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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Wed., Jan. 8, 2014, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane was still lobbying to get a regional Federal Reserve bank, as authorized by the new Federal Reserve law.

“Spokane For Reserve Bank Given Boost Before Board,” one large front-page headline blared. The paper noted breathlessly that Spokane was one of the cities mentioned at an organizational meeting.

However, the story also noted that at least 15 other cities were mentioned, all of them bigger than Spokane.

This hope would prove to be delusional. The board would eventually establish San Francisco as the main Western bank, with branches in Seattle, Portland, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

From the burglary file: Mrs. C.P. Staples woke up out of a sound sleep and thought she saw her son pawing through her jewelry case. “Is that you, Bob?”

The man answered, hesitantly, “Yes-s.”

“What on earth are you looking for there?” she demanded.

“Oh, nothing.”

“Well, why on earth don’t you go to bed?”

At this point, her daughter, sleeping in the same room, awoke and said, “Why, mama, what are you talking to that man for? Don’t you see that isn’t Bob?”

The burglar then sidled out the door, empty-handed.



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