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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., Feb. 7, 2013, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

 Gonzaga University’s 1913 basketball team wasn’t as offense-minded as the 2013 squad. Gonzaga lost a home game to the University of Washington by the score of 37-20.

In fact, Gonzaga scored only six points in the first half.

The UW team “started out like a house afire” and led 19-6 at halftime.

“The purple and gold made baskets at will,” said the paper, partly because one player, Savage, had a considerable height advantage.

From the morals beat: A minister complained to North Yakima Mayor A. J. Splawn that a window display of corsets, mounted on voluptuous wooden forms, “incited improper thoughts” in the minds of the young.

Splawn, a pioneer Yakima cattleman, took a look at the corsets and various other articles of lingerie and said dryly: “Those might be all right in summer, but in winter I’d rather have chaps.”

As for the “voluptuous” mannequins, Splawn dismissed the minister’s complaint by saying, “I never saw anything in a wooden form to get excited over.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1943: During World War II, the government abruptly announced that rationing of leather shoes would go into effect in two days, limiting consumers to buying three pairs per person per year. Rationing was lifted in October 1945.

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