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Friday, December 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Teaching most popular career option for girls at Lewis and Clark

From our archives, 100 years ago

Each girl at Lewis and Clark High School was asked to name her chosen future vocation. Out of 706 total, 195 chose school teacher and 107 chose secretary or other office worker.

Other popular vocations included music (91), nursing (31) and library work (21). Only three chose “to be married.”

Seven girls chose journalism, four chose movie acting, and three chose missionary work. Science, detective and physician were chosen by one girl each.

From the accident beat: Cassie Baldwin and Anna Schaefer, two showgirls with a traveling vaudeville troupe, filed a $30,000 lawsuit against the city for injuries they received when a jitney bus went over the side of the Monroe Street Bridge a week before.

The two women said they suffered internal injuries, cuts, bruises, nervous shock and “disfigurement of their faces.”

Their lawyer claimed that the bridge, which opened in 1910, was under repair and in dangerous condition. The jitney tried to get out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, hit the sidewalk, and went over the railing onto the embankment.

The two women were hospitalized for a time and were replaced in the show. Their troupe moved on to Seattle without them.

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