Training as a U.S. Army aviator was filled with perils, according to a letter written home to Spokane by Sgt. Willis A. Boggs Jr. Boggs had just passed his exam for a commission in the aviator corps at the aviation school on Long Island. He would soon become a lieutenant.
Edward L. Powell was 11 years old when his family moved west by covered wagon from Ohio to Oregon in 1862. After studying civil engineering, he worked for the railroad. But his health was poor and he couldn’t keep up with the railroad life. So he went to teach school in Walla Walla, then operate a general store in Waitsburg for 18 years.
Spokane aviator Delbert (Deb) Wylie fell 200 feet and crashed while making an exhibition flight at Parkwater air field (now Felts Field). Wylie had just taken off and had gone up about 200 feet when the engine, newly installed in the plane, began to misfire and then stopped.
For decades, the asparagus cannery defined life in Dayton. Each summer an influx of about 1,000 migrant workers would join the town’s other 2,000 permanent residents. Hundreds more workers would tend the nearby fields. And then it came to an abrupt stop.
Eating asparagus is good for you, but it can make your pee stink. This awareness is not new. In 1781, Benjamin Franklin wrote, “a few stems of asparagus eaten, shall give our urine a disagreeable odour.” No kidding, Ben.
Temperatures hovered in the 60s as parade floats and marching bands cruised through downtown Spokane on Saturday evening. The rain cleared hours before the 79th annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade began, giving spectators ample time to claim viewing spots and toss footballs in the cordoned-off streets.
A developer can move forward with plans to build a road through an undeveloped natural area known as Freddy Park north of Spokane. Developer Al Payne recently agreed to pay $5,806 to settle a lawsuit over the proposed road, which has been tangled in state courts for several years.