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  • MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Milwaukee Road announced plans for a stunning new innovation: the electrification of all of its trains from Spokane to the coast.


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 20, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane man told police that a mysterious stranger had thrown carbolic acid on him and then forced him to swallow some of it, …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The 23 striking Great Northern Railway snow shovelers appealed to the Spokane mayor for help to get their back wages.


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Twenty-three laborers in a crew hired to shovel snow off railroad tracks in the Cascades were arrested in Spokane after they went on strike …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The legislative session began and the big news out of Olympia was this: “The elephant and the bull moose lay down together and pledged …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Orpheum Theater in Spokane installed Thomas Edison’s latest “marvel”: a kinetophone, or “talking picture” machine.


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago W.F. Moore, a prospector near the town of Orient, Wash., was doing some blasting on a mining claim. Unfortunately, a blast went off before …


  • MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The entire region was buried in snow – more snow than even the old-timers could remember.


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 13, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Snow was the big story in Spokane, with 16.8 inches on the ground, most of it fallen within the last two days.


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 12, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Joel Lowry, a railroad fireman from Kalispell, appealed to the Spokane mayor about a fleecing he claimed he had from a “lady barber” on …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago John Hammond, a young machinist’s helper in the Green Hill Cleveland Mining Co. mill in Wallace, was snatched up by the whirling steel of …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The town of Orofino, Idaho, was abuzz about its notorious new resident: Dora E. Doxey, an accused bigamist who had recently been acquitted of …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A black soldier from the 25th Infantry, stationed at Fort George Wright, decided not to re-enlist when his regiment was sent to Hawaii. He …


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A student at the University of Idaho rescued his sister, also a UI student, from their burning home in Moscow.


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago For the first day in two years, not a single drunkenness or vagrancy charge was listed on Spokane’s court docket. The Spokane police chief …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Miss Lucia Edison, a schoolteacher in the Horse Heaven Hills country near Benton City, left her home on foot to visit a neighbor several …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A frightening situation was developing on the railroad lines west of Spokane. Heavy snowpack and avalanches were causing trains to be delayed through the …


  • WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Arthur Beck, one of the most notorious robbers in Spokane history, was recaptured in Chehalis, Wash., six months after he escaped from a Fargo, …


  • TUESDAY, JAN. 1, 2013

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. Louis Taelman, president of Gonzaga University, told of a moving Christmas Midnight Mass he celebrated at the invitation of the small and …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 31, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police nabbed a Northern Pacific railroad porter, 31, and a train cook, 19, for a daring post office robbery in Othello and – …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 30, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Heavy snow and rain arrived in the Inland Northwest, with tragic results.


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A reporter went in search of prophecies of what the year 1913 would bring.


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane salesman Frank Shelberg saw a 6-year-old boy wandering alone through downtown Spokane. Shelberg asked the boy what he was doing, and he said …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Fort George Wright was about to lose the 25th Infantry – but the post would not be abandoned, as once feared.


  • WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Some of the city’s lumberjacks and saloon denizens had themselves a merry Christmas – in jail.


  • MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Slippery winter conditions on Grand Boulevard were dangerous for all conveyances, even those with four-hoof drive.


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 23, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Seven U.S. Army deserters turned themselves in at Fort George Wright over the last four days.


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 22, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A heartbreaking family drama unfolded at a cabin outside of Curlew. Ed Stoddard, his mind “demented” by his inability to provide food or clothing …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s Park Board continued to purchase large chunks of land for future parks. It purchased the large “stadium site” at Main Avenue and Jefferson …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Fred Morrow, a railroad employee, was arrested in San Francisco for stealing $5,500 in railroad paychecks from a baggage car.


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