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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane residents were being offered an eyebrow-raising form of garden fertilizer: crematory ashes.

The head of the city’s crematorium said he was giving away free ashes to anybody who wanted them. He said lab results indicated that it contained lime, phosphoric acid and potash.

“Crematory ashes are not to be used as a substitute for manure, but rather in conjunction with it,” the superintendent said.

From the cricket beat: Massive hordes of crickets continued to plague the Wilson Creek/Crab Creek area north and west of Moses Lake.

The crickets had eaten 1,200 acres of wheat and still were advancing unchecked on a front many miles wide.

Farmers “fell back” to the Crab Creek channel, which has steep earthen walls. They hoped to build up this barrier and stop the crawling, hopping onslaught.

State officials were pondering building an “all-galvanized iron cricket fence.” However, they would need about 10 miles of lumber and metal. 

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(From the Associated Press)

1992: Rioting resulting in 55 deaths erupted in Los Angeles after a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.


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Washington state’s first library kiosk opens in Spokane’s West Central neighborhood

new  Spokane Public Library unveiled a new library kiosk outside the West Central Community Center Tuesday, the first automated machine of its kind in Washington state. The machine works like a vending machine and allows people to use their library cards to check out books and movies. Materials also can be returned at the kiosk, which will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.