Jim Kershner’s This day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
Christmas shopping was clearly an entirely different game in 1910, as evidenced by the following line in a Spokane Daily Chronicle story: “An unusually large amount of early Christmas shopping is reported at all of the big downtown stores.”
Yes, Dec. 13 was still considered “early.”
In fact, store owners were marveling at how much merchandise had already moved, and “still two weeks before Christmas.”
The “trade in toys has been enormous,” reported the Chronicle, yet there was also a surprising demand for actual “useful articles.”
“The buyers appear to have plenty of money and are buying large quantities of solid silver tableware,” reported the paper. “Leather goods are popular, as are furs.”
From the sports beat: An unusual “international meet” was announced – a chess match between a Spokane team and a Nelson, B. C., team.
This was to be a “telegraphic” competition. Both teams would remain at home and the chess moves would be communicated via wire.
Also on this date:
(From the Associated Press)
2001: Republican George W. Bush claimed the presidency a day after the U.S. Supreme Court shut down further recounts of disputed ballots in Florida; Democrat Al Gore conceded, delivering a call for national unity. … 2003: Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq.