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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A birth announcement made the front page: Lillian Thais Simian had arrived to Mr. and Mrs. Spider Simian, residing at the Manito Park Zoo.

Yes, “the stork of Monkeyland has made its annual appearance at Manito” and the monkey mother and child were doing well.

“This is the second time the legendary bird has left a package at the door of the Simian home,” noted The Spokesman-Review. Lillian had a 1-year-old brother.

This was the sixth zoo baby at Manito in 1913. The other five were wolf pups, although two of the pups failed to survive.

From the avalanche beat: A snow slide outside of Murray, Idaho, destroyed the Cedar Creek Mining Co. facility.

The compressor plant, blacksmith shop, cabins and other buildings were buried under a huge pile of snow.

Nobody was hurt. The mine was shut down for the winter and the operators didn’t even know of the avalanche until they showed up to restart operations and discovered no visible trace of their mine.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1943: President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the 200th anniversary of the third American president’s birth.