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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane awoke to a stirring sight: 500 U.S. Army soldiers, marching in order across the Monroe Street Bridge.

The soldiers and their officers were marching all the way from Fort George Wright, just west of Spokane, to Trout Lake. This was probably the Trout Lake that is about 40 miles north of Spokane, just outside of today’s Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge.

On the first day’s march, they paraded through downtown Spokane and headed north to a bivouac near Mead. From there, they planned several more days of northward march to the lake.

At Trout Lake, they planned to spend three weeks perfecting their camping skills and engaging in field rifle practice.

From the circus beat: The Rice & Dores Circus was setting up its tents at the Interstate Fair grounds. Among its attractions: The Congress of Wonders, which included two very small people, Mr. and Mrs. Littlefinger, and one very large person, Happy Henry Everett, who stood 5 foot 7 and weighed 739 pounds.

His waist measurement was said to be 8 feet, 7 inches.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1776: Members of the Continental Congress began attaching their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.



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