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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Women all over the U.S. responded enthusiastically to a letter printed in various Eastern papers from Frank Hoefert, a Spokane bachelor, in which he said he was lonely and needed a wife. 

Hoefert reported that he was receiving between 10 and 20 offers of marriage per day.

The only problem? Hoefert didn’t write the letter.

The letters were a prank, written by his brother. Hoefert, 35, said it was all in good fun, but he was not in the market for a wife. He said he was “getting too old,” couldn’t afford a wife and has not been tempted by any of the letters so far.

“When a woman writes you a letter and gives her address as ‘care general delivery,’ you may be sure she don’t amount to much,” he said.

But what if the “right little woman” happened to write?

“I don’t want a wife at all and if I did, I wouldn’t want to get her that way,” he said.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1867: Nebraska became the 37th state. … 1872: President Ulysses S. Grant signed an act creating Yellowstone National Park. … 1932: Charles A. Lindbergh Jr., the 20-month-old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh, was kidnapped from the family home near Hopewell, N.J. (Remains identified as those of the child were found the following May.)