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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane was “much behind other cities” when it came to parks – but not for long.

Spokane parks head Aubrey L. White announced a comprehensive plan that would “create a park system unequaled in any western American city.”

Earlier in 1910, a $1 million bond issue passed. The parks board then acquired a number of “desirable” pieces of land and now White said the city was “at the point where we will see results.”

This new plan would lay the foundation for today’s park system.

From the gunplay file: Police collared three boys, all 17, after numerous people complained about bullets whizzing past them on the Washington Street and Howard Street bridges.

The three boys “declared that they had been shooting at river rats.”

From the “resort” beat: Spokane police raided what the Chronicle called a “Negro resort” – resort being a 1910 euphemism for brothel.

Police arrested 12 women on charges of vagrancy, said the Chronicle. The “resort” was at 309 Second Ave.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1787: The first of the Federalist Papers, a series of essays calling for ratification of the United States Constitution, was published in New York.

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