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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Mayor W.J. Hindley returned to Spokane and still was awaiting official word from the Central Congregational Church of Winnipeg.

He was in the running to take over the pulpit of that church, which would require him to resign his mayoral job. But he said the offer wasn’t official yet. The congregation still had to ratify the offer.

He did not give any hint about whether he would accept the offer, but his friends said Hindley would rather return to the ministry than continue as mayor. He was a Spokane minister before he became mayor.

Meanwhile, the maneuvering at Spokane City Hall already was underway.

Commissioner Fassett said he did not want to become mayor and would prefer that Commissioner Farley take the job. Commissioner Farley said he had no ambition to become mayor.

Commissioner McBroom said it would be best if a new person – an “influential citizen” – be recruited for the job.

Commissioner Fleming, however, said he wanted to wait and see what Hindley was going to do. The paper said “it is believed” that Fleming “would not be averse” to giving up his present position for the mayoral spot if it became absolutely necessary.

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