140 years ago
Chickens stolen. On Saturday night, some thief or thieves instigated by the meanest little member of the Devil family invaded Mrs. Abraham Curry’s hennery and confiscated five of her eight hens. Also missing is a pitchfork. The near approach of the Chinese New Year and the nature of the larceny excites the suspicion that the thief was a Mongol.
130 years ago
Letters to the editor: A Critical Young Lady. Ed. Appeal — I am not surprised that you give so much space to a communication against waltzing. I have attended a good many balls in my life and I must say that I never saw a man cut such an awkward figure in a waltz as yourself. I’ll bet you won’t print this. Signed, young lady. (When young ladies write such critical communications we shall expect them to print their ages as a guarantee of good faith. As the writer has not waltzed in 20 years, the author must be anything but young.)
100 years ago
Indian Mike Holbrook, who killed a mountain lion near Carter’s Station last week, brought the hide into town and put it on display. The lion was a large one, measuring nine and a half feet. — Record Courier.
70 years ago
The Nevada area council of the Boy Scouts of America became administrative heads of the state of Nevada today. All meeting in the offices of Gov. E.P. Carville, the scout appointees participated in the flag ceremony and heard short speeches by officials. Following the ceremony, Gov. Carville presented each Scout with a signed decree stating he had held a state position on that day.
50 years ago
A fire broke, which at the former White House Hotel on Fall Street Friday brought five fire engines from Warren Engine Company #1. It took firefighters over an hour to extinguish flames. The building was used by the state to store records.
30 years ago
Carson City native Harry Mighels said he can remember 17 governors and has heard so many political promises, “Nevada ought to be the greatest Shagri-La in the world.” Mighels reminisced before 1,900 retired state employees about the days of 25-cent chicken dinners, unpaved streets, horses and buggies and the V&T Railroad. “You folks today don’t now what a chuckhole is,” remarked Mighels. At that time, Carson City had a population of 2,200 and supported 16 saloons.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.