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100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper says schools should stop teaching German

The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page on March 6, 1918 approved of a plan to drop the study of German in Spokane schools. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page on March 6, 1918 approved of a plan to drop the study of German in Spokane schools. (Spokesman-Review archives)

The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page approved of a plan to drop the study of German in Spokane schools. Some local organizations had charged that teaching the language of an enemy was unpatriotic in wartime.

However, the Chronicle did not use that as a reason. It came up with a different reason: German was becoming irrelevant.

“The generation of boys and girls now being educated in Spokane’s public schools is likely to have many more dealings in future years with the peoples of China and Japan, Mexico and South America, than with those of the German empire.”

The Chronicle suggested that Spokane schools should concentrate on the languages of our neighbors in the Pacific and South America.

From the robbery beat: Police searched the Spokane home of E.L. Lucas, shot and killed during a jewelry store robbery in Davenport, and found “plunder” from a string of other robberies.

This plunder was from robberies in Vera, Post Falls, Valleyford, Waverly, Reardan, Dartford, Lareida and Medical Lake (two).

There was also a strong suspicion that he was one of the men who held up a Colville bank and shot the city marshal.


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