140 Years Ago
Colorado. A bill admitting Colorado into the union of states was passed by the House of Representatives and will now go to the president. Colorado has been knocking on the doors of Congress for admission for as many as eight years. It was the voice of Sen. Nye that said during the discussion of a bill to admit Colorado that he looked forward to the day when he would march side-by-side with the enfranchised colored man to the ballot box. That prophecy gained the terms of fulfillment when the States of the Union ratified the Fifteenth Amendment (granted African American men the right to vote).
130 Years Ago
Lost man department. The advertisements in this column are published for the benefit of the parties concerned and to whom communications regarding missing men should be addressed. John S. Butler — F. H. Butler, Meigs, Georgia; Albert P. Hiebell — Hamburg Lodge, Hamburg, Iowa; Daniel Musser — A.J. Musser, Ohio; Samuel C. Hamblin — Amos Hamblin, Illinois; Elder Bennett and Mary Penrod — Laura A. White, Illinois.
110 Years Ago
Fire. Gardnerville was visited by a fire that threatened to destroy the entire village. It was discovered about 2:30 in the morning and before the citizens could reach the scene, Valhalla Hall and Saloon was a mass of flames. Larson’s saloon was on fire, but the first property to be destroyed was the telephone office. The men and women formed a bucket brigade and did everything in their power to fight the flames. The papers of the town have advocated for a fire fighting organization and new pipe mains to protect the town, but the action has been deferred. Destroyed — Wilder’s store, post office, Dania Hall, Valhalla Hall, Wells Fargo & Co’s Express office, Helberg’s Jewelry Store, telephone office and Rosenbrock & Stodick’s shoe store.
70 Years Ago
Advertising: “Carson Theater — ‘Strange Wives’ with Roger Pryor, June Clayworth and Ester Ralston — Come and see how they work it out when the families move into the love-nest of these newlyweds. It’s a comedy education for everybody!”
50 Years Ago
Photo caption. The visit of Mark Twain Life Insurance officials to the Comstock was highlighted by the gift of a huge picture of Mark Twain and inscribed with native silver plate. The presentation was made in Virginia City by Mark Twain’s desk in the old Enterprise Press Room where he was once employed as a reporter and later on as an editor ...
15 Years Ago
Gas higher. Carson area has gas that is higher than the national average at $1.63 a gallon. Higher gas prices are from increasing costs of crude oil, blamed in turn on oil production limits set by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.