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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Wed., Nov. 27, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

It was Thanksgiving in 1913, and a traditional American feast was being planned in the heart of Spokane’s Chinatown.

Lewis Den, the official Chinese interpreter for the U.S. government in Spokane, was planning his annual Thanksgiving feast for 12 of “his most intimate friends and leading citizens of the Chinese colony.”

The feast would consist of a 14-pound turkey and all of the trimmings, served at Hop Yick’s store, 337 W. Trent Alley.

“Yes, I am going to give the boys a big dinner,” Den said. “I sure like this day, and I am always thankful. I have been in this country for 25 years and for the last 15, have given my dinner. I invite my friends and one or two white people. I serve American dishes, which my Chinese cook gets up in grand style, and my other China boys do the serving.”

The only non-American part of the feast would be the after-dinner treats. Den planned to serve Chinese gin, fruit, candies and cigars, all “imported from China for the event.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1942: During World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops. … 1962: The first Boeing 727 was rolled out at the company’s Renton, Wash., plant.

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