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100 years ago …

April 1902

Several miners were entombed behind a cave-in in the Reddik mine when timbers gave away. After 24 hours they were freed, unharmed.



Emma Nevada was heartily welcomed upon her arrival at the train station. That evening, audiences listened with rapture to the world-famous singer at her old home.




Fair weather alternated with wet all month, with a warming trend toward the end.

W.H. Rouse’s horse became snowbound at the Wide Awake mine. Rouse rigged up a set of wooden snowshoes for the horse and brought him out.

Two boys tried to derail a train in Missouri. They claimed they got the idea from reading trashy dime novels.

Easter was celebrated by the various churches.

Andrew H. Jones, 7-year-old son of Thomas Jones of Willow Valley, died despite his appendix operation.

John Hart was laid to rest in Grass Valley yesterday, the victim of a mine accident in Idaho.

The Chinese exclusion bill met defeat, but the old measure will be extended.

The annual Narrow Gauge meeting showed passenger traffic was steady but freight tonnage was off. Net profits were $4,692.

Shirtwaists for men are all the rage in the East. Cool to wear.

The local Board of Trade will have literature extolling our area and resources printed up and distributed in the Middle West.

Fred Walling, on trial for battery on a Chinese man, was found not guilty.

W.J. Davis, killed in an Arizona mining accident, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Davis of French Corral, whose home he had left 15 years ago to wander.

Boys cannot resist fishing in the city reservoir. A little shaver fell in recently, and his companions narrowly saved him.

Florence Roberts and her company will perform the play “Zaza” at the auditorium.

Two attorneys passing through Loyalton asked to be fumigated against the newest outbreak of smallpox. The proclivity of the profession to absorb anything in sight being known, they were given a heavy dose of fumigating powder.

Property owners continue to complain about sustaining damage from boys playing with rocks, slingshots and air guns.

Diphtheria cases at St. Patrick’s, mostly confined to the boys’ convent, are doing well under the skilled hands of the sisters.

Little Lena Rowe died at her parent’s home on Dalton Street from brain trouble.

British and Boers continue fighting as peace rumors abound.

The Norris & Rowe Animal Show captured the town yesterday with its big tent and superb animal acts. But Joe Russell was stroking one of the show’s monkeys when the animal placed a good left-hand haymaker on him. Russell is now a strong disbeliever in Darwin.

Mayor Clinch reports the town treasury holds $2,309.

In Nevada City, Emmett Costello was assaulted by two hangers-on of the Norris & Rowe Animal Show. Local lawmen will be keeping an eye on the show’s employees.

The cycle skating rink opened last night. It was funny – for the spectators. Those used to only ice skates had to learn the tricks of the wheels.

A free library in Grass Valley will open within the next six weeks.

An American soldier testified that Filipino prisoners were tortured by being force-fed great quantities of water.

Two men in Glenwood have developed an electrical chicken egg incubator.

In Indian Territory, an old dispute over grazing rights between two ranchers ended in a shootout on horseback that left one man dead and three dying.

Local miner Ben Penhall left for South Africa to seek gold, but was robbed of $9,000 by the Boers and kept captive for three months.

The Locals and the Nevadas will open the baseball season with a game in Glenbrook Park.

The Burlington Railroad confirmed a run of 98 mph in Colorado in March.

The skating rink is no more – lack of attendance.

Manuel Silva of Rough & Ready disappeared. He was last seen following some boys into the forest. The lad is simple-minded.

Eight girls crushed to death when someone yelled “Fire!” in a Philadelphia cigar factory.

W.B. Bourn, acting for a syndicate, secured mining and water rights in North Bloomfield properties.

A deputy sheriff found Manuel Silva staggering along the Auburn Road, tired and hungry.

An unexploded hole blew William Hongell to pieces at the Puscheck’s mine.

A man claiming to be Jesus Christ is in the Truckee jail. He said his mother’s name was “Virgin Mary.”

In Chicago, Mrs. Selma Langan said her husband played in an orchestra, and when not beating a drum, was beating her. The judge, granting the divorce, said she should get a revolver and kill such a brute as her husband proved to be. And if she’s afraid to do it, her male relatives should.

Grass Valley will join with Nevada City for the Fourth.


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