December 12, 2010 in City

Jim Kershner’s This day in history

By Correspondent

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokane Ministerial Association, always vigilant for lapses in public morality, expressed alarm about conditions in the high schools, theaters and even department stores.

One minister noted that “one department store has been exhibiting in its window a picture that is as lewd as anything in a penny arcade.” He added that certain art galleries are exhibiting pictures of the same type.

Another minister hinted, mysteriously, about unsavory events in Spokane’s high schools.

“I have heard of things in the high school that need investigation, matters that cannot be spoken of until we get the actual proof,” he said.

But he had solid evidence of another transgression: “150 high school students come down to a dancing school in town here every week.”

Another minister noted that the National Apple Show, recently in town, treated the conventioneers to “a vaudeville performance.”

“There is a general tendency toward looseness that people do not realize,” he said.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1925: The first motel – the Motel Inn – opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif. … 1937: Japanese aircraft sank the U.S. gunboat Panay on China’s Yangtze River. (Japan apologized and paid $2.2 million in reparations.)

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