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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Editor’s note: The following is from Aug. 18, 1914. Because of a production mix-up, the Aug. 19, 1914, history item was published on Monday.

D.C. Corbin, president of the Spokane International Railway Co., threw open for sale thousands of acres of prime agricultural land in the Spokane Valley at bargain prices.

Corbin was fulfilling a promise he had made as part of a regionwide effort to attract more settlers. 

Corbin was putting more than a thousand farm tracts, from 20 to 40 acres each, on the market.

The farms were in the Pasadena Park district, about 7 miles east of Spokane, and the West Farms district, about 15 miles east of Spokane.

Corbin’s purpose was to “establish in the Spokane Valley a great diversified farming industry.”

“I know of no other place in the country where such a large area stands ready for development so close to a city of the 100,000 class,” said a Corbin spokesman.

From the wheat beat: The U.S. Department of Agriculture was investigating the shocking rash of thresher explosions in the Washington and Idaho wheat country. There were daily reports of fires and explosions on threshers and separators.

The problems seemed to be caused by an abundance of wheat smut, a powdery mass of spores from a widespread wheat disease.