150 Years Ago
Veto of Orphan Asylum Bill by Gov. Blasdel (in part). Carson City, March 1st, 1866. To the Hon. Senate of Nevada: I herewith return to your Hon. Body, in which it originated Senate Bill No. 41, entitled “An Act appropriating moneys for the benefit of the Orphan Asylum, conducted by the Sisters of Charity, at Virginia City.” The proper care of those so unfortunate as to be destitute orphans, in any county of this state, is certainly one of the charitable objects contemplated by that section; hence, if the state could constitutionally provide for them, as proposed in this Bill, it should do so in all the counties, not in one alone ...
130 Years Ago
He still lives. Judge Hawley had a Chinese man cooking for him. He did not see how he could possibly get along without his Chinese cook. Well, the cook committed suicide, and now Judge Hawley is eating his three square meals a day and thriving. He is finding it is possible to exist without the Chinese cook.
110 Years Ago
Civil service examination. On March 21 there will be a civil service examination to fill the position of cupeller at the U.S. Mint, the salary $4 per day.
70 Years Ago
Leisure Hour Club. Richard Miller was the principal speaker of the evening. He is the director of the Nevada State Museum. The meeting was held in their recently renovated clubhouse. Mrs. George Gottschalk, music chairman, reported that arrangements are complete for the Reno Men’s chorus concert. Refreshments were served by Mrs. James Foster, Mrs. Emma Benton and Mrs. James Thom.
50 Years Ago
Sutro baths. Once the largest collection of indoor swimming pools in the world, the Sutro Baths, are going to be torn down to put up a housing complex. Swimming stopped years ago in the seven tanks and ice skating stopped recently. Adolph Sutro, a German engineer who made a fortune with a method of draining water from silver mines in the Comstock Lode, built the baths and steam railroad connecting them to downtown San Francisco.
20 Years Ago
Hallucinogenic mushroom. A search continues for the first mushroom growing operation ever discovered in the state. The two mushroom growers face life in prison and have no chance at parole. Deputies discovered 50 pounds of hallucinogenic mushrooms in boxes in the back of the car.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.