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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokesman-Review carried plenty of St. Patrick’s Day-related coverage in 1912:

• A wooden Irishman – or, to be more precise, a ridiculous caricature of an Irishman – was under lock and key on St. Patrick’s Day. The owner of a cigar store on Sprague and Stevens had to bring it inside for fear that a real Irishman might take the “timber Mick,” as the paper so sensitively termed it, and hurl it headfirst through a window. The local Irish-American club was already on record as deploring the statue. They had earlier requested that it be removed.

• The Ancient Order of Hibernians celebrated the day at Gonzaga College, with Irish music and a speech by a Jesuit priest from Ireland, who predicted that, after long striving, Ireland would soon be given home rule.

• Most of Spokane’s theaters presented Irish-style fare, including an Irish farce titled “The Lad From Largymore” at the Orpheum about an Irish lad and a deceitful colleen. The American Theater featured a drama titled “The Rocky Road to Dublin” about Irish travelers in a rural district.

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(From the Associated Press)

1942: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order authorizing the War Relocation Authority, which was put in charge of interning Japanese-Americans, with Milton S. Eisenhower as its director.