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  • Then and Now: Downtown Spokane Christmas

    A life-size Santa statue in a Philadelphia store in 1841 is said to have spawned the tradition of live Santa Claus characters at stores, malls and special events. As Christmas …


  • Then and Now: Rosauers Supermarkets

    In 1934, J.M. “Mert” Rosauer started what would become a 22-store supermarket chain with locations across the Northwest and Rockies.


  • Then and Now: Spokane International Airport

    At first, Spokane’s new airport was a Depression-era economic development project. Spokane County eventually bought 2 square miles on the West Plains in 1938 for a “super-airport” to be known …


  • Then and Now: Naborhood Dutch Shops

    The Cambern brothers, raised on a farm in the Colbert area, were ambitious and industrious. Three of the six brothers – Robert, Cecil and Clifford – bought a small bakery …


  • Spokane Valley’s University City Mall

    Earl D. McCarthy left Washington State College in 1938, and started working for Sears and Roebuck and, later, the John W. Graham Co. McCarthy served in the Navy in World …


  • Then and Now: Railway Mail Terminal

    The Railway Mail Terminal was built in 1913 to give the Postal Service more space to sort parcel post, when the agency began delivering packages as well as letters.


  • Then and Now: Fairmont Creamery’s Spokane plant

    Fairmont Creamery was founded in Fairmont, Nebraska, in 1884. Farmers brought their milk to the plant to be separated and sold the butter fat, then took the skimmed milk home …


  • Then and Now: The Pine Shed Restaurant

    Brothers Roy and Bill Wilks were raised in Virginia, and the boys joined their family on a homestead in Tekoa, Washington, in 1935. Elder brother Roy, born around 1916, started …


  • Then and Now: Unique Building housed Saad’s

    Eli Saad was born in Beirut around 1885. Members of the Saad family always called themselves Syrian, because in that era, Beirut was part of Syria. In 1909, he arrived …


  • Then and Now: Bohemian Breweries

    Prohibition brought beer to a standstill in Spokane. There were five big breweries before the dry years, including the Galland-Burke, Schade and New York breweries. And at Second Avenue and …


  • Then and Now: Falls City Block now a high-rise

    Daniel H. Dwight came to Spokane Falls in 1887 and married Mary Willis, daughter of businessman W.G. Willis, who had started building the Falls City block in 1886. Just months …


  • One-time Shock coach now full-time family man

    The well-traveled Chris Siegfried is a homebody these days. Home is Orlando, where the coach who helped make arena football an instant success in Spokane in 2006 is no longer …


  • Then and Now: Riverside and Howard once patrolled by father, then son

    Charles Francis Cole and his son Denzil Howard Cole came to Spokane in 1905. Both became Spokane police officers and spent significant time patrolling and directing traffic on the corner …


  • Wrestling gives Mead product Joshua Morton leg up on art world

    Joshua Morton has a story to tell, not only with his art, but with his life. The 38-year-old Mead High School graduate has been teaching art and coaching wrestling at …


  • Then and now: Joshua Morton

    Joshua Morton, a Mead High School graduate, has been teaching art and coaching wrestling at Grants Pass High School in Oregon for 12 years; he is also an artist.


  • Then and Now: Keneseth Israel Synagogue

    There have been Jewish people in Spokane at least since businessman Simon Berg set up a dry goods store in 1879. Recounted in a 2008 article by Jim Kershner in …


  • Then and Now photos: Lubin’s store

    Barnett “Ben” Goldstein often said he and friend Harry Lubin were born in “the old world” in Vilna, Poland. “We were playmates and fostered the same ideals. We looked together …


  • Then and Now photos: Downtown storefront shines during holidays

    Christmas decorations displayed by retailers or retail groups have been a historical part of the downtown holiday scene. Wreaths, lighted silhouettes, painted windows and window displays at stores like the …


  • Then and Now photos: Pawn shops on Spokane’s West Main Avenue

    In the 1962 photo below, a sign on the left reads “E-Z Loans.” The building was occupied by Millman Jewelers and E-Z Loan, a shop started by Henry and Sadie …


  • Then and Now photos: Jack Sullivan’s valley homestead

    Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley is named after an early settler, John P. “Jack” Sullivan, who was born in County Cork, Ireland, in 1846. He ventured to the United States …


  • Then and Now photos: Lewis and Clark High School

    The earliest predecessor to Spokane’s Lewis and Clark High School was a four-room, two-story schoolhouse called Central School, which opened in 1883. The all-ages school filled quickly, and in 1890 …


  • Then and Now: Removing rails leads to rebirth

    One of the biggest changes to downtown Spokane’s waterfront was the removal of the rails. In the 1960s, city boosters began to dream of a world’s fair around the falls. …


  • Then and Now photos: Spokane County Courthouse

    Spokane sprang from the ashes of the great fire of 1889, and many distinctive structures, including the Review Tower, were built in early 1890s. But building came to a screeching …


  • Then and Now photos: Banks by bridge once ‘Shacktown’

    For several decades, a collection of shacks lined the Spokane River downstream from the Monroe Street Bridge, beneath the trains that rattled along the rim of the gorge. The squatters, …


  • Then & Now: Hugh Watson back on sidelines

    Hugh Watson is back coaching basketball, this time at his alma mater Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn. Yes, doctors told him more than two years ago when he was diagnosed …


  • Then and Now photos: Ridpath built with mine money

    William M. Ridpath, born in 1845 in Putnam County, Ind., volunteered for service during the Civil War, serving two hitches before mustering out and attending college. Col. Ridpath taught school …


  • Then and Now photos: Kroll Building’s footprint filled

    William H. Kroll was already a successful lumberman in Michigan – and well into his 60s – when he came west in 1911 and stopped in St. Maries. Within three …


  • Then and Now: Civil War hero leaves legacy

    Col. David P. Jenkins was one of Spokane’s greatest benefactors. Before homesteading Spokane’s north side of the river, Jenkins, born in 1823, was a lawyer from Ohio, an acquaintance of …


  • Then and Now: Downtown fashion district

    Russell Walker was a salesman who spent much of his career selling women’s apparel. He was born in Seattle in 1902 and came to Spokane in 1916. As a teen, …


  • Then and Now photos: Wolverton Block

    Brothers Albert and William Wolverton built the first brick office building in Spokan Falls, the Wolverton Block, in 1881. J.T. Davie, a young brickmaker from Scotland, made it possible. He …


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