Jim Kershner’s This day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
Socialist leader Eugene V. Debs arrived in Spokane to speak to a packed house at the State Armory in 1910.
Debs was a former presidential candidate for the Socialist Party and apparently a popular figure in Spokane. He was greeted with cheers and applause.
One part of his platform doesn’t sound particularly radical today: Votes for women.
“I heartily appreciate the amendment that proposes to enfranchise the women of Washington,” said Debs. “Each vote against it is a protest against progress. There are those who are frightened at the idea of votes for women.”
From the Big Burn beat: One-third of the Coeur d’Alene forest went up in smoke during the 1910 Big Burn – that was the preliminary estimate made by the superintendent of the forest reserve (what we now call the Coeur d’Alene National Forest).
He also estimated that one-fourth of the timber in the reserve was destroyed – the discrepancy arising from the varying density of timber in different areas. The total amount of burned timber: 2.5 billion feet.
The supervisor said that he hoped to salvage some of that burned timber with extensive salvage operations, which were already under way.