150 years ago
A messenger from Queen’s River Station arrived this morning with the intelligence that Lt. Col. McDermit (sic) was killed by Indians on the 7th instant. It appears that the colonel, with a portion of Captain Hill’s infantry command and a detachment of cavalry, had been out on a scouting expedition and were fired upon from a willow thicket, wounding Col. McDermit mortally and two corporals seriously. Col. McDermit lived only four hours. His remains are being brought to Fort Churchill.
130 years ago
The police of Stockton are worked to death keeping the San Joaquin River clear of female bathers. They rush down to the bathers in boats and drive them to shore. When the captain calls for a detail of six men to clear the river of bathers they start out at once, but when the same men are called to go and bring in a lot of old vags, they do not display the same alacrity.
100 years ago
After a hearing before United States Commissioner Welsh at Sacramento Leroy Reed was bound over to await the action of the federal grand jury on a charge of taking Edna Abbott from Hazen, in this state to Sacramento for immoral purposes. Reed is said to be an old offender to white slavery.
70 years ago
A drive against motorists who fail to dim headlights on meeting other cars has been launched by the state police, who express intention of making it tough for all violators of the regulations. The first offense was between Reno and Carson. The offender, even when flashed with red lights as a gentle hint, was fined $25 and taken to Reno.
50 years ago
Now showing at the Carson Theater, Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Sandra Dee and Arthur Kennedy in A Summer Place. Also coming: Genghis Khan with Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Eli Wallach and Omar Sharif.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.