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100 years ago in Spokane: Man gives advice to women making leap year marriage proposals

From our archives, 100 years ago

According to one tradition, women were allowed to propose to men during a leap year.

So a “vocational guide” wrote an article in which he provided the following tips to women about their proposals. His advice included:

“Don’t propose to a man with thin lips. He will scorn you.”

“Don’t propose to a man with a supercritical eye. He will make you sorry.”

“If you want a money-maker, get one whose forehead is broad and square and long. He will bring home the cash every time.”

The story noted that this particular “vocational guide” was unmarried.

From the pioneer beat: James N. Glover was voted a lifetime membership to the Spokane Chamber of Commerce.

This honor was bestowed because of “the service Mr. Glover rendered the community in its pioneer days” and “his position as a founder of the city of Spokane.” The Spokane Daily Chronicle said he “gave away practically half of his property here to induce industries to come.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1876: Alexander Graham Bell received a U.S. patent for his telephone.

1926: The first successful trans-Atlantic radio-telephone conversations took place between New York and London.

1965: A march by civil rights demonstrators was violently broken up at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, by state troopers and a sheriff’s posse in what came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.”

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