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100 years ago in Spokane: Last of city’s horse teams sold; transportation goes fully motorized

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
(Spokesman-Review archives)

An era ended in Spokane when the city’s street department sold its final six horse teams.

Feeding and housing the horses had become too expensive, said the street commissioner. Now the department would become completely motorized.

He said he could sell the horses and harnesses for $2,100 and use the money to buy a new motor truck.

From the movie beat: The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s motion picture reviewer declared Theda Bara’s “Cleopatra” to be the foremost “masterpiece” that “this emotional screen star has yet produced.” The critic praised the movie’s historic detail and thrilling battle scenes.

“Miss Bara plays her part intensely … her costumes are extremely daring, as might be expected.”

From the rodent beat: A Plummer man offered a local solution to the wartime food crisis. He offered to supply “a limited number of muskrats to special trade” in local markets.

“In certain Eastern cities these animals are considered a delicacy and I can see no reason why they should fail to meet the approval and patronage of Spokane customers.”

A bemused local grocer replied that the muskrats would have to seek some other market.

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