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From our archives, 100 years ago

A Rosalia woman, waving her red skirt, saved lives when a runaway train car rumbled toward a passenger train.

The train car, filled with oats, was rolling down the track out of Plaza, heading directly for a passenger train out of Rosalia. A dispatcher remembered a farm family along the track had telephone service. He called the wife, who grasped the situation immediately, sprinted toward the track and saw the passenger train approaching.

“Flagging it with a red skirt she wore, she had just time to point up the track,” said The Spokesman-Review.

The engineer saw the speeding car and threw his train in reverse. The car hit the train but only with enough force to damage the front of the locomotive and cause one serious injury.

From the college file: About 150 Washington State College students marched into downtown Pullman to eat supper as part of a food strike against their dorm dining room. They were campaigning for better food, especially higher quality meat and potatoes.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1865: President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. … 1910: President William Howard Taft became the first U.S. chief executive to throw the ceremonial first pitch at a baseball game as the Washington Senators opened their season with a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.

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