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Wednesday, April 1, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Police seek bank robber; glee club handbills fall from sky

The robber pointed a six-shooter at a bank employee during the robbery, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
The robber pointed a six-shooter at a bank employee during the robbery, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

Miss Edith Winslow, an assistant teller at Fidelity Savings & Loan in downtown Spokane, was in the bank’s “money cage” when an unmasked man walked up to her and said, “Give me the money and give it to me quick.”

Then he pointed a six-shooter at her, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

Winslow, “cool and nervy,” handed the man about half of the money, about $1,000.

“Give me the rest of it,” he commanded.

She then gave him the rest of the currency.

“Take a good look at me,” said the robber. “You’ll know me if you see me again, won’t you?”

“I guess I will,” she said.

Then he walked out of the bank with the money and walked down Howard Street. Police were on the hunt for the robber.

From the aviation beat: Handbills floated down from the sky, promoting the upcoming Washington State College Glee Club performance in Spokane.

An airplane, piloted by a college booster, dropped the handbills over the entire downtown section of Spokane.

The promotion seems to have worked. Ticket demand was high and a full house was expected.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1827: Composer Ludwig van Beethoven died in Vienna.

1945: During World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces.

1964: The musical play “Funny Girl,” starring Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway.

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