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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Slightly more than 100 acres of land on the edge of the Hangman Creek bluff were donated to the Spokane Park Board. 

The donated land began at about 29th Avenue and then curved along the top of the bluff to Division Street. Now, the Park Board had a nearly complete right-of-way for its “long-proposed boulevard drive, from Grand Boulevard to Cedar Street.” 

That dreamed-of “boulevard drive” is now known as High Drive.

These land donations, primarily from the Home Securities Co., the Hays family and the Cowles Improvement Co., were worth at least $100,000.

From the medical beat: A Spokane pharmacist had his own theory on why Spokane was suffering from a “near-epidemic of colds and coughs.”

He said it was because of “low-cut and gauzy dresses worn by women, especially those that expose the throat.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1787: Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

1909: In his State of the Union address, President William Howard Taft defended the decision to base U.S. naval operations in the Pacific at Pearl Harbor, instead of in the Philippines.

1911: China abolished the requirement that men wear their hair in a queue, or ponytail.

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