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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

The double murder in a St. Maries “resort” still had authorities baffled. The coroner’s jury concluded only that Grace Foy, aka Grace Norman, and Albert Steinbach were shot to death in their room by “an unknown slayer.”

Police were following two leads, the first from the woman’s estranged husband. He told police about “a man who is alleged to have broken up Foy’s home in Spokane.” 

Also, witnesses at the resort and adjoining saloon reported that a lumberjack named Joseph Gary had been trying to borrow a gun that night because he claimed Mrs. Foy had robbed him of $50. Police were searching for Gary. They were holding another lumberjack in custody as a possible accomplice.

Meanwhile, Spokane police said Mrs. Foy had been arrested earlier in the month “with four men at the Richmond Hotel” on a charge of vagrancy. The desk sergeant said she had tearfully vowed “to begin a new life and to give up everything of a disorderly nature.” The sergeant said he gave her “a severe lecture” and warned her that she could lose her children if she didn’t reform.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1777: Gen. George Washington led his army of about 11,000 men to Valley Forge, Pa., to camp for the winter. … 1843: “A Christmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, was first published in England.



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