Jim Kershner’s this day in history

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

Frank Fromm, of Spokane, the 1909 National Champion Pistol Shooter, had taught his wife, Louise, how to use a revolver.

He might have regretted that – if he had lived.

Mr. and Mrs. Fromm were discovered shot to death in a tent in their backyard on Hartson Avenue. Frank had been shot in the back of the head, and Louise had two bullet wounds in the chest.

A note was found in Louise’s bathrobe indicating she had shot Frank and then shot herself. The note said she was “moved by jealousy of two girls,” named in the note.

“It is more than I can bear,” Louise wrote. “I have prayed for more than two months and have had no relief. I have nothing more to live for. Send my jewelry and my clothing to my sister. May God and my friends forgive me for this. I cannot stand a separation. I am sorry for my folks to bring such a disgrace on them, but I can not help it.

“I have suffered until I can not suffer any longer and then he forbid to tell any one after he was gone, (signed) LOUISE.”

The note was given to the coroner, who said that if it turned out to be genuine, “it would appear there is little need of holding an inquest.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1950: War broke out in Korea as forces from the communist North invaded the South.


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