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Jim Kershner’s This day in history » On the Web: spokesman.com/topics/local-history

Sat., June 25, 2011

From our archives, 100 years ago

A woman known only as Belle, about 35, frightened the other roller skaters at the Natatorium Park rink when she suddenly “went insane.”

She was apparently skating in a crowd when she started screaming, lashing out and behaving erratically. Police struggled to handcuff her and keep her quiet in the patrol wagon on the way to the station. She was described as well-dressed and said she ran a boarding house.

But after she was put in the padded cell, she started ripping off her clothes. She tore off a strip of cotton fabric, wrapped it around her neck, yelled “Goodbye!” to the jailer and tried to commit suicide.

Fortunately, she had not tied the fabric to anything. She merely kept pulling it upward with one hand and was still pulling it when the jailer subdued her.

From the gender beat: Miss Alta Stansbury resigned as head of the Spokane Public Library, to be replaced by the Rev. George W. Fuller.

“The time has arrived,” the board said in a statement, “when a man should be appointed to direct all the work.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1950: War broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South. … 1981: The Supreme Court ruled that male-only draft registration was constitutional.



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