August 29, 2008
by Trent Dolan
130 years ago
A few days since several gentlemen desirous of ascertaining the date of the beginning of the fiscal year of this State, found Governor Bradley sitting on the portico of the Capitol building. They approached and put the question to him. He replied, “Wall, my sons, I can’t ‘zactly say, but believe its ’bout the fifteenth o’ July.”
110 years ago
To be Mustered Out. Yesterday morning Governor Sadler received a telegram from Washington authorizing the mustering out of all troops as soon as convenient and return equipment to the keeping of the State. It will be some time yet before the red tape can be unwound. There was great hilarity in camp when the news came as camp life is regarded as quite monotonous.
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• Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.