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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 75 years ago

A 19-year-old Spokane man was in jail and two others were sought for the holdup of Security State Bank in Spokane, in which a customer was murdered.

The arrest came about because of a clew (yes, that’s how the paper spelled clue in 1937) provided by a sharp Spokane woman. She had phoned police after she read that the bandits’ getaway car had been found with plates stolen from a car owned by Virgil Paist of Spokane.

The night before the robbery, she had seen two men taking plates from Paist’s car and thought it so strange she wrote down the license plate of the Ford car they were driving.

Police traced the plates to a home on North Lidgerwood Street, where the 19-year-old man had been living in the basement with his brother.

The two brothers and a third suspect were long gone. Police learned that the 19-year-old was in Sacramento, where police arrested him.

He was found carrying $750 in cash. The two other suspects were also thought to be in California, where police were on alert.

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(From the Associated Press)

1782: The Gnadenhutten massacre took place as more than 90 Native Americans were slain by militiamen in Ohio in retaliation for raids carried out by other Native Americans.

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