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100 years ago in Spokane: An earthquake tossed a Sacred Heart patient out of his bed but didn’t cause much damage

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 28, 2020

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

The biggest earthquake in years rattled Spokane, tossing one patient out of his bed at Sacred Heart Hospital.

People reported dishes rattling, plaster shaking and paintings knocked askew on walls. However, no serious damage was reported.

A Gonzaga University seismologist estimated that the center of the quake was about 300 miles west of Spokane.

People in Yakima, Portland, Tacoma and Seattle all felt the temblor, but no damage was reported there, either.

The Spokesman-Review speculated that Sacred Heart Hospital felt the quake more intensely than other parts of the city because it is on the side of the South Hill and it is the tallest building in that sector.

From the missing persons beat: Police found no trace of Elliott Michener, 15, who apparently embezzled money from his Philadelphia employer to make a trip to see his dying father in Spokane.

“I would give anything to hear of my boy,” said his mother, Kate Michener.

From the football beat: Huge crowds were gathering at the Pullman train station to greet the victorious Washington State College football team.

The team was returning from Nebraska, where they had just defeated the Cornhuskers in a thrilling 21-20 victory.

“All Pullman stores will be closed for the occasion, and a large delegation of Pullman football fans, as well as the entire student body, will be at the station.”

A parade, a victory banquet and a dance were also planned.

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