Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
Spokane police Officer Fred E. Goddard, 29, was in the Logan Bar, showing off his new Colt automatic revolver. He was demonstrating how the safety mechanism worked – or at least, how he thought it worked. Suddenly, the gun went off and the bullet pierced Goddard’s stomach.
“It got me, boys,” said Goddard, as he lay dying. “Take care of my wife and babies and look after my insurance.”
He died shortly afterward at St. Luke’s Hospital. He was well-known as the driver of the police “greyhound” – the fast police automobile.
From the wildlife beat: Six new elk arrived from Yellowstone National Park to their new home at the Manito Park Zoo. Preach, the big bull elk that had lived by himself at Manito for the past several years, accepted these new inhabitants quietly. Preach nonchalantly munched alfalfa and virtually ignored the new elk.
The story did not specify whether the new elk were cows or bulls.
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1933: A national bank holiday declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt aimed at calming panicked depositors went into effect. The holiday was supposed to last four days, but was extended until it was gradually lifted starting March 13. … 1912: Oreo sandwich cookies were first introduced by the National Biscuit Co.