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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Successful operations were performed on Alice Johnson, 20, and on J.D. McIntosh, 60, the deranged man who shot her and then himself.

One bullet was removed from Johnson’s back, where it lodged after deflecting off of her ribs, and another was removed from her arm, which she raised in self-defense. She was resting comfortably and was in good spirits.

A bullet was extracted from McIntosh’s skull. It never came into contact with his brain, but he would not regain sight in his right eye. He was under arrest and chained to his bed.

A few days earlier, he had followed Johnson to Plummer, burst into her hotel room and shot her because she refused to marry him.

Acquaintances of McIntosh reported that he was inordinately fond of young girls and spent most of his money taking them to picture shows.

He squandered the rest of his money at the races at the Alan Race Track in Coeur d’Alene.

He had worked at Jimmy Durkin’s bar and restaurant on Main Avenue until recently. His fellow employees said that when he was broke, which was often, he used to repeat the remark, “I’m going to go over the falls one of these days.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1866: Tennessee became the first state to be readmitted to the Union after the Civil War.



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