MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017
Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s sister city, where businessman Ed Tsutakawa spent his early years.
MONDAY, APRIL 3, 2017
When the seven-foot kid from Torun, Poland arrived at Gonzaga University to play basketball in 2012, he made an immediate impact. The previous season wasn’t bad, with a 25-10 record behind a talented squad that included Robert Sacre, Elias Harris and Steven Gray. They beat St. John’s, then lost to Brigham Young University in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017
Then and now offers a glimpse of Spokane as it was a century ago.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017
As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have hit the city’s low-lying areas.
MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017
The Washington Flower Growers Association organized around 1925 to help a dozen or more Spokane and Idaho greenhouse operators market and ship their flowers to florists and stores around the region. In the early 1930s, the cooperative took over one of the large warehouses on Havermale Island, giving them convenient access to trains for shipping their products.
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017
Frank P. Hogan, born in Ireland in 1848, didn’t leave his name on much in Spokane. But he was a pivotal figure in the city’s growth.
MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017
In 1990, the Spokane Arts Commission and Central Business Association teamed up to cover the walls of the downtown railroad viaduct with murals – instead of graffiti.
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017
David Lynde Huntington, born in 1870, arrived in Spokane to take an engineering job with W.W.P. in 1894. Within two years, he was managing the day-to-day operations as well as the company’s streetcar system.
MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017
Now part of the Dishman Hills Natural Area, Camp Caro has a long history of serving Girl Scouts, church members and youth groups.
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017
The Spokane Outboard Club formed in 1954 with just a handful of families who wanted to socialize and share their love of boating.
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016
Earl D. McCarthy left Washington State College in 1938, and started working for Sears and Roebuck and, later, the John W. Graham Co. McCarthy served in the Navy in World War II. After the war, he worked for a development company, then struck out on his own in 1949. He later told a reporter that he went into commercial real estate “because there was nothing else to sell.” He specialized in build-to-suit commercial property, retaining ownership and managing the properties afterward.
MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016
Did you ever wonder why there was, for many years, a Desert Hotel in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Ritzville, far from any actual desert? It started with an immigrant named Victor Dessert from French-speaking Alsace-Lorraine. He was a blacksmith for the Northern Pacific Railroad as it built its railway into Spokane in 1881, but he is best remembered for opening one of Spokane’s earliest hotels, Russ House, beside the N.P. railroad tracks in 1885. Lodging was 25 cents and each meal was 25 cents. His advertisements read, “Best $1.00 A Day Hotel In The City.” He built the 15-room Pacific Hotel nearby at First Avenue and Post Street.
MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016
Memorial Day 1942 was a solemn event for a nation at war.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
Fairmont Creamery was founded in Fairmont, Nebraska, in 1884. Farmers brought their milk to the plant to be separated and sold the butter fat, then took the skimmed milk home to feed hogs. Before refrigeration, milk didn’t last long. Fairmont began a series of groundbreaking innovations that changed dairying forever.
MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2016
The winter that Richard Nixon took office and Joe Namath and the Jets won the Superbowl had only average snowfall until Jan. 10, when the snow really started. Almost 49 inches fell by the end of January 1969. Everyday life was complicated further by frigid temperatures. Some motorists put flags on their radio antennas to be seen over the tops of roadway berms. After homeowners cleared their roofs, many could just walk down the snow bank they created.
SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 2015
Rolla A. Jones gets a bad rap. He ran a jewelry store and was the city water superintendent in early Spokane. He built the first city waterworks in 1888 on Crystal Island, now called Canada Island, in the middle of the Spokane River. Before that, locals carried barrels and buckets to a hand pump by the river. The new waterworks incorporated a Holly Fire Protection System, a new invention integrating a steam engine, rotary pumps and patented hydrants.
THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2015
These races are about friends, family and mud. One group of young women started with the first wave of runners at the July 18 Dirty Dash race at the Riverside ORV Park. The longtime friends, all Zumba fitness instructors, dressed alike and balanced mixed drinks in plastic cups through much of the race. Alicia Gilrein lists off why they have come back to the muddy obstacle course each of the last five years. “It’s so fun – a fine time with the girls, the camaraderie, the bonding,” she said. “We do life together.”
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015
When the weather gets too cold or wet, radio-control pilots head indoors. The Inland Empire Quiet Flyers, a group of electric-only RC enthusiasts, sponsored an indoor fly-in Friday, bringing a couple of dozen people to a church gymnasium to show and test new aircraft, visit with friends and work on their piloting skills. There were whirring helicopters, almost-silent ultralight airplanes and many buzzing multirotors, so-called drones, in the air at the same time.
MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014
A seafaring Swedish immigrant named Carl Fogelquist arrived in 1908 and put his name on quality men's fashion in Spokane. He had served in the Swedish merchant marine before coming to the United States in 1888. He started a store in Iowa then moved to the Northwest.
MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014
Pharmacists Joseph Hart and Owen Dilatush were confident they could build Spokane’s next great drug store. Hart had managed a large store in Seattle and worked in William Murgittroyd’s Prescription Annex in the Old National Bank building before the two opened Hart & Dilatush Pharmacy at 9 N. Stevens St. in 1918, near the popular doctors and dentists downtown. When Murgittroyd sold out in 1925, the young newcomers took over the clients of the Prescription Annex. They used direct mail to doctors and dentists to solicit new patients, and pledged to always be cheerful and call customers by name.
MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014
Robert Strahorn was a businessman, writer and promoter who was 25 when he was hired by Jay Gould of the Union Pacific Railroad as a publicist. For several years, Strahorn, along with wife Dell, roamed the Idaho territory by stagecoach and wrote about the beauty and promise of the Western frontier. He helped plan rail routes and invested in townsites by the new tracks. In 1888, Strahorn joined the developers of Fairhaven, a town south of Bellingham that they hoped would be the western terminus of James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railroad. The deal fell apart when Hill chose Seattle instead. He created a thriving trading business in Boston in the 1890s but decided to move back to Spokane in 1898 to start his own railroad.
MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
Charles Francis Cole and his son Denzil Howard Cole came to Spokane in 1905. Both became Spokane police officers and spent significant time patrolling and directing traffic on the corner of Riverside and Howard. While a photograph of the first car in Spokane is dated 1888, “traffic” came to include a combination of automobiles, streetcars and horses.
MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011
Although Coeur d’Alene’s Weeks Field was among Idaho’s first airports, seaplanes have long been common on Lake Coeur d’Alene. They have been used for commercial purposes such as scouting timber or real estate, taking sportsmen to remote lakes or sightseeing over the lakes of the Northwest. Bill Brooks, of Brooks Seaplane Service on Lake Coeur d’Alene, bought into the established seaplane business of Lowell Wallace in 1946 and still goes to the office most days at age 91, though he no longer flies.
SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2011
SUNDAY, DEC. 12, 2004
When kids arrive at the Idaho Youth Ranch, they often come with nothing – no toys, no books, no bike. After the ranch's sixth annual Christmas party Saturday at Post Falls High School, most of the kids couldn't carry all the gifts they received.