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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 75 years ago

The state liquor control board examiner was taking a tough look at compliance in some of Spokane’s beer halls.

In a hearing at Spokane City Hall, the examiner heard the case of one beer parlor, near First Avenue and Washington Street, which had served beer to two minor Civilian Conservation Corps workers.

The proprietor’s excuse was that “they were large for their age.”

In another case, the Riverside Beer Parlor was accused of serving two girls, 17 and 18. No word on whether they were large for their age.

From the bigamy beat: Charles Larue, 24, an orchard worker, was convicted of bigamy by a Wenatchee jury. He married a 19-year-old Ohio woman and, just a few months later, a 15-year-old Florida girl. He apparently initiated these romances through a “correspondence bureau” (the 1938 version of an online romance). In one of his letters to his first wife, he described himself as “a personable young man with dimples in each cheek.”

The prosecutor said he “wouldn’t be surprised if some more Larue wives turn up somewhere over the country.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1950: India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.

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