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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s enthusiasts of ballroom dancing were walking on air with the news of the Davenport Hotel’s newest innovation.

The hotel, currently under construction, planned on installing a “swinging, springing ballroom.” It was a dance floor suspended on steel cables, along the lines of a suspension bridge.

“The ballroom on springs is the last word in building construction and is said to lend a buoyancy and exhilaration to the terpsichorean art that is impossible on the ordinary ‘dead’ floor,” the paper said.

“The ‘live’ floor has been used slightly in the east in private ball rooms, but so far as is known, never on so large a scale as is contemplated by the hotel company.”

The floor was said to be perfectly smooth and rigid, but “under the rhythmic motions of the dancers, gradually adapts itself to the movements and sways slightly, but quite noticeably, with a mild dreamy ocean wave effect.”

In addition, the Davenport Hotel also announced that it was installing a roof garden, complete with trees, shrubs, pergolas and ornate lights.

The result, according to the hotel, would be a rooftop “fairyland.”

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(From the Associated Press)

1910: Japan annexed Korea, which remained under Japanese control until the end of World War II.

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Freeman students march in unity to honor memory of slain classmate Sam Strahan

UPDATED: 6:07 p.m.

updated  Drenched in sunshine and a sharp spring wind, more than 70 students marched Friday out of Freeman High School behind a “Freeman Strong” banner to the same football field where they sheltered in fear last September following the shooting that killed 15-year-old Sam Strahan and injured three girls.