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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

Tue., March 23, 2010

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From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane residents were lusting after Fords, Packards and Studebakers at the wildly popular Spokane Auto Show.

In 1910, the automobile was just beginning to rule the city’s streets – and men’s hearts. The paper reported that many men attended the auto show carrying calipers and rulers. They “crawled on their hands and knees and peeked into gear boxes.”

The paper estimated that 30 to 40 motorcars would be sold at the show.

The show’s main lecture was delivered by an aviator who predicted that soon there would be regular air service from Spokane to New York at 300 miles per hour.

“People gasped,” said the paper.

From the love and marriage file: Spokane men recognized a sterling opportunity when they read that the Equal Suffrage League of Newton, Mass., was worried that “their girls would have to go elsewhere for husbands.” Women outnumbered men 55 to 45 in Newton.

So a Spokane men’s club wrote to Newton and asked for the names of all the unmarried women. They just wanted to help.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press.)

1806: Explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, having reached the Pacific coast, began their journey back east.

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