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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Mon., Nov. 1, 2010, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

In 1910, Halloween mayhem in Spokane went way beyond mere pranks.

One police officer was called to a Halloween disturbance where he was “decidedly set upon and mauled by a gang of boys” on Broadway Avenue.

They knocked the officer down, stole his star and his club, tied him up and left him on the street. Passers-by later released him.

Another officer was sent to the same neighborhood. He was “almost blinded by showers of flour thrown on him by a bevy of girls, who also succeeded in tripping the officer.”

In Stafford’s Addition, a gang of kids piled obstructions on a track and held up a streetcar.

Phones at the police station rang nonstop from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“My gate is gone and think it is at the top of a telegraph post,” went one typical call.

“There is a gang tearing things loose up here and our very lives are in danger,” went another.

One “timid voice” called the station and asked, “Will there be any harm in a bunch of 10 girls dressing up as boys and going out for a lark?”

The police reply: “No particular harm, but you and your friends will stand a very good chance of being arrested.”

A number of kids were arrested.

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