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100 years ago in Spokane: Trial delayed for Washington State College football coach

The trial of William “Lone Star” Dietz for allegedly falsifying draft information was postponed in federal court in Spokane, reported the Spokane Daily Chronicle on April 5, 1919. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
The trial of William “Lone Star” Dietz for allegedly falsifying draft information was postponed in federal court in Spokane, reported the Spokane Daily Chronicle on April 5, 1919. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

The trial of William “Lone Star” Dietz was postponed in federal court in Spokane.

“Dietz, who claims to be part Indian and who gained considerable notoriety as an Indian football coach at Washington State College and moving picture actor, was indicted under two counts of falsifying his draft questionnaire and with false registry in the draft,” said the Spokane Daily Chronicle. “It is alleged that he is of German instead of Indian origin. Lone Star was arrested in California while serving as coach of the Mare Island Marine football team, and is at liberty under $1,000 bail.”

From the court beat: Paul S. Hansburough, former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, pled guilty to impersonating a Secret Service agent.

“Chiefs of police of small towns were his principal victims,” said the assistant district attorney. “He would introduce himself and, on the strength of his supposed position, cash worthless checks.”

He was arrested at the Coeur d’Alene Hotel in Spokane – by a genuine Secret Service agent – after he had passed a phony $10 check.

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