150 Years Ago
News of the morning. The assassins of President Lincoln have suffered the extreme penalty of the law. Justice is vindicated and the people respond with a solemn, “Amen.”
130 Years Ago
Albert Bierstadt, artist. During a short interview with an Appeal reporter, Bierstadt stated that he was bound for Inyo County for some trail over the Sierra range. He had spent much of his life in the woods and loved to get away in the mountains with his sketching outfit. He has visited Shaw’s Hot Springs and pronounced them superior to any.
110 Years Ago
Excitement at Elko. Professor Mars (an aeronaut) cast a hypnotic spell over companion “Beno” at Elko. He placed him in a grave to remain for several days. A small tube was placed from the bottom of the grave to the top. People were charged 10 cents to look at the man buried alive. All went well and Mars was making 10 cents for each look, making a small fortune. Farmers traveled for miles to see “Beno.” From another tube “Beno” had been drinking whiskey and a person gazing through the tube saw him struggling and gasping for breath. The men dug him out as fast as they could and found he had become drunk and rolled against the tube supplying him with air.
70 Years Ago
Neale E. Fettic. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Fettic of Genoa has arrived at the world’s largest naval training station. Fettic is a veteran of the invasions of Normandy and southern France. He has seen service aboard an LST during his two years in the Navy and wears the American area ribbons and the European-Africa, Middle Eastern bar with two battle stars.
50 Years Ago
Photo caption. Motel “Mac” McGowan received at his Downtowner Motel the first 100,000 Carson City brochures to be distributed through the eleven western states in addition to being available at the ‘Chamber of Commerce’ Caboose. Making the delivery is Fred Raymond, past director of the Chamber of Commerce.
15 Years Ago
Bubbles. Gail Bushey has won the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. It is the nation’s highest honor for teachers. She shook President Clinton’s hand while accepting the award and the $7,500 that goes with it. She will establish a Nevada Teacher Discovery Center at the Children’s Museum with the money, and will be dealing with subjects like bubbles, model rockets and aquatic habitats.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.