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Jim Kershner’s This day in history


From our archives, 100 years ago

The advertisement declared, in large, striking type: “Hotel Coeur d’Alene: There Is the Deck of a Modern Steamship On Top.”

A modern what?

When “Dutch Jake” Goetz enlarged his six-story hotel at the corner of Howard and Trent (Spokane Falls Boulevard), he built himself an amazing penthouse apartment on the roof.

It was “fitted out as a cross between a cruise ship and the battleship Maine,” wrote Robert B. Hyslop in the book “Spokane Building Blocks.” It was complete with lifeboats hanging from davits over the edges of the penthouse roof, “and his brass cannon was mounted on the prow.”

The ad said that everyone was welcome to visit the “deck.”

“The wireless station on top, the bell and pilot house give the scene a touch of realism,” said the ad. “… It is equal to any summer cruise you ever took, to sit on the deck with the cool breezes blowing and look down over the lighted city and out into the valley for miles and miles.”

“If you meet Dutch Jake or Harry Baer on deck, ask them to show you the house,” said the ad.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to one pound of coffee every five weeks since November 1942.

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