Jim Kershner’s this day in history


From our archives, 100 years ago

“Pow Wow the First” became the first elk born in captivity at the Manito Park Zoo. 

Pow Wow was “mostly legs and feet, but his hearty appetite and lively disposition promise that he will be all elk in a few months.”

He got his name from the big Pow Wow – a big civic celebration and fair – that was planned in Spokane for later in the month.

From the love and romance beat: The Welsh Presbyterian Church in Spokane held an unusual contest – for Best Love Letter.

The winner was a “confirmed bachelor” named H.J. Hughes. He wrote an imaginary letter to “Gwen,” in which he says, “I look at your picture every day and embrace it as the greatest treasure in my possession.

My mind wings toward the original herself, and indeed, dear Gwen, my hopes are that you will see all in the same way as myself.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1944: Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day,” beginning the liberation of German-occupied western Europe during World War II. … 1978: California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.

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