150 Years Ago
Petroleum Lake Oil Co. Citizens have organized for the purpose of procuring oil from Petroleum Lake in Churchill County. On one side of the lake the water is covered with an oily substance that seeps from the porous rock on the shore. A sample was tested, and it was pronounced kerosene. Because of the presence of so much salt, the water is dense and bathers find it impossible to sink below their armpits (Lyon County Sentinel).
130 Years Ago
Camping out (continued from Thursday). “Last night it rained all night, and all hands got mad and wouldn’t put up any tents. We got a glorious soaking ... and was glad to see Mrs. — going about like a wet hen. A wagon broke down and spilled everything out. Provisions are short, and I’m afraid the rest of the crowd will kill me and eat me like they do in the Arctic regions ...”
110 Years Ago
Yerington. Articles of Incorporation will be filed with the Secretary of State for Yerington to have a bank. The capitol stock is $500,000.
70 Years Ago
Training for war. Radio Tokyo said that all Japanese males over 14 in occupied China are being trained “to cope with the enemy’s coastal landing plan.”
50 Years Ago
Photo caption. Pictured are the newly elected officers of the Psi Chapter — Cynthia Wells, Tami Pieretti, Lois Nelson, Sally Mosher, Sandy Rose.
15 Years Ago
Advertisement. “Wallace Theater — ‘Patriot,’ ‘Loser,’ ‘The in Crowd,’ ‘Me, Myself & Irene,’ and ‘Pokemon 2000.’”
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.