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100 years ago in Spokane: Man accuses Reverend of kissing wife, punches him when snubbed apology

Sunday services had just concluded at the Deep Creek United Brethren Church when G. Van Donge walked up and confronted Rev. Charles Cunningham, reported The Spokane Daily Chronicle on April 14, 1919. (The Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
Sunday services had just concluded at the Deep Creek United Brethren Church when G. Van Donge walked up and confronted Rev. Charles Cunningham, reported The Spokane Daily Chronicle on April 14, 1919. (The Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

Sunday services had just concluded at the Deep Creek United Brethren Church when G. Van Donge walked up and confronted the Rev. Charles Cunningham.

Van Donge accused the minister of wrecking his home and “alienating the affections of his wife.” He said that the minister had put his arms around Van Donge’s wife and kissed her.

Van Donge demanded that the Rev. Cunningham admit his guilt and confess his actions to Mrs. Cunningham, who was apparently standing right there.

The minister refused. Van Donge reared back and walloped the pastor in the face. The minister lost a tooth and was cut badly. He apparently turned the other cheek and did not retaliate.

Van Donge was arrested and held on bond.

From the music beat: The Crescent department store had just received a new shipment of stylish “talking machines,” i.e., record players.

The Crescent boasted that these “grafonolas” (also called gramophones or phonograph players) were now such an essential item in people’s homes that they were now being made in beautiful cabinets resembling fine furniture.

One was made of “fine English oak,” another had a Queen Anne-style design and another boasted “black Chinese lacquer“ and was “oddly decorated in Chinese design.”

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