is a senior correspondent who writes for the Today section.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018
The Spanish influenza epidemic on the East Coast was getting worse – and spreading. A front page story said that 17 soldiers died in Massachusetts and 14 in New Jersey.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018
The Clemmer Theater (today’s Bing Crosby Theater) held its first-ever “peach pit matinee” – and ended up collecting 2,500 pounds of peach pits.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018
Two men were indicted by a Spokane federal grand jury for “slander” against the U.S.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2018
“German alien women” were not allowed to walk past the Spokane Armory – or even within a half mile of it – without obtaining a permit.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018
Nearly 3,000 cases of Spanish flu had been reported, although one overly optimistic official said that it had appeared “only in a mild form.”
In Spokane, the Spanish flu was not yet considered a local problem. Soon, it would be.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2018
War news once again dominated the pages of the Spokane Daily Chronicle.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
The Paris Symphony Orchestra, from the famous Paris Conservatory of Music, announced that it would play a concert in Spokane as part of a brief tour of the United States.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2018
About 900 college men – including 20 from Gonzaga – were training to be Army officers at the Presidio in San Francisco when they were attacked by an unexpected enemy.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
An Australian who spent several months at the front taught Spokane some of his “songs and yells” at the Davenport Hotel.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2018
13 million more American men were streaming into polling places to register for the draft.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2018
Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World War I, won the Democratic primary.
MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 2018
A group calling itself the Guardians of Liberty, an anti-Catholic organization, attracted the attention of federal prosecutors in Spokane.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2018
A mass meeting of citizens in Krupp, Wash., west of Odessa, unanimously voted to petition the U.S. Post Office and the Great Northern Railway to change the name of the post office and the station from Krupp to Marlin.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018
About 400 soldiers raced madly down Main Avenue in an attempt to free one of their own, George Moore, from the clutches of the police.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
Gerald “Jerry” Nowlin, a former Gonzaga University football team captain, was recommended to receive the Croix de Guerre, a top French award for bravery.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
“Hobo Jim” – aka Henry James Paul, a soda fountain proprietor – was exceptionally lucky in a war savings stamp drawing at the Interstate Fair.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2018
All Jewish soldiers at Fort George Wright and other Army training schools were being allowed a furlough for the weekend “to celebrate the Jewish New Year.”
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018
A caged bear at the Interstate Fair turned on Mike Welch, animal attendant, when Welch unwisely entered the cage without a club.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2018
Cleopus Viens, 36, in custody for child abduction, gave a jailhouse interview describing the bizarre thinking that landed him in jail.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018
A Spokane family received a letter from a relative who was training to be a combat aviator.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
Charlie Dale, already well-known as the “king of the bootleggers,” was in a different kind of trouble.
THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2018
Authorities found Catherine Pluym, 11, in a hotel in Elk River, Idaho. She had been abducted on the way to Sunday school by Cleopus Viens, a disgruntled ex-employee of her father.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2018
Authorities believed that Cleopus Viens, alias Lewis Parkes, was hiding out with abducted Catherine Pluym, 11, in the hills west of Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Mica Peak. The sheriff believed that Viens had been “forced to resort to wild game for sustenance” for fear of being caught at country stores.
MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2018
A “veil of mysticism” surrounded the disappearance of Catherine Pluym, 11, said the Spokane Daily Chronicle. The mystery began two days earlier when little Catherine disappeared while walking to Sunday school.