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100 years ago in Spokane: J. Stanley Webster wins primary to take on Congressman C.C. Dill who opposed declaring war

Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World War I, won the Democratic primary. (Spokesman-Review archives)

The primary election results were tallied, and now voters in the U.S. House fifth district were guaranteed a stark contrast in the general election.

Judge J. Stanley Webster won the Republican primary and incumbent C.C. Dill won the Democratic primary.

According to Webster, the issue was as “plain as day.”

“I feel that I was selected because the voters had faith that I could restore this district to its former position of undoubted loyalty before the country.”

Webster further said that “there are enough loyal and devoted Americans in the fifth district to guarantee the right result in the general election in November.”

Dill had stirred controversy by voting against the declaration of war against Germany, and had been accused by his political foes of being a pacifist. Some had even accused him of being “a supporter of his nation’s foes.”

From the tourist beat: The Spokane Daily Chronicle said that many places, such as Cuba and Colorado, were making millions off tourism. The Chronicle asked its readers, “Why not Spokane?”

It said that Spokane had beautiful lakes equal to those of Ireland, Welsh-like glens and dales, and “mountain scenery unexcelled by even Switzerland.”

Spokane, it said, “should be the mecca of tourists.”