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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A new educational institution made its debut with an enrollment of 14 students: Gonzaga Law School. The Rev. Louis Taelman, president of Gonzaga University, proclaimed the school open at a special ceremony on Oct. 1, 1912.

Judges made speeches and the faculty – made up mostly of prominent Spokane lawyers – planned out the year’s work.

From the fair file: The Interstate Fair featured some unusual displays. For instance, the dairy exhibit included a “life-size boy modeled in butter by sculptor Howard Fisher of this city.”

Fisher was busy in other parts of the fairgrounds, as well. He was also hired by a soap company to “make life-size heads in soap of President Taft, Vice President Sherman” and presidential contenders Woodrow Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt.

Meanwhile, the fair paid tribute to a fading era – even if people at the time didn’t realize how fast it was fading – by awarding a prize to dairy delivery driver Otto Overholt and Emma, “a spanking black mare,” in the working horse category. They won for serving the longest time together, 21 years.

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(From the Associated Press)

1971: The music program “Soul Train” made its debut in national syndication.

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