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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Thu., Feb. 17, 2011

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane County achieved a milestone on this day in 1911: The county’s first woman juror was summoned.

No women had ever been summoned to jury duty before, because jury pools were selected from lists of registered voters. The state had approved women’s suffrage only a few months earlier.

The prospective juror was identified as Mrs. A.E. Langbehn, “a widow past 55” who showed up at the courthouse accompanied by her daughter. The trial was a murder case in which a wife was accused of killing her husband.

The jury panel was filled from the 35-person pool before Mrs. Langbehn’s name was called. So the county would have to wait before it could claim its first woman jury member.

From the dope beat: Four “lads,” age 18 to 21, were arrested in a Sprague Avenue drug den.

Police raided a lodging house early in the morning and found the four youths in the room surrounded “with all of the paraphernalia of hypodermics and drugs that prove the presence of slaves of the drug habit.”

Bottles of cocaine and morphine were scattered about the room.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1986: Johnson & Johnson announced it would no longer sell over-the-counter medications in capsule form, following the death of a woman who had taken a cyanide-laced Tylenol capsule.

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