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From our archives, 100 years ago

One of the “most exciting scenes ever witnessed in the Baptist Church” at Nelson, B.C., took place in a Bible class.

Mrs. Litchfield, wife of a well-known Nelson citizen, suddenly started directing “strong epithets” toward a female classmate and the Baptist minister.

The minister ejected her from class, but Mrs. Litchfield wasn’t finished yet. Outside of class, she broke her umbrella over the minister’s head. 

And she still wasn’t finished. In the subsequent police court hearing she and her husband “continually interrupted the proceedings.” Mr. Litchfield was ejected by two policemen.

The newspaper story didn’t specify what the dispute was about, but did note that Mr. Litchfield was a prominent sympathizer with the Industrial Workers of the World, known as the Wobblies. Nelson had recently been the scene of violent mine labor disputes.

From the steamboat beat: The steamer Mountain Gem made its final trip up the Columbia River. The Mountain Gem had made the run between Kennewick and Priest Rapids “since the beginning of agricultural development along the river.”

The boat was being dismantled and the more modern steamer W.R. Todd was taking its place.

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