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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Tue., Jan. 21, 2014, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

Some insolent teenage boys precipitated a crisis in the tiny country schoolhouse of District 111, 7 miles northeast of Reardan.

The lone schoolteacher said her 16 students had become “unmanageable.”

Actually, the problems were caused by only four of them, all about 15 years old.

“They were in the habit of getting up and walking out of the room during (school) hours to converse with their friends outside,” the teacher told the school board.

Furthermore, “when the coasting (sledding) was good, they refused to come in when the bell rang.”

The teacher was fed up. She abruptly quit.

In a panic, two school board members “secured an automobile and came to Spokane to procure a new teacher.” They found one right away, but now the Spokane County auditor was refusing to reimburse them for the trip, “on the grounds that they should have first telephoned.”

From the classified ad beat: Among the services offered in the newspaper’s classified ad section were the following:

• Astrology readings by a “scientific life reader.”

• Readings by a spiritualist.

• “Ladies’ Massage” including “Vibrator” and “Salt Glow.”


 

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