January 9, 2011 in City

Jim Kershner’s This day in history

By Correspondent

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s police force was on high alert after receiving several threatening letters in the wake of the assassination of Spokane’s former police chief, John T. Sullivan.

One letter said, “We’ve got one of ’em now, and we’ll get more. … The police will be in hell while the IWW are still living.”

The IWW was the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies), who had confronted Sullivan and the police during the 1909 Free Speech Fight.

Another letter said, “This is one job done; two more will follow within the next 30 days, so beware, behave and prepare. … We hate to do it, but –.”

Police believed these letters were written for spite, by people unconnected with the murder. But police remained vigilant for more attacks.

From the gender beat: An attempt was being made to open up the Washington state Senate to women.

However, they weren’t exactly being invited in as legislators. The Senate was considering allowing women to be hired, for the first time, as “janitors and pages.”

The Spokane Daily Chronicle referred to this as a “women’s rights bombshell.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1793: Frenchman Jean Pierre Blanchard flew between Philadelphia and Woodbury, N.J., in a hot-air balloon. … 1951: United Nations headquarters in New York was officially opened.

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