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100 years ago in Spokane: New club promotes walking to work

A new group formed in Spokane was promoting walking to work, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 2, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
A new group formed in Spokane was promoting walking to work, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on May 2, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)

“Hike to work every morning” – that was the slogan adopted by the young men of Spokane’s Junior Loyalty League.

A.D. Brewer, a YMCA secretary, said that “a number of men are taking up the idea of hiking down to work in the morning” and that “they find it an easy method of keeping in physical condition, and that is now a patriotic duty.”

Brewer had hiked 2 1/2 miles to work every day for four years, “often declining an invitation of a friend for an automobile ride.”

A daily hike not only kept young men prepared for military service, but it also put them “in better mental condition for the day’s work.”

From the baby beat: One of Spokane’s annual traditions was underway once more.

It was “Baby Week,” which meant that a team of doctors was doing some “baby scoring.”

That’s right, the doctors weighed, measured and “thumped the tummies” of 50 babies and then handed the mothers scorecards.

“The scorecard should be a most valuable document for mothers in the future care of their babies,” the paper said.

The high scorers would be announced and presented with awards at the end of Baby Week.

From the divorce beat: Former Spokane fire captain J.F. Grant was in a nasty divorce battle with his wife, Mary Grant.

Capt. Grant had recently been acquitted of murder, after he shot Walter Layman, who was out walking with his wife.

Mary Grant then filed for divorce, charging her husband with cruelty and with striking her.

Capt. Grant filed a cross-complaint, charging Mary Grant with “assaulting him with a hammer while he was asleep in bed” and threatening him with a revolver.


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