago
Nevada oil: The discovery of oil shale bearing from 15 to 25 percent of volatile matter near Ely has caused excitement. The oil shale was discovered by Sol Saider and Lilas Branch.
100 Years Ago
Drive to clean up the Silver State: The “no saloon” forces are organizing in every part of Nevada in an effort to close the dram shops of the state. In the elections of 1918 the people of Nevada will vote on the statewide dry policy. The name adopted by the wets, those keeping saloons open, is the “United Nevada Industries.” The saloon men do not propose to be wiped off the map without a struggle.
70 Years Ago
Paper shortage: Jack McCarthy, superintendent of the state printing office, said the size and number of laws passed coupled with the acute shortage of paper has made improvising necessary. As a result 200-250 pages of the advance sheet booklets will be printed on newsprint.
20 Years Ago
Hollywood producer for Nevada governor: Aaron Russo, 54, who produced movies, “The Rose” and “Trading Places,” moved to Nevada. He opposes the nuclear dump at Yucca Mountain and plans to announce that he’s a Republican candidate for governor.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.