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Saturday, May 25, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 Years Ago in Spokane: City tells stunt pilots no “Flying Circus” over downtown

City rethinks allowing stunt flying over downtowna, as the pilots needed suitable landing places in case of engine trouble. In other news, a girls physical education program started at Lewis and Clark High School. (S-R archives)
City rethinks allowing stunt flying over downtowna, as the pilots needed suitable landing places in case of engine trouble. In other news, a girls physical education program started at Lewis and Clark High School. (S-R archives)

A thrilling “Flying Circus” was headed to Spokane, but it would not be allowed to fly directly over the city.

A Flying Circus consisted of a group of military aviators who staged aerial stunts and maneuvers. The city announced that the stunts would all be performed not directly over downtown as previously thought, but over Parkwater’s airstrips.

This was for the safety of both spectators and aviators. The pilots needed to have “suitable landing places in case of engine trouble, and where spectators may have an opportunity of protecting themselves against danger.”

From the physical education beat: Miss Eva White, girl’s physical director at Lewis and Clark High School, planned a vigorous outdoor athletic training program for girls, which included baseball, hockey, soccer and track and field.

The four-year program would also include volleyball, tennis, swimming, dancing and “special correction of faulty posture and lateral curvature.”

From the ad beat: In what appeared a political topic, a Chronicle ad was headlined “Equal Rights for Women.”

However, the ad copy soon revealed the actual subject.

“Nature intended woman to be unhampered and unhandicapped by any sex weakness,” said the ad. “But, unfortunately, woman is very predisposed to constipation.”

It was an ad for Nujol, a medicine for the “evils” of constipation in women.

Contact the writer:

jimkersher@comcast.net

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