100 years ago in Nevada County: January, 1916 | TheUnion.com

100 years ago in Nevada County: January, 1916

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John R. Hart | The Union

Nevada City district attorney Armstrong announces that he will put a lid on illegal gambling, such as punchboards, prize gifts and lotteries of any kind.

The restoration of the ancient kingdom of Israel will be the plea of American Jews after the present war is over.

Snowstorms all month interspersed with rain and a few unsettled days — entire county tied up.

Snow-filled ditches restrict water — mines closing down.

Portland, Oregon, just having voted itself dry, has 24 hour period without an arrest for drunkenness or disorderly conduct.

Nevada City’s street carnival and fireman’s masked ball was a gala affair New Year’s Eve.

New state law requires horse drawn vehicles to display lights at night — bicyclists too.

James Conaway is the last survivor of the Grass Valley 49er Club. They always met at Main and Mill on New Year’s Day — this year, he was the only one.

Washington feels America will be in the war in the next 12 to 15 months.

“Alaska Bill” Brady and his dog team are in Truckee for the winter fun.

A lone bandit help up a train near San Antonio — got between $10,000 and $15,000.

The Water Committee reports that Grass Valley water isn’t fit for a hog to wallow in — calls it ‘sparkling mud.’

The Army is building a huge aeroplane with six 150 HP engines — will fly 2,000 miles at 75 mph without stopping.

Mrs. Mary Frank, Rough & Ready pioneer, died — came here in 1862.

A ball player who breaks a contract to play on another team has done nothing illegal, claims a UC law professor.

Mrs. R. Puchetti, wounded in a Floriston shooting, is improving.

Death and destruction in Youngstown, Ohio. Militia called out to control steel mill strikers.

D.W. Griffith’s “The Clansman” plays at the Auditorium — a cast of thousands appears in a milestone of movie making — the most costly ever made. It stars Mae Marsh, Lillian Gish and Donald Crisp, among others.

It’s Leap Year — young men must learn how to look coy and say “This is so sudden.”

A miner named Boase ran amuck with a rifle and pistol, shooting up North Church Street but hitting no one — is still being sought.

Due to prohibition in Seattle, several people have died from drinking wood alcohol.

Sixteen American mining engineers are taken from a train in Mexico and executed by Villa’s men.

Nahum Goodwin, brother of Jerry Goodwin, who was killed in a shoot out in 1913, was arrested for passing bad checks — family will cover for him.

Martial law declared at El Paso — city aflame with resentment against Mexicans. Mining men in frenzy for revenge — propose a force of 1,000 be raised for an invasion.

Some say storm is worse than the winter of 1889-90 — old timers disagree.

Wilson won’t invade Mexico to punish bandits.

Thomas Bone is new Grass Valley fire chief — member of Defiance Hose Co.

Fifteen thousand Armenians surrender to Turks — then men massacred while women and children are herded into rivers to drown.

Roofs and awnings are collapsing under weight of snow and roads are blocked — almost nothing moving.

Mexican troops claim they captured and executed the officer responsible for killing the 16 Americans — but no one has seen the body.

The storm is driving wild animals into town. Quail are feeding on grain spread on vacant lots by game warden O’Connor while timber wolves have been seen on Main Street in Nevada City.

In Ophir Hill, Thomas Taylor is killed with a shotgun by Fred Demerteau who then surrenders — reason for killing not known.

William Jennings Bryan is at odds with Wilson, who wishes to prepare for war.

A bullet accidentally discharged from a rifle struck Mrs. Kelly in Grass Valley — it hit a steel corset stay and she was uninjured.

In a speech, T.R. denounces hyphenated Americans — says one cannot be wed to two countries at once, any more than one can be wed to two wives.

The son of Mrs. C.C. Townsend of Grass Valley was in charge of the group of men killed in Mexico — he escaped but it’s not known how.

Wilson minces not his words. In a speech, he illustrates his desire for rapid preparedness.

Frank Farmer and James Smith almost freeze to death coming down from Alleghany in the deep snow.

Senator Clarke of Arkansas feels the Philippines should be given to Japan — notes the good done in Korea since Japan took that country over.

The heads of three hogs were found in the flume near Commercial and Main streets in Nevada City. Was reported to the health officer.

Fifty perish when a San Diego dam goes out.

Ed Granger sells Nevada City’s New York Hotel.

Wilson warns people; prepare — great dangers are at hand — hard to maintain both peace and honor.

Nevada County is the gold leader for 1915 — produced more than other counties.

A bill introduced in New Jersey would fine or imprison any man or woman who hasn’t married by age 30. A lottery is proposed that will pull names of unmarried men and women from separate boxes and require they wed.

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