140 years ago
A surprise party. The following subpoena was served upon us yesterday: The pleasure of your company is solicited at the residence of Miss Dora Van Sickles to attend a surprise party to be given to Miss Laura Booth, signed Sallie St. Clair and Lillie booth.
130 years ago
The cattle raisers of Nevada are meeting in Winnemucca to form an association for mutual benefit. It is to be hoped that they will frame a code for each other’s protection for cattle brands. There has been many complaints, relative to the rapacity of some cattle men, to brand everything in sight. They should not go about, doubling herds at the expense of neighbors.
100 years ago
Yesterday Sam Davis received two most unexpected shocks. The first was an earthquake and within a half-hour, he picked up the News and found a large fragrant bouquet thrown at him in the shape of a complimentary notice of his work on the “History of Nevada.” If he were running the Appeal at the present time, he would be glad to make public announcement. Since he isn’t, we will do it for him. Sam Davis has outlived all his detractors, and we know the complimentary reference hit him harder than anything previously thrown at him.
70 years ago
Uncle Sam’s weatherman stepped in today to end the age-old arguments of how the weather is changing and how winters of today aren’t nearly as severe as those of pioneer days. Records show the coldest weather ever recorded in Nevada was in 1937 — Jan. 8, 1937 to be exact. On that day the mercury sunk to 50 degrees below zero at San Jacinto in Elko County. Marlette Lake had the greatest snowfall with 31 feet. The greatest annual rainfall was at Lewers Ranch, not far from Carson, with 36.11 inches.
50 years ago
Meet your neighbor. Chester Lee (Ike) Cochran, one of Carson City’s leading businessmen and ardent booster, is highlighted in the Appeal. He likes to refer to himself as “the old man of Carson Street” in the same location for 40 years at Kitzmeyer’s Drug Store.
30 years ago
He really never thought he would be mayor for more than eight years says Mayor Harold Jacobsen. Jacobsen announced recently he would not seek a third term, but may look to a higher office in two years.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.