140 years ago
A man named Krigler came in from the Lake yesterday with 700 pounds of frozen trout, some very large and fine. The steadfastness is in having held on to the good old name of Bigler, through the thick and thin of the senseless war for that meaningless gibberish, Tahoe. The reward comes in this poem, which we find a rhyme for Bigler! Oh! God bless us; here we go!
There was a man who came to town
With a wagon from Lake Bigler:
He brought a half a ton of fish —
This man whose name was Krigler.
The fish were trout, all frozen stiff,
And that’s the reason Krigler
Managed to keep them on his cart,
All the way from Bigler.
For if the fish thus brought to town
In a wagon owned by Krigler,
Had been alive they’d wriggled out
And got back to Bigler.
(Copyright secured on the use of Krigler as a rhyme for Bigler.)
130 years ago
An independent speller. The Appeal is glad to know that there is at least one journalist in California who despises the infamous doctrines of Noah Webster, who wrote the driest book on record. The man is Rufus Shoemaker of the Grass Valley Tidings, who says the crowd that sings in a church is a q-u-i-r-e.
100 years ago
A 60-mile-an-hour gale visited McGill several nights ago and blew down a concrete wall of the power house. The debris tangled up the wires and left the town and the mines in darkness. Within two hours the wires were again working.
70 years ago
Indian youths from Nevada have made such excellent records in the United States Marine Corps. The Reno recruiting sub-station has advised the Stewart Indian School that the 17-year-old boys from the school will be given preference when applying for enlistment.
50 years ago
A series of master plans will be unveiled next Tuesday night before the Carson-Ormsby Regional Planning Commission. It will be the first look at a proposed master land use and zoning plan, a community facilities plan outlining proposed locations for high schools and other civic buildings.
30 years ago
The commanding officer and the senior engineering officer on watch the morning of Dec. 7, 1941 recalled the attack on Pearl Harbor at a recent charter meeting of the Carson City Council of the Navy League.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.