Stories tagged: History
Mon., July 24, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: New fire adds to Harrison’s fears of foul play
Harrison, Idaho, had already suffered enough, but a new insult was added to the list.
Sun., July 23, 2017
100 years ago: Disbelief, suspicion as citizens of Harrison, ID, reel from fire
Residents of Harrison, Idaho, were still in shock as they tried to assess the magnitude of the disaster that had befallen their city the day before.
Sat., July 22, 2017
100 years ago in North Idaho: Half of Harrison destroyed by fire; 400 homeless
Half of Harrison, Idaho, was wiped out by a massive fire.
Tue., July 18, 2017, 4 p.m.
Skeletal remains found in Idaho badger hole are hundreds of years old
Authorities say human bones found protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho are hundreds of years old and not connected to a crime.
Sun., July 16, 2017
Human history fed by wheat
From the ancient Egyptians to farm kids riding on Palouse tractors, the history of wheat spans our history.
Fri., July 14, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor treads carefully on Wobbly ground
Mayor C.A. Fleming was not inclined to stir up trouble with the Wobblies in Spokane, despite a widespread fear that the members of the Industrial Workers of the World were …
Thu., July 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Whiskey gang’ of bootleggers taken up by police
A well-organized “whiskey gang” was nabbed by Spokane police after their seven-passenger auto was stopped at Riverside Avenue and Browne Street.
Tue., July 11, 2017
On this day 100 years ago in Spokane: Baby Buster left on the doorstep of the Brown family
A doorbell in the night brings the surprise of a doorstep baby.
Tue., July 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Thousands turn out for Fourth of July festival, dance, plus a wedding, too
About 3,000 people jammed Trent Avenue for a Fourth of July festival and street dance – and a public wedding.
Sat., July 1, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: 30 new whooping cough cases in 1 day
Spokane’s whooping cough epidemic was reaching serious proportions. In one day, 30 new cases were reported.
Thu., June 29, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: I.W.W. accused of being tools of the Germans
The fear of the Wobblies — the Industrial Workers of the World – reached a fever pitch when H.J. Snively, a member of the state council of defense, accused them …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Statewide plans in the works to fight Wobblies as farmworker strikes loom
The U.S. was at war with Germany, yet there was another menace closer to home: the Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies.” At least, “menace” is the term used …
Sun., June 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Flying saucers still evasive 70 years after pilot’s report
Boise businessman Ken Arnold had no idea he would change the world when he told reporters in Pendleton he saw nine strange objects flying along the Cascades.
Sun., June 25, 2017
Downtown Spokane has long history of experimentation, controversy with parking
The Washington Supreme Court had to decide whether downtown Spokane would install parking meters back in the 1940s. Today, rates are competitive with other similar-size cities, but officials are calling …
Mon., June 19, 2017
Then and Now: Pedicord Hotel
Thomas J. Pedicord, born 1859 in Ohio and raised in Iowa, arrived in Spokane in 1889. In 1895, he took over the Gillette Hotel, first built by millionaire F. Lewis …
Sun., June 18, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Richland student recording stories for National World War II Museum
A Hanford High student is in the middle of a yearlong endeavor to record the stories of World War II veterans, merchant sailors, nurses, Manhattan Project workers and home front …
Sun., June 18, 2017, 6 a.m.
It started here: Sonora Dodd, the Spokane mother of Father’s Day
On Mother’s Day in 1909, 28-year-old Sonora Smart Dodd sat in a Spokane church, turning a question over in her mind as the preacher spoke in glowing terms of the …
Thu., June 15, 2017, 11:33 a.m.
San Francisco marks 50 years since legendary Summer of Love
SAN FRANCISCO – They came for the music, the mind-bending drugs, to resist the Vietnam War and 1960s American orthodoxy, or simply to escape summer boredom. And they left an …
Sun., June 11, 2017
Holocaust Survivor to visit Spokane in June
Marthe Cohn, 97, travels the country sharing her story of surviving the Holocaust, and will speak in Spokane on June 14 at the Spokane Convention Center, according to Rabbi Yisroel …
UPDATED: Sat., June 10, 2017, 7:10 p.m.
Joshua J. Whitfield: Maher misread reality of racism
We just don’t know the full story, and so we fool ourselves into thinking we’ve moved beyond racism when we haven’t.
Fri., June 9, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: “Slacker” draft evaders to appear before grand jury
A special federal grand jury was being called to handle a number of “slacker” (draft evader) cases.
Thu., June 8, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Uncertainty over age lands local youth in hot water
Two boys who fudged their ages to obtain liquor permits found themselves in trouble with federal authorities.
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Interpreters needed as men line up for World War I draft
100 years ago, young men trooped into government offices by the thousands to register for the wartime draft.
Sun., June 4, 2017
A brief history of the apple
The apple was first domesticated in southern Kazakhstan about 4,000 years ago. The fruit has played heavily into art and literature in various cultures. However, apples do not appear in …
Sun., June 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Local Greeks for American Red Cross
About 70 Greeks, “representing practically the entire colony in Spokane,” showed their patriotic spirit by donating a total of $250 to the American Red Cross.
Sat., June 3, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Oregon museum displays WWII models built 75 years ago
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Through a seemingly endless parade of books, movies, documentaries, archival footage and photographs, World War II and its impact still seem so accessible even though its …
UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 5:49 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: As automobiles proliferated, so did the rules governing them
Spokane motorists were forced to learn a long list of new rules, as a sweeping new traffic ordinance took effect.
UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 10:03 p.m.
Davenport doorman honored for 75 years of service
John Reed is the historic Davenport Hotel’s longest-serving employee, and now, at 86, he said he doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.
Thu., June 1, 2017, 5 a.m.
Women in construction: Four friends reminisce on careers in a male-dominated industry
A chance comment led four friends into decadeslong careers in construction and road work, making them some of the first women in the city to join Local 238.
Wed., May 31, 2017, 7:58 p.m.
Priscilla Wegars receives award for work with Asian-American Comparative Collection
Priscilla Wegars, recipient of Idaho State Historical Society’s Esto Perpetua award, has made a career out of exploring and sharing the history of Asian workers and culture in the Inland …