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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives 75 years ago

The Spokesman-Review ran an editorial about the town’s proud “new boast”: Indian Canyon Golf Course.

Indian Canyon was scheduled to open in a ceremony on Aug. 17, 1935.

“It is destined to rank as one of the most beautiful and perhaps one of the hardest-to-play courses in the Northwest,” said the editorial. “From the clubhouse and from every fairway, one may admire Spokane. … Indian Canyon is more than a golf course. It is a balcony from which one may watch the progress of this growing capital of the Inland Empire.”

From the bank robbery beat: A manhunt continued for three men who robbed a Rosalia bank two days earlier and shot and killed the town marshal.

Police discovered an abandoned car in a nearby rural schoolhouse. The car contained two “tropical helmets worn by the bandits during the robbery.” The car also had a bullet hole in the windshield.

The men had apparently switched cars soon after the robbery. Police were hoping evidence in the car would provide clues to their identities.

Meanwhile, police were looking for their other car, a stolen Dodge sedan.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1948: Baseball legend Babe Ruth died in New York at age 53. 1977: Singer Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn., at age 42.

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