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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Three Kansas City women wrote to the Spokane mayor asking for his assistance in obtaining some Spokane-area husbands, men they believed to be of higher quality than they were accustomed to in Kansas.

The women – ages 30, 35 and 38 – said that “we are attracted to your great, broad western country, with such vast resources, which we believe must produce men of a more admirable type than we have had an opportunity of meeting here, where strife and vice prevail.”

They requested men “that are a success,” although they said they were not seeking “perfect” men who “will keep us lolling in idle luxury.” Rather, men of integrity and worth, with the capacity to “appreciate what we are.”

From the Christmas beat: A.C. Botsford, a young rancher, was dressed as Santa for the Christmas tree entertainment at the Baxter School near Eltopia, when he got too close to the lighted candles.

He was severely burned before the flames could be extinguished.

No word was available on his condition.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1988: A terrorist bomb exploded aboard a Pam Am Boeing 747 over Lockerbie, Scotland, sending wreckage crashing to the ground and killing 270 people.

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