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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Jared Herdlick, the missing mayor of Hillyard, was still nowhere to be found.

He disappeared almost two weeks earlier, and now it was creating a legal problem for his business, the Pioneer Box Co.

The box factory had been closed since his disappearance, and now its creditors were seeking redress. A judge appointed W.G. Carlisle as temporary receiver to handle the company’s affairs. The judge’s order stated that Herdlick ceased to show up at his company on July 24 and that on Aug. 5 some people attempted to “remove property from the plant and would have done so if they had not been prevented.” The order noted that there were “a number of creditors.”

Herdlick, a socialist, had been mayor of Hillyard for several years.

From the military beat: Spokane’s chamber of commerce was preparing a “modest request” to Secretary of War Lindley M. Garrison during his planned Spokane visit: Make Fort George Wright into one of the largest army bases in the country.

“That the city has an ideal location for the marshaling of supplies through the arteries of a score of transcontinental railroads centering at Spokane, in case of war with Japan, will be urged as talking points in favor of the enlargement of Fort George Wright,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle said.