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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Residents of Peaceful Valley “suffered nervous torture for an hour” as they watched a man wander back and forth across the 183-foot-high Milwaukee-O.W.R.&N bridge at the mouth of Hangman Creek.

Three residents “experienced pleasurable thrills” as they stepped from sill to sill in pursuit of the man, who they believed was either drunk, insane or suicidal. They eventually grabbed him and escorted him off the bridge and to the police headquarters.

There, Willis G. Smith, 34, a laborer, denied that he was either “drunk, crazy or a human fly.” He said he was employed at a nearby camp and was merely “getting a little ozone into his system.”

Police booked him as an “insanity suspect” anyway.

From the police beat: Otto Jackson was convinced that a woman he met at the moving picture show was attracted to his debonair personality.

They sat next to each other in the dark and became acquainted. A little later, she excused herself and went to the lobby. She did not return.

He discovered that she had hailed a taxicab and disappeared – along with $320 she had extracted from his pocket.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1889: The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore opened its doors.