150 years ago
Quail. We were out in the hills about five miles from here yesterday, and while riding over a wood-cutter’s road in a little ravine that divides the bluffs west of the Mound House, seared up a hen quail and a dozen or more young ones, quite big enough to scamper away and hide in the sagebrush. These are the first quail we have known in these parts.
130 years ago
Mistakes frequently occur in messages received by telegraph, caused partly by the unreadable writing of the senders and sometimes by the incompetency of the operator. Several days ago a prominent gentleman was thunderstruck when he received a telegram form the ticket agent in Omaha reading thus: “I tickled your wife on the sleeper tonight,” and things looked cloudy for a while. The message should have read: “I ticketed your wife on the sleeper tonight,” Great troubles, like great rivers, often begin with very small sources. — Butte Town Talk.
100 years ago
What a little dynamite would do. The statement made by an eastern exchange that millions of pounds of powder are being used daily in the European struggle and that the end is yet far from sight suggests the thought that if a few sticks of dynamite were intelligently placed the war could be brought to a sudden termination.
70 years ago
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George C. Marshall has promised speedy knockout of the Japanese with the force of firepower and men more overwhelming than those that defeated Germany.
50 years ago
A “Friends of the Library” organization, dedicated to the establishment and operation of an Ormsby County and Carson City library to service the community after the phasing out of the State Library in July 1966, has been launched here.
30 years ago
Republican Attorney General Brian McKay said there’s no way he’d consider challenging Democratic Gov. Dick Bryan if Bryan makes his expected bid for a second 4-year term in 1986.
Trent Dolan is the son of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.