150 years ago
The Mint lot. We took a bird’s eye view survey of the Mint lot yesterday. It is a whole square, half fenced in, and entirely the best lot in Carson. Its location is particularly favorable for the purpose for which it is designed; it stands on the summit of a gentle ridge; good water is obtained by sinking only 10 or 12 feet from the surface ... it is altogether the best spot to build a Mint in the whole state of Nevada.
130 years ago
Nobody can help admiring the sublime assurance of our friend Rollin Daggett. He was around the state a few months ago announcing he was going into the Senatorial fight with the wholesale backing of Mackay, Sharon, Jones, Hobart, C.P.R.R., Fair, Cassidy and the personal cheek of Rollin M. Daggett. All this while he had a commission from the Sandwich Islands in his coattail pocket traveling the continent as a naturalized citizen of the Sandwich Islands. The Appeal is opposed to importing candidates from dominions of the Pacific to run as Senatorial candidates in this state.
100 years ago
One of the first deep wells drilled in the west was put down near Huxley, Nev., by the Central Pacific railway in 1881, in search of good water. The boring reached a depth of 2,750 feet, but the water obtained was unsatisfactory. At 1,700 feet, the drill encountered a number of “petrified clams,” and the record states that at 1,900 feet, “redwood timber” was found. — Overland Guidebook, United States Geological Survey
70 years ago
Two local boys, Lt. Addison Millard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Millard, and Lt. Edwin Haines, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Haines, enjoyed a chance meeting at Wassenberg, Germany, in November.
50 years ago
Today, for the first time in State Department history, an employee was honored for 45 years of service. He is G.F. Armstrong, Reno, a District 2 maintenance superintendent, who received a special award from Gov. Grant Sawyer for his record-setting career. His first job was carrying a pick and shovel in 1920 for $5.50 per day.
30 years ago
Without a whimper, mass murderer Carroll Edward Cole drifted quickly into a permanent sleep at 2:10 a.m. today to become the first person in Nevada executed by lethal injection.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.