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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s sheriff, George E. Stone, returned from a trip back East, and he said he learned exactly what Spokane needed for its future.

“What Spokane needs are smokestacks and payrolls and it will be one of the greatest cities in the United States,” opined the sheriff.

By that he meant that Spokane needed manufacturing plants. He cited Baltimore as an example of what Spokane should strive for. He said Baltimore and other Eastern cities were enjoying an “era of prosperity … that should be reflected in Spokane.”

“While the cities of the East labor under disadvantages of power, Spokane has more than it can use at its door, and still there are not the manufacturing plants to make it a great trade center,” he said.

Spokane, he complained, seemed “to be going at the same old pace.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1863: President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. … 1942: During World War II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front. … 1969: Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned landing on the moon. 1997: Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to septuplets, four boys and three girls. 2002: The Senate voted 90-9 to approve creation of the Department of Homeland Security.