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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The city of Hillyard was mulling over the idea of appointing a new mayor to replace Jared Herdlick, who had vanished two weeks earlier.

The City Council was sorting through its options. Members could declare the position of mayor vacant and appoint a new mayor, probably City Councilman Ralph Buckley. Buckley was already serving as acting mayor in Herdlick’s absence.

The other option would be to simply wait and see if Herdlick would suddenly reappear. Nobody had any idea where he was. His family was keeping mum.

From the military beat: One of the members of Secretary of War Lindley M. Garrison’s traveling entourage was particularly eager to see Spokane.

The last time that Maj. Gen. James Aleshire was in Spokane was in 1884, when he was a young officer marching on the old Mullan Trail from Walla Walla to Fort Custer in Montana.

“I remember that we camped on the plains near the Spokane River, about four miles east of the falls,” said the major general. “At that time Spokane was about the size of a Pullman car. I have heard that it is a wonderful city now.”

Also on this day

(From the Associated Press)

1993: Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.