is a senior correspondent who writes for the Today section.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2019
“Flying over England at night and chasing German zeppelins until they were well off home territory, then scouting around through the darkness to see if there were any left, sure has its thrills for a month or so, but after that it gets mighty tiresome,” said Lt. J.B. Rogers when he returned to Spokane from his service in World War I.
Civic leaders asked the Spokane County commissioners for $3,500 to complete the road to Mt. Spokane.
TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2019
U.S. Sen. Miles Poindexter of Spokane took to the Senate floor to rail against the proposed League of Nations and the peace treaty in Europe.
SUNDAY, FEB. 17, 2019
Streetcar fares in Spokane were likely to go up from a nickel to seven cents, after being granted approval for such an increase by the Public Service Commission.
SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2019
Between 5,000 and 6,000 spectators crowded the Spokane Armory to hear former President William Howard Taft extol the League of Nations, the international organization intended to ensure peace in the world.
THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2019
H.M. Delaney was headed to jail — but not for the strychnine poisoning death of his would-be sweetheart, Rosa Kempf.
Under cover of night, Spokane radicals distributed handbills throughout downtown calling for, among other things, “Social Revolution.”
TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2019
The Washington Water Power Co. defied the city’s ultimatum ordering the company to resume service on two abandoned streetcar lines.
MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2019
The Washington Water Power Co., the private company that ran many of city’s streetcar lines, had quit serving a number of routes. With the advent of the automobile, WWP was finding it harder to turn a profit and was abandoning some of the unprofitable routes.
SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019
The Seattle General Strike of 1919 was over. The general strike committee called off the sympathetic strike of 30,000 union members, which had originally been called in support of the shipyard workers in the Metal Trades Union. That strike appeared to be no closer to settlement.
SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019
Labor leaders in Seattle were meeting to decide whether to call off the general strike, in which 30,000 workers had gone on strike in sympathy with 25,000 shipyard workers.
FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2019
William J. Coates, the president of Spokane’s Central Labor Council, did not see any reason for Spokane workers to go on a sympathy strike in support of Seattle’s general strike.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6, 2019
Seattle Mayor Ole Hanson issued an ultimatum to the nearly 60,000 workers who were engaged in the Seattle General Strike.
In Seattle, “streetcars stopped running, schools closed, restaurants and theaters closed, newspapers stopped printing” and the business life of the city came to a virtual standstill.
SUNDAY, FEB. 3, 2019
The city’s Wobblies combined with the “bolshevist elements of the socialists” to create a new radical organization to be called the League for Democracy at Home. The Spokane Daily Chronicle was clearly alarmed by this development.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2019
Last-minute attempts to avoid a general strike in Seattle failed, and the city was bracing for the worst.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2019
Sgt. Harold D. Bacon, of Spokane, was still in the Army of occupation on the Rhine River, but a packet of his letters written before the armistice arrived at his parents’ home.
A federal grand jury indicted two Spokane “occult” spiritualists on fraud charges.
THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2019
The ban on public dances – the last vestige of the Spanish flu quarantine – was finally lifted.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2019
The Puget Sound area was bracing for the biggest labor crisis in its history: a general strike.
TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2019
Prohibition was declared on a nationwide scale when the U.S. Congress formally enacted the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2019
Spokane’s fledgling history museum was preparing to excavate the skeleton of what it hoped would be “one of the largest mastodons ever unearthed,” on Hangman Creek.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
Two men walked across the Spokane & Inland Empire railroad bridge, while another man “walked on the planks laid lengthwise on the ties outside the rails.” Little did he realize these planks did not run the entire length of the bridge.
The war was over, but many local soldiers were still in Europe in the army of occupation and The Spokesman-Review reprinted many of their letters home.
FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2019
The county prosecutor declined to charge H.M. Delaney in Rosa Kempf’s death, citing a lack of evidence.