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100 years ago today: Chronicle reports Harding ahead

From the Spokane Daily Chronicle.  (S-R archives)
From the Spokane Daily Chronicle. (S-R archives)
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

It was election day in 1920, and the Spokane Daily Chronicle was already reporting early returns by mid-afternoon.

A headline claimed that Republican Warren G. Harding was ahead by a big margin in those states where the polls closed early.

Those who wanted the latest returns were advised to gather outside the Chronicle building downtown where a staff of “lusty-lunged megaphoners” would announce the latest developments.

The Associated Press wire and the Northwest news wires would be monitored by a “force of local tabulators.” A stereopticon (slide projector) operator would flash the numbers on a large screen.

“Special news service pictures and travel views, with an assortment of comedy and cartoon slides, will also be shown.”

The early returns would turn out to be prophetic, as Harding would easily win the election.

From the poll beat: The Chronicle also reported that James N. Glover, the aged “father of Spokane,” was escorted to the polls by a U.S. senator, Miles Poindexter, and a U.S. congressman, J. Stanley Webster.

Glover wore the “silk tile hat he had not worn since 1893.” He told reporters he was eager to cast a Republican ballot, as he did for Lincoln 60 years ago.

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