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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane Mayor W.J. Hindley was tackling a growing menace to society: “Rag dances,” as in ragtime.

He wanted to put an end to such “suggestive” dances at the city’s dance halls.

The mayor recently learned a lot about dancing, including “the intricacies of the waltz and the two-step and the many ways which it could be perverted.”

From the health beat: Major R.W. Gwydir, the city’s sidewalk inspector, told the paper his secret for being healthy and youthful at age 68.

“While the snow was soft and clean I got up every morning before daylight and stepping into the back yard, plunged into the snow without a stitch on my body,” he said. “I then returned to the kitchen and took a rubdown with a Turkish towel, and you bet I felt good. … I never felt better in my life.”

From the construction beat: The final bids for construction of the Davenport Hotel were opened, and the award went to the Brayton Engineering Co. of Portland. The total: $1.1 million. The site was already being excavated.

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(From the Associated Press)

1861: Texas voted to leave the Union at a Secession Convention in Austin.