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100 years ago in Spokane: Bank robber escapes in auto; coal shortage combines with cold

When the teller put some change on the counter, the robber said, “Come on with all of it. Come through, or I’ll begin to shoot.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
When the teller put some change on the counter, the robber said, “Come on with all of it. Come through, or I’ll begin to shoot.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

A gun-toting robber made off with a pile of cash and change at the Union Park Bank on East Sprague Avenue, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

He poked a gun through the grating of the teller’s window and said, “Put up your hands. Now shovel out the money.”

When the teller put some change on the counter, the robber said, “Come on with all of it. Come through, or I’ll begin to shoot.”

In the midst of this, a customer walked into the bank and the robber ordered him to stand in a spot where he could cover him with the gun.

After shoving all of the money in his pockets, he ran from the bank and jumped into a small auto which he had left standing in front of the bank. The tellers immediately raised the alarm.

Police cars went off in chase of the bandit, but as of press time they had not caught him.

From the weather beat: Spokane reached 15 below zero, the coldest in 10 years.

The entire Northwest was suffering. Newport hit 28 below and Bonners Ferry 33 below.

In the Portland-Vancouver area, several boys walked all the way across the Columbia River. It was frozen over, and so was the Willamette River. The Willamette had frozen over only twice before since records had been kept.

The coal shortage was adding to the suffering in Spokane. In some downtown buildings, workers wore overcoats at their desks, the Chronicle said.

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