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100 years ago in Spokane: Hotel clerk nabs teen thief; wildfires surpass ‘human control’

Miss Anna White, 23, chased a young hotel thief down Riverside Avenue, nabbed him, and “held him prisoner until the arrival of the police,” The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: New twists in a baffling case of attempted suicide or murder

The Peter Olson Mystery Case, as The Spokesman-Review called it, took a new turn. Olson was a farm worker from Minnesota who was discovered by a passerby, lying in a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Man claims Wobbly assault, booked on suspicion of insanity

A Spokane fireman was on his way to fish at Marshall Lake when he heard moaning and a cry for water in the woods, The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: State rests in Wobbly buttons case

The state concluded its case against 28 members of the Industrial Workers of the World – Wobblies, as they were known – for the crime of wearing Wobbly buttons, the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rabbit roundup near Prosser

More than 100 people staged a massive jackrabbit drive – yes, a bunny roundup – near Prosser.


Then and Now: Jacobsen’s Bakery

Olaf A. Jacobsen was born in Norway in 1860 and arrived in Spokane in 1888. He started a bakery on the corner of College Avenue and North Ash Street in …


100 years ago in Spokane: Child labor abolished; gold struck

Child labor was abolished in Inland Northwest mills, logging camps and box factories, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. It had long been the practice to employ young boys and girls …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rev. Lake baptizes believers in the river

Hundreds of people stood on the Washington Street bridge to watch a series of river baptisms performed by the Rev. John G. Lake.


Then and Now: Spokane Memorial Coliseum

As early as 1912, when the city hit 100,000 residents, Spokane city leaders desired a civic auditorium for important events.


Panes-taking process: Long-neglected Otis Hotel’s windows restored

Installed in 1911, the grid-patterned, pink-hued glass in the Otis Hotel was uncovered by workers on the building’s restoration project under eight layers of facade. Now Alex Brannin is giving …


100 years ago in Spokane: The search for a solution to city parking problems starts

The Spokane Daily Chronicle looked into the future and warned about an emerging crisis: automobile parking in the city.


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 3:51 p.m.

Hey, patriot, take our annual Independence Day trivia quiz

So you consider yourself a true American patriot, a Yankee Doodle Dandy? Then we’ve got a quiz for you.


Then and Now: Spokane Flour Mill

From the early milling business boom, only the Spokane Flour Mill still stands. It almost didn’t get going.


Then and Now: The Davenport Hotel

Twenty-year-old Llewelllyn “Louis” Marks Davenport arrived in Spokane in March of 1889 and helped manage his uncle’s restaurant. When most of the town burned down later that year, Davenport opened …


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Fight injures local leaders

A fight outside Spokane’s socialist headquarters injured two men. One was president of the Central Labor Council and the other was secretary of the Soldiers and Sailors Council.


The first Kendall yards: A community and bridge thrived just west of the state line

It could be called the other Kendall Yards, faded into history and some 20 miles to the east. The now rural acreage has ties to a bridge, former town and …


Author, black historian Jerrelene Williamson to receive Spokane award after lifetime of storytelling

A go-to source for reporters and others seeking the pulse of the African American community in Spokane, Jerrelene Williamson will be inducted into the Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame next …


Spokane’s oldest organized church, Westminster Congregational Church of Christ, prepares for 140-year celebration

The church has withstood challenges from without and within in its 140 years of existence, which makes Westminster older than Spokane itself. Within its stately stone walls, a congregation meets …


Former Spokane Mayor Ron Bair blazed trail from KXLY to City Hall in 1977

The popular Spokane newsman parlayed a 13-year stint at the local ABC affiliate into a successful bid for Spokane mayor, where he oversaw city operations moving into the old Montgomery …


Shawn Vestal: Hoax chiseled into Whitworth history

A pair a students at Whitworth College etched an elaborate hoax in stone that captivated historians and the press for months during spring 1942.


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 9:06 a.m.

Then and Now: Washington State Pavilion

Careful planning and modern design were hallmarks of the Washington State Pavilion at Expo ’74 in Spokane. The facility included an auditorium for nearly 3,000 people, exhibit halls and a …


Think the snow and cold were bad this winter? In 1969, Spokane saw 3 1/2 feet on the ground

The winter of 1969 holds a place in the record books and in the collective memory of Spokane. The oddities of that winter collected as fast as the snowfall. It …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Spanish flu deaths at 506

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported the total Spanish influenza death toll at 506, as of March 1.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

100 years ago today in Spokane: Officials declare 1,500-plus draft delinquents will be rounded up

Eastern Washington had between 1,500 and 2,000 “draft delinquents,” according to authorities, and a “roundup” was about to start.


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Spokane River’s story one of geology, settlement

Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.


Then and Now: B.L. Gordon building

Burgess L Gordon, born in Pike County, Missouri, in 1864, arrived in Spokane in 1890. In 1910, he built the 16,000-square-foot building on the riverfront, next to the Division Street …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

100 years ago today: League of Nations idea divides Spokane

The establishment of the League of Nations – an early attempt to form a United Nations-style organization – was a divisive issue in Spokane. Some critics, including U.S. Sen. Miles …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Then and Now: Taylor Bros. Department Store

Taylor Bros. at Five Mile Shopping Center was among the region’s projects started by businessman Colin Taylor. It is now Anytime Fitness.


Then and Now: Alberta Apartments

The Alberta Apartments were built on railroad right-of-way property in 1910 just a stone’s throw away from the tracks through downtown Spokane. Like most downtown housing, they were built during …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Streetcar routes close as cars gain popularity

The Washington Water Power Co., the private company that ran many of city’s streetcar lines, had quit serving a number of routes. With the advent of the automobile, WWP was …