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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives,

75 years ago

He was green before his time. John Toskey, described as a “truck farmer” who lived 2 1/2 miles east of Hillyard, did not have electric power at his farm.

He did, however, have a 12-foot homemade windmill used to run the radio and charge batteries. The only drawback to his device, he told The Spokane Daily Chronicle, was that it runs the generator so fast that he needs reducing gears, or “else have the wind blow a bit more gently.”

A picture in this day’s edition showed Toskey’s 11-year-old daughter climbing up a ladder to oil the device.

From the health beat: A St. Maries girl was saved from “almost certain death” with the arrival of oxygen tanks via airplane from Spokane.

Rosada Smith, 8, who suffered complications from a tonsillectomy, was breathing with help from oxygen tanks. The tank was nearly empty when pilot Roy Shreck and Spokane firefighter R.W. Smee landed with three full tanks. After a couple hours with “resuscitating apparatus,” the girl was out of danger, her doctor declared.

The headline: “Death Is Defeated by Plane, Fireman.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1775: The Continental Army, forerunner of the U.S. Army, was created. … 1777: The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag. … 1954: The words “under God” were added to the Pledge of Allegiance.