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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane was talking about two exciting events coming up in the fall of 1911.

First, President William Howard Taft announced plans to visit Spokane in October. The excitement was tempered by the fact that he planned to spend 24 hours in Seattle but only three hours in Spokane.

The second big announcement: Spokane had raised enough money to secure the National Apple Show in November. This was a big agricultural festival that boosters said would “bring 100,000 people to Spokane.” The organizers said they would stage a giant street carnival in conjunction with the fair.

Spokane boosterism, 1911 style, was on full display. The crowd at the Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon cheered in “exultation” over the announcement, and then launched into the song “Sunny Old Spokane.”

From the divorce beat: The wife of the Pantages Theater’s stage manager had several good reasons to want a divorce. First of all, her husband often entertained an actress named Madeline Hazzard “at midnight suppers,” from which the wife was excluded.

Also, he made a habit of slapping his wife. Once, he kicked her down a flight of stairs.

She got the divorce.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

2005: Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast near Buras, La., bringing floods that devastated New Orleans. More than 1,800 people in the region died.