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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., May 16, 2013, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

The wife of Spokane police Officer Chester Edwards caught the last part of her husband’s phone conversation – and she didn’t like what she heard.

His closing words were, “All right, love.”

She became angry. Edwards was finally obliged to get a police sergeant on the line to explain to Edwards’ wife that he had been talking to Patrolman Love. 

From the funeral beat: An old friend of pioneer mine operator William T. Smith believed that Smith should not be forgotten for his many contributions to the Granby Consolidated Co. and to mining in general in Boundary County.

So he started taking donations for a tablet in Smith’s memory, to be erected in the mining district.

He had gathered a dollar each from many of Smith’s old associates when word arrived: Smith was still alive in British Columbia.

He had suffered a stroke a month earlier and was in poor health – but it was still a little early for a memorial. The plan was put on hold.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1920: Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV. … 1988: Surgeon General C. Everett Koop released a report declaring nicotine was addictive in ways similar to heroin and cocaine.

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