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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Tue., July 16, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

A Spokane streetcar conductor reached the end of his route at 10 p.m. and walked through the car. There, asleep on a seat, was a 3-year-old boy.

He gently nudged the boy awake, hoping to get his name. Instead, the boy took one look at the conductor and immediately “set up a howl for his mother.”

The conductor remembered that the boy had entered the car with his mother at Howard Street and Riverside Avenue. She exited the car at Princeton Avenue, and somehow failed to take her child with her.

The boy finally calmed down and the conductor returned the car to Princeton Avenue. When they got to the Princeton stop, the mother was standing there, “nervously awaiting the return of her babe.”

She “admitted that she had been to a moving picture show and was so wrapped up in the contemplation of the drama that she forgot about the baby.”

The conductor said that people had left a lot of items on his streetcar, but this was the first time a mother had left a child.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1969: Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon.

1979: Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq.

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