Past Pages Jan. 14
For the Nevada Appeal
130 YEARS AGO
Continued from Wednesday: Dan DeQuille’s Coup D’Etat – Mark Twain took a brand from the campfire when Dan yelled “Hold on,” as he rammed something into the mouth of the piece of the Howitzer and remarked, “Turn ‘er loose.” “What in h– did you put in?” asked Mark. “A column of solid nonpareil and a couple of sticks of your Spring poetry … “The poetry did the business, Dan. Get one of your geological articles ready for the next charge.”
120 YEARS AGO
M. E. Spooner’s horses ran away with a sleigh full of young ladies while turning the corner near the Presbyterian church where the runners struck a stump. Horses were caught at the North Ward school house.
70 YEARS AGO
Ormsby County list of jurors for 1940 selected at the meeting of the board of county commissioners: Ralph D. Barrett, Lovell Bath, Harold J. Berger, Duan Bohall.
50 YEARS AGO
Warren Engine Co. had a total of 127 alarms according to fire chief Lester Groth, the hottest year in company history. The Warren Engine Co., oldest volunteer department in the state, has the highest ratings and an impressive fire history ever since formation in June 1863.
20 YEARS AGO
Department of Energy released a small amount of radioactivity into the atmosphere from an underground tunnel. About six millicuries of radioactive gases were released when the Disco Elm test was detonated … located 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.
10 YEARS AGO
The Golden Spike is renovated (old movie theater) … plans were to turn the building into a Victorian/Western theme retail office center with 20,000 square feet of office space.
• Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.