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100 years ago in Spokane: Quota aims to send 1 million to the war

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
(Spokesman-Review archives)

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.