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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., Dec. 27, 2012, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

Fort George Wright was about to lose the 25th Infantry – but the post would not be abandoned, as once feared.

News arrived that troops from the 14th Infantry had been ordered to Spokane’s army post from their current post at Fort Lincoln in North Dakota.

Two officers and 40 men were expected to arrive during the week and all four companies would soon follow. In addition, various troops from posts in Montana and Wyoming were also expected to arrive.

Meanwhile, the famous 25th Infantry, made up of black troops, was ready to end its long and eventful stint at Fort Wright. They were headed out to Hawaii as of Dec. 31, 1912.

From the accident beat: A 120-gallon hot water tank exploded in the basement of the Coeur d’Alene Bank and Trust Co. block, Second and Sherman, heavily damaging the building and shaking the occupants.

Upstairs in the Interstate Telephone offices, two switchboard operators were thrown from their chairs. Miss Gertrude Jackson was tossed into a corner and Miss Catherine Smith ended up on the floor.

No one was seriously injured. The caretaker said he checked the tank five minutes earlier, and all was fine.

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