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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Women’s suffrage was less than a month old in the state, but the effects were already far-reaching.

And Kettle Falls was apparently in the forefront.

“Kettle Falls is believed to be the first town in the state of Washington to name women as members of the city council,” said the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

Two women, identified only as Mrs. E.B. Growdon and Mrs. T.L. Savage, had been appointed the day before as members of the council.

From the entertainment beat: Theater audiences in 1910 were offered a “spectacular surprise” in the musical, “The Jolly Bachelors” at the Auditorium theater.

An “airship crowded with passengers in full flight” would be part of the show.

“As the airship flies through masses of puffy clouds, an ingenious use of motion pictures conveys the illusion that a great stretch of distance is being covered,” said the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1979: Eleven people were killed in a crush of fans at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Coliseum, where the British rock group The Who was performing. … 1984: Thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a Union Carbide subsidiary in Bhopal, India.



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