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Jim Kershner’s This day in history


From our archives, 50 years ago

Spokane was looking forward to several notable improvements in 1961.

First, officials assured the City Council that the proposed east-west freeway was fully budgeted and would be under construction “as soon as funds become available.” This would become, of course, today’s Interstate 90.

Second, the Washington State Park commissioners had approved an exciting new development on Mt. Spokane: The installation over the summer of a second chairlift. Today, it has five chairlifts.

Finally the Spokane school district had its fingers crossed in hopes that voters would pass a $2.3 million levy despite some tough economic times. It passed with an 85 percent yes vote.

From the orchestra beat: Sweet harmony was not the sound issuing from the Spokane Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra members had issued an ultimatum to the board: They would not play their next concert unless their grievances were resolved.

Those grievances included money and disputes over ticket procedures. A struggle over leadership was also under way. The orchestra was firmly in support of its conductor, Harold Paul Whelan, but some board members were trying to dismiss him.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1793: During the French Revolutionary Wars, France declared war on Spain. … 1876: Alexander Graham Bell received a patent for his telephone.

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