140 years ago
Sweet music. We were attracted to the saloon of Capt. Meyer on Second Street last night by the sound of sweet music. There we found Hugo Heimerdinger playing an instrument called a Zither, or German table harp, accompanied by an English concertina, played by Dick Mills. When a chorus would be played touching the patriotic German heart, the rich, full voices of a dozen stalwart Teutons joined in, making a fine musical combination.
130 years ago
The other morning, early, the landlord of the Tallac, hearing a noise, went out and found a quartette of tramps playing lawn tennis. They said the game reminded them of the time when they mingled with the elite in Virginia City before the Sierra Nevada break. Out of respect for hard luck, they were allowed to finish the game.
100 years ago
Three posses of armed ranchers are scouring the country stretching to the foothills between Moana and Sparks, grimly searching for an unknown murderer of John Krutzler, companion of Miss Mildred Lyons, the 17-year-old daughter of James S. Lyons. The pair was driving to the Lyons home along the Virginia and Carson road from Reno, when without warning a car pulled up alongside the Lyons’ vehicle, ordered the couple to hold up their hands and then point blank shot Krutzler below the left eye. The posse is searching for a ranch hand, formerly employed by the Lyons.
70 years ago
The divorce capital of the nation will set a new all-time record of actions filed during August. A total of 708 filings were made during the first 28 days of August, just two less than the all-time high of 718 set in July, 1931.
50 years ago
Laxalt, Cannon, Von Tobel, Denton. These four men were picked Monday in a Carson City Press club poll to win respected races in primary elections Sept. 1.
30 years ago
The jack rabbit will make ay for the kings and queens of the fancy as the Nevada State Fair hosts the second annual open ARBA-sanctioned rabbit show. More than 500 rabbits from 20 different breeds will be represented.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.