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Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 01, 2018, 09:24:16 AM »
Mr. Kim is a credit to his race. The citizens of Tonopah should force that "rough guy" to march down the street carrying the American Flag and then kiss in public like they do with the seditious Germans and others!

Too bad about Joe Williams, he accomplished a pretty good bit for only being 29! Nice family,  career, many lodge memberships, State Senator, etc. I can't find a good reference to the Winchester Academy.

I looked for Joseph's final resting spot on a whim.  Lots of Joe Williams died in 1918 but managed to find one from Hot Creek, Nevada.  I wonder if that building he built still stands?

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: March 01, 2018, 04:04:56 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, March 1, 1918.


  A distressing tragedy occurred at Hot Creek yesterday afternoon at 3 p.m. when Joseph Williams while with his family on a pleasure outing, was accidentally killed. After lunch the Williams family drove up Hot Creek a distance of a mile for a rabbit hunt. Mr. Williams' shotgun was discharged and, turning in his direction, his wife saw him fall, face downward. She left the auto and ran to him, a distance or about 600 feet. On arriving where he had fallen she turned him over on his back, but he could not speak.

  It is thought Mr. Williams stepped into a hole or stubbed his foot and in trying to save himself from the fall swung his gun around and in front of him, thus discharging it. The contents of one barrel entered his breast.

  Mrs. Williams returned to the car, but she could not start the machine, so, carrying the smaller child and holding the other boy, she ran down the road over a mile to the John Lawton Butler residence. There she met Tom Dugan and he hurried on horseback to the scene of the tragedy, but when he reached the spot Mr. Williams was dead. Mr. Dugan then came to Tonopah, bringing the news of the accident. This morning the coroner and Undertaker Cavanaugh left for Hot Creek.

  The deceased was a young man of most lovable traits. He was born at Hot Creek and spent his entire life there, except when he was in the East attending Winchester academy. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Williams. The father died about eight years ago. He had been a state senator. The mother, a pioneer of the Hot Creek region and one to whom all are endeared and who are most sympathetic, is in Los Angeles and will arrive here Sunday.

  The widow, who was Miss Helen Dupont. resided in Tonopah when they were married. There are also two little sons. Mr. Williams leaves two sisters. Mrs. John Lawton Butler of Currant Creek, and Mrs. Victor Brandt of Berkeley.

  The deceased was a member of Tonopah lodge No. 28. F. & A. M., Tonopah lodge No. 1062. B. P. O. Elks, and Mizpah lodge No. 26. Knights of Pythias. He was aged 29 years. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral, but it will probably take place at Hot Creek.

  The untimely death of Joe Williams, who was beloved by all his acquaintances, has cast a deep gloom over this community, and words of sorrow and sympathy are expressed by one and all who knew this sterling young man in life's walks.


  A telegram reached Tonopah this afternoon telling of the death of John Hannlgan at Colfax, Cal., where he went a month ago suffering from lung trouble. It is news that will startle as well as grieve, for it was not generally known that his condition had become critical.

  Mr. Hannlgan came to Tonopah at about the time of the Belmont disaster, when his brother lost his life. He since that time conducted the Toggery. He has no near relatives here.


  Claude Pallanda, who is employed by the Tonopah Extension Mining company, had the misfortune to have his left arm caught in some gearing in the mill at 2 o'clock this morning. He was taken to the Mine Operators hospital, where the arm was amputated just below the elbow.


  Louis Daoust, a paper carrier for the Bonanza, was severely bitten by W. H. Blackburn's Llewellyn setter last evening while he was delivering papers. The dog sprang at Louis' throat and set his fangs in his jaws, biting through to the teeth, one of which was knocked out. The carotid artery was missed by the fraction of an inch.


  Tom Kim is there with the patriotism. A rough guy came in from the hills Monday and the following morning went into Paddy Mooney's and gave the good looking waitress an order for ham and eggs.  It being porkless day, the waitress explained to the T. G. that she could not serve  ham and eggs. The T. G. was peeved and said he would go where he could get what he wanted, and proceeded to Tom Kim's chop suey emporium, where he gave the same order. The waiter went into Tom's office and said there was a bad looking man in the dining room who wanted ham and eggs. Tom scratched his head a second, then went in and said to the T. G.: "What's mattla, you no Amelican? We Amelicans no' sellum polk Tluesday."

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 28, 2018, 03:42:53 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 28, 1918.

  DAWSON, Alaska, Feb. 28. A giant meteor, visible for the 600 miles from Fairbanks to Carmack, lighted up the northern sky Tuesday. It was visible here for twenty seconds.

  SACRAMENTO, Cal., Feb. 28.  Henry Menn, a Russian, held on a misdemeanor charge, is alleged to have used the American flag as a towel. He was arrested at Riverbank and brought here, where he was compelled to kiss the flag.


  There are twenty young men in Nye county, about two-thirds of them being in Tonopah, who are in class A and have not answered the call. Unless they present themselves to Dr. Masterson within two days for examination they will be rounded up by the government and either rushed to France willy-nilly or placed in federal prison.


  MEXICO CITY, Feb. 28. The management of the National Railways has chartered two merchant ships to transport from Puerto Mexico 100,000 sacks of coffee which have piled up there as a result of the paralysis of sea traffic since the beginning of the war, it is announced.

  The coffee will be sent, it is stated, to the United States and belligerent countries of the old world. Movement of this supply, it is added, will prevent the threat of planters in the southern part of this country and other neighboring republics to plant no land to coffee this season. Over supply of the product in Mexico has caused prices to fall to an unprecedented figure.


  Henry C. Cutting, a pioneer of Tonopah, who has amassed a fortune in land operations in California, had the following experience, as narrated in a San Francisco news paper: Refusing to allow friends to put up $1000 ball or to put up the amount himself, H. C. Cutting, President of the Richmond Land and Canal company, was taken to jail yesterday by Deputy United States Marshal Otis Bohn to await a hearing March 4 on a writ of attachment on Cutting's person, issued by Federal Judge W. C. Van Fleet.

  Cutting was brought before Judge Van Fleet yesterday to show cause why he had not paid a $500 expense bill to H. M. Wright, government master in chancery, a suit brought against him by Henry J. and Francis A. Woodward, which Wright decided in favor of the plaintiffs.

  Asked by Judge Van Fleet if he would pay the $500, Cutting replied that he would not "under any circumstances."

  The court fixed Cutting's bail at $1000 and several friends in the courtroom offered to furnish this sum to insure the defendant's presence on March 4. Cutting, however, refused to listen to their advice and expressed his willingness to go to jail.

  The writ of attachment on Cutting's person was the first of its kind to be issued in local federal courts for years. No other similar case is recalled by veterans at the federal building.


  Arguments of a preliminary phase of the litigation took place before Judge Averill yesterday in the case of J. G. Crumley versus the Leach-Framley Motor company. This is an action for damages. Mr. Crumley, in order to alleviate the fuel famine, contracted for a large cordage of wood in the Kawich range and engaged the services of a truck man. He put two big trucks into service but was arrested because he moved the machines out of California before they were fully paid for. The delay caused Mr. Crumley to suffer a heavy loss on his contract, so he sued to recover.


  Deputy Sheriff Al Shidler, who was arrested on the charge of making seditious utterances and who was indicted by the United States grand Jury, was taken to Carson City today to stand trial in the federal court. He was in the custody of R.I. Tatum, deputy United States marshal.
  Several of his friends, as well as a few other citizens, were at the depot, but there was no display of any kind and no remarks were left to which objection could be taken.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 28, 2018, 02:40:56 AM »

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 28, 2018, 12:16:10 AM »
You're familiar with ''the Western Front'' in WWI.  The Eastern Front was Russia and Romania against Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Turks.

Thanks, PB!

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 27, 2018, 10:18:11 PM »
Interestingly Austria apparently was the first country to invent the postcard. I believe that card is in Croatian, as is the word for postcard you used "Razglednica." Which makes some sense because at that time some of Croatia was a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire back then. In German a postcard is...."Postkarte."

Yes, Postkarte is German for postcard, it even 'sounds' German, haha.  Whereas Razglednica sounds Croatian.  I should have noticed the difference.  Could the battle depiction be from an earlier war?  I know the Austrians took on the Italians in WWI, but the Russians?   

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:28:43 PM »
Here is a battle scene from an Austrian postcard, or Razglednica, as the Germans call them.  It is titled 'Down With The Russians.'  I've no idea what is written on the back, but there is a date there...February 26, 1918.  I found this while going through items at the Europeana Collection.

Radio and Podcasts / Re: Michael Savage
« on: February 27, 2018, 08:08:17 PM »
I'd be surprised to see Mike run.  He would have to give up his radio show and I can't see that happening because it's his bread and butter.  He considered running for mayor of San Fran (I think it was mayor) a number of years back but he didn't do it because he didn't want to stop doing his show.  Plus he always says how he couldn't be a politician because they lie and do behind the scenes deals and they are backstabbers, etc. It would be fun to see him run, but no, I really don't see it happening.       

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 27, 2018, 03:53:39 AM »

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 27, 2018, 03:32:39 AM »

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:20:52 AM »
Nope, supply and demand.  Normally the number of stamps issued and still in existence determines the value of each particular issue, unless for some reason a certain one is more desirable than usual, or less.

Then there's condition, used vs unused, still on cover or snipped off, etc, etc.

Absolutely, stamp values can also increase when flaws (even small ones) occur in the printing process.  Also, the design of certain stamps can raise their value.  There is an Andrew Jackson stamp from the 1860s where his portrait takes up most of the stamp.  Collectors call it the 'big head' stamp and they go from $60 to $100 used.  When I look at overall stamp values decade by decade, it seems like older stamps command more price, and in this case the printed word stamps, as example 'one cent' or 'one dollar' are definitely worth more than the later 1910 -1914 stamps that were printed with the actual number of cents and dollars.  As you rightfully point out, there are many different factors that give a stamp it's value.  We are both right because older stamps tend to be more scarce, and thus they become more valuable.           

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 26, 2018, 04:32:46 PM »
I hope Charles got out of town prior to the 1919 Tornado!

Now that is one nasty swath of tornado there.  Typically, there are some untouched houses in the distance.  Hopefully one of them was Charle's.

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 26, 2018, 04:09:43 PM »
Here is a 'greetings, we miss you' kind of postcard.  I have seen a number of these, all with a short 'miss you' note and the name of a town. I can only make out the month of January on the post mark, but that stamp is a one cent Washington that was printed between 1912 and 1914.  Note the numeral 1 on the stamp.  Before this stamp design came into use, the entire words 'one cent' were printed on the stamps.  The printed word stamps are probably more valuable then the numeral ones, because they are older.  This particular stamp has a used value of 25 cents.  Unused ones with gum still on the back go for $9.25.



Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 26, 2018, 03:26:44 AM »
Author Theodore Sturgeon was born 100 years ago.

Bio and photo:

Some interesting facts about Theodore Sturgeon:

1. Sturgeon's Law:  "Ninety percent of science fiction is crud, but then, ninety percent of everything is crud."
2. He was a distant relative of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
3. His dad was a color and dye manufacturer.
4. His brother Peter (a technical writer) has been credited with bringing Mensa to the United States.
5. Before becoming a writer he sold refrigerators door to door, managed a hotel in Jamaica, worked in construction,
    (drove a bulldozer in Puerto Rico) operated a gas station, and was an advertising copywriter.
6. He played the guitar and wrote music.
7. He was a lifelong pipe smoker.
8. He was married three times.
9. He died on May 8, 1985 (aged 67) in Eugene, Oregon.  His remains were cremated and his ashes given to family
    and/or friends.

An early version of Sturgeon's first novel, "The Dreaming Jewels", was the cover story in the February 1950 issue of Fantastic Adventures.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 26, 2018, 02:40:16 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 26, 1918.

British soldiers helping Father Leon Peulmeule, the temporary curate of Armentieres, to remove pictures and statues from the Church of Saint Vaast which has been damaged by shell fire. Armentieres, 26 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8545)

British soldiers helping Father Leon Peulmeule, the temporary curate of Armentieres, to remove statues and relics from the Church of Saint Vaast which has been damaged by shell fire. Armentieres, 26 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8544)

Rose Rendall, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. Drowned on the Hospital Ship Glenart Castle 26 February 1918. © IWM (WWC H21-3)

Edith Blake, Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve. Drowned on the Hospital Ship Glenart Castle on 26 February 1918. © IWM (WWC H21-35)

From the Europeana Collection, February 26, 1918.

Supply building of the 4th Army Commando.

Proviant building of the 4th Army Command: Chancellery.

Radio Station 44a on Cajola.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 25, 2018, 03:46:21 AM »
Tennis player Bobby Riggs was born 100 years ago.


Photo of Jack Klugman, Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in an episode of the television series The Odd Couple.
By ABC Television - Original text : eBayfront backarchived links), Public Domain,

Random Topics / Re: Random stupid things on your mind. Post them.
« on: February 25, 2018, 02:09:40 AM »
I don't know where he gets his energy.  He's like the Energizer Bunny on speed.  He is just so damn funny and to top it off, he scorns SJW's (Like a certain George Takei). May he live very, very, very, very long and prosper.

I got to see him in a record store years ago.  I think he was pushing his first album.  Anyway, the place was totally crowded and I had no chance of approaching him to sign the album because I was broke at the time.  I gave him a hopeless wave and he actually smiled and gave a quick nod.  That suited me just fine since I couldn't get his autograph. 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 25, 2018, 12:14:10 AM »
Has the idea of the airship deployed squadron yet been developed>?

Or even an idea?

Nefermynd, prolly still classification X...

Is this what you mean, pate?  (Sorry for the late reply and thank you WC for bringing the question up once again.)

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 24, 2018, 07:44:19 PM »
I acquired two unused postcards showing the Miyako Japanese Restaurant that was located at 20 West 56th Street, New York.  It's not there anymore but there is a Miyako Sushi bar located elsewhere in New York.  The building at 20 West looks nothing like the one in the postcards.  There used to be an elevated stairway on the postcard images but none on the modern day facing of the building as shown below.  There is only a 'stamp only' printing on the first postcard so I didn't copy the back of it.  Postcard #2 has some slight info on the back, so I have included it.

postcard 1

postcard 2 - front

postcard 2 - back

Random Topics / Re: Post Your Favorite Postcards Here.
« on: February 24, 2018, 07:27:59 PM »
Historic Long Beach, CA.

Now it’s the home of the Long Beach Grand Prix. Notice the building with the green roof in both pics.

Cool before and after pics there, Gd.  Thanks.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 24, 2018, 02:55:08 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 24, 1918.

Australian and Portuguese prisoners brought by the German merchant raider SMS Wolf on her return to Kiel after fifteen months' cruise (in South-East Asia theatre), 24 February 1918. © IWM (Q 24036)

Admiral Reinhard Scheer congratulating Captain Karl Nerger, the Commander of the German merchant raider SMS Wolf, on her return to Kiel after fifteen months' cruise (in South-East Asia theatre), 24 February 1918. © IWM (Q 24035)

From the Europeana Collection, February 24, 1918.

Thrown off, unexploded Italian aircraft bomb, end screw removed.

Group Command Lieutenant Colonel Prince Windischgrätz.

Politics / Re: Teachers With Guns
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:51:32 AM »
I can't picture my old English teacher Mrs. E. with a gun.  Thinking back, she used to get really mad at me for not learning what vowels were.  I guess it's just as good that she didn't have a gun. 

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 23, 2018, 03:36:53 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 23, 1918.


  One of the liveliest athletic contests that was ever pulled off in this city took place last night under the auspices of the Tonopah Business Men's League with Harry R. Greir as manager and general director. The Airdome was crowded and enthusiasm was at safety valve point from beginning to end.

  The principal event was the wrestling match between Theophelus, the Greek terror, and Berne, the Russian Lion. The match was two in three, catch-as-catch-cans, no holds barred. This game is the Russian's strong point and he gained the first fall in 44 minutes and the second in 15 minutes. The first fall was gained by the crotch and arm lock and the second by the toe hold. It was a rough game, and this was expected, for the contestants have had a grouch on each other. Referee King Pearce let the rough stuff go on, to the great delight of the crowd. The wrestlers butted, slapped and pinched.

  Between acts a strong man act was pulled off by Henry Berne, brother of the wrestler.

  An exhibition was given by Ajax, the champion, and Charley Pine. The latter proved a very clever wrestler.

  Henry Berne challenged Victor Ajax to a $500 Grecian-Roman contest and Ajax accepted the challenge.

Now playing at the Butler Theatre:

Jack and the Beanstalk (1917)
By Fox Film Corporation - Internet Archive, Public Domain,

Info on the movie Jack and the Beanstalk:


  Read the bill of fare of Mooney's Cafe published elsewhere in this issue, together with the excellent program of music to be played Sunday evening. These dinners are becoming very popular. Take a day off from cooking at home and enjoy this treat.


Consommé Jardinière
Chicken Giblets with Rice.

Heinz Dill Pickles
Celery in Branches

Baked Fish Italian
Raw Rockaway Oysters

Sweetbread Patties
Lamb Chops, Petite Pois

Stuffed Fallon Turkey, Cranberry Jelly
Loin of Pork, Baked Apple
Stuffed Milk-Fed Chicken

Mashed Potatoes
Baked Potatoes (5 p.m.)
Stewed English Turnips

Assorted Pies
Banana Custard
Black Coffee

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 22, 2018, 06:17:18 PM »
Television game show (and Saturday Night Live) announcer Don Pardo was born on February 22, 1918. 


Some interesting facts about Don Pardo:

1. His actual name was Dominick George Pardo.
2. His folks owned a bakery.
3. He started his career by broadcasting on radio, for NBC.
4. He was a war reporter for NBC Radio during World War Two.
5. He moved to announcing for television during the 1950's.
6. He was announcing for WNBC-TV in New York on November 22, 1963, and was the first to announce to NBC 
    viewers that Pres. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Tx.
7. He retired to Arizona but kept his Saturday Night Live gig and would fly back and forth to New York.
8. He died in his sleep on August 18, 2014 in his Arizona home.
9. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in New York.  Actress Helen Hayes and her adopted son James MacArthur
    (Danno of Hawaii Five-O fame) are also some of the notables who are at rest there.

Photo of Don Pardo:     


Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:20:19 AM »
From the Library of Congress.  The Tonopah Daily Bonanza, February 22, 1918.


  With practically the entire house sold out and the stage settings all arranged, the big wrestling tournament, which starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. at the Airdome tonight, promises to be a red letter event in sportdom for Tonopah.

  The first event of the evening will be the first fall in the main contest between William Berne, the Russian Lion, and Crlth Theophelus, the Terrible Greek, who are contesting in a great catch-as-catch-can wrestling match, best two out of three falls, with no holds barred, rough and tumble, winner take all, to a finish.

  These men met at the Big Casino last month, when the Greek undertook to throw Berne twice in one hour, but failed, and as considerable bad feeling resulted over this match the business men decided it would be a splendid card for Washington's birthday.

  Theophelus has trained at the Los Angeles Athletic club for the past month in anticipation of a grueling battle and states he is in the best shape of his career and expects to be returned the winner. Berne, who did his preliminary training at the Olympic club in San Francisco, has been working hard in this city since his match with Ajax and also states he will have no cause for complaint if the sturdy Greek beats him.

  Henry Berne, formerly with the Barnum & Bailey circus, has made the trip direct from New York City to be with his brother as chief coach tonight and he will also appear between the first and second fall in a great strong man act. Henry Berne is one of the strongest men in arm and back development in the world today and he does some truly wonderful feats of strength.     

  Victor Ajax and Charley Pine, champion middleweight or Arizona, will also appear in a 15-minute exhibition bout, as the fans are desirous of seeing Ajax in action at the catch-as-catch-can style.

  Harry Wilbur, a sweet tenor singer, and the great Alabama Colored Pair of traveling minstrels will also entertain with music, both instrumental and vocal, during the show.

  Bull Montana, the champion Italian light heavyweight and trainer for Douglas Fairbanks, has challenged the winner of tonight's contest, and this match will be staked in this city on April 11.

  The stage has been reserved for ladies with escorts and a large number have signified their intention of being present tonight and witnessing the sport.

  The Tonopah band will appear on the streets at 7 p.m. sharp for a concert and red fire parade and will also play in the Airdome during the evening.

Random Topics / Re: One Hundred Years Ago
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:38:04 AM »
From the Imperial War Museum, February 22, 1918.

An air mechanic handing photographic plates to an observer in a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 near Arras, 22nd February 1918. © IWM (Q 11982)

A Canadian officer serving with the Royal Flying Corps examining an aerial photograph, near Arras, 22 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8532)

Making up a mosaic of photographs taken over the enemy lines and territory in a Royal Flying Corps office near Arras, 22 February 1918. © IWM (Q 8533)

A Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 returning to the aerodrome near Arras at sunset, 22nd February 1918. © IWM (Q 11984)

Random Topics / Re: 2018 Winter Olympics Overtime!!!
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:24:56 AM »
Women’s gold medal game, CAN vs USA going to overtime. 2-2

And America took it in a shootout.  A well fought game.  I was whooping and my heart was really thumping at the end there.

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