Spokane County’s draft quota for 1918 was estimated at 1,000 men, much larger than the number for 1917.
In fact, it would “include almost all of the men of A-1 classification.”
This was all part of the plan to raise an army of 1 million for the European war. Washington state overall would be expected to furnish between 11,000 and 12,000 men.
Meanwhile, another army – the Canadian/British army – wrapped up a six-week recruiting drive in Spokane. A team of Canadian recruiters was in town, drawing on the large number of British and Canadian subjects living in Spokane and vicinity.
From the dog beat: H.B. Laughlin, a visitor from Anchorage, “has been entertaining a number of girls on the North Side” with exciting sled-dog rides “over Spokane’s snow-packed pavements.”
Laughlin originally had intended to participate in a Winnipeg-St. Paul sled dog race with his 15-dog team. When the race was canceled, he decided to visit Spokane and bring just three of his malamute dogs.
Those three-dog teams went fast enough for a thrilling ride. However, his 15-dog team could make an uninterrupted trip of 120 miles in 12 hours.