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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A fire broke out at 2 a.m. in the Osburn Hotel, one of the oldest and best-known hotels in Osburn, Idaho. By the time the flames died down, nothing was left but the charred foundation.

The hotel was built in 1889 by Bill Osburn and was the district’s “mecca for prominent people.” In 1890, the hotel served as the headquarters for the district court.

In recent years, the Osburn Hotel had been leased to another proprietor, who operated it under the name Ye Midway Inn.

The cause of the fire was unknown. It was fully insured and would “probably be immediately rebuilt.”

From the assault beat: A surprise development came to light in the assault case involving two Chinese noodle parlor proprietors who beat each other bloody in a fight over the attentions of Miss Stella Ward, a 20-year-old nurse.

It turned out that Miss Stella Ward was actually Mrs. James W. Cowley. Her husband was currently in prison at Walla Walla.

This didn’t have a direct bearing on the case, however. In a statement, Stella said she was friends with both Chinese men, one of whom lived in the hotel room next door. That neighbor discovered that the other man was visiting her. He lurked in the hallway until the other man exited, upon which he opened fire.

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