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This day in history: Breakfast a trying meal for the family

From our archives, 100 years ago

Columnist Betty Graeme declared breakfast to be the most “trying” meal of the day.

It had nothing to do with the food. She said the problem with breakfast was the emotional atmosphere.

“It is especially so for women,” she wrote. “…Few women and fewer men act their prettiest at breakfast. This regrettable state of affairs has resulted in many women taking their matutinal meal in bed while the injured husband takes his in peace.”

She also wrote that, “unless there are children to offer diversion, women invariably breakfast alone, with only the morning paper for company — spinsters have it in their hands, wives in their faces.”

From the bank beat: A 29-year-old bank teller was arrested on suspicion of embezzling $19,000 from the Farmer’s Savings Bank in Walla Walla.

A statement from the bank president said that the teller “unfortunately took advantage of confidence placed in him and embezzled a few thousand dollars of the banks’s funds.”

The theft was discovered by a bank examiner. The teller resigned, and returned some money and some property, apparently purchased with stolen funds.

He was in jail on a charge of larceny.


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