Past pages for Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
140 Years Ago
The Great Balloon sponsored by the New York Daily Graphic: A great crowd visited to witness the departure of the big balloon from New York to Europe. The balloon was inflated with gas. When it was almost filled, it ripped half way round with a great tearing. The volume of gas escaped and nearly suffocated those who stood on the inside … The crowd watching made a rush over the rope in order to tear up the canvas into small pieces for mementoes …
130 Years Ago
Sarah Winnemucca: She is attempting to secure land grants for the Paiutes. She is smart enough to place her people on the same level with the Cherokees, so far as possessions are concerned.
120 Years Ago
Street preacher: At the sermon Sunday evening the street preacher had his sermon. He has a great many friends in Carson and is earnest and eloquent. He and his wife never pass the hat but live by voluntary contributions. He predicts the end of the world in seven years.
70 Years Ago
Birthday: Mrs. Nellie Davis celebrates her 99th birthday. She is a living portrayal of the history of Nevada where she has been a resident for 77 years. In 1866, she came to Carson City as a bride after marrying H. R. Mighels a year after he became owner of the Carson City Daily Appeal. She rode to Carson City on the stagecoach when Hank Monk was the driver. After the death of her editor husband, H. R. Mighels, she managed and edited the Appeal until she married Sam Davis.
50 Years Ago
Gaming license: Gov. Grant Sawyer said his policy on Nevada’s legalized gambling is clear and simple: “keep a clean house or get out.” Frank Sinatra played host to an underworld figure at Sinatra’s Cal-Neva Lodge at Lake Tahoe. The Gaming Board hopes to have Sinatra’s gaming license revoked …
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.
30 Years Ago
New license plates: Nevada may be the first state in the nation with full graphics on a license plate. It will carry two shades of silver-gray in the background in a design depicting mountains, a bighorn sheep and Joshua tree …