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100 years ago in Spokane: Fort George Wright soldiers allowed furlough to celebrate Rosh Hashanah

All Jewish soldiers at Fort George Wright and other Army training schools were being allowed a furlough for the weekend “to celebrate the Jewish New Year,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Sept. 5, 1918. (Spokesman-Review archives)
All Jewish soldiers at Fort George Wright and other Army training schools were being allowed a furlough for the weekend “to celebrate the Jewish New Year,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Sept. 5, 1918. (Spokesman-Review archives)

All Jewish soldiers at Fort George Wright and other Army training schools were being allowed a furlough for the weekend “to celebrate the Jewish New Year.”

Rabbi Jerome Rosen of Spokane said “arrangements will be made where they may be entertained at some of the Jewish homes during that time.”

Both of the Jewish congregations in Spokane – Temple Emanu-El (reform) and Temple Kenseth Israel (orthodox) – were planning extensive services for the holiday.

From the war beat: The European war raged on, and several more Spokane men were reported as casualties.

Pvt. Walter R. Gudopp was reported missing after a battle. He had been a baker at the Minneapolis Bakery in Spokane. He enlisted in July, shortly after the death of his wife. He had recently written to a Spokane friend, saying he had been in the front line trenches for 30 days and hoped to be relieved soon.

Another Spokane private, Harold A. Munson, was reported as severely wounded in action. No details were provided. His wife was awaiting further news in her Spokane home. They had a 4-month-old baby.


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