Arrow-right Camera

Spokane

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., July 31, 2014, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

A farmhand at Rock Island, near Wenatchee, told his fellow workers that he dreamed he had “seen” the body of Hollan Swearinger, who had drowned six weeks earlier. He said the body was in a particular stretch of the Columbia River. The other farmhands ridiculed him. Swearinger’s drowning had occurred in the Okanogan River, many miles upstream. His body was never found despite an extensive search of the Okanogan’s banks.

The farmhand finally convinced one other man to accompany him to the spot on the Columbia he had “seen” in his dream. There, wedged between two logs, was a body. The coroner later identified it as Swearinger’s. The farmhand was due for a reward.

From the accident beat: A 12-year-old girl was playing with her sister on a half-submerged log on the banks of the Spokane River. The log began floating away and threw the two girls into the river. A man in their party leapt in and pulled one of the girls to safety, but the other disappeared. A 14-year-old boy heard the screams from the girl’s party and dived in. He found the girl in 8 feet of water. She had been underwater less than two minutes, but attempts to resuscitate her failed. The coroner issued the opinion, not strictly medical, that she “died of fright.”

From the heat beat: Spokane was sweltering in 99-degree temperatures, the hottest day since 1908, when a 101-degree day was registered.



Click here to comment on this story »