Jim Kershner’s This day in history

SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 2011

From our archives, 100 years ago

A wild bout of drinking and fighting turned tragic in Post Falls.

A 29-year-old Spokane man brought a suitcase full of liquor over to his father’s house in the morning and started drinking. Another young man, a Spokane bartender, was also there.

At some point in the tippling session, the son became angry at his father for taking 40 cents to buy some eggs. The son went on a rampage, ripping pictures off the wall, breaking furniture and turning over the cook stove.

At one point, the son and his friend rushed toward the old man, who drew a .25-caliber revolver and fired, hitting his own son. The old man then “became crazed” and fired two more shots at his son’s lifeless body.

The other fellow took off and was arrested later. The father was taken to jail by police.

“I didn’t mean to kill my boy,” he sobbed piteously when arrested. “I didn’t mean to do it.”

The paper said that “financial losses, sickness and worry in the last several months are believed to have affected the mind” of the old man.

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(From the Associated Press)

1789: New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. … 1947: Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.

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