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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Fri., Sept. 10, 2010

From our archives, 100 years ago

A 1910 committee of faculty and housekeepers at the State Normal School at Cheney (now Eastern Washington University) drew up a list of conduct rules for female students living in approved boarding houses near the school.

Those rules included:

• Study hours will be strictly observed from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on the first four nights of the week.

• Students may have company or go out two nights a week, but must be in by 10 p.m.

• Students shall have the use of a parlor for receiving male company two nights per week.

• The housing of boys and girls in the same house is not allowed.

• The hours from 3:40 p.m. to 6 p.m. are to be free for outdoor exercise.

From the love and marriage beat: A young couple from Creston, Wash., decided to elope, so they hopped on a train to the East Coast.

They were hauled off the train by police in Chicago.

“I don’t know what my folks will do when they find where I am,” wailed Nona Kirby. “They know Charlie and I are engaged, but I suspect that they think I am too young to get married.”

She was 16. Her fiance, Charles Widener, was 19.

“I have had other sweethearts,” she added. “But none I ever loved as I do Charlie.”

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