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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Thu., March 3, 2011

From our archives, 75 years ago

Spokane County assessors were ordered to collect a controversial tax: A $1 dog tax.

In previous years, this tax had proven difficult to collect. It was no easy task to “enumerate” the county’s dogs – that is, to count all of the dogs and figure out to whom they belonged. That’s why the county’s assessor and township officers had asked, or even begged, the county commissioners to drop the tax.

Yet the commissioners decided to continue the $1 dog tax because otherwise “the county would become overrun with worthless dogs.”

From the gender role files: The Spokesman-Review ran a picture of Gladys Hawley with the headline, “Pretty Girl Drives Big Bus From Ohio.” She had just helped her father, who owned a bus company, drive a new bus back from Ohio.

The paper marveled that “a pretty girl is one of Spokane’s most skillful drivers.” She told the paper that buses “are as easy to drive as pleasure cars.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1845: Florida became the 27th state. … 1931: President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States. … 1945: The Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II.

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