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Nevada County celebrated its 100th birthday in May 1951. Today’s Timeline contains questions pertaining to events occurring in either 1851 or 1951. The first question is a freebie, a bonus to help you warm up for the main event.

A. A centurion is one who is 100 years old. True or false?

1. Which of the following notable residents died in the year 1951? (a) Aaron A. Sargent, (b) William Morris Stewart or (c) Lyman Gilmore.

2. Nevada County was formed from portions of: (a) Yuba County, (b) Placer County or (c) El Dorado County.

3. In 1951, California’s legislature, meeting in: (a) Monterey, (b) San Jose or (c) Benicia, approved formation of Nevada County.

4. In May 1851, an election was held to establish a Nevada County government and elect officers. Approximately how many votes were cast in that election? (a) 4,500, (b) 3,700 or (c) 2,000.

5. Nevada City’s first theater was Dramatic Hall, where in June 1851, a dramatic troupe headed by a Dr. Robinson performed to packed houses for several weeks. The hall was located at: (a) Pine and Broad streets, (b) Main and Commercial streets, or (c) Commercial and Broad streets.


u by Bob Wyckoff

A. (Bonus) False. A centurion was an officer commanding a Roman century, which was a subdivision of the Roman legion containing 100 men. A centenarian is one who is 100 years or older.

1. (c) Inventor Lyman Gilmore died in the Nevada County Hospital on Willow Valley Road on Feb. 18, 1951.

2. (a) Yuba County, which was one of the original 27 California counties. Placer County was also formed from parts of Yuba and Sutter counties, while El Dorado was also one of the first 27.

3. (b) San Jose. The other listed towns were also at various times capitals of California.

4. (c) According to the Nevada City Nugget’s centennial edition, Nevada County’s first election got at least 2,000 voters to the polls.

5. (a) Pine and Broad, where the Kidd-Knox Building stands. A bronze plaque on that structure gives a brief list of former tenants.

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