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100 years ago in Spokane: Visit from late president’s son more awkward than exciting

The Spokane Daily Chronicle was excited about the visit to Spokane of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the son of the late president. However, the populace in general did not seem quite so excited. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
The Spokane Daily Chronicle was excited about the visit to Spokane of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the son of the late president. However, the populace in general did not seem quite so excited. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

The Spokane Daily Chronicle was excited about the visit to Spokane of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the son of the late president.

However, the populace in general did not seem quite so excited.

When the Chronicle reporter boarded young Roosevelt’s train at Marshall, in hopes of getting an interview, he asked the brakeman if Roosevelt was aboard.

“Roosevelt?” said the brakeman. “Why, man, Roosevelt’s dead.”

“No, no,” said the Chronicle man. “I mean young Colonel Roosevelt.”

“Don’t know him,” said the brakeman, slamming the door.

The Chronicle reporter eventually found young Colonel Roosevelt, in the same car as the brakeman.

Another awkward moment came later, during a dinner held in Roosevelt’s honor at the Davenport Hotel’s Marie Antoinette Room. Roosevelt suggested that everyone sing the popular tune “Hail, Hail, The Gang’s All Here.”

Don’t know it, said the orchestra leader.

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