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100 years ago in Spokane: D.C. Corbin’s last bequest

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

The last will and testament of Spokane millionaire D.C. Corbin made front-page news.

He bequeathed his beautiful home on Seventh Avenue to his widow, Anna L. Corbin. He also bequeathed to her $100,000 and a number of stocks and bonds.

The rest of his estate, valued at $10 million, was bequeathed to his two children, Austin Corbin, who was to get two-thirds, and Mary Corbin Balguy, who was to get one-third.

There was one catch in the bequest to his wife. If she remarried, the house was to be sold and the proceeds divided between her and the two children — one third for each.

Apparently, there was a great deal of public curiosity about this estate. The Spokane Daily Chronicle reprinted the will in its entirety.

From the draft beat: The height requirement for drafted men was raised from 60 inches (5 feet) to 62 inches, said the local draft board.

In addition, a perforated eardrum would now be grounds for disqualification.

From the celebration beat: More than 30,000 people “taxed the capacity” of Natatorium Park on Independence Day.

They watched fireworks and engaged in a massive “community sing” in the band enclosure.

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(From the Associated Press)

1687: Isaac Newton first published his Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work setting out his mathematical principles of natural philosophy.

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