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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sun., Aug. 19, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

Two Walla Walla lawyers went on a huckleberry picking expedition to the Blue Mountains.

When they did not return for two days, a search party was organized, including two bloodhounds loaned from the state penitentiary.

The searchers finally found the two young lawyers, almost exhausted, as they tried to make their way down the Salmon River in the “wildest country in the range.”

They said they became disoriented after leaving their camp and were unable to make their way back. They were in good condition but thoroughly fatigued.

From the accident file: A family of five narrowly escaped death when their wagon overturned and the horses panicked.

The horses dragged the wagon 50 feet before the horses broke away. An 11-month-old daughter was trapped underneath a wagon wheel, and a 3-year-old was badly lacerated. The mother, a nurse, managed to give them first aid despite her own injuries, which included a wrenched ankle. All were recovering in a Spokane hospital.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1848: The New York Herald reported the discovery of gold in California. … 1991: Soviet hard-liners announced that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. The coup attempt collapsed two days later.

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