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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokesman-Review ran a poetic account of a father-son trek to the summit of Mount Spokane from the Spirit Lake side. 

The author (the father) wrote that one would be well advised to pack light on this 3,500-foot climb. The duo carried 50 pounds between them, most of which was bedding. Their provisions would astonish the current backpacking crowd. They carried one large loaf of bread, 16 slices of bacon, a half-pound of butter, a half-pound of raisins, six hard-boiled eggs and a half-pound of peanut butter. To supplement this “simple fare,” they caught a few trout from one of the streams.

The author said it would be difficult to find a more beautiful trail, in the “cool, sequestered depths of the tangled forest.”

While sitting next to a warming campfire, he wrote, “There comes an overpowering sense of solitude and aloofness of the innumerable restraints which civilization has bound mankind.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1944: President Franklin D. Roosevelt was nominated for a fourth term of office at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

1969: Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.