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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane authorities were trying to crack down on pension abuse among Spokane firefighters.

They ordered W.R. Brown, of Pasadena, back into Spokane to explain why he shouldn’t be taken off of the pension rolls and returned to work in Spokane. Investigators found he was working in the real estate business in California.

He had been placed on the pension rolls four years ago because of tuberculosis of the lungs, contracted during his years in the Spokane Fire Department. 

He said he moved to California with the hope that the new climate would improve his condition, which it did. However, doctors said he still had some traces of tuberculosis and returning to the Spokane Fire Department might “seriously endanger his health again.”

The pension board trustees were not convinced, and they ordered further examination of Brown in Spokane.

From the forest beat: The vast burned-out areas of the Big Burn of 1910 were being replanted, the Forest Service said.

Authorities said they planted seedlings in more than 2,000 acres and sowed seeds directly in another 10,000 acres.

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(From the Associated Press)

1848: Wisconsin became the 30th state of the union.