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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

In a remote area north of Sandpoint, O.C. Henry entered the cabin of W.B. Mabie and was acting rowdy.

In fact, he was spouting abusive and profane language.

Mabie “remonstrated with Henry” and ordered him to desist. There were women present in the cabin.

This just made Henry even angrier. He stormed off to his nearby cabin and returned with a gun. He loosed off a shot at Mabie.

Henry missed, and Mabie then fetched his own gun.  Henry shot at him again and Mabie retaliated by firing a bullet that penetrated to Henry’s heart.

Henry died and Mabie surrendered to authorities in Sandpoint, pleading self-defense. Police were checking on Mabie’s story, and so far it was corroborated by three witnesses.

From the celebration file: The towns of Pasco and Kennewick were planning celebrations in May for the opening of the Celilo Canal, near The Dalles.

Why would these towns, 130 miles from the canal, be celebrating? Because steamboats could steam up the Columbia River without stopping to make a portage and change boats. It would, they said, connect Pasco and Kennewick to the sea.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1922: The Supreme Court, in Leser v. Garnett, unanimously upheld the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which guaranteed the right of women to vote.

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