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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Fri., June 27, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

The sensational divorce trial of mining millionaire Volney D. Williamson ended with a mixed decision.

Judge H.L. Kennan granted Williamson the divorce he sought from his spirited young wife, but the judge also granted Mrs. Williamson more than $200,000 in property. He didn’t go so far as to give her half of her husband’s property.

The judge ruled that her charges of cruelty and abandonment had not been sustained. He did find that she had shown more consideration to her own family than she did to her husband.

Yet the judge added that there was no evidence of any “stain on her character.”

From the teen beat: Some of Spokane’s six notorious joy-riding teens – two of the three girls – returned to Spokane. They said they drove to Ellensburg, had their touring car shipped by rail across the Cascades and then visited Tacoma and Everett.

They said there was nothing improper about their trip – the girls all stayed in one hotel room and the boys another – and they had “no idea that anyone would criticize us” or that authorities were searching for them.

They said they were merely having a good time. The third girl was still in Everett with relatives, while the three boys were driving on to California.

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