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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The hunt for Preston Thayer, wanted for murder, moved to Newman Lake.

Authorities conducted a careful search of a ranch of one of his associates, John Anders. Two girls, employed at the Wonder Store, were brought in to assist in the search. They said they were acquainted with Thayer and “it was hoped that if Thayer was hiding there, the girls would be able to bring him from cover.”

No such luck. Anders said he had not seen Thayer since before the murder. Police found no evidence that he had ever been there, and the girls were no help.

From the parks beat: The Spokane Park Commission unveiled a vast new playground, filled with swing sets, jungle gyms and giant slides, at the Interstate Fairgrounds on Sprague Avenue. After the fair, the playground would remain as a city park.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1690: One of the earliest American newspapers, Publick Occurrences, published its first – and last – edition in Boston.

1789: The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)

1911: Ground was broken for Boston’s Fenway Park.