Past Pages for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 | NevadaAppeal.com

Past Pages for Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Trent Dolan

140 years ago

One week from tomorrow, Carson City will be the scene of a tragedy which will be all the worse for being enacted in the face of day in the presence of all who may choose to look upon its enactment.

John Murphy, a convicted murderer, will be, on the same day, taken from the most public building on the most public street of this little city, conveyed through the town to such a place as sheriff shall have chosen, and there hanged by the neck until dead. (Continued on Sunday.)

130 years ago

Senators desert the post of duty. (Continued from Friday.) Both Senators Fair and Jones loiter about San Francisco, possibly attending to their individual concerns, leaving the state unrepresented. The two great questions which affect the people of this state more than all subjects in American politics, and have been more discussed and considered than all others combined are the questions of railway discrimination against our people and the coinage of silver.

100 years ago

Mrs. Margaret Kelly, widow of the late Joe Kelly and one of the best-known women of Carson, where she had lived for many years, dropped dead a little after 12 yesterday at the doors of St. Joseph’s hospital, Reno. It is reported she died of heart failure, superinduced by the excitement of coming home.

70 years ago

The regular meeting of the 20-30 club was held last night at the Travelers Cafe and was presided over by President Keith Gregory. An English film, taken by an English company, was shown by Gilbert Doll.

The film showed “actual” scenes of the fires in England caused by bombing.

50 years ago

Admission of two African-American attorneys to the Nevada bar is “a significant step forward for the cause of equality here,” an official of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said today. The attorneys are Robert L. Reid, law clerk for U.S. Judge Roger Foley Jr., in Las Vegas and Earl W. White Jr., in the legal department of Southwest Gas in Las Vegas.

Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.