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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sun., Oct. 20, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

Three-thousand people gathered by the banks of the Spokane River to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a momentous day in Spokane religious history.

“Fifty years ago, on the site where your Northern Pacific depot now stands, Father Caruana planted the first grain of mustard seed in Spokane when he baptized a score of Indians,” said the event’s main speaker, Father Thomas J. Purcell, of Coeur d’Alene. 

Father Caruana, now elderly, attended the celebration. He said that 50 years ago the site was still in its wild state, and there was no city of Spokane. But, he said, “the day was just as beautiful.”

The ceremony ended with Father Caruana giving the exact blessing he gave in 1863.

From the party beat: A Spokane police officer attempted to break up a rowdy beer party at the apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Twaddle.

At some point, the party turned into a fight, with “furniture being thrown around freely.” 

The landlady called police. When the officer arrived and demanded order, Mrs. Twaddle “sprang at him” and tried to choke him. She succeeded in scratching his face.

Reinforcements arrived. Officers did not arrest Mrs. Twaddle, because she had an infant to take care of. But they arrested Mr. Twaddle and his sister and charged them with disorderly conduct.

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