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100 years ago in Spokane: ‘King of the bootleggers’ arrested again with moonshine

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 13, 2020

 (S-R archives)
(S-R archives)
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

Charles Dale, Spokane’s “king of the bootleggers,” was again taken to jail.

Police raided his apartment and found six quarts of moonshine whisky. He was released on $250 bond.

From the accident beat: The Rev. D.L. McGowan, a Catholic priest of Valley, Washington, died instantly when his auto careened down the steep grade on 14th Avenue and Oak Street in Spokane.

The car plowed through a fence, plunged down a steep ravine and hit a tree.

“He had been having trouble operating the car, which was seen to be moving at a high rate of speed at intervals after an auto mechanic had given him instructions about starting the car,” said The Spokesman-Review, which ran photos of the scene of the accident.

From the power beat: The Spokesman-Review gave readers a glimpse into the state’s future when it ran a story headlined, “Water Power Era Gives Hope of Relief From Fuel Shortages – Washington Leads States in Number of Horse Power Soon to Be Developed for Commercial Use.”

A map showed statistics that indicated Washington had only developed 4% of its hydro capacity.

On this day

(From Associated Press)

1851: Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was published in the United States, almost a month after being released in Britain.

1970: A chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in West Virginia, killing all 75 people on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.

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