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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Three members of the Vancouver Beavers baseball team were fined for hauling 60 pounds of fish out of the Spokane River without a license and then giving the entire team a big fish dinner.

In an ironic twist, the three culprits – the manager and two players – were accompanied on this fishing excursion by the deputy county game warden, who acted as their guide. He said he just assumed that they had nonresident fishing licenses – but he never asked to see them.

However, his boss, the county game warden, did ask to see them, and that’s how they ended up in court.

They almost ended up in jail, but the prosecutor jokingly said the Vancouver Beavers were more likely to lose their three-game series against the Spokane Indians if the three culprits were allowed to play. So he contented himself with asking for $5 fines.

From the fair beat: The Interstate Fair went looking for the oldest, tallest and shortest people in Spokane County, and the results were in:

Oldest man: John Sauer, 97. Oldest woman: Mrs. Duncan MacLean, 90.

Tallest man: Henry Wahl, 6 feet, 7 ½ inches. Tallest woman: Miss Thule LaFollette, 5 feet, 11 ½ inches.

Shortest man: Simon S. Dunbar, 4-foot-3. Shortest woman: Miss Emma Yenny, 3 feet, 11 ½ inches.

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Then and Now: Comstock Park

James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.