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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The U.S. Census Bureau released its 1910 population findings for most U.S. cities – but it was holding off on releasing Spokane’s figures because the bureau “feared a mistake.”

Their numbers for Spokane and several other Northwest cities (Portland, Tacoma and Seattle) “were so phenomenal as to be almost unbelievable,” said the nation’s census director. He said he was going to go back to the local census offices and confirm them before he would release them.

So Spokane would have to wait a while longer before it discovered the remarkable truth. Spokane surged to a population of 104,402 in 1910 – nearly tripling its 1900 population of 36,848. It was easily the fastest-growing decade in the city’s history.

From the crime kingpin file: Frank Bruno, a saloonkeeper portrayed by Spokane newspapers as an Italian crime kingpin, was arrested for pulling a gun on his ex-wife’s new husband on a downtown street. He bitterly accused the man of “stealing his wife.” The other man, walking with Bruno’s own young son, grabbed the boy and said, “Don’t shoot or you’ll kill your own son.”

Both men were arrested for carrying concealed weapons.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1997: Americans received word of the car crash in Paris that claimed the lives of Princess Diana, Dodi Fayed and their driver, Henri Paul. (Because of the time difference, it was Aug. 31 where the crash occurred.)

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