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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

European war news dominated the front pages as fighting began to spread. The war affected plenty of “home folks,” said The Spokesman-Review.

Many Spokane people were in a state of anxiety about friends and relatives who were trapped in Europe by the onrushing course of events.

Many were scrambling to find a way home. Sisters May and June Twohy were visiting Italy and Vienna, but were now heading for Switzerland in hopes of finding safety.

Mrs. Louis Adams and her daughter Rosie were visiting Bavaria, and they too went to Zurich for sanctuary. Mr. Adams, who had remained in Spokane, said the only hope they had for getting out was to make their way to an Italian port.

Meanwhile, some Spokane residents hoped to ride it out. 

For instance, Mrs. George Dodson and her two daughters were in Breslin, Germany, where the girls were studying music. They had been there since 1913, and they said they planned to remain “unless required to leave.”

Many of the regular cruise liners plying the Atlantic had canceled their voyages because of war dangers. Many American tourists had made their way to England, in hopes of finding a ship home. They were rapidly filling up London’s hotels.