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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A rancher from Lapwai, Idaho, was trying to solve a frightening mystery: The case of the disappearing wife and daughter.

G.W. Carlson said his wife and little girl had been scheduled to arrive in Spokane two days earlier. He was supposed to meet them at the depot. But he missed the rendezvous and went looking for them in nearby hotels.

So he went to every hotel and inquired after them. At one hotel, he saw a clue behind the counter: his own umbrella, with his initials on it.

This convinced him that they must have been there. But the clerk said it was left by a mother and daughter who never checked in.

The mystery, apparently, ended mundanely. They had simply taken the train back home to Lapwai.

From the liquor beat: Police swooped down on an improvised saloon, in an alley between Main and Front avenues, and confiscated a washtub full of port wine, whiskey and beer bottles.

Police arrested “an Italian,” and charged him with selling liquor on Sundays and without a license. The paper said the place was patronized mostly by “foreigners.”

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(From the Associated Press)

1870: The first section of Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk was opened to the public. … 1950: The U.S. Air Force and Navy entered the Korean conflict.