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From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran photos of the new Lewis and Clark High School, which was preparing for its grand opening. It showed the “forge room in the basement,” which the paper declared to be the most “modern and up-to-date in the West.”

It also showed the “bookkeeping room” and the “domestic science room, where the girls will be taught the art of cookery.”

The school was scheduled to open in April 1912. Nearly two years earlier, South Central High School, on the same site, burned down in a devastating fire. Students had been attending North Central High School during construction.

From the truant beat: A trio of 14-year-old boys from Spokane decided they wanted to ditch school and embark on an adventure in the wilds of Idaho. They gathered blankets, clothes and a revolver. They stopped at an East Sprague Avenue store to buy groceries and a can of tobacco, and then they started hiking.

They made it only as far as Dishman before a truant officer grabbed them and made them go back to school. The grocer was being served with a warrant for selling tobacco to minors.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1836: The Alamo fell to Mexican forces after a 13-day siege. … 1912: Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced.



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