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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Tue., June 18, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

The bands and floats of Spokane’s Pow Wow parade were so spectacular that a spectator “felt as if he were trying to watch a three-ring circus.”

Take, for instance, the “really magnificent Chinese display,” put together by the region’s Chinese community, which “aimed to contrast the old China with the new.”

“There was a highly modern and efficient Chinese-military band, and behind it an old-fashioned squawky Chinese tom-tom orchestra,” The Spokesman-Review said. “There was one float laden with Chinese men, women and boys in up-to-date occidental costume, while old China was represented by gorgeously garbed old style Celestials marching with a big paper dragon.”

Then there was the Coeur d’Alene float, “which had a decidedly nautical twang,” in honor of the upcoming Coeur d’Alene regatta.

“The first float was a fine, four-oared racing shell mounted on an invisible motor car, and four sturdy oarsmen walked in front, carrying their sweeps. Then came two realistic battleships, also mounted on autos, named the Kootenai and the Coeur d’Alene.”

The crew consisted of “pretty girls.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1812: The War of 1812 began as President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain.


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