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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Wedding bells rang for H.C. Parker, 60, who had advertised for a wife in The Spokesman-Review earlier in the year.

Mrs. Alice Allen, 58, a widow from Wilbur, read the story. After looking at the picture, she realized it was her old friend Hezekiah Parker.

When Parker came to Wilbur on business, they got together.

“I began twitting him about it,” said Mrs. Allen. “He convinced me he was in earnest, and after talking it over, we concluded that we could get along much better and be a great deal happier married and living together in comfort than by continuing to live alone.”

Parker said he felt “now that I have a partner who will make my declining days happy.”

“I’ve got 1,100 acres of wheat out there in the Big Bend, and if Mr. Parker lacks for a job, I can set him to pulling weeds out of the wheat,” said the new Mrs. Parker, laughing merrily.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1932: Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean as she landed in Northern Ireland, about 15 hours after leaving Newfoundland.

1998: Teen gunman Kip Kinkel opened fire inside Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore., killing two students a day after he’d killed his parents. (Kinkel was sentenced to nearly 112 years in prison.)


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