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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

More than 801 tots had been entered in the Better Baby Contest to be held at the Spokane Interstate Fair.

This contest, not to be confused with the Prettiest Baby Contest held on Labor Day, was not merely about infant good looks. This contest aimed to measure the contestant’s overall vigor.

Every baby was to be examined by physicians and given a scorecard on a number of physical and developmental factors.

Parents “can easily see where their children are lacking and build up the weak spots, if any are shown,” said the doctor who was supervising the contest.

From the church beat: The cornerstone of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, at Augusta Avenue and Monroe Street, was dedicated in a ceremony attended by hundreds.

The keynote speaker, a minister from Philadelphia, said, “I don’t know what hell is, but it is the outcome of human meanness. I don’t know what heaven is, but it is the logical sequence of a pure life.”

He also said he was grateful not to be a drunkard.

“I thanked God that I was not that big of a fool. My wife is thankful that I come home sober every night, and if you don’t believe that is something to be thankful for, ask the wife of a drunkard.”