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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

From our archives, 100 years ago

The wife of Henry Graf, a brewery wagon driver, sent him downtown to buy meat for the weekend. When he returned, his wife was gone.

He found her later that night, in jail on “vagrancy” charges, a euphemism for prostitution.

A Spokane detective had arrested the wife, a second woman and a man at a nearby “lodging house.” The proprietor of the lodging house, near Sprague and Howard, was arrested on a charge of “conducting an immoral house.”

When the tearful brewery driver showed up at the city jail, he asked his wife to explain herself. She said that his salary, $20 a week, was “not enough to supply the ordinary wants of life.” So she took it upon herself to, well, get a part-time job.

Graf responded by demanding the return of his wedding ring. She began to cry – and then refused the request.

From the medical beat: A certain “Dr. Kelley” advertised that he could cure all diseases and “weaknesses” of men. He also, bizarrely, said his office featured “the largest anatomical museum in the West.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1803: The Louisiana Purchase was completed as ownership of the territory was formally transferred from France to the United States. 1860: South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union. 1987: More than 4,300 people were killed when the Dona Paz, a Philippine passenger ship, collided with the tanker Vector off Mindoro island.



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