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Past Pages for Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Trent Dolan

140 years ago

The Pioche Public Schools are closed for lack of funds to carry them on. On the subject, the Record of Dec. 1, says: "We certainly hope that the incoming trustees, or some of our leading citizens, will take some measures to put the schools in good working order … good public schools in a town like Pioche are a necessity …"

130 years ago

Opium smoking. The vice spreading in Carson. People who claim to be well-informed on the subject say there are now in Carson over 30 men who are addicted irrevocably to the opium habit. The vice has been slowly spreading here for the past 10 years and now many of the confirmed "fiends" can be noticed on the street. They are fast going to the dogs and don't seem at all bothered by the frightful pace at which they are traveling. (Continued on Thursday.)

100 years ago

A dispatch to the Sacramento Bee from Benicia says state Sen. J.A. Miller of Austin, Nevada, died suddenly here at night as the train on its way to San Francisco passed through this city. He was going to the bay city for medical treatment. The deceased was about 70 years old.

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70 years ago

Long service as an officer in the 10th U.S. Calvary, a famous African-American regiment, gained General John J. Pershing the nickname of "Black Jack."

50 years ago

(Radiogram from 'Uncle Joe'; continued from Tuesday.) Santa Claus met us outside his factory door and he looks just as we expected — fat and jolly, with twinkly blue eyes and white whiskers that whipped around in the wind. He invited us into his factory …

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