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100 years ago in Spokane: Police raid Wobblies ‘secret headquarters’

Police raided a “secret headquarters” of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) in Spokane’s Mohawk Building, and four Wobblies were arrested. One of the men was John Grady, …


100 years ago in Spokane: 3,000 welcome returning World War I soldiers at Great Northern Depot

Spokane gave a delirious welcome to hundreds of returning soldiers at the Great Northern Depot.


100 years ago: Crisis erupts as shipyards go on strike

An estimated 40,000 workers went on strike in the big shipyards of Seattle and Tacoma, precipitating a crisis.


100 years ago in Spokane: Operators demand elimination of one-man streetcars

The “car men” – streetcar operators – of Spokane declared “war” on one-man streetcars.


100 years ago in Spokane: New route proposed for large-scale irrigation project

A group of boosters were touting a new route for a proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project – although this was not the same irrigation project that was later made possible …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Drowned’ man located hiding out in remote cabin

William Vane was arrested in a remote cabin at Bead Lake – which once and for all proved that his “drowning” in the Pend Oreille River had been a desperate …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly defendants found guilty of planned mayhem; maintain silent defense

All 46 defendants in the Wobbly conspiracy trial were found guilty of conspiracy to carry on a campaign of arson and destruction up and down the Pacific coast.


100 years ago in Hillyard: Mayor says Spokane residents can’t hold dances in his city to avoid flu restrictions

The mayor of Hillyard (still a separate municipality in 1919) proclaimed a ban on public dances held for the benefit of Spokane people.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Elaborate hoax or drowning tragedy? Case of Newport man’s death a mystery

Did William Vane drown after falling out of a rowboat on the Pend Oreille River?


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane labor council goes after employers who violated womens’ pay laws

Spokane’s Central Labor Council said that the minimum wage law for women was “flagrantly violated” in the city.


100 years ago in Spokane: Pandemic petering out, emergency hospital at last closes doors

Spokane’s emergency flu hospital closed its doors, after caring for 617 patients over three months.


100 years ago in Spokane: AAA seeks to debunk ‘desert stunt’ of western travel

A Western AAA official debunked the notion, prevalent among drivers in the East and Midwest, that driving through the West was lonely and perilous.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘King of Newsboys’ is downright fun

“Noodles” Fagan, the uncrowned King of the Newsboys, entertained 300 Spokane Daily Chronicle newsboys in a free show at the Pantages Theater.


100 years ago in Spokane: Dream of a Hollywood North starts to fracture

Not all was well at the Washington Motion Picture Corporation.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Ice harvesters having good year at area lakes

The ice harvest was going strong in the Inland Northwest.


100 years ago in Colville: Mother and 2 sons die in house fire

A mom and her two sons were killed in a fire and a third son was critically injured in a house fire in Colville.


100 years ago in Spokane: Vaudeville ‘king of newsboys’ to entertain his vassals

Spokane’s newsboys – numbering in the hundreds – were about to get a special treat.


100 years ago in Spokane: Roosevelt dies, and Spokane mourns

Spokane was mourning the death of former President Theodore Roosevelt.


100 years ago in Spokane: Young men charged after aiding girls’ escape from juvenile jail

Several young men were implicated in assisting two girls, Loretta Atchinson and Ella McNulty, in escaping from the county’s juvenile jail.


100 years ago in Spokane: Public safety commissioner lays out motive theory in strychnine killing

Spokane’s commissioner of public safety John H. Tilsley laid out the case against H.M. Delaney – and now it was up the county prosecutor to make a decision about charges.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 7:50 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Strychnine death suspect likely destroyed evidence, police say

More information surfaced casting suspicion on H.M. Delaney in the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, 22.


100 years ago in Spokane: Spanish influenza pushes death rate to record high

The final 1918 statistics were in, and the results were no surprise: Spokane had the highest death rate in its history, because of the Spanish flu epidemic.


100 years ago in Spokane: After dodging bullets overseas, 20-year-old dies in a fall

Charles Fred Eberlin, 20, just returned from wartime service, died after falling 130 feet from the Seventh Avenue bridge over Hangman Creek.


100 years ago in Spokane: End of flu quarantine announced for New Year’s Day

The news everyone was waiting for finally arrived: The partial flu quarantine would be lifted on New Year’s Day.


100 years ago in Spokane: Spanish flu, in the wane, claims former Spokane mayor

The Spanish flu epidemic claimed perhaps its most prominent victim yet, Elmer De Vando Olmsted, 69, former Spokane mayor.


100 years ago in Spokane: Admission of forgery adds to body of evidence in strychnine death

H.M. Delaney, held in questioning for the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, made a damaging admission: He forged a letter from her after her death.


100 years ago in Spokane: Suitors remain focus of investigation into woman’s death from strychnine

The “sensational developments” in the Rosa Kempf strychnine poisoning case, promised by the Spokane Daily Chronicle a day earlier, turned out to merely deepen the mystery.


100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators raise doubts that strychnine death was suicide

The mystery surrounding the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, 22, continued to baffle investigators.


100 years ago in Spokane: Talk of suicide in strychnine case ‘all bosh,’ safety commissioner asserts

Spokane commissioner of public safety John H. Tilsley hotly disputed the conclusion of some city detectives that the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf was a suicide.


100 years ago in Spokane: Soldiers and sailors clear socialist meeting hall

About 60 soldiers and sailors, home on furlough, walked into a gathering of Spokane socialists and ordered everyone to leave.