Jim Kershner’s This day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
A Spokane drugstore owner in 1910 admitted that he and his wife had been “having a little trouble between ourselves” lately.
Six-shooter in hand, she walked into her husband’s store, Sollars’ Drug Store, at Indiana Avenue and Monroe Street, and emptied the chamber. Then she reloaded and fired off another six shots.
Her husband said he “ran all over the room” and finally “scooted down in the basement and hid in a closet.”
She missed him with all 12 shots but blasted a plate glass window, the candy case and a pickle barrel.
“The barrel of pickles, shot through the heart, bled all over the floor,” reported The Spokesman-Review.
When police arrived, her gun was still smoking and she was still fuming.
“He drove me to it,” she said. “It’s all his brother’s fault, too. His brother came to town three weeks ago and started telling my husband we were mismated.”
Her husband emerged from his closet and said, “It’s a wonder she did not hit me, as she is an expert shot.”
She had an explanation for that. She said she took only one shot at her husband; the other 11 were intended to wreck the store.
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(From the Associated Press)
1945: The United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.