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100 Years Ago Today in the Inland Northwest: Driver jailed for ‘spooning’ while speeding

“This young man had a girl on his lap, and he was driving the car 47 miles an hour,” said the traffic officer.  (Spokane Daily Chronicle)
“This young man had a girl on his lap, and he was driving the car 47 miles an hour,” said the traffic officer. (Spokane Daily Chronicle)
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

Walter Maydahl was sentenced to 24 hours in jail for speeding and “spooning” on the Waikiki Highway.

“This young man had a girl on his lap, and he was driving the car 47 miles an hour,” the traffic officer said. “I do not know how any man can have a girl on his knees and drive a car without endangering others.”

“Neither do I,” said the judge. “This business has got to stop.”

From the Olympics beat: The Olympics were underway in Antwerp, Belgium, and Norman Ross, a champion swimmer who had frequently performed exhibitions in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene, was one of the competitors.

It was too early to say if he would win a medal, but he had recently won a bride. Ross had announced his engagement to Miss Beatrice Dowsett, also known by her Hawaiian native name of Puakalani.

“It was on the lazy water of the Pacific that Ross first met his princess, who carries in her veins the blood of the old Hawaiian monarchs,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle said.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1948: The Summer Olympics in London ended; they were the first Olympic games held since 1936 in Berlin.

1973: U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt.

2009: Charles Manson follower Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, 60, convicted of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford in 1975, was released from a Texas prison hospital after more than three decades behind bars.

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