150 Years Ago
All sorts: Episcopal Services, with a sermon by the Rev. Lathrop, at the Methodist Church at 7 1/2 o’clock Friday evening.
Gathering: Senators and Assemblymen, attaches and lobbyists; button-holers and crumb pickers, men with axes to grind and camp followers and hangers on, came flocking into town singly and in squads. Carson landlords and Carson folks are likely to reap from this mishap to the state.
130 Years Ago
Wildcat caught: Phil Mighels trapped a wild cat ... nearly the size of a New Foundland dog and four feet in length. He had been living on thoroughbred Plymouth Rock chickens and was in prime condition.
110 Years Ago
Mark Twain’s biographer: Albert Bigelow Paine is now gathering up early incidents of Mark Twain’s life in Carson City. Twain’s brother was the Territorial Secretary of State and Mark his deputy. Paine will visit the Comstock where he made his reputation as a humorist, then to Aurora where his historic cabin still stands. Joe Goodman can contribute more to Twain’s life than anyone. It was Goodman who recognized the latent spark of genius that everyone overlooked.
70 Years Ago
Ban on liquor sales: Nevada Indians would be permitted to purchase intoxicants the same as other citizens. The bill passed the State Assembly without a dissenting vote.
50 Years Ago
Photo caption: “Christmas in March at Nevada State Children’s Home. Mr. and Mrs. John Aberasturi, superintendent of the Nevada State Children’s Home in Carson City, are interested spectators as O. Richard Norton, curator of the Fleischman Atmospherium-Planetarium explains the intricate workings of a model combustion engine to Sue Zee, a student from the children’s home.
20 Years Ago
Hyman Olcovich House: The historic home may be moving to another location as Cactus Jack’s Casino recently purchased the property. It is now being used as law offices. Future plans look like making a parking lot out of the property. “We are going to do whatever is best for the building,” said Bill Hissam, general manager for Cactus Jacks.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.