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From our archives, 100 years ago

Two separate stories dealt with controversies on the Coeur d’Alene Indian reservation.

The first dealt with complex and murky land deals – and possible corruption – during a rush to secure 10,000 acres of rich farmland previously held in trust on the reservation.

The Spokane Daily Chronicle called it “a war of factions – a picturesque scramble to secure Indian allotments.”

Charges were flying that rival groups of unscrupulous investors were trying to take advantage of the tribal allotment owners and take control of land. It wasn’t entirely clear who, if anyone, had the best interests of the tribe in mind.

The second story involved charges of “irregularities” in the way C.O. Worley ran his office during his tenure as Coeur d’Alene reservation superintendent. At issue was Worley’s handling of a Washington Water Power application to flood 6,250 acres of reservation land.

Worley declared that he had “nothing whatever to fear from an investigation.” Worley had left government service and was now working for – Washington Water Power.

Also on this date:

44 B.C.: Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.

1493: Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.