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Brad Prowse: 100 years ago in Nevada County — March 1915

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The Vitagraph Players are filming a movie, The Chalice of Courage, at Jones Bar, starring Miss Aileen Allen. The actress was in the freezing water for several hours. At one point, the Downieville stage was filmed crossing the bridge as part of the movie.

The Union celebrates 20 years as a morning paper.

Britain and France ban all trade between Germany and the outside world.



Rain starts in the 2nd and again on the 9th. Then unsettled or fair until more rain at month’s end.

One-eyed Bill Larson, a self-styled cowboy, ‘borrowed’ a horse from his employer, John Ryan, traded that for a second horse and was last seen high-tailing it through North San Juan.

Germans in a fury — determined to break Russian lines at any costs.




Frank Fischer, who pled guilty to an attempted holdup at Truckee, gets probation.

Mary Pickford — America’s sweetheart — will be filming around the snow country. She’ll return in summer to complete the film.

George Bennett dies in Grass Valley from gangrene.

Brigadier General Scott, Army Chief of Staff, goes to Utah to treat with Paiute Indians there.

There’s a moonlight skate at the Armory tomorrow night.

Brunswick mine reports it took in $343,869 last year with $94,000 paid out as dividends.

There are 419 olive trees in the county.

A double-reel electric hoist will be installed at the Providence mine.

Miss Francis Doom, a teacher here for 42 years, was honored at the Elks Club – she has no plans to retire.

A U-Bet’s Goodwin mines, 50 ore carts are secretly robbed at night.

Three steamers are sent to the bottom by German submarines.

The much-heralded ‘twilight sleep’ anesthetic will be used at Jones Hospital — a patient can be awake during an operation but feel no pain.

An American Legion of 250,000 men to act as a reserve army is being formed. Col. Roosevelt is ready to join as are his four sons.

Boys destroying street lamps will face arrest if they don’t stop.

Ambrose Bierce, noted American short story writer who disappeared in Mexico in 1913, is reported to be in England, assisting in drilling Lord Kitchener’s new army.

Nevada City will have a new movie house, probably on Commercial Street.

The U.S. ship William P. Frye is sunk by Germans — Wilson sends a note of protest.

The Larue home at Race and Auburn streets burned down.

Highway robbery will be subject to the death penalty if a bill in Sacramento passes.

A Carnegie library will be erected on Mill Street — $15,000 already appropriated.

Col. Cook, Lincoln’s bodyguard, dies in Washington. He was off duty the night the president was slain.

Cattleman Jess Sanford of Pleasant Ridge weds Nettie Calvin of Dutch Flat.

Noted aviator Lincoln Beachey, exhibiting before crowds in Oakland, crashed his new monoplane in the mudflats. He died of drowning, not the crash. He was considered the most skillful of American aviators.

A 20 stamp mill at the Plumbago mine burned — $20,000 loss.

George Sneath and Ray Donaldson — charged with an offense against a small girl. $2,500 bail.

A compulsory education bill in Sacramento will allow for homeschooling.

The Fuhr family will be planting fruit trees on Banner Mountain.

Two skeletons, one of an immense man, the other a smaller woman, were found in a cavern in Pennsylvania — geologists feel they belong to a prehistoric race.

The Nevada City Band scored a success in the first of a number of concerts — this one given from the balcony of the National Hotel.

Allied fleet loses three battleships in the Dardanelles — two British, one French.

One-eyed Bill Larson, a self-styled cowboy, ‘borrowed’ a horse from his employer, John Ryan, traded that for a second horse and was last seen high-tailing it through North San Juan.

General Scott returns from Utah — has made peace with Paiutes.

John Tin Loy is clearing 12 acres near the trolley line — plans to put in pears and a garden.

In Atlanta, detectives Dan Lehon says that Leo Frank, convicted of killing Mary Phagan, is innocent — Jim Conley, a janitor, is the more likely suspect. Says Frank was convicted as a peace offering to the public, already upset by a string of murders without arrests.

A man said to be Death Valley Scotty is prospecting on the Yuba River.

Sheriff Martin has a fortune in jail — Joe Fortune who got 120 days for assaulting Nightwatchman Titus in Truckee.

An Indian ‘arsenal’ has been discovered on the Nevada Road by the Gordon ranch — 60 arrowheads found so far.

America suffers its first submarine deaths as boat F-4 sinks near Honolulu harbor with 21 men aboard.

Daniel Hinckley, who built the first stamp mill in Grass Valley and is the last of the San Francisco vigilantes, died in Oakland.

George Lay returns from San Francisco with a new Studebaker delivery truck for Alpha hardware.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has brought his famous detective, Sherlock Holmes, back in a new book, The Valley of Fear.

Miner Richard Scadden, 62, passes away.

Robert Lincoln, son of the late president and an attorney for the Pullman Company, will talk with a Federal Commission about the conditions thousands of negro porters work under.

J.O. Lunger, manager of Sumpter’s Cafe in Grass Valley, lost a brother, Archie Lunger, on the submarine F-4.


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