Stories tagged: then and now
MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017
Then and Now: Upper Falls Power Plant
David Lynde Huntington, born in 1870, arrived in Spokane to take an engineering job with W.W.P. in 1894. Within two years, he was managing the day-to-day operations as well as …
MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017
Then and Now: Camp Caro
Now part of the Dishman Hills Natural Area, Camp Caro has a long history of serving Girl Scouts, church members and youth groups.
MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017, 6 A.M.
Then and Now: The Spokane Boat Show had humble beginnings
The Spokane Outboard Club formed in 1954 with just a handful of families who wanted to socialize and share their love of boating.
MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2017
Then and Now: The Fuller Building
The Spokane Elks Club was established in 1892 with 45 charter members. In the heady days of Spokane’s boom era, the local club grew to be one of the larger …
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017
Then and Now: Touraine Hotel
Sylvester Heath, born in 1847 in Indiana, arrived in Spokane in 1879 at the age of 32 and ready to do business. Heath homesteaded north of the river in the …
MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2017
Then and Now: Manito duck pond
Francis Cook came to Spokane from Tacoma in 1879 to run the town’s first newspaper, The Spokan Times. It would be a few years before the town name included an …
MONDAY, DEC. 26, 2016
Then and Now: New Year’s Eve in Spokane
New Year’s Eve in Spokane was a little more festive after the Davenport Hotel opened in September 1914. It was the culmination of many years of planning by restaurateur Louis …
SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2016, 4:47 P.M.
Then and Now: Santa Claus
Santa Claus, the icon of American Christmas, came from several different sources. The story began with Bishop Nicholas, a fourth-century saint who lived in what is now Turkey.
MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016
Then and Now: Then and Now: Howard Street Bridge
A look back at the Howard Street Bridge.
MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016
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 …
MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2016
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.
MONDAY, NOV. 21, 2016
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 …
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016
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 …
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016
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 …
MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2016
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.
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016
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 …
SUNDAY, NOV. 8, 2015, 7:57 P.M.
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 …
MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015
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 …
MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2015
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 …
MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014
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 …
MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014, 8:44 P.M.
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 …
MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014
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 …
TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014
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 …
MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014, 9:50 P.M.
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.
MONDAY, DEC. 30, 2013
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 …
MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013
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 …
MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013
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 …
MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013
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 …
MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2013
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 …
MONDAY, NOV. 25, 2013
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 …