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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s doctors were complaining vociferously against the city’s “unjust” first-ever parking ordinance.

They said they were forced to park their autos many blocks away from their downtown offices, even when they were “attempting to prepare for an emergency case.”

The new ordinance allowed “standing” – parking – for only 15 minutes on Riverside Avenue and 30 minutes on Main and Sprague avenues. Many doctors had their offices in the tall office buildings on those streets. 

A committee of the Spokane Medical Society said they were not asking for special privileges on Riverside. Instead they wanted allocated parking spots on the nearby side streets. They were meeting with city officials to hash out a compromise.

From the fever file: Charles A. Ridgway, a prominent Spokane mining man, was inspecting some of his holdings in North Idaho when he felt a sting.

It was the bite of a tick. He paid no attention to it and returned home. Soon after, he became delirious with a fever that steadily grew worse.

A doctor diagnosed Rocky Mountain spotted tick fever but was unable to cure it. Ridgway died several days later.

The paper noted that the malady was common in the Bitterroot Valley in Montana and in parts of Idaho, but rare in Washington.