Past Pages for Thursday, May 1, 2014
140 years ago
(The hanging of Johnny Stewart, continued from Wednesday.) Our informant, who witnessed the execution, states that his request was compiled with, the bottle holder standing by him and giving him a drink whenever he desired it. Before ascending the scaffold he gave utterance to the following aphorisms being evident under the influence of liquor … (Continued on Friday.)
130 years ago
It is said the wives of all American humorists are invalids. We believe it. All writers have a way of taking home anything that them deem especially funny and reading it to their wives first. Poor things, no wonder they suffer.
100 years ago
An innovation in road building will be put into practice in a few days when arrangements now under consideration. Under the plan two processions will leave in automobiles from Reno and Carson. Each vehicle will have two to three men armed with picks, shovels and sledgehammers. The first auto will stop at the first rough spot and attack the first bad place in the road. The second will move onto the next rough spot …
70 years ago
Accidents took more lives in Nevada during the first months of 1944 than any other single cause, it was reported recently. Heart disease, which always had been the principal killer in the state, dropped to second place this year.
50 years ago
Mack Murdock, well known Reno businessman, died in Hawaii early Saturday. Mr. Murdock’s survivors include his widow Dorothy D. and son Roger Murdock of Carson City.
30 years ago
An anonymous donation will allow Western Nevada Community College to offer computer accounting classes this fall.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.