is a senior correspondent who writes for the Today section.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2018
The war in Europe had been over for more than a week, but bad news continued to arrive. The wife of Lt. R.G. White received word that her husband had died in the Battle of the Marne on July 24.
MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2018
Spokane life roared back to normal, as thousands flocked back to theaters, churches and streetcars.
SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2018
“Spokane Is Happy Once More,” enthused a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline, because the ban on all public gatherings was lifted.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2018
Five more people died of the Spanish flu in Spokane, bringing the total to 181. In one home, a 10-year-old girl died the day after her mother’s funeral.
FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2018
Spokane was already making plans for what it called “The Great Home-Coming.”
THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2018
The Spokesman-Review honored the heroes in the battle against the Spanish flu: the nurses at the city’s emergency influenza hospital. “They have worked often for 48 hours at a stretch,” said the paper. “… They have comforted the dying and helped the sick toward recovery. They have fought the fight as the men in the trenches fought when they were sleepy and hungry and tired.”
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2018
For the past few days, Spokane residents had nurtured the hope that the monthlong ban on public gatherings would be lifted. Yet after Dr. J.B. Anderson recited the grim statistics, everyone on Spokane’s health board reached the same conclusion: It would be perilous to lift the ban.
TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2018
Spokane’s theaters were making plans to open after a nearly month-long closure due to the outbreak of the Spanish flu.
MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2018
On the day after the end of the European war, The Spokesman-Review editorial page took the opportunity to celebrate.
SUNDAY, NOV. 11, 2018
Spokane’s sleeping citizens were jolted awake just after midnight 100 years ago today by the honking of car horns and the shrieking of sirens. When people discovered the reason, “nobody was peeved,” said one old-timer – they were delirious with joy. President Woodrow Wilson had just announced the armistice with Germany, ending the war in Europe (which would later be dubbed World War I). In Spokane, the wartime tension, built up over years, was released in one wild outburst.
A noisy, delirious celebration broke out in the early morning in Spokane when news of the armistice arrived. See our larger story for details on one of the biggest celebrations in Spokane history.
SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018
The Washington State Board of Health ordered people to wear flu masks in most public settings, yet enforcement of this rule was already proving to be nearly impossible.
FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018
The headline could not have been bigger: “Kaiser Quits!”
THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2018
The Germans were in retreat across the map. Meanwhile, the Red Cross in Spokane started selling flu masks in the corridor of Spokane City Hall.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2018
Mrs. Ben Kizer said that an onion poultice – combined with common sense in determining when the flu slipped into pneumonia – had saved more than one local family.
TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2018
Judge J. Stanley Webster knocked off the region’s incumbent U.S. congressman, C.C. Dill, by about 3,000 votes.
MONDAY, NOV. 5, 2018
The Spokane Daily Chronicle put out a late-night extra edition blaring the news: President Woodrow Wilson appeared to be winning reelection and his party, the Democrats, remained in control of both the House and Senate.
SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2018
Grace Meredith, the 19-year-old wife of William Heitzel, was arrested by Spokane detectives on a charge of bigamy when it was revealed that she had a total of three husbands.
SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2018
Cigar dealer Tom McKeene became the first man arrested in Spokane for sneezing in a public place. He made the mistake of sneezing in the presence of a judge and a city health inspector.
FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2018
The Germans and Austrians were in retreat across the war front, but the U.S. casualty reports were still pouring in.
THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2018
Ah Yen, one of Spokane’s earliest and most prominent Chinese residents, announced that he was returning to his native town in China – at least for a while.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2018
Spokane County Treasurer Edward F. Crawford stayed at home several days with the Spanish flu, but then felt well enough to return to the courthouse. After one day, he suffered a relapse, and after two days, he was dead. The flu aggravated his existing heart trouble.
TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2018
The Spanish flu death rate spiked to 69, including 18 deaths in four days. Nearly 350 new flu cases were reported in a day and a half, bringing the total close to 3,000.
MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2018
This was the day when city health authorities – and the Spokane Daily Chronicle – finally quit trying to sound optimistic about the Spanish flu epidemic.
SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2018
Charles E. Fay Jr. was lying ill at Fort George Wright with pneumonia, brought on by the Spanish flu, when he wrote this message to his parents in Addy, Wash.: “Be sure and keep dry and warm and don’t catch the influenza.”