Stories tagged: History
UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 7:17 a.m.
There’s only 1 known Pearl Harbor survivor left in Spokane area. This widow is striving not to let community forget attack.
Vina Mikkelsen, 86, is orchestrating this year’s Pearl Harbor remembrance in honor of her husband, Denis, a Navy radioman stationed on the USS West Virginia when the Japanese attacked in …
Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Hunt on for Italian ‘anarchist society’
Federal agents were rounding up members of a radical “Italian anarchistic society” with ties to Spokane.
Sun., Nov. 26, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wartime effort, jealously guarded, spurs need for ‘watchmen’
A new emergency city ordinance showed the level of wartime anxiety in Spokane.
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Avista shareholders’ expected approval today of a merger with Hydro One of Canada is a long time coming
Hydro One may be the partner Avista has sought for more than 20 years. With its assurances of continued local control, and oversight by utility commissions, the deal may at …
Mon., Nov. 20, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Migrant labor – from China – proposed as stop-gap to labor shortage
A prominent Yakima apple grower made a bold and controversial proposal. He suggested that the state import 50,000 Chinese laborers.
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Civic Righteousness Commitee’ pledges to root out vice
A “Civic Righteousness Committee” was formed by the Spokane Ministerial Association in order to formulate an anti-vice plan for Spokane.
Sat., Nov. 18, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial raises specter of ‘enemy aliens’ as threat to U.S.
An editorial in The Spokesman-Review was headlined, “Enemy Aliens are a Growing Menace.”
Fri., Nov. 17, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: News from around the medical community
A Hillyard man was “at the point of death” after being bitten by a tick.
Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: From the front in Europe, a primer in trench warfare
Soldier William J. McKie returned from the European front and told a group of his former teachers at Lewis and Clark High School how the “great sport of ‘over the …
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies ‘treasurer’ investigated as German spy
Authorities believed that William Deneke, one of the Wobblies arrested in an Idaho lumber camp, might actually be a German spy.
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial sounds note of alarm on Bolshevik revolution
The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page was following developments in Russia with alarm.
Thu., Nov. 9, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Revelation lands fireman with a new identity – and a fortune
William Rogers, 29, was a Northern Pacific railroad fireman who had been abandoned at a young age and brought up by a Portland woman.
Mon., Nov. 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Region’s spruce eyed for aircraft manufacture
A Spokane man was convinced that Spokane was perfectly positioned for a new wartime industry: airplane manufacturing.
Mon., Nov. 6, 2017
Then and Now: Felts Field
Spokane’s Felts Field is one of the oldest municipal, federally recognized airports. The historic airport also played a key role in the development of scheduled passenger service across the country.
Sun., Nov. 5, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Reverend brings word from the front
A preacher who had just returned from the European war zone told a Spokane congregation, “The Germans are already boasting of what they are going to do to our troops. …
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Russia struggles with legacy of 1917 Bolshevik Revolution
They played key roles in Russia’s 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, which triggered a civil war that killed millions, devastated the country and redrew its borders. A century later, their descendants say …
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Gamblers weigh odds on mayor’s reelection
There were no public opinion polls in 1917, but there was another way of calculating election odds – betting pools.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:23 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Child born to ‘schoolgirl’ considered for adoption
An 11-year-old girl gave birth to a 4-pound baby boy in Marble, Wash., a small town near Northport.
Thu., Nov. 2, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Tile house’ a total loss after fire
A fire raged through the main building of the Washington Brick, Lime and Sewer Pipe Co. in Dishman.
Mon., Oct. 30, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Residents urged to cut calories for war effort
Spokane residents were urged to “save lives through food conservation.”
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 7:52 a.m.
Then and Now: After haunting by ‘huge, gray bat,’ mob ransacks north Spokane home
The year was 1930, scarce days before Halloween, and curiosity whirled about the house at 29 East Lacrosse Ave.
Sun., Oct. 29, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Taking justice into their own hands, local boys apprehend bike thief
A crowd of boys arrived triumphantly with a prisoner – an 11-year-old boy – at Spokane police headquarters. The prisoner was lashed to the handlebars of a bicycle.
Sat., Oct. 28, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Bumper crop of potatoes helps ease wartime food squeeze
About 29 workers at the Northern Pacific railroad shop at Parkwater wanted to do something about wartime food shortages and the high cost of living.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 7:34 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Lackluster show of patriotism lands local man in court
The term “slacker” usually referred to a man who failed to register for the draft, but now the paper was beginning to complain about Liberty Loan slackers – people who …
Thu., Oct. 26, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Police chief warns against Halloween hijinks
A headline in the Spokane Daily Chronicle warned, “Have Fun, But Don’t Get Gay.”’
Mon., Oct. 23, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Former lawman sentenced for murder
Charles Palmer, former justice of the peace and deputy sheriff in Milan, just north of Spokane, was sentenced to 10-20 years for second-degree murder.
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Judge warns of juvenile delinquency ‘crisis’
Judge D.W. Hern warned of a looming juvenile delinquency crisis in Spokane. The juvenile court had already heard 453 delinquency cases in 1917, and many teens were sent to reformatories …
Thu., Oct. 19, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Sharp reprimand – and handcuffs – for local draft dodger
The paper was full of stories about patriotic Spokane citizens volunteering for the army, donating to the Red Cross and rushing to purchase Liberty bonds (war bonds).
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:12 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Long contest’ predicted for war in Europe
U.S. Sen. Wesley Jones warned a Spokane crowd that the war in Europe “may last five years – there is a long contest ahead.”
Sun., Oct. 15, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Jail inmates pitch with advice on for unexpected delivery
The landlord of the Seattle Hotel, on Trent Avenue in Spokane, called police and said, “Better send somebody over here right away, I think there is something wrong.”