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100 years ago in Spokane: First aerial pictures of city show downtown from eyes of flying circus aviators

The aviators of a “flying circus” (air show) that had wowed Spokane left behind the first aerial pictures ever printed of Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Flying Circus brings high-flying stunts to town

The Flying Circus came to Spokane, thrilling 30,000 spectators with aerial stunts and mock bombing raids.


100 years ago in Spokane: City prepares for flying circus and returning World War I soldiers

Spokane was preparing for the return of World War I soldiers and a “flying circus.”


100 years ago in Walla Walla: Eastern Washington farmers flock to tractor show as they consider motorization

Nothing illustrated the revolution taking place in Eastern Washington agriculture better than a spectacular event held at Walla Walla.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘City faces red threat’ although the free-speech standoff was already settled

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a giant banner headline reading “CITY FACES ‘RED’ THREAT.” This was perhaps an exaggeration.


100 years ago in Spokane: Escaped from juvenile detention, ‘The King of the Boy Burglars’ nabbed during attempted car theft

Delmar Phillips, 16, “The King of the Boy Burglars,” was nabbed by a detective when he tried to steal a Ford auto from in front of the Hippodrome Theater.


100 years ago in Spokane: Courtroom fight spills out onto the streets

Two men from Davenport were facing off in a Spokane courtroom – and wrestling


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Figure sharks’ give advice on the seemingly always baffling federal income tax

The federal income tax was apparently just as baffling in 1919 as it is today.


100 years ago in Spokane: Turner Hall threatened with charges of ‘criminal syndicalism’ for radical assemblies

Spokane city officials warned the owners of Turner Hall, a radical gathering place in Spokane, that they will be charged with “criminal syndicalism” if they continue to allow radical and …


100 years ago today in Spokane: City boots radicals, prompting threats of another Free Speech Fight

After Spokane city officials ousted radical speakers from Turner Hall, one radical leader threatened to revive the Free Speech Fight.


100 years ago in Spokane: Man accuses Reverend of kissing wife, punches him when snubbed apology

Sunday services had just concluded at the Deep Creek United Brethren Church when G. Van Donge walked up and confronted the Rev. Charles Cunningham.


100 years ago in Spokane: Youth return to hobby despite wartime ban still in place

Spokane youths had been happily resuming their radio hobbies for the first time in two years.


100 years ago in Coeur d’Alene: Officials map out road around lake to connect towns

Highway officials outlined an ambitious plan to construct a road along the east shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, connecting Harrison with Coeur d’Alene.


100 years ago in Spokane: Opera star opts to cut German music from show

Madame Frances Alda, international opera diva, announced that her program at the Auditorium Theater would contain no German music.


100 years ago in Spokane: Woman abandons six-month-old baby with Lewis and Clark science teacher

A “well-dressed woman” showed up at the home of Lewis and Clark High School science teacher Joseph McMacken and his wife and handed them a six-month-old infant.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Three rail cars fall into Spokane River

Three railroad freight cars were submerged in the Spokane River after they were mistakenly driven off the end of the track in the Great Northern freight yards.


100 years ago in Spokane: City welcomes home Sgt. McKie and his new English bride

Spokane welcomed home war hero Sgt. William J. “Fighting” McKie, and his “pretty 21-year-old” English bride.


100 years ago in Spokane: Trial delayed for Washington State College football coach

The trial of William “Lone Star” Dietz for allegedly falsifying draft information was postponed in federal court in Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Harry M. Wicks arrested for disloyalty after speech advocating workers lay down tools

Spokane police arrested Harry M. Wicks, an “alleged bolshevist leader and radical agitator.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Washington Water Power says it will buy bankrupt downtown steam plant; chewing gum craze arrives

The Washington Water Power Co, announced that it was ready to purchase the property of the bankrupt Spokane Heat, Light and Power Co. – which we know today as the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Jitneys undercut new 6-cent streetcar fare

Spokane’s jitneys – private autos and vans that carried paying customers – were prepared to undercut the new 6-cent streetcar fare and continue to charge only 5 cents.


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019, 6:36 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Compromise raises streetcar fare to 6 cents; Minnehaha movie studio in trouble

The newest development in an ongoing problems with Spokane streetcar system was the approval of a temporary fare increase.


100 years ago in Spokane: Navy machinist wins French Croix de Guerre medal; City Council votes to combine streetcar companies

Machinist mate first class Arthur V. Kanatsher, 31, became the first U.S. Navy man from Spokane to win the French Croix de Guerre medal.


100 years ago in Spokane: Simmering dispute between coworkers boils over into bar fight leaving one dead

A quarrel between two laborers turned deadly in a Spokane bar.


100 years ago in Spokane: City commissioners turn down deal calling for streetcar fare increase

Spokane’s streetcar crisis entered a new phase when the city commissioners (city council) refused to approve a compromise deal calling for a one-cent fare increase to six cents.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 9:50 p.m.

100 years ago in Medical Lake: Luxury health resort proposed with room for up to 800 of the ‘very best class of people’

A “fashionable sanatorium” to be called the Washington Health Institute was proposed for Medical Lake.


100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators consider manslaughter charge for driver in deadly North Side crash

A group of young people went dancing at the Silver Grill, had several drinks of illicit whiskey, then went on an early-morning drive in a seven-passenger Buick.


100 years ago: Spokane man reported to have died in World War I says reports of his demise ‘greatly exaggerated’

Lt. L.S. “Babe” Wilson, a well-known Spokane man, had been reported dead in France. Yet he was happy to report that he was alive and well and “enjoying the hospitality …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 6:45 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: World-renowned cellist Pablo Casals gets lost in the beauty of Spokane

World-famous cellist Pablo Casals and his wife took a sightseeing tour of Spokane prior to his concert at the Davenport Hotel.


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor makes bold prediction of a combined city and county government

Spokane Mayor C.M. Fassett made a bold – and wrong – prediction when he said the city and county governments would some day be combined.