150 Years Ago
Stampede of Pioneer Coach Stage Horses (continued from Friday): Meanwhile, “Fatty” clung like a Trojan to the pole, head toward the pounding, careening coach. He managed to stick to his uncomfortable position for a mile and a half. Although gouged by the lamp irons, he stuck to the pole under the horses, and the vehicle was stopped. When the horses slackened their speed, the young lady coolly stepped out. She is a brave lassie and resumed her journey toward California. “Fatty” is all right, aside from some pretty ugly bruises. He deserves to be honored for his bravery.
130 Years Ago
Curry mine disaster: The funeral of the victims of the Curry disaster was the most imposing ever witnessed in Virginia City. All business was suspended.
110 Years Ago
Blind soloist: Miss Gussie Mast, the blind soloist, will appear with Miss Piper, the blind pianist, at the opera house. The singer was graceful and as much at ease as if she were not in total darkness. She could enjoy the perfume of the beautiful flowers given to her. She has a high soprano voice, exquisitely pure and sweet.
100 Years Ago
Georgiana Grant dies: Mrs. Grant was a native of Canada and 58 years of age. She lived in Nevada 30 years. Surviving her are her husband, A.D. Grant; three daughters, Mrs. Elspot Ligon, Mrs. Marion Bower and Sadie Grant; two sons, John W. and James Grant. Mrs. Grant was a woman much admired and loved for her many good qualities; her death will come as a blow to her friends.
50 Years Ago
Advertisement: “Silver Spur — The friendly house of action, “Your Best Bet” in Carson City proudly presents, GRAND OPENING SPECIAL, Cactus dining room, free cocktail, served with all dinners, before, after or wine with delicious mahogany charcoal broiled steaks-chops-ribs-lobster dinners. Special summer salads, free cocktail or wine ... Theater Bar Lounge — ‘The Singing Cherokee and the Western All Stars, The Country Gents.’”
20 Years Ago
Top richest people in the world: 1: William Gates, U.S., Microsoft, $36.4 billion; 2: Walton family, U.S., Wal-Mart, $27.6 billion; 3: Warren Buffett, U.S., stock market, $23.2 billion; 4: Lee Shaw Kee, Hong Kong, real estate, $14.7 billion; 5: Oerl Hoffman and Sacher families, Switzerland, pharmaceuticals, $14.3 billion.
Sue Ballew is the daughter of Bill Dolan, who wrote this column for the Nevada Appeal from 1947 until his death in 2006.