March 7, 2013 in City

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

By The Spokesman-Review

From our archives, 100 years ago

A new springtime carnival, pageant and civic celebration was being organized in Spokane.

The ambitious plan would include a floral parade and a court of “princesses,” brought to Spokane “from every district in the Inland Empire.”

The pageant and parade would be “the most comprehensive and extensive of its kind ever attempted in Spokane.”

The event did not yet have a name, but several had already been proposed: Spojuvinal, the Spokane Chinook, the Inland Jubilee, the Spolympiad and the Spokane Gymkana.

However, there was also some sentiment for a name with a floral theme, although organizers had not yet settled on which flower the event would celebrate. They hoped to choose a flower soon.

From the court beat: Spokane Judge William Huneke rapped the knuckles of the Spokane police in a ruling favorable to Spokane’s Oriental Young Men’s Association.

The judge ordered the police to refrain from raiding Chinese clubs and from “wantonly destroying property and interfering with the personal rights of its members.”

The raids failed to find “any violation of any law.” The judge called the raids “unwarranted oppressive interference.” 

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