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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Fri., Jan. 3, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokane County auditor reported 74 fewer marriage licenses issued in 1913 compared with 1912.

He had three theories for the drop-off.

1. Women’s suffrage, which made women less prone to marry (or so he implied).

2. The high cost of living.

3. The new “lazy husband” law, in which men could be prosecuted and forced to work if they did not support their wives. The auditor said the steepest drop-off began right around the time the law was enacted.

From the prowler beat: An unknown man had been creeping around the house of Mrs. George Tripp for several nights while she was home alone with her baby.

He pounded on the door and shouted threats. She refused to open the door and asked him what he wanted. He replied, chillingly, “I’m going to get you yet. Don’t fool with me, little kid.”

The next night, he pounded on the door again. This time, she opened the door just long enough to let loose a gunshot, deliberately aimed off to his side. He apparently got the message and fled.

Mrs. Tripp said she got a hazy view of him but did not recognize him.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1977: Apple Computer was incorporated in Cupertino, Calif., by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Makkula Jr.

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