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100 years ago in Spokane: War and its local connections dominate headlines

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

War news once again dominated the pages of the Spokane Daily Chronicle:

    Cadet Elmer Warden of Colville died in an airplane crash in Ontario, apparently during a training run. He was 25 and had enlisted in the Canadian forces a year earlier.

    Lyle Meehan, a former Gonzaga University football star, was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He was training at the Presidio in San Francisco.

  • His athletic abilities had already set him apart. Shortly after his arrival at camp, he was “placed in charge of a squad of men for instruction in hand-grenade throwing.”
  • A. Kraft was seeking a war contract for the production of saddles in Spokane. He had formerly been in the harness and saddle business, and his machinery was still intact and ready to use.

    Sugar had been scarce during wartime, but new rules were announced that would allow people to buy 25 pounds of extra sugar for those who would use it for canning jellies, jams and preserves. It would ensure that fruit could be conserved for winter use.

    The news from the French front continued to be good. “American forces are on the threshold of Germany,” said one dispatch.


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