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100 years ago in Spokane: County paving truck runs over boy

From our archives, 100 years ago The driver of a county auto paving truck saw three boys run from the curb as if to jump on the back of his trailer. This was a common prank, since the truck moved only a few miles per hour.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago When the Barnes Hypnotic Show – a vaudeville act – went defunct in Lewiston, four members of the company were stranded penniless. Two of the male performers provided just enough money for train fare to Spokane for young “actresses” Flo Russell and Grace Marvel. The two men followed by hopping a freight.

Jokes fly with acrobats at traveling variety show

A traveling show on the road to Spokane reflects the early days of vaudeville, when performers worked with what they had. Consider their outfits, for example. Costumes worn by the jugglers, musicians and acrobats of the New Old Time Chautauqua look handmade or handed down, said Lupito Flores, station manager for KYRS-FM. The noncommercial station, aka Thin Air Community Radio, will present the group’s two-hour variety show Sunday as a fundraiser.

Large nose leads the way to a small world

COLOGNE, Germany – It’s a weird, wacky world out here on the global vaudeville circuit. During my tag-along trips with Charlie Schmidt, Spokane’s Lord of the Nose Dance, I’ve encountered oddballs galore, such as …