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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Two Spokane railway mail clerks were sleeping soundly in their rumbling mail car when they awoke to find themselves in the icy Kootenai River near Rondo, Mont. Their train had collided head-on with a work train, causing the locomotive and the mail car to plunge into the river. 

They were both excellent swimmers, and they managed to swim to shore. A fireman, however, died when he was pinned beneath the locomotive.

From the flirting file: A young man stood on the corner of Main Avenue and Bernard Street calling these words out to passing young women: “Oh! You quail! Oh! You squab! I’ll get you.”

The young women paid no attention and the young man was arrested for disturbing the peace and using “abusive” language.

From the party beat: The undergraduate nurses at Sacred Heart Hospital took part in a “frolic” in which they dressed up as all of the characters in the comic section of the newspaper.

Among the characters portrayed: Miss Petunia Pickles, Professor Mackermaux and Torchy (alias Fiery Jim).

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1976: Former Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter became the first candidate from the Deep South since the Civil War to be elected president as he defeated incumbent Gerald R. Ford.