100 years ago in Spokane: Heavy snow collapses hangar roof, destroying 4 airplanes

The brutal Spokane winter claimed more casualties—four planes.

Heavy snow caused the roof of the United States Aircraft Hangar in Parkwater to collapse, crushing the planes and destroying the building.

“The planes were crushed flat,” said the company’s president.

He vowed to replace the planes and build new hangars.

From the court case: Prosecutors sharply questioned Fred Botts, one of the defendants in Maurice Codd’s perjury trial. He admitted he took state star witness Beatrice Sant to a dance hall and asked another witness to go to a show with him.

When asked about his purpose, Botts replied, “I just wanted to take her to a show.” He denied trying to pump her for information about her testimony at the Maurice Codd murder trial.

Botts took an odd position on the whole affair. He was a detective on Codd’s defense team – but he was also the son of Edwin T. Botts, one of the jurors in the Codd murder trial.

Readers who have followed this convoluted saga may recall that Edwin T. Botts was the juror who died just days after the acquittal was announced – and that his son speculated he had poisoned himself.

Also on this day

(From onthisday.com)

1843: Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is published and 6,000 copies sold.

1950: The Chinese invasion of Tibet forces the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to flee Lhasa to Yadong on the Tibet-India border.

https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2022/dec/19/100-years-ago-in-spokane-heavy-snow-collapses-hang/ 100 years ago in Spokane: Heavy snow collapses hangar roof, destroying 4 airplanes

Brian Ashcraft

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