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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A second fire broke out in the Bunker Hill and Sullivan mine near Kellogg shortly after the original fire was extinguished.

“Every available man” was sent in to fight the new blaze. 

Five men were caught in the second fire, but they managed to escape “through the Wardner tunnel without injury.”

Meanwhile, the search continued for the pumpman who was missing in the first blaze. He had “stuck to his post” pumping water to extinguish the fire but may have been overcome by smoke or drowned.

Searchers found his dinner pail at the No. 12 level. The last level, No. 13, was completely flooded with water.

From the library beat: The Spokane Library Board approved the opening of a new branch in Lidgerwood.

Hundreds of Lidgerwood residents had petitioned for the branch. Librarian George W. Fuller said that the new branch would start with 500 books.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1967: Latin American guerrilla leader Che Guevara was killed by the Bolivian army a day after he was captured while attempting to incite revolution.


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