Past Pages for Thursday, March 20, 2014
140 Years Ago
Narrow escape: A man named Stephen Buddle had a lot of rock being crushed at the Manhattan Mill. At eight o’clock in the evening he started to go from Richards’s cabin, Upper Austin, and the snow was falling thick and fast. He came within 300 feet from the cabin when he found his footing gone and dropped into the water at the bottom of a shaft. There was a board floating on the surface of the water that sustained him and he was able to reach the board to place it across the shaft until he was rescued. His friends found him and by noon he was resting comfortably. He surely made a miraculous escape (Reveille).
130 Years Ago
Abe the Appeal dog: Abe in a state of repose is the mildest dog alive. When spring breaks out, there is nothing to compare with his beastly ferocity. He has superintended over 20 fights. In the dust of the evening a thing that looks like an animated gun-swab crawl comes in the back gate and the domestic, after tuning the hose on him for a few minutes, will exclaim, “Why, this is Abe!” And the animal grins in acknowledgment.
120 Years Ago
Fooled: Three prisoners in the Comstock jail fooled officers that they were suffering with scarlet fever. They had applied croton oil to their persons. They were removed to the county hospital and escaped. The attending physician is a little out of practice.
70 Years Ago
The Nevada flag was presented to Col. W. C. Farnum, commandant of Hickam Field Hawaii, by Cpl. Samuel Mathews of Panaca on behalf of Gov. E. P. Carville. The flag will hang in Hickam Memorial Gymnasium and is dedicated to the men who lost their lives during the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor …
50 Years Ago
Interest: According to State Superintendent of Banks Grant Robinson, state banks may raise rates to 4 percent on savings which are on guaranteed deposit for a year or more and 3 1/2 percent on normal savings accounts …
30 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Luxury Theaters — ‘Never Cry Wolf,’ a true story; ‘Footloose’ — the story of a small town that lost its dreams and a big-city kid who brought them back.”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.