November 26, 2011 in City

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

By The Spokesman-Review
 

From our archives, 75 years ago

The region celebrated two different holidays on the same day in 1936: Thanksgiving Day and Apple Cup day.

It wasn’t called the Apple Cup in those days (that didn’t come until 1962), yet by any name, it was a football game that consumed the state.

The Spokesman-Review reported that a huge number of Spokane and Pullman boosters trekked over the Cascades to Seattle for the game. The Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads added extra rail coaches, sleepers and a no-doubt-boisterous “entertainment car.” Spokane’s Athletic Round Table chartered its own rail cars, including 150 sleeper berths.

Not everyone went in such comparative luxury. The younger fans drove in any “contraption boasting an engine, a body and four wheels.”

Was the game worth it? Well …

The University of Washington Huskies “rode to the Rose Bowl over the prostrate bodies of the Washington State Cougars.” The final score was 40 to 0.

The crowd was huge by the standards of the day: a record 40,000.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1789: This was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.


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