Past Pages for Saturday, July 6, 2013 |

Past Pages for Saturday, July 6, 2013

Sue Ballew

140 Years Ago

Virginia City explosion: At 11 o’clock on Sunday the brick building at the corner of B and Taylor streets exploded. General Van Bokkelen was the local agent of several powder companies and had been making a series of experiments with several explosives. He had stored under his bedroom and office six cases of nitroglycerine and about 100 pounds of giant powder … The loss was about $225,000. Many died in the explosion … Major General Jacob L. Van Bokkelen, J. P. Smith hardware dealer; William Davis, young man, clerk and salesman, W. L. Lowe, superintendent of the Silver Hill mine, Mrs. Susan Dean and little daughter Dolly, age eight …

130 Years Ago

Cornelian hot springs: One of the least known resorts is a little retreat about 10 miles from Glenbrook, near Cornelian Bay. A. A. Bailey, son of the landlord of the Grand Central Hotel at Tahoe City, has a commodious hotel two stories high. The shore is of a rocky formation and no hotel on the lake comes near the water’s edge. Attached to the house and free of charge to the boarders are hot baths, the hot water coming directly out of the mountain side …

120 Years Ago

Almost an accident: A man passing Muller’s Barber Shop, put his hands over his eyes and dropped to the sidewalk. After he woke up, it was discovered that he had suddenly seen Muller’s new sign in blue and red and the glare of the color nearly knocked him out …

70 Years Ago

Veronica Lake: The actress became of mother of a three pound baby boy born prematurely. Child and mother are doing as well as can be expected. The blonde star with the peek-a-boo hair-do was taken to the hospital after a studio fall …

50 Years Ago

Gov. Grant Sawyer appointed executive secretary Walter Wilson of the gaming commission and Clark County Juvenile Probation Officer Donal (Mike) O’Callaghan to head two departments. Wilson was appointed director of the Commerce Department and O’Callaghan will direct the Health and Welfare Department …

30 Years Ago

Gov. Richard Bryan announced that Nevada has applied for more than $1 million in federal funds to convert the Stewart Indian School into state offices and college classrooms. The money will be matched with state funds to repair and remodel various buildings.

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