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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Gonzaga College reached a milestone: It became Gonzaga University.

Father Louis Taelman, Gonzaga’s president, read the official proclamation during commencement ceremonies at the Auditorium Theater. The “enlargement,” as Taelman called it, was because of several new schools planned at Gonzaga, including an engineering school and a law school.

By the way, if you ever wondered about the origins of the word “varsity,” as in varsity sports, it came from the common British slang abbreviation for “university.” Thus, the Spokane Daily Chronicle’s headline read: “Tonight Gonzaga Will Be ‘Varsity.’ ”

From the weather beat: A fierce wind and dust storm tore through the Inland Northwest, tearing a roof from a college building in Pullman and from a house in Spokane. One of Spokane’s commissioners reported his small terrier dog was blown into the street and hit by a car. A man working on a city automobile in a “tent garage” discovered that the light suddenly became “much brighter.” The “garage” was found a quarter-mile away.

The water department reported record-high water consumption the next day – because people were washing dust off their houses and sidewalks.