MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2018
Oliver C. Jensen, Danish by birth, founded a hardware store in Sprague, Washington in 1883. A decade later, he partnered with Charles King to become Jensen-King Hardware.
MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2018
Ernest James “Jim” Brown, born around 1891 in Tennessee, arrived in Spokane in the mid-1920s as the chauffeur for H.D. Lee, the businessman responsible for Lee overalls. By the early 1930s, he had switched gears from restauranteur to club owner, and was running the hottest jazz joint in town.
MONDAY, FEB. 19, 2018
In the late 1890s, Spokane’s three hospitals – Deaconess, Sacred Heart and St. Luke’s – had a shortage of trained nurses.
MONDAY, FEB. 5, 2018
In 1897, some years after the establishment of Sacred Heart and Deaconess hospitals, a new medical center called Spokane Protestant Sanitarium was established.
MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018
The Washington Market, built in 1911, was a clothing store before turning over groceries around 1914. Typical of the era, space was leased to a mix of independent dealers selling meat, produce, dairy and other specialities, such as tea and coffee, or candy.
MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018
Even after our region’s first settlers built towns and cities, some would still head to wilder areas to practice “woodcraft”, as camping used to be called.
MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018
Businessman F. Lewis Clark was born in 1861 in Bangor, Maine. He was educated at Harvard and moved to Spokane in 1884. Over the next 30 years, he made a fortune in flour milling, land development, railroads and mining.
MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018
There was an era in Spokane when women dressed fashionably to shop downtown. Suits, dresses, hats and smartly tailored coats, often trimmed in fur, were important accessories.
MONDAY, DEC. 25, 2017
Anthony McCue Cannon built his block from the ashes of the Great Fire of 1889. Over the years, the “marble bank” building played host to several different firms before being demolished to make way for the expansion of the Crescent department store in 1953.
MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2017
In 1972, as Spokane was preparing for Expo ’74, retail shopping in the downtown area was undergoing big changes.
MONDAY, DEC. 11, 2017
Originally built in 1974, the Pavilion is facing a redesign, although the final design still being debated.
MONDAY, DEC. 4, 2017
Until Expo ’74, the University District was a maze of railroad tracks and warehouses. Today it is being transformed into a combination of modern college campus, scientific business incubator and urban living community.
MONDAY, NOV. 27, 2017
It’s hard to believe that the wood-framed 1887 Perry building survived Spokane’s great fire because the raging inferno started just a couple hundred feet away at Lincoln Street and Railroad Avenue on Sunday, August 4, 1889.
MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2017
Leland James, a Portland, Oregon, truck driver, built a trucking empire. He started by buying Portland-Spokane Auto Freight and a handful of other firms in 1929. He called his new company Consolidated Freight Lines. Around 1935, Consolidated built a new office and warehouse at 126 S. Sheridan St. in Spokane.
MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017
Starting around 1940, Sprouse Reitz variety stores began popping up around Spokane. For housewives, there were household and craft supplies. For kids, there was candy and small toys.
MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2017
Spokane’s Felts Field is one of the oldest municipal, federally recognized airports. The historic airport also played a key role in the development of scheduled passenger service across the country.
MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017
One of the grandest homes in the Rockwood National Register Historic District was erected for pioneer attorney Edward J. Cannon and his wife, Helen, in 1911. The brick home in the Colonial Revival style is part of Spokane’s most exclusive and historic neighborhoods.
MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017
Townships were a way for rural areas to have a local government of their own, outside of cities and outside of county government. In Washington, only Spokane and Whatcom counties allowed townships to form a local government and levy property taxes to support it. The state approved townships in 1908.
MONDAY, OCT. 9, 2017
The southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Howard Street has been the epicenter of the Spokane banking business for more than 120 years.
MONDAY, OCT. 2, 2017
The Looff Carrousel in Riverfront Park has its origins in the craftsmanship of Charles Looff, a German woodworker who emigrated to the United States in 1870.
MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017
Spokane was always a wheat town, anchored by its flouring mills, which supplied several large bakeries. One of the larger bakers was Silver Loaf Baking Company, which had a production plant on the north rim of the Spokane River gorge for almost 40 years.
MONDAY, SEPT. 18, 2017
One of the city’s biggest roadblocks for Expo ’74 was the tangle of steel rails that snaked across Havermale Island and along the shore of the river.
MONDAY, SEPT. 4, 2017
Spokane’s Playfair Race Course, started in 1901 when the land was also the county fairgrounds, was a modest operation compared to glamorous venues in California, Kentucky and New York.
MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2017
The Spokane Humane Society is celebrating 120 years of caring for animals. Businessman W.S. McCrea, and others, helped start the SHS in 1897.
MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2017
The European Renaissance-style garden in Manito Park that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each summer was planted around Memorial Day of this year with tens of thousands of begonias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, petunias, geraniums and others to create the profusion, color and elegant symmetry of a royal garden. It is now a feast for the eyes. It’s worth a visit for those who haven’t been recently.