HENRY M. LILLIS was one of
the very first good carpenters
in Las Vegas. With Pat Sulli-
van and James Nimock work-
ing with him, several of the
best homes in Las Vegas were built,
including the John Park home and the
Chris Brown home on opposite sides
of Fremont at Fourth where the Ferron
Building and the Cornet Store now
stand, and the fine home of Delphine
and I on the lots adjoining the Cornet
Those men knew the building busi-
ness and did fine work in helping to
establish Las Vegas as a city of homes.
Lillis continued actively in the building
business until along about 1910 or 1912
when he entered politics and was elect-
ed justice of the peace.
He had no particular qualities of
learning to recommend him for the of-
fice except his basic honesty and sense
of justice, although some few thought
him a little too stern for the duties of
the office, which consisted mainly of
delivering lectures to a few drunks on
“the morning after” and imposing a
short jail sentence on the more flagrant
offenders against the law, and sitting
as coroner on the victims of our occa-
sional shooting scrapes.
By dint of much study and a lot of
good friends among the attorneys, Lillis
was admitted to the practice of the law.
He was a Mason and reached the high
position of master of Vegas Lodge No.
32, A.F. & A.M., for the year 1914, one
year ahead of me.
Things prospered for the judge and
he acquired some property, including a
couple of lots on the south side of Fre-
mont Street between First and Second.
When he announced through the Las
Vegas Age that he planned to erect the
best business block in Las Vegas on his
Fremont Street property I gave him a
well deserved boost in the paper and
things looked considerably brighter for
Las Vegas.
The shacks which covered the prop-
erty were removed and, by July of
1923, Lillis had the trenches prepara-
tory to putting in the concrete founda-
tions dug, about two feet wide all
around the site. And then the first dis-
aster to hit the proposed Lillis Building
On July 23, 1923, Las Vegas suffered
the worst storm in its history. A tor-
rential downpour of rain brought 1.98
inches of water down on us in the short
period of about 20 minutes.
Lightning struck many of the build-
ings in town, hitting the railroad shops
building in four places.
The Clark Building where the Las
Vegas Club now is was struck and
several prominent citizens hurt. The
rain was driven horizontally by the
terrific winds, but enough of it came
to the ground to fill the streets from
building to building. Every basement
and cellar was flooded.
But the spectacular disaster oc-
curred when the west wall of the build-
ing next to the proposed Lillis Build-
ing, the Oasis Confectionery, owned by
C. E. Pembroke, collapsed and the east
wall of the building owned by Will
Beckley, and occupied by the Charlie
Ball Grocery Store, collapsed and the
roof fell in bringing ruin to the entire
contents and narrowly escaping the
serious injury or death of its occupants
who were given warning just in time
to escape. The whole town was in a
The work of reconstruction began at
once and Lillis soon had the mud dug
out of his foundation trenches. After
that the building rose according to pro-
gram. Adcock & Ronnow moved into
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since the glamour girls have brought
their professional fights out into the
wide open press, but JOAN CRAW-
BRIDGE are certainlv grabing a lot of
space with their current tiff. . . . FER-
count ’em—17 dozen red and white
roses for her opening in “Cyrano de
Bergerac” on Broadway. . . . Reported
talking it over not so long ago on this
column: RAY MILL AND and his wife,
the talk was a good one, they’ve recon-
ciled. . . . AVA and FRANKIE are on
the phones again. . . . JUNE HAVER
will continue her religious studies at
Loyola University in Los Angeles. . . .
An interesting twosome: ROBERT
New York—Eleanor is receiving plau-
dits for her sparkling performance in
Paramount’s “The Naked Jungle” at
sneak previews—her co-star in this
stark adventure picture is rugged
gets the lead in Paramount’s film of
the life of the famed woman novelist
with the masculine name, George Sand,
might have the questionable pleasure
of puffing away at a large stogie—Miss
Sand enjoyed seevral cigars each day.
. . . We’ve just read that popcorn will
soon be sold in 13 flavors including
cheese, banana and LICORICE. . . .
JOHN BARRYMORE JR. says he has
quit Hollywood and films forever. . . .
Sign over the Monster’s Lair (the dress-
ing room of MARTIN and LEWIS at
Paramount): “The biggest quip joint
in town.” . . . BILL HOLDEN had to
dye his hair a reddish blonde color for
his role with AUDREY HEPBURN and
er’s “Sabrina Fair”—now he’s having
the same trouble that besets all who
give their hair a color rinse—his dark
brown roots are showing.
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the ground floor of the building with
their store and the Las Vegas Lodge of
Elks rented the upper floor as lodge
The room was quite wonderful and
beautiful for Las Vegas and the Elks
boasted that the furnishings costing
more than $5000 were “almost entirely”
paid for.
In that room on December 21, 1923,
the Elks Lodge 1468 B.P.O.E. initiated
their first class of candidates, includ-
ing the following who still survive and
reside in Las Vegas:
H. H. Krause, Ed Von Tobel, A. Cor-
radetti, W. E. Ferron, Robert Griffith,
Sam Mikulich, Sam Lawson and C. P.
Squires, which to me personally was
no disaster.
During the past year or so there have
been three serious fires in the building
and now, after the terrific explosion
of Tuesday last, they are talking about
tearing the old Lillis Building down
and replacing it with a better structure.
How things have changed since 1923!
PERHAPS Las Vegas has gained
the reputation of being an un-
Godly town devoid of churches
and religion. But I am writing
this to you boys and girls of
entertainment world to tell you that
this is not so. but that through concen-
tration here of the best talent in the
nation Las Vegas has become almost, if
not quite, the center of entertainment
in America
Las Vegas from its earliest days of
almost 100 years ago, when its history
began to be written, was the child of
religion. It was founded by a head of
missionaries of the Mormon faith, sent
here by Brigham Young with the sole
object of saving the souls and healing
the sick bodies of the Piaute Indians.
June 14, 1855, the first of the band of
missionaries sent out from Salt Lake
City on May 10, 1855, arrived in the
place called Las Vegas where there
were great springs of pure water and a
few hundred sick Paiutes hanging
around looking for the easiest way to
It was the religious faith of Brigham
Young which first recognized Las Vegas
and brought it to the attention of the
civilized world.
They kept a detailed account of the
happenings every day in this strange
place and from their records I am giv-
ing you the account of the first Las
Vegas Christmas. t
That first Christmas, December 25,
1855, the day of Peace on Earth, Good
Will to Man, that first Christmastide on
which civilized men were in Las Vegas,
was observed and had its history writ-
ten as follows:
“This being the coldest morning that
the brethren experienced in Las Vegas,
the ground froze hard enough to hold
up a horse and rider in some places.
“During the night the Indians stole a
quantity of squashes, corn, etc., out of
Brothers Mitchell and Carter’s house.
They entered the fort at the unfinished
portion, took the loose adobes out of the
window and carried the squashes off
undiscovered by the guard.
“This being considered a licensed ho-
liday, the brethren mustered for a wolf
hunt on horseback. About a dozen went
out and after chasing around a few
hours returned without success.
“In the forenoon President Bringhurst
and Smoot went out and located the
Indian farm for the coming season on
a little stream two miles north of the
fort. Some of the brethren enjoyed
themselves at a game of ball in the
The place selected for the Indian farm
later was the historic “Kyle Ranch,”
still later the home of John S. Park and
of later years the Boulderado Guest
We observe that the attempt at mak-
ing merry on that first Christmas was
rather a failure, but endured patiently
as part of their religious duties.
Down through the years of the 1880s,
after the Mormon missionaries aban-
doned the Las Vegas Mission, the old
ranch was owned by O. D. Gass, who
finally sold it to Mr. and Mrs. Archibald
Stewart. After the death of Mr. Stewart,
Mrs. Stewart carried on the ranch with
the aid of the Indians and every Sun-
day held such religious services as she
found possible in the old ranch house.
After Mrs. Stewart sold the ranch to
Senator Clark for his railroad, the in-
flux of adventurers numbered among
them occasional ministers of the gospel,
each of whom held services in a tent on
the banks of Las Vegas Creek.
After the townsite lot sale, the Meth-
odist people got together and emploved
an elderly gentleman whom we called
Dr. Bain to hold regular Sunday serv-
ices, which always were well attended.
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After that some of us who loved the
services of the Episcopal Church per-
suaded a young fellow named Harry
Gray to come to Las Vegas as the Epis-
copal rector. That was, as I remember
it, in the fall of 1905 or the spring of
Under Harry Gray we organized
Christ Church, Episcopal and of course
began as soon as possible to plan a
church building. The result was that the
Episcopalians financed and built Christ
Church, which still stands at the corner
of Second and Carson Streets.
The second church was the Methodist,
at the corner of Third and Bridger. The
original Methodist Church burned and
was replaced by the present fine buil-
ding. Then came in quick succession the
Catholic and the Church of the Latter-
day Saints.
The fine church bell was given Christ
Church by Peter G. Gray, of Boston,
Mass., father of Harry Gray. It has not
been rung of late for fear that it might
weaken the tower in which it hangs.
This church, since its completion in
1908, has been the church home down
through the past 45 years of a multi-
tude of people including Delphine and
It has been open day and night and
has sheltered thousands of homeless
people from the chill of the night air.
Its rector has fed many people at the
rectory, next to the church, and now
our fine rector, T. Malcolm Jones, finds
it altogether too small for our needs
and is planning to erect a beautiful new
church building on the parcel of ground
donated by Mrs. Leigh Hunt on Mary-
land Parkway.
Plans are already made for a beauti-
ful and appropriate structure which
will cost much money.
I am writing this especially as an
appeal to you people of the entertain-
ment world to come whenever you can
to the services at Christ Church, be-
cause we want you all to share in the
comfort and happiness it has brought
to us down through the past 45 years.
And we are sure you would all enjoy
contributing a few dollars each to the
building fund and will find it a pleasure
and your pride.
Not that we think the Episcopal
Church is the only one!
We have great respect for all the fine
people who are carrying on the work of
the 30 or more church organizations in
Las Vegas.
But to the few of us of Christ Church,
to whom it has brought comfort, it
seems necessary to help build the new
church which is The Church of so many
great artists. You need The Church and
The Church needs you!
To You,
Your Family
and Your Friends
graveyard SHIFT
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Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine — December 26, 1953
Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine — December 5, 1953
LAS VEGAS did not become an
incorporated city, with a
mayor and commissioners
with the power to tax us and
issue bonds to pay for a sewer
system and do for us the many things
we knew were necessary to make a
real city, until June of 1911. But I am
sure that one jolly fellow named Peter
Buol. who in June of 1911 was elected
first mayor of the incorporated City of
Las Vegas, had as much to do with lay-
ing the foundation upon which the
present Las Vegas is built as any other
I met Peter Buol a day or two after
I first arrived in Las Vegas early in
February 1905. What brought us to-
gether was the fact that the little group
with whom I was associated were in-
terested in building materials with
which to build a town and we heard
that Peter and Frank Buol, brothers,
had established a brick yard near Las
Vegas and had already burned a large
kiln of brick suitable for building, so
when I met them they were anxious
to take Chris Brown, Frank Waters and
myself out to see their brick yard.
It was a bitterly cold day, with a
fierce wind blowing from the north and
driving sand and gravel viciously be-
fore it, when Pete and Frank Buol
called for us at Ladd’s Hotel. They
drove a team hitched to a platform
wagon with two high seats which ex-
posed, us to every blast.
The brick kiln and the residence of
the Buols was something like a mile
and one-half or two miles south of the
railroad “depot.” As we jogged along
a road following the railroad track
southward, I happened t6 see some
kind of an animal crouched under a
clump of brush. The driver stopped the
team and out of curiosity I got down
off the wagon seat and walked warily
toward the bush sheltering the animal.
Nothing stirred.
I saw the animal was a rabbit be-
numbed by the cold, and I reached
down, took him by the long ears and
lifted him up. He made only a very
feeble kick or two in protest, so I
snuggled him under my overcoat and
got back into the wagon.
Mr. Rabbit (one of the largest I had
ever seen) seemed comforted by the
warmth and shelter and made no pro-
test. Soon we arrived at the Buol cabin.
I took my friend Mr. Rabbit in with me
and set him down near the warm cook
stove after carefully closing the door.
After warming himself for a few
minutes our animal friend hopped
around looking the place over but
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showed no fear of us humans. In fact
he seemed to enjoy being cuddled and'
We went across the wagon road to
see the kiln. Sure enough, there was a
good sized brick kiln almost cool after
the burning. The finished bricks seemed
rather white-livered and soft but Pete
Buol assured us that they would
harden in the wall and would last for
many years, getting better with age.
A few months later (after the rail-
road auction sale of lots) Judge W. R.
Thomas bought practically all the
bricks in the Buol kiln and with them
built the “Thomas Block,” corner of
First and Fremont, where Bill Fer-
ron’s Las Vegas Pharmacy has been
for many years. I suggest that you run
your fingers over those walls, now
nearly half a century old, and see what
Buols’ brick yard did for Las Vegas.
We visited the Buol cabin a few
days after our first visit and found our
furry friend Mr. Rabbit as gay and
happy as could be. He objected not a
bit when we picked him up by the
ears and really snuggled up to us as
if we were his best friends — which
we were, we thought.
Pete and Frank were hospitable
souls and very congenial and when they
invited us out to dinner the next Sun-
day we were happy to accept, especial-
ly as we rather prized this additional
opportunity to play with Mr. Rabbit.
We arrived at the Buol cabin in due
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time and, cheered by the steamy at-
mosphere carrying the flavor of suc-
culent food. I looked around behind
and under the stove and back of the
kitchen door for Mr. Rabbit but could
not locate him.
"Where’s Bunny?” I asked.
With a grave, almost sorrowful face,
Pete raised the cover of the boiling pot
and pointed in.
Of course the stew was excellent. I
imagine that the fine, friendly quali-
ties of Mr. Rabbit detracted nothing
from the appetizing qualities of Buols’
rabbit stew.
Just what effect that rabbit stew had
on the political career of Pete Buol and
made him mayor of Las Vegas some-
thing like seven and one-half years
later (June 1912) I cannot say.
This I remember — Peter’s ambition
knew no bounds when it came to pro-
moting Las Vegas. He believed in this
area completely when others went
around with sour-puss faces and com-
plained. Among other very fine enter-
prises, Peter Buol got control of a large
acreage of land south and west of Las
Vegas, went to London, England, at
his own expense, stopped at the best
and highest priced hotel where he suc-
ceeded in meeting Sir John Murray and
telling him about Las Vegas.
Sir John was interested and invested
a large amount of money in ‘The
Scotch Syndicate” which took over the
Vegas acreage. Pete came home quite
happy at his success and at once
started improvements by drilling ar-
tesian wells, starting a series of drain-
age canals (the remains of which may
still be seen).
There were some unsolved problems,
such as building streets, gutters, curbs,
sidewalks, etc., but the compelling is-
sue was construction of sewers.
We went through the formalities of
a bond issue by the county commis-
sioners as the governing body of the
Unincorporated Town of Las Vegas.
Peter went East and found a bond
house which agreed to buy the bonds,
but when the attorney for the bond
house came to Las Vegas he ruled that
the county board had no such author-
ity under the law, and the bond sale
The need for sewers still existed —
in fact, was getting worse every day.
So we took the next year fighting a
campaign to incorporate the City of
Las Vegas. The incorporation special
election June 1, 1911, carried and Peter
Buol was elected the first mayor of
Las Vegas.
In spite of our thought that every-
thing would go swimmingly for Las

Vegas from incorporation on down
through the years, we could not fore-
see that a strike of railroad shop work-
ers would close our great machine
shops, which just then were getting to
be very important to Las Vegas, and
that they would not operate normally
again for something like five years.
And we could not know that the First
World War, beginning in the summer
of 1914, would put an end to all pos-
sibility of financing by the “Scotch
Syndicate.” We did get our sewer sys-
tem before the world cataclysm but
not much else.
However, Peter Buol kept busy and
one great accomplishment was his
“grub stake” enterprise which resulted
in discovery of a great deposit of borax
which Peter and his partners in the
prospecting deal promptly sold to
“Borax” Smith for $200,000 — and got
the money in installments of $50,000
Frank Buol has for more than 40
years been interested in development
of Pahrump Valley and has long out-
lived his brother Peter.
And just the other day I received a
letter from Mrs. Lorena V. Buol, widow
of our first mayor, who came here in
1904 and has been interested in Las
Vegas ever since — but has not seen
Las Vegas since she came to our 25th
anniversary of the incorporation of Las

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YOUNG and his ORCHESTRA and the
MAPES SKYROOM following a very
successful two weeks with RUDY VAL-
with MARION COLBY, opened a new
show on Thursday the 26th, starring
HOWARD, direct from the Copacabana
in New York. Rounding out the bill
will be the MAPES SKYLETTES and
and his orchestra.
TAURANT goes into the second week
of a real great show, topped by JANIS
PAIGE, a great singing star, with a
terrific sense of comedy and timing.
She has the audiences asking for more
. . . AL BERNIE. a brilliant young
comic making his first trip to RENO,
you can be sure that he will be back,
and before long ... A marvelous
dog act, EXCESS BAGGAGE, last seen
here with the SHRINE CIRCUS. The
BILL CLIFFORD and his orchestra . . .
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March 28, 1953
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Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine —  October 3, 1953
mess into which the United
States has managed to blunder
itself, there are but very few
ties which bind the two coun-
tries together. To find such ties we
probably must search back more than
50 years to the time when Korea (or
Corea as it was often spelled) was an
ancient nation with a type of civiliza-
tion and culture reaching back several
thousands years and had developed
much in the way of beautiful Oriental
art and architecture, but was quite ig-
norant about the things our western
civilization consider most important,
such as railroads, manufacturing ma-
chinery and mining equipment.
Instead of machinery, most of the
power used in that ancient empire was
that of the human hands of millions of
low-cast slaves into whose minds the
idea that they were as good as anybody
else had not yet entered.
Under the personal direction and
leadership of the Emperor, Koreans had
accomplished much of value and beau-
ty, especially in architecture, the palace
of the Emperor being a great and beau-
tiful work of art.
After traveling over much of the
world, making friends in many coun-
tries and a distinguished career as pub-
lisher of the newspaper Portland Ore-
gonian at Portland, Leigh -Hunt de-
cided to spend some time in the Orient,
looking for opportunities for develop-
ment. After spending considerable time
in China and Japan, Mr. Hunt with his
wife, Mrs. Jessie Noble Hunt, his young
son Henry and his daughter Helen went
to Korea, landing at Inchon, the port
for the capital city, Seoul.
There was no railroad connecting Inchon with the capital, but by means of
boats and sedan chairs carried by coo-
lies they made their way to Seoul. The
very first thing Mr. Hunt did in the
capital city was to seek an interview
with the Emperor. This was not easy
to accomplish but, with the assistance
of the United States ambassador to Ko-
rea, the matter was brought to the per-
sonal attention of the Emperor.
In due time, after the formalities of
the situation were performed, the Em-
peror caused invitations to be issued
inviting the visitors to a formal dinner
at the palace. With the aid of the U. S.
Ambassador the party were instructed
in the ways of the country and were
pretty well informed on the require-
ments by the evening of the banquet.
There were two tables for the Em-
peror and his guests. One table was set
on an elevated stage at which were
seated the Emperor, his high officials
and the guest of honor. The other table
set on the floor level several feet be-
low the Emperor’s table and was for
the women and children and the less
distinguished guests.
Mr. Hunt wore the customary eve-
ning clothes. Mrs. Hunt, on advice of
the Ambassador, wore the customary
evening dress with low neck and short
sleeves and was the subject of much
attention on the part of the ladies at-
tached to the Emperor’s train who
crowded around and in wonderment
felt the silken materials of the dress.
When the dining was concluded and
the more formal discussions were be-
gun, Mr. Hunt called attention to the
great advantage to the Emperor and the
nation if there were a railroad between
Inchon and Seoul, the capital, and
asked for a concession to build the
road. The Emperor was pleased with
the idea and promptly granted the con-
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Thereafter Mr. Hunt, whose experi-
ence had not yet included railroad
building, was making contacts with
railroad people. He met a party of trav-
elers who had secured concessions for
operating some mining claims they had
It happened that none of the group
had ever had experience in mining,
while Mr. Hunt had assisted in develop-
ing some mining properties in western
United States. The outcome was that
the visitors were anxious to trade their
mining claim concession and a mill they
did not know how to erect and operate,
for Mr. Hunt’s railroad concession. The
exchange was mutually beneficial.
Mr. Hunt and family (Mrs. Hunt
dressed as a matter of safety in the out-
fit of a Chinese coolie) traveled by se-
dan chairs carried by coolies to the far
north of Korea not far from the Yalu
River and successfully installed the
mill. This was the first step in the ac-
quiring and operation of mining proper-
ties which brought millions into the
treasury of the syndicate he had
The most exciting incident of their
residence in Korea was news that the
United States Fleet under Admiral
Dewey had destroyed the Spanish Fleet
in Manila Bay and captured the Philip-
pine Islands.
Soon after the Spanish-American war
Mr. Hunt returned to America with his
family and in 1923 came to Las Vegas.
He found this climate so pleasant and
beneficial to his health that he settled
Mr. Hunt and his associates acquired
many hundred acres of valuable desert
land in Las Vegas Valley which has
since, under the management of his son
Henry, become very valuable. The Las
Vegas Jockey Club racetrack is located
on some of the ground acquired by Mr.
Hunt and associates, through the enter-
piise of Henry Hunt.
Henry and his mother still reside in
the family home at 110 South Ninth
Street, acquired by Leigh Hunt soon
after his arrival in Las Vegas. Mrs.
Hunt is still enjoying life and welcomes
the calls of a few old friends.
I often wonder what memories come
to the minds of those who knew the
Old Korea of more than a half century
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When one has been familiar with
Nevada approximately half a
century, the changes in trans-
portation and the daily habits
and customs of the people make a fan-
tastic story, so strange and unreal that
one can hardly believe the truth.
For example, the largest part of our
people depend on mining for their
daily bread. In 1899 Virginia City and
the Comstock were still pouring out
streams of golden wealth. Tonopah in
1899 had just been discovered and its
stores of silver were amazing the
world. It put new life into the busi-
ness world. It seemed to prove to us
that our money had real value behind
it and that God was being good to
William Jennings Bryan and that “free
coinage of silver at the ratio of six to
one” would bring new prosperity to
the world, especially to this mining
state of Nevada.
But just at the critical moment pros-
pectors, who had been earnestly seek_-
ing new mines of silver, stumbled onto
more gold and the great camp of Gold-
field discovered by prospectors from
Tonopah, became a new bonanza and
wealth in gold began to flow out of
Goldfield and again the world was
Prospectors by the thousand combed
the state for more rich ores and many
new camps were discovered, most of
which failed to fulfill, their early
promises. But we still thought of Tono-
pah and Goldfield as permanent cities.
How could they be otherwise with those
millions in gold just waiting for some-
body to take them out?
The wonderful Virginia City, whose
millions in gold built the great and
beautiful San Francisco, was still pro-
ducing wealth and, of course, would
never die.
Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine —  June 5, 1954

Goldfield and Tonopah in the year
1905, when Las Vegas was being born,
were already rich. They were building
great cities and not cheap or shoddy
ones. They built of great blocks cut
from the very mountains which hid
their wealth. Only a few remember
the streets lined on each side with solid
granite buildings, indestructible, built
for all time. Where are they now? Only
shapeless heaps of rocks.
Las Vegas was a sickly young city
with no great gold and silver mines to
feed it — only hands of rugged men to
shape it. The railroad payroll was our
only food. But then we had our own
fever of mining. Searchlight and Eldo-
rado Canyon had had their day and
were no longer exciting. Goodsprings
and the Yellow Pine district for a few
ears had brought wealth to Las Vegas,
ut brought us no wealth from the
more wealthy part of the state.
I remember one time when I was a
guest at a Reno Chamber of Commerce
luncheon, I was introduced as from the
far-off town down in the southern part
of the state. I was a bit annoyed at
having Las Vegas belittled and ignored
and I admitted that Las Vegas at that
time was obliged to ask favors from
the north just as a boy asks them of
his father.
But, I reminded them, Las Vegas
will grow up and become bigger,
stronger than his father and Reno will
be glad to ask us of the south for
favors. It does seem that the day is at
hand when that is true. The Las Vegas
district is the metropolis of the state.
In 1906, when the Las Vegas & Tono-
pah Railroad was built, we thought a
great new state was created. That was
one of the great routes of travel and
we thought that it was permanent.
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The Biggest Little Casino
in the World
(Continued from Pag* 5)
Many a time Delphine and I took
the train at 10 in the morning and
jogged along past Indian Springs,
Beatty, Rhyolite and other towns to
Goldfield, where we arrived about 7
p.m. and stopped overnight at the
Goldfield hotel.
Next morning at 7 we continued our
journey through Tonopah, Mina, Hazen
and other towns to Reno. We thought
the railroad was permaennt, but about
1919 the rails were taken up and sold
to a British syndicate and used to build
a railroad in China.
Again our contact with the Reno
country was broken. It took us about
two days to get to Reno by automobile
and by rail by Barstow, Bakersfield,
Stockton, Sacramento and Truckee. We
missed our railroad, but hoped some
day would bring us paved highways.
Now most drivers take us to Reno in
10 hours or less. How times do change!
Now the great industries of the state
are still in its mines. Ely is at the head
of the list with its production of copper.
A great new copper camp representing
an investment of more than 40 million
dollars is being created near Yering-
ton. And at Nellis Field one of the great
flying schools of the world is being
At Henderson an important city of
10 or 12 thousand people has been
created by the power from Hoover
Dam. Boulder City is a fine and as
permanent a city as we ever hoped
for. And the separate city of North
Las Vegas with something like 10
thousand people has grown up because
Las Vegas lots were higher in price
than those in North Las Vegas.

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Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine —  June 5, 1954
Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine —  August 7, 1954
When the lots of Clark's Las
Vegas Townsite were put on
the market, the fact that
blocks 37 and 38 were left
blank meant nothing to most of us who
were at the auction sale on May IS and
16, 1905. The corner of the "While
Forty" on which the Wardie Addition
was subdivided 10 or 15 years later had
no particular interest for us—there
were plenty of lots anyhow, and no-
body could imagine that more room
would ever be needed for our town.
So along about 1908 we had the idea
that we needed ample room for our
schools and the school board, of which
our old friend Charlie Ronnow was the
president, got the Las Vegas Land and
Water Company to turn over what
would have keen Block 37 to the school
board. That was the block between
Fourth and Fifth and Bridger and
School was then being held in a frame
building built where the Monte Carlo
Club now is on Fremont Street, and
moved later to the corner of Second
and Lewis streets where the Las Vegns
Land and Water Company building
now is.
In the summer of 1910 the school
board hired A. S. Henderson, district
attorney of Eureka County. Nevada, u.s
superintendent of schools. He was to
take over his new job in September of
1910 but was delayed by the necessity
of having his resignation as district at-
torney accepted by the commissioners
of Eureka County.
We were rather proud of our school-
house which, although a rather rough
frame shack of a building, had cost
quite a sum by the time it was moved,
remodeled and cut up into about two
neat little class rooms. The Las Vegas
Trading Company, of which I was the
secretary ana manager, set up a flag
pole and provided a flag to fly before
the building, and we all felt quite im-
portant in having a man coming to
take charge.
Professor Henderson, now Judge
A. S. Henderson, judge of the district
court, finally arrived in Las Vegas on
October 4, 1910 and immediately took
over his job with Miss Mathews, a
young lady from Brookings, S. D.; Miss
Bess McCormack of Reno and Miss
Florence Squires, our daughter (now
Mrs. C. C. Boyer) as teachers, and
everything seemed prosperous and
Strictly o. K., just like a regular city.
Then disaster struck us. In the early
morning of October 29, 1910 our school-
house suddenly broke into a mass of
roaring flames. We knew someone had It afire because the smell of burn-
ing oil filled the air. The children’s
books and everything in and around
the building was destroyed. It was a
shock, and presented serious problems.
Fortunately the Methodist Church,
then being built at Third and Bridger,
was far enough along so the basement
could be used. This and a couple of
small shacks belonging to Capt. James
H. Ladd, on the lots on Third Street
adjoining the church property. There
some of our children received part of
their education.
In the meantime the Las Vegas school
district had voted $30,000 in bonds to
build a fine school building. They
adopted plans and let the contract in
1910 to a Las Vegas lumber dealer, ap-
pointing an inspector who was not on
good terms with the contractor.
It is worthy of note that we had a
terrific fight to get bonds voted. To
some of the Las Vegas citizens it ap-
peared useless to build for the future.
The town, they said, had already reach-
ed its growth and the idea of building
a schoolhouse of 14 rooms to them
seemed preposterous.
“Fourteen rooms for schools! Never
in the world will so many rooms ever
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parent about a marriage announcement
. . . VICTOR MATURE may wait out
his few months left of his 20th con-
tract on suspension.
Prince ALY KHAN will auction off
more horses while in this country . . .
GENE TIERNEY is in Connecticut, so
she and the prince will see each other
... Out here OLEG CASSINI is stay-
ing on with dates with GRACE KEL-
LEY . . . Marriage plans are rumored
NOLLY . . . SZA SZA will not marry
until her divorce from GEORGE SAN-
DERS is final . . Beverly Hills hotel
twosome to watch . . . BETSY DRAKE
sold another TV script and the proud-
est one is her hubby, CARY GRANT
. . . JANE FROMAN writes she will be
out here a month from today . . . It’s
denied that the SETH BAKERS have a
date with Sir Stork. She’s JACK BEN-
NY’S daughter.
There’s little doubt WALT DISNEY
has another Academy Award winner in
“The Vanishing Prairie,” for it’s bound
to please anyone of any age . . . KAY
STARR, who divorced VIC SCHOEN.
is making with the dates with her ex,
HAL STANLEY. (Hard to keep the
records straight!) . . . BOB MITCHUM
explains his RKO suspension with the
claim he hurried through to make an-
other RKO film before his contract ex-
pired but not to play an Indian in “Cat-
tle Queen of Montana." Hard to under-
stand ’cause I know many who'd like
to play Indian! SO LONG'

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bounds pictures within the next 30
days! . . . Tom Mix: You will soon take
your place in the Hall of Fame! . . .
Indianapolis. Ind.: Your new memorial
park dedicated to the war dead of all
wars will be completed by January 1!
. . . New Orleans: You will plan a
world's fair for 1958! . . . Bob Hope:
You will cancel your film contracts for
television! . . . Miami Beach, Fla.: Pre-
pare for a light tourist season due to the
"no gambling” edict! . . . Thomas
Wolfe: You will win the American Lit-
erary Award for your novels! . . Phila-
delphia: Prepare for a most disastrous
fire in your history with a great loss
of life!
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be needed!” they said. But the forward-
looking citizens won, and the contractor
built the building. But the inspector ap-
pointed by the board to oversee con-
struction would not approve the work
and for months the building stood prac-
tically finished but unoccupied.
After one of the worst squabbles in
the history of Las Vegas, during which
there was no end to the charges be-
tween the contractor and the inspector,
in the spi’ing of 1911 arbitration was
agreed upon. After some two weeks of
hearings the arbitration board found
on practically every point that specifi-
cations had not been followed and that
the building was defective. In spite of
that, the senool board had to pay and
the taxpayers got all the worst of it.
So in September of 1911 the new
building was occupied for the first time.
A. S. Henderson was principal in charge
of all the schools. The teachers were
Miss Florence Squires, who already had
taughl in the Las Vegas schools for two
years; Lenore Boomhower and her sis-
ler Sadie.
The architect of the building was
A. C. Smith of Los Angeles.
On the Fourth and Bridger street
corner of the building you may find the
cornerstone with the date of 1910. It
was dedicated by the Grand Lodge of
Masons of Nevada and in it were placed
many articles which will be of interest
to us when the old building is tom
down and which, according to appear-
ances, will be not later than a year from
Duiing the 43 years of its use, other
structures have been built around the
old building. The block bounded by
Lewis. Clark. Fourth and Fifth was se-
cured for high school use. On that block
r very attractive high school building
was constructed. That building was
burned and the next high school was at
its present location and the plot be-
tween Fourth, Fifth, Lewis and Clark
turned over to the grammar school use.

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been married once. Every time we had
a child I sent it to my mother’s ware-
house. Finally my wife grew tired.
After three thousand children, she di-
vorced me.
When I finished my story, the doctor
helped me carry the couch out of the
His mother has opened up a ware-
house for him and I am happy to say
that by getting rid of his couch I put
him back on his feet, and today he is
the happiest little psychiatrist you ever
Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine —  August 7, 1954
Observations by Charles "Pop" Squires
Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine
1953 - 1954
Use the menu below to read columns for the years as noted.
THE FAILURE of the South-
west properly to support s
race track at Las Vegas to me
is a bitter disappointment.
Since the earliest days of the
poor, skinny little infant Las Vegas a
few of us have dreamed dreams about
That first Fourth of July in the year
1905 found us at low ebb. The spurt of
business activity following the auction
sale of the townsite lots had cooled off.
Our big advertisements in Los Angeles
newspapers had ceased to attract pur-
chasers. The world had passed us by
with a general "go to hell" salute and,
with all the dust and flies and heat, we
felt that we were well on our way.
But the Fourth of July came around
at the same old time of the year and
we did not, quite yet, feel that we had
fallen low enough to ignore our na-
tional holiday. So we prepared a cele-
bration, which was to include, in addi-
tion to a cool drink or two now and
then at Harry Beale's bar, a few foot
races and, the supreme attraction, sev-
eral horse races over a quarter of u
mile track down the creek below the
ranch, most of which we cleared after
we reached the ranch.
Our means of transportation then was
a foot path through the brush along
the banks of Vegas Creek, which then
was a fine, clear little stream. You can-
not find it today because it long ago
wus swallowed by the water mains of
the Las Vegas Land & Water Company
system. Our own two feet provided the
motive power for most of us. but we
did not mind the walk to the ranch be-
cause there we knew would be the
shade of green cottonwood trees, while
the only shade in this townsite was in-
side a shack or tent where the heat had
stored itself.
I remember the walk to the ranch
that morning because it just happened
that I found myself walking with a
rather dapper army officer in a new
uniform, who sorrowfully confided in
me that he was completely out of mon-
ey and must get enough to take him
to Walker Lake where he had govern-
ment checks awaiting him, etc., etc. So,
of course, I loaned him a little money
and I haven't ever since heard of my
military friend.
Arriving at the ranch we found quite
a crowd, maybe as many as a hundred
people. Near the bar a “bowery” had
been built where the young fellows
and the girls danced between drinks.
Most of the rest of us took what shovels
and picks we could find and went down
the creek to a plot of comparatively
level ground where we cleared, roughly,
a baseball diamond and a straight-
away race track which we guessed to
be a quarter of a mile.
We tried to play an inning or two of
ball, then came the big doings—the
horse races. Those of us who were there
will never forget the thrill of seeing
those cow-ponies struggle and smash
their way through the dust heaps, in
dead earnest. There was no make-
believe but serious struggle every race.
And perhaps it was that first Fourth of
July in the new Los Vegas that inocu-
lated the town with the love of horses
and of races.
Our next big races were on Labor
Day of 1905, along Main Street near
Fremont. The railroad company by that
time had done some street work. On
those blocks in the heart of town, some
of the streets such as Main and Fre-
mont had been graded, graveled, oiled
and curbs of 3xl4-inch redwood planks
Again there were horse races this
time along Main Street. At the corner
of Main and Fremont we had a lot of
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foot-races for men, women and chil-
dren. The really big race, as I remem-
ber it, was the 100-yard free-for-all
I then had a new friend, Dr. Roy W.
Martin, just graduated from medical
college, who had picked Las Vegas as
the best place in the whole world for
him to settle. And so all his life Roy
Martin was our most enthusiastic boost-
er and the leader in about everything
He had arrived in Las Vegas about
the middle of August and he entered
the 100-yard race on Labor Day. I had
thought it was foolish of him. fresh
from college, to compete with some of
our tough lads from the ranches, but
Roy entered the race and won. I asked
him why he had entered such a tough
race and he confided:
"Charlie, I had spent the last dollar I
had and I JUST HAD to win that $5
purse!” And after that we all looked
up to Roy as one of our best boosters
for any kind of a race, especially horse
When A1 G. Barnes, head of the wild
animal show and circus which came
this way occasionally, came to Las Ve-
gas to establish residence for divorce
purposes, he announced loudlv that he
had flhosen Las Vegas as the winter
quarters for his big animal show, bring-
ing a new and important enterprise
to Las Vegas. We welcomed him
Soon after Al’s arrival a lovely little
lady with two smalL children arrived
in town and rented a cottage on Fourth
near Fremont. She drove a rather fancy
little car, on the doors of which was
painted the name "Jane.” Rumor had
it that she had formerly been a bare-
back rider in Al’s circus. The rumor
proved to be about right, because when
A1 called on Jane in the newly rented
cottage the children came running out
and called him “Poppy.”
The same day he received his decree,
Al married Jane and for a little time
they lived in the Fourth Street cottage.
Then they faded away and Al, at the
moment, had nothing further to say
about making Las Vegas winter head-
quarters for the circus.
But a few months later Al again ap-
peared in Las Vegas, this time estab-
lishing residence for the purpose of di-
vorcing Jane. He had quite a struggle
cutting loose from Jane and. when the
decree of divorce was granted, the case
was promptly appealed to the Supreme
Court. In the meantime Al again be-
came enthusiastic about making Los
Vegas winter quarters for his big cir-
cus, but nothing ever came of it after
he had his decree confirmed by the
Supreme Court.
Of D. G. Lorenzi’s efforts to estab-
lish horse racing in Las Vegas I wrote
recently in this column. Lorenzi made
a fine start and it took the great de-
pression starting in 1929 to stop him.
But for the mass of suspicions, jeal-
ousies and hatreds poured into the
minds of stockholders and all connected
with the great race track enterprise,
it would have been a success.
Perhaps the right way would have
been to start on a more modest scale
and gradually teach the people of the
Southwest to love Las Vegas and her
great racing plant.
There are now more than five mil-
lion people in Southern California, all
of whom would have been anxious to
see Las Vegas and enjoy her many fine
entertainments, including the race
The whole thing has been unneces-
sarily made a bad mess from which
careful nurture and plenty of patience
can rescue it.

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Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine - October 24,1953
That's for Sure... by Jack Cortez
Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine - October 24,1953
BY NOW everyone is cognizant
j that October 24 has been pro-claimed UNITED NATIONSDAY. This is one holiday for which the world should be
eternally grateful. When the United
Nations was founded it meant a giant
step was being taken to establish solid
unity between many different coun-
tries. removing barriers that prevented
understanding between humans living
on opposite sides of the globe. Just as
the United Nations inspired the perfec-
tion of a method to combat the ancient
problem of language (the simultaneous
translation system), we pray they will
some day be able to offset serious
altercations in favor of the sensible
family type discussions. We are proud to salute United Nation's  DAY . . . and that's for sure.

“Holiday” magazine photographers
are in town, busily snapping their
shutters, collecting many lens-images
to decorate their planned feature story
on the state of Nevada. Although the
tale will deal with our state, it will
dwell mostly upon the highlights of
our own Las Vegas. You’ll be able to
read about it in tneir July 1954 edition.
Currently enjoying a well-deserved
vacation is SI LIEN, coordinator of en-
tertainment at the HOTEL SAHARA.
Si is enjoying a reunion with his folks
and will celebrate his birthday October
25 with his parents in New York City.
The only blue note in his happiness is
the absence of his love, DONNA RAY-
BOLD. At the end of his vacation. Si
wouldn't surprise us if he headed
straight for Los Angeles, kidnapped his
lovelight and brought her back here
for a visit with the Preacher.

Time out to send a gigantic nod of
appreciation to ROY BABICH, pit boss
of the swing shift at HOTEL LAST
FRONTIER. Despite the many trying
episodes that Roy encounters in his
daily routines, he never fails to display
the patience and finesse that label him
a “gentleman.”
The FLAMINGO HOTEL is certain-
ly carrying out its policy of “every-
thing new." The management is having
a new air conditioning system installed,
containing chlorophyll.
Congratulations to WILBUR CLARK
and his associates on their recent pur-
chase of Hollywood’s EARL CARROLL

contracted to produce the shows. Pa-
trons will be afforded the luxury of
Broadway productions and delicious
dinners at a very nominal cost.
The SILVER SLIPPER is unquestion-
ably the hot spot on The Strip. If you
wander around looking for celebrities
you’ll find them at this spot nightly.
Here you will see a greater collection
of star-studded personalities than any
other place (with the exception of
Hollywood, of coursfe). Casino Manager
JOHN DONAHUE has greatly en-
hanced the wonderful atmosphere of
the Slipper with his cordial attitude.
MAL CLARKE (co-owner of the
SANDS HOTEL) is bursting with en-
thusiasm. Stimulating Mr. Clarke's
gleeful attitude is the scheduled ap-
pearance of JANE WYMAN at that
spot. Miss Wyman is expected to be-
f!in her engagement immediately fol-
show. Miss Wyman and Mai have been
friends for many years. During the
actress' last local visit she ana her
husband were regally hosted by the
Sands magnate.
The picture that is being talked about
by millions of movie goers will make
its local debut October 28. On that
date the FREMONT THEATRE will
present “From Here to Eternity,”
starring MONTGOMERY CLIFT, with
FRANK SINATRA in the role that
might bring him an Academy award.
In order to enable odd-shift workers
to see this specific film, PAUL SPERLING has announced that the first reel
will be run at 11 a.m. The last complete
performance will begin shortly after
10:30 p.m. You’ve asked for it. Las
Vegas, and here it is!
After noting the absence of her col-
umn in last week's magazine many
people inquired about VI TAYLOR.
Miss Taylor has been a victim of ill
health and was advised to limit her
activities for a few weeks. As a result,
her very entertaining column will not
be carried for a few editirns. However,
just as soon as Miss Taylor regains her
strength she will res'- ne her outstand-
ing contributions to ur readers. Please
be assured that v: -»re just as impa-
tient to have hr* retui' as you are.
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We would like to remind everyone of
the significance of November 3. On that
Tuesday the Las Vegas Opera Associa-
tion will present Bizet's "Carmen” in
the Las Vegas High School Audi-
torium. A symphony orchestra has been
engaged for this event. Tickets are on
sale from $1.65 to $6.60 per ducat. There
are 1533 seats available for music lovers
and we have been assured that the
acoustics are perfect for such a pre-
sentation. The finest opera artists will
perform. One of the guests of honor
association is also sending an invita-
tion to MR. and MRS. JAN PEERCE.
Our compliments to HARRY W.
PARKER JR., publicist and chairman
of the board of directors. Mr. Parker
has exerted a commendable amount of
effort in behalf of this affair and de-
serves sincere accolades for his ac-
MER, executive secretary of the
took time out to rave about "the steaks
in the Pirates Den, the fabulous night
life in Las Vegas and the wonderful
bunch of kids.” The latter rave was the
result of the Junior Bowling Congress
Clinic he conducted at VEGAS LANES,
with hundreds of Las Vegas small fry
in attendance. Ravmer was assisted in
the clinic bv JIMMY PAYNE, nresi-
dent of the Southern California Bowl-
ing Proprietors. After the bowling
school the two were guests of Hotel
El Cortez for dinner, and the show.
Correct us if we’re wrong! About
four years ago the HOTEL EL
RANCHO VEGAS had a doorman,
same fellow can be seen on television,
playing the role of ANDY BROWN in
the AMOS & ANDY series.
It looks as though BILLIE GELLER
has definitely decided to change her
name again. In the not too distant fu-
ture Mrs Geller will return to her
maiden nomenclature of SKOLSKY.
(She is the popular shutter-queen at
SAMMY KAYE’S closing show at the
evening promises to be one for show
business history. Previous to this writ-
ing Mr. Kaye has had no inkling of
anything unusual and we’re not going
to give any more Information here.
However, we guarantee that the "Swing
and Sway” gentleman will be wide-
mouthed with astonishment. (We love
surprises, too.) Incidentally, in the
short three weeks he has been here.
Mr. Kaye has accumulated a vast num-
ber of friends and will be sorely missed
when he bids us adieu.
Have you seen JACKIE KANNON
at the FLAMINGO HOTEL yet? If not,
you're missing a great bet. Jackie pre-
sents a parody with a background of
Rogers and fiammerstein music. His
words deal with the Kinsey Report and
they really are clever.
THEATRE was very happy with the
turnout for his “Show People's Mat-
inee" last Tuesday evening at 1:00 a.m.
We want to remind you stayer-uppers
and late shift workers that this special
show will be presented every Tuesday
for your convenience. It's a good idea
and proved a wonderful way for us to
relax for a few hours.
justifiably proud of their DUNES
MOTEL, located on Route 1. halfway
between Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
So far. we've only been able to appre-
ciate the beauty of the place via photos
and comments from many friends who
have patronized this lovely motel. Be-
lieve us when we say those comments
have been raves. We only hope it won't
be too long before we get a chance
to take a reprieve from the office and
head for the Dunes for some comfort
and rest. Incidentally, telephoned res-
ervations are invited and we advise you
phone in advance to ascertain accom-

There have been a lot of huddles be-
tween CARL COHEN and GUY McAFEE of late. Could it be that there
is some sort of big business brewing
between these two gentlemen?

Just about two years ago MATT
MARTIN (one of the owners of the
GOLDEN NUGGET) was forced to
leave town because of ill health. He
went to his ranch in Lebanon. Ind.,
where he received the necessary quiet
and rest. We’re happy to report that
Mr. Martin is back in Las Vegas again
and is once more filling his post as
day shift casino manager at the Nug-
get. Her certainly looks like a healthy
speciment of manhood and ’twould
seem he has even shed a few years.
JOHNNY HARRELL, graveyard shift
boss of the SILVER SLIPPER, is strut-
ting around town, mighty proud of his
wife’s talents. TERRY has busied her-
self with copper craft and her hobbv
is proving that she has the professional
touch. Mrs. Harrell is creating some
lovely copper pictures which she plans
to put under the Christmas trees of
It certainly is good to see MORRIS
KLEINMAN back in town again. Mr.
Kleinmnn is one of the owners of the
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smile for everyone and a good selec-
tion of stories to warm your sense of
humor long before the CASABLANCA HOTEL
will begin its stages of creation. SAM
COHEN (owner of Florida’s CASA-
town, earnestly discussing the last-
minute details that usually precede
construction work on such a venture.

We doubt that there is any other
similar place that can offer you the
friendly and comfortable atmosphere
that is yours on a visit to the DAY
RUTH and KENNETH DAY are just
wonderful to each and every person
who enters through their portals. PAUL
LADD and KEN DUNCAN are two
hosts who cannot be beaten for smiling
welcomes and top service. We per-
sonally enjoy the soft lighting system
and that cheerful blaze in the fire-
Filace. And — did you ever taste such
luscious “dreamburgers"? Man! That’s
the end!

NICK DONDOLAS was in town for a
few days and spent a bit more than
his time at the HORSESHOE CLUB.
He is now back in HOLLYWOOD, dis-
cussing a picture deal. HUMPHREY
BOGART is enterested in producing
the life story of our “Nick the Greek
and has shown a great desire in play-
ing the leading role himself. If there
is an agreement made, Nick may get
a down payment of $25,000 and 10
percent of the gross of the picture. We
are hoping that this # film proposition
does materialize. It would give Nick
that boost he needs and put him up on
the ladder again.

HOTEL EL CORTEZ) are back home
again. The couple enjoyed a very pleas-
ant vacation in the East, marred only
by the world series defeat of their fa-
vorite “Brooklyn Bums.”

We certainly have a galaxy of visitors
to boast about. Among the out-of-
towners who find Las Vegas fascinat-
ing is TOMMY (Whistle) McDONALD,
co-owner of Chicago's SINGAPORE
RESTAURANT. Tommy came here to
spend a few days and is now going
into his ninth week as a “visitor.” It
looks as though Mr. McDonald is look-
ing around for some rich topsoil in
which to plant his roots. We would be
very happy if such was his decision.
He is a great person to know. If you're
ever looking for this chap, you can

trace him by his whistle, a habit that
is part of his make-up.

Another gentleman who has chosen
to spend his vacation in colder climes
is ED WILEY, host of the Casbar in the
HOTEL SAHARA. Mr. Wiley is so well
liked by his co-workers, the waitresses
combined forces and presented him
with a lovely cigarette lighter before
he left. Ed is going to meet AL WIN-
TER and MILTON HYATT in Portland
and the trio plan to get in quite a bit of
duck shooting. They should have won-
derful results because Mr. Winter owns
three lakes that are favorites of these
web-footed birds.

We greatly regret the necessity of  the closing of the gates of the Las Vegas Racetrack. But our hope is that this will be but a temporary
measure. Although our town is growing
constantly, some folks claim there just
weren’t enough people here to support
such a venture. We don’t know the true
cause that instigated this move. It’s just
an outright shame that such a place of
beauty is now being pointed out as a
“white elephant."
(of Denver) are visiting her brothers,
JACK and JOE POCRAS. (Jack is a
doorman at the FLAMINGO HOTEL
and Joe works in the HOTEL LAST
FRONTIER Casino.) The Ruttmans are
planning a visit of a few weeks—but
from their astounded attitudes we
wouldn't be surprised if they remained
beyond their proposed limit

iff’s Department was still wearing a
glazed expression when he related a
very confounding experience to us.
Seems that our friend “Woody” was
traveling along the highway, peacefully
making certain that motorists were
keeping in line with the law. Suddenly
"Woody” almost choked on his own
breath. A car passed by and our hero
was incredulous over the appearance of
its driver. This happy tourist was non-
chalantly piloting his chariot at 30
miles an hour. That was perfectly
legitimate for he was in a 35-mile zone.
But everything else he was doing was
quite unorthodox. The cheerful fellow
was steering his car with the toes on
his left foot, freeing his hands to strum
a ukulele and was singing gaily. (Did
anyone ever investigate the champagne
qualities in the Las Vegas ether?) When
“Woody” told him to pull over, the
grinning tourist asked him if he had a
special tune he wanted to hear. Know-
ing "Woody,” we can just imagine his
being close to the bursting point. He
couldn’t make an authentic arrest so he
had to resort to a polite lecture and the

removal of the ukulele. Oh. well! Guess
it’s all in a policeman’s line of duty!
New York certainly sends us some
terrific gaming enthusiasts. MRS.
ALICE KAHAL of that great metropoli-
tan city and her daughter, beautiful
TONI, spent 28 consecutive hours just
traveling from one place to another,
trying to see all they could of Las
Vegas. The lovely ladies refused to take
time out for slumber and looked as
fresh at the end of that period as any-
one else would after that many hours
df sleep. .
It’s always a pleasure to buy your
favorite cigarets from SUE PEARL at
Pearl never makes an appearance with-
out her infectious smile and warm
greeting. However, when she gets seri-
ous, she confesses she misses her mother
and is hoping that Mrs. Pearl will ar-
rive for another lengthy visit soon.
Our congratulations to HARRY WIL-
LIAMS for the wonderful results he is
achieving with the VILLA VENICE.
Although he never had any previous
experience in the field. Mr. WiHiams
appears an accomplished restaurateur.
He can be justly proud of the script
neon sign over the establishment, read-
ing: "Harry Williams’ Villa Venice.”
Another booking triumph for the
HOTEL EL CORTEZ is the signing of
TIERS. This is the sensational nightclub
act featuring a terrific impersonation of
KAY THOMPSON, complete with four
recently completed a record 12 weeks
JOE RIGGIO, box anan at WILBUR
CLARK S DESERT INN, brought a lot
of happiness to his wife KAY when he
surprised her with a birthday party last
week. Actually it was a dual celebration
because the RIGGIOS reached their
second wedding anniversary mark. Pre-
sent for the festivities were Mr. R’s
brother and sister-in-law and MR. and
MRS. KARL MAIER. During dinner
Kay’s proud husband presented her
with a beautiful diamond wrist watch.
It proved to be a memorable occasion
for a lovely lady.
Here’s very good news for the dam-
sels of Las Vegas. Pretty soon Milady
will be able to shop around the clock.
That’s a feature that should appeal to
the late workers who cannot find time
or opportunity to patronize the shops
that close in the late afternoon. MR.
N. T. CHORMAN will soon open his
MARIANNE'S shop, specializing in ap-
parel for women. You ve probably seen
it on our Highway 91. As soon as all of
the fixtures arrive Marianne’s will have
its gala opening.
Visiting from South Orange, N. J.,
(He is vice prexv of BAMBURGER’S
amazed if you hear that this well-
known outfit decides to install a branch
When we hear of all these vacations
we wistfully wish we could indulge in
one also. But when you have to work
you have to work. Another recruit for
the vacation lists is BILL KOZLOFF,
assistant general manager of the
headed for the East where he will spend
all of his time telling his family and
friends of the wonders of Las Vegas.
LANNY IRWIN is having a grand
time cajoling his grandmother into sub-
mission. MRS. JESSIE FISHBEIN flew
in from New York to spend some time
with her daughter RUTH and son-in-
law. STAN IRWIN. Unless we’re
grossly mistaken, Mrs. Fishbein looks
as though she’d like to take Lanny
home with her, just so she con baby-sit
with him for tho next ten years or so.
SHELLEY WINTERS (currently star-
ring at the FLAMINGO HOTEL) was
explaining a fight she had with hubby.
having an argument and being so angry
she was practically crying. The couple
shouted at each other. "But,” Shelley
says, "we were just having a stimulat-
ing, emotional discussion on whether
the movies are an art form.”
Aside from being a very handsome
fellow, YALE STOKES is one of the
nicest persons any guy or gal could
hope to meet. He is fioorman on the
graveyard shift of the HOTEL SA-
HARA. You can tell he's tops by the
amount of friends who would do any-
thing for him.
direct “The Rear Window," says no two
people are alike—and both are glad
of it.
Here's another one for your Texas
Guinan books. As we all know, lawyers
are intelligent, clever people. But even
they are caught off guard at times. A
very smooth con artist talked his way
into the confidence of three local at-
torneys. This experience should be
noted and remembered by all lawyers
in the state of Nevada. The distin-
guished gentleman of whom wc speak
approached his quarry, explained that
he was from some distant city and
asked the attorney to file his applica-
tion for divorce. Throughout the course
of conversation the husband made sad
remarks about maintaining his love for
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the little woman but "This was the
only thing left to do." When the lawyer
had all the information required, the
“client" stood up and prepared to leave.
Then he suddenly remembered the sub-
ject of money. The lawyer named his
fee of $300. *1110 "client” unaweringly
took out a checkbook and made out a
check in the full amount. A couple of
days later the “client” returned ond
explained he had a long distance tele-
phone reconciliation with his mate. So
naturally he had no need for a divorce.
When the subject of the fee was dis-
cussed. the "client” told the lawyer to
keep $100 for his troubles and just write
a check for the balance. Of course, the
lawyer was duped because his check
was good. However, the “client’s” check
came rolling merrily back a month
late, marked “unknown—payment re-
fused.” What a sweet racket! Heading
the list of our local attorneys to fall foil
to this gimmick is our own HARRY
CLAIBORNE. We’re glad to see that
Mr. C. can get a chuckle out of his
experience. (That was a chuckle, wasn’t
it, Harry?) So—beware all of you Ne-
vada barristers. To what P. T. Barnum
had to say, we can only add . . . and
that’s for sure.
Happy Birthday TOM McGINTY
OCTOBER 17,1953
Photo above shows a few of the many who turned out for the Gala Occasion:
Standing, left to right: Val Ernie, co-owner of El Patio Hotel. Palm Springs,
Fla.: Wilbur Clark. Tommy McDonnell, co-owner of Singapore Restaurant.
Chicago, 111.; Tom McGinty, co-owner of Desert Inn; Jack Goldman, owner
of the Clover Club. Miami, Fla., and a co-owner of the soon-lo-be-built
Casablanca Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Front, center, beaming from ear to
ear. Billy McCann, life-long friend of Mr. McGinty.
Pirates Den  Joe Capo
Hector & His Pals      Jill Webb
Eddie Skrivanek's  Sextette from Hunger

El Cortez Hotel
Observations by Pop Squires — Fabulous Las Vegas Magazine —  October 24, 1953
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