Stories tagged: John Conley
Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:30 a.m.
John Conley’s knack for a deal turned into colorful life as he built Spokane’s iconic White Elephant
As a teenager, John Conley built airstrips in the South Pacific during World War II. He came home to build one of the most iconic stores in Spokane.
UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 10:10 p.m.
John Conley, founder of the White Elephant, dead at 90
John Conley, founder of the White Elephant and a highly regarded figure in Spokane community, has died. He was 90.
Wed., July 17, 2013
Businessman mourning death of grandchild, Molly Conley
A Spokane business stalwart is struggling to find answers after his 15-year-old granddaughter was gunned down in Western Washington last month as she walked with friends. More than 2,000 family …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2011
Conley family serves up 65 years worth of White Elephant deals
John Conley was a teenager fresh out of the Navy when he opened his first White Elephant military surplus store in 1946. “The term ‘white elephant’ refers to something expensive …
Thu., May 27, 2010
Refurbished mascot has a storied past
As landmarks go, the big elephant atop the White Elephant store at 12614 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley is pretty distinct. Unique, in fact – and with quite a …
Thu., Feb. 12, 2009
Retired educator tells stories with a purpose
The kids quickly flowed into a semicircle surrounding Dan Conley one recent afternoon, sitting quietly with rapt attention as they waited for him to begin telling stories. Conley, who has …