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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Wed., Jan. 1, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

About 15,000 “hilariously noisy people” rang in 1914 on Spokane’s streets, with another 3,000 jamming the clubs and cafes.

The paper called it the “noisiest, yet most orderly” celebration Spokane had ever had. The noises were made by cowbells, horns, jangling tin cans and circular saws (!?!). 

Davenport’s restaurant had 600 revelers in the main dining room and 400 in the Hall of Doges. The paper called it “strictly a champagne crowd.”

One man bucked the trend by ordering a beer.

“Say what is that stuff?” said a waiter, pretending to be shocked. “That’s not on the menu.”

At the Silver Grill, the crowd sang in the new year with “Hail Columbia.” 

“At the Grill, they did other things, but it was dark and nobody saw, for just as the clock toiled off the midnight hour, the lights went out,” said the paper.

The lights were off for only a short time, but the reporter dryly noted that “it was an active and busy time.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1863: President Abraham Lincoln signed and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring that slaves in rebel states shall be “forever free.”

1913: The U.S. Parcel Post system went into operation.

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