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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Fri., Dec. 6, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

Dr. H.P. Carlson was convicted of assault with a deadly weapon after a vicious fight in his home in Genesee, Idaho.

Testimony revealed that the victim, Olaf J. Pearson, had lived in the doctor’s home and that “some trouble arose over Carlson’s wife.” 

Dr. Carlson knocked Pearson down with his rifle, tied him up and stabbed him repeatedly with a knife. A doctor who treated Pearson testified that there were an incredible 200 small wounds. However, only one of them, to Pearson’s eye, caused permanent damage.

After stabbing him and ordering him to leave, Carlson also accused Pearson of poisoning his favorite dog.

Pearson was presently in the insane asylum in Orofino, while Dr. Carlson’s wife was in Minneapolis.

From the writing beat: Mrs. Annie Otilla Mears – pen name, Lady Albion – died in Seattle. 

She was a former Spokane writer who had written for magazines and newspapers all over the country. At her death she was working on two books: one a history of the American flag, the other a work on languages.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1957: America’s first attempt at putting a satellite into orbit failed as Vanguard TV3 rose only about 4 feet off a Cape Canaveral launchpad before crashing back down and exploding.

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