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FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

From our archives, 100 years ago

The 1910 census results for the small towns of Washington were released in 1911. Here are the numbers from some regional towns:

Almira, 368; Cheney, 1,207; Chewelah, 823; Colfax, 2,783.

Colville, 1,533; Cunningham, 153; Davenport, 1,229; Deer Park, 875; Garfield, 932; Harrington, 661.

Ione, 634; Kettle Falls, 377; Newport, 1,199; Oakesdale, 882.

Palouse, 1,549; Reardan, 527; Rosalia, 767; Ritzville, 1,859; Spangle, 299; Sprague, 1,110; Starbuck, 761.

Tekoa, 1,694; Washtucna, 300; Wilbur, 757.

Spokane, by comparison, was at 104,402.

And here’s something that might surprise you. A number of these cities have a lower population today (based on 2010 estimates) than they did 100 years ago: Almira, Ritzville, Washtucna, Oakesdale, Rosalia, Garfield, Spangle, Starbuck, Harrington, Tekoa, Palouse, Ione and Sprague.

At least all of those cities have survived. Some towns, such as Cunningham in Adams County, barely exist at all.

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(From the Associated Press)

1979: Followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran. … 1990: South African activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity.

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