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  • FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Hotel’s house detective, Bill Shannon, known as “the hobo’s nemesis,” hid behind a pillar in the lobby, eyeing his prey.


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Harold Delmore, 4, from Livingston, Mont., embarked on an excellent adventure with the goal of seeing the “ocean and the ships.”


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Bell Telephone office issued a warning to the men of Spokane: Don’t try to flirt with the telephone operator.


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A local judge had no patience for a man who said he couldn’t support his wife because he “has an artistic temperament and hasn’t …


  • SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Two bear cubs raised havoc at the Great Northern Chalet outside of Glacier Park. The two cubs had been kept in a cage at …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Viola Jacobson, a Snyder, Idaho, homesteader, received an award from the Spokane International Railway for saving a train and the lives of the …


  • THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The county prosecutor’s election was heating up, with one of the challengers promising to “blot out” the “deplorable” record of the past administration.


  • WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Two sons of Francis Cook were attacked by a “monster black bear” near their road-building camp on the slopes of Mount Carleton (Mount Spokane).


  • TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago When it comes to love and marriage, there’s not much new in the world. But this was a Spokane first: “The first motorcycle elopement …


  • MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane School Board voted unanimously to ban travel outside the city for athletic teams from the city’s two high schools, North Central and …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Sells-Floto Circus arrived in Spokane for a two-day stay, and it caused much excitement among little boys and, apparently, newspaper reporters.


  • SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A recaptured fugitive told a harrowing story of his adventures in the Cascade Range.


  • FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Mayor Hindley played the censor again, this time banning a French vaudeville act called “La Petite Gosse.”


  • THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Two young Coeur d’Alene women, Miss Laura Smith and Miss Reba Hurn, completed an 81-mile, six-day hiking trek from Coeur d’Alene to the top …


  • MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police were combing the city for Arthur J. Beck, alias A.J. Murray, who had just escaped from the North Dakota State Penitentiary.


  • SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Orpheum Theater in Spokane had a popular young vaudeville performer on its bill: a juggler named W.C. Fields.


  • SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A Chautauqua – a summer festival of the arts and of the intellect – was in full swing at Spirit Lake, Idaho.


  • FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Judge Warren W. Foster, of New York, passed through Spokane on a pleasure trip and spoke to reporters about the subject that had made …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Snoqualmie Pass formally opened for automobile traffic after “two years of unceasing effort.” A cavalcade of 30 autos made the trip from Ellensburg to …


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Helen Bush, a “comely” young wife, left her husband Ned on the Fourth of July after he beat her and threatened her.


  • SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Della Olds wrote a letter to The Spokesman-Review thanking all of those who supported her during her trial for murder. She also gave a …


  • SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Edith Cattle, 12, of Black Lake, east of Colville, was riding to town when suddenly she met a “huge brown bear” in the middle …


  • FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The court clerk in the Della Olds case read aloud these two words, “Not guilty,” and pandemonium broke out in the packed Spokane County …


  • THURSDAY, JULY 12, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The defense attorney for Della Olds delivered a tongue-lashing to Spokane’s police force during closing arguments in her first-degree murder trial.


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The final hours of testimony in the Della Olds murder case consisted of one more last-ditch attempt by the prosecution to show that the …


  • SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Della Olds trial was on weekend recess, which gave the paper more space to chronicle some stories from around the region:


  • THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Here’s the tally of Fourth of July casualties in Spokane in 1912 (before the “safe and sane” days):


  • WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The defense opened its case in Spokane’s most sensational murder trial, revealing many unsavory details about the tragically unhappy marriage between Della Olds and …


  • TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The “family secrets” of Dr. W.H. Olds and his young wife, Della Olds, were revealed in a sensational day of testimony in the Della …


  • MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012

    Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Fred B. Olds, 21, son of the murdered physician Dr. W.H. Olds, took the witness stand and dropped a bombshell.


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