Stories tagged: History
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
Shawn Vestal: Councilwoman looking to protect historic buildings, neighborhoods
A gleaming new apartment building sits at Third Avenue and Coeur d’Alene Street. In brick and blue siding, it fills the lot at the western edge of Browne’s Addition, overlooking …
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.”
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Swimming, once seen as a “dangerous” sport, starts to catch on
The Spokesman-Review was touting a new and exciting exercise fad: swimming.
Fri., Oct. 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Man bathes naked before the eyes of God and downtown
Bert Gould, a 35-year-old Spokane laborer, wanted to follow the teachings of his religion. So he plunged into the Spokane River, wearing only his “long flowing hair and untrimmed beard.” …
Thu., Oct. 12, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds gather outside news offices to hear World Series play-by-play
Baseball fans in Spokane had no radio, TV or ESPN Gamecast for following the 1917 World Series. However, they did have the sidewalk outside the Spokane Daily Chronicle building.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 3:35 p.m.
Landmarks: Restored gates dedicated at Spokane County Courthouse
Sometimes a chance meeting leads to a happy discovery and the eventual restoration of a thought-to-be-lost artifact, something that turns out to be a significant piece of Spokane’s history. That …
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Local ‘matron’ patrols modesty in the shrubs
Park “matron” Grace B. Kendall had a solution to immorality in the city’s parks: trim the shrubbery.
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Treasury secretary rallies wartime spirit
A capacity crowd of 6,000 gathered at the Spokane Armory to hear U.S. Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo deliver a stirring speech about war, patriotism and war bonds.
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017
Then and Now: The long banking history of Riverside and Howard
The southwest corner of Riverside Avenue and Howard Street has been the epicenter of the Spokane banking business for more than 120 years.
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017, 9:45 p.m.
100 years ago: Late-night gunbattle claims life of Colville police chief
The Colville police chief, John Wanenwich, was shot and killed by two burglars during a nighttime gunbattle in a Colville alley.
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Rain of glass and a falling body interrupt soldiers’ departure
A huge crowd was gathered at the Great Northern depot to wave goodbye to 1,000 soldier boys – and then a near-panic swept through the crowd.
Fri., Oct. 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Asylum escapee apprehended, not for the first time
Police chased down Gotlieb Kreh, an escapee from the the local insane asylum, after a foot race on Riverside Avenue.
Thu., Oct. 5, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Joy riding’ falls under eye of the law
Local courts were cracking down on the widespread practice of “joy-riding,” or, to use the legal term, auto theft.
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Alleged threat against president lands local lad in court
Bryant Schneider, 20, the son of a Palouse wheat farmer, was charged in federal court with threatening U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Minnesota man’s memory restored after 13-year absence
A Minnesota man, lost to himself and his family for 13 years, had his memory restored under strange, if fortunate, circumstances.
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Paper declares Wobblies ‘sedition’ at an end
The Spokane Daily Chronicle declared that the “days of I.W.W. (Wobbly) anarchy” were ended.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017, 1:20 p.m.
Feeling old? DNA supports an early evolution of our species
A study of DNA from African fossils is providing new evidence that our species is a lot older than scientists had shown.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:06 p.m.
Century-old maps – and a 21st-century treatment – reveal transit lines Spokane’s past
Cameron Booth, a Portland-based graphic designer from Australia, has given Spokane’s streetcar and electric interurban rail networks a decidedly 21st-century treatment, giving them new digital life.
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017
Q&A with graphic designer Cam Booth
Graphic designer Cam Booth used historical documents to recreate maps of Spokane’s early transit lines. He spoke with the Spokesman-Review about his motivation to undertake the project and what he …
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Reporter records ‘bedlam’ at Camp Lewis
Correspondent Wilbur W. Hindley of The Spokesman-Review described the excitement and bedlam of Camp Lewis, one of the West’s major Army training camps.
Sun., Sept. 24, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: A day in the life of Camp Lewis
Spokesman-Review correspondent Wilbur W. Hindley accompanied 700 new draftees and recruits to the Army training camp at Camp Lewis (later called Fort Lewis).
Sat., Sept. 23, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Games, speeches mark Emancipation’s 55th anniversary
Spokane’s black community gathered at Natatorium Park to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 12:32 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Clock ticking for potential draft evaders
The draft dominated the news once again in Spokane.