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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A young Coeur d’Alene couple walked 275 miles over Snoqualmie Pass – pushing their baby in a perambulator (baby carriage).

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Simpson started their trek in Bellingham, where they had been working in a fish cannery. When that job ended, they were “determined to get home in the cheapest way.” They strapped a canvas “on the axles of their baby buggy to hold their camp equipment.” Then they “wedged their 16-month-old baby among the provisions piled on top of the carriage,” and started walking to Coeur d’Alene.

After 13 days, they crossed Snoqualmie Pass. There, they learned that there were jobs in the Yakima Valley picking hops and apples. So they stopped in Yakima in hopes of picking up some cash.

Yet their goal remained the same. They said they planned to resume their perambulations on Oct. 1, all the way to Coeur d’Alene. 

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1951: President Harry S. Truman addressed the nation from the Japanese peace treaty conference in San Francisco in the first live, coast-to-coast television broadcast. … 2002: President George W. Bush promised to seek Congress’ approval for “whatever is necessary” to oust Saddam Hussein, including using military force.

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