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100 years ago: Reports of Spanish flu on East Coast reach Spokane

Nearly 3,000 cases of Spanish flu had been reported, although one overly optimistic official said that it had appeared “only in a mild form.”


100 years ago today in Spokane: Spanish flu sweeping through Northeast

In Spokane, the Spanish flu was not yet considered a local problem. Soon, it would be.


100 years ago in Seattle: Former Spokane pastor pitches in for wartime dock work

Plenty of former Spokane residents were in Seattle working in the great wartime shipyards on Puget Sound.


100 years ago in Spokane: War and its local connections dominate headlines

War news once again dominated the pages of the Spokane Daily Chronicle.


100 years ago in Spokane: Paris Symphony coming to town

The Paris Symphony Orchestra, from the famous Paris Conservatory of Music, announced that it would play a concert in Spokane as part of a brief tour of the United States.


100 years ago: Some 900 officers-in-training – including Gonzaga men – beset by food poisoning

About 900 college men – including 20 from Gonzaga – were training to be Army officers at the Presidio in San Francisco when they were attacked by an unexpected enemy.


100 years ago in Spokane: Rousing chant raises wartime spirit at the Davenport

An Australian who spent several months at the front taught Spokane some of his “songs and yells” at the Davenport Hotel.


100 years ago in Spokane: Draft for World War I expands to 45-year-olds and Spokane residents lined up

13 million more American men were streaming into polling places to register for the draft.


100 years ago in Spokane: J. Stanley Webster wins primary to take on Congressman C.C. Dill who opposed declaring war

Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World …


100 years ago in Spokane: Anti-Catholic group draws attention of authorities

A group calling itself the Guardians of Liberty, an anti-Catholic organization, attracted the attention of federal prosecutors in Spokane.


100 years ago: Anti-German sentiment leads to reconsideration of Krupp’s titles

A mass meeting of citizens in Krupp, Wash., west of Odessa, unanimously voted to petition the U.S. Post Office and the Great Northern Railway to change the name of the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Soldier’s arrest nearly leads to wholesale riot

About 400 soldiers raced madly down Main Avenue in an attempt to free one of their own, George Moore, from the clutches of the police.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former football star earns Croix de Guerre

Gerald “Jerry” Nowlin, a former Gonzaga University football team captain, was recommended to receive the Croix de Guerre, a top French award for bravery.


100 years ago in Spokane: $1,000 worth of stamps lands some luck for ‘Hobo Jim’

“Hobo Jim” – aka Henry James Paul, a soda fountain proprietor – was exceptionally lucky in a war savings stamp drawing at the Interstate Fair.


100 years ago in Spokane: Bear attacks man at Interstate Fair

A caged bear at the Interstate Fair turned on Mike Welch, animal attendant, when Welch unwisely entered the cage without a club.


100 years ago in Spokane: More than 60 unions converge for massive Labor Day celebration

About 10,000 people – representing 62 unions – took part in a gigantic Labor Day celebration at Manito Park.


100 years ago in Spokane: Child abductor’s testimony – and claim to sanity – unravels in jailhouse interview

Cleopus Viens, 36, in custody for child abduction, gave a jailhouse interview describing the bizarre thinking that landed him in jail.


100 years ago in Spokane: Flying is hot work, writes local aviator

A Spokane family received a letter from a relative who was training to be a combat aviator.


100 years ago in Spokane: Notorious bootlegger found slacking on the draft

Charlie Dale, already well-known as the “king of the bootleggers,” was in a different kind of trouble.


100 years ago in North Idaho: Girl kidnapped in Spokane rescued in Elk River hotel

Authorities found Catherine Pluym, 11, in a hotel in Elk River, Idaho. She had been abducted on the way to Sunday school by Cleopus Viens, a disgruntled ex-employee of her …


100 years ago in Spokane: Authorities believe kidnapper hiding victim west of Lake Coeur d’Alene

Authorities believed that Cleopus Viens, alias Lewis Parkes, was hiding out with abducted Catherine Pluym, 11, in the hills west of Lake Coeur d’Alene and near Mica Peak. The sheriff …


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100 years ago in Spokane: Man accused of kidnapping 11-year-old girl

A “veil of mysticism” surrounded the disappearance of Catherine Pluym, 11, said the Spokane Daily Chronicle. The mystery began two days earlier when little Catherine disappeared while walking to Sunday …


100 years ago in Spokane: Letter from a French hospital bed

Spokane soldier Clarence B. Irby wrote to his parents from a hospital in France.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies arrests uncover plans for general strike

Spokane police said they found a general strike order in the shoe of E. Hofstede, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), when they arrested him.


100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial offers impassioned defense of Spokane as aviator’s training ground

The Spokesman-Review wrote an indignant editorial about the reasons federal authorities rejected Spokane as a wartime aviation training site.


100 years ago in Spokane: Reports of injuries trickle in from the Front

Two Spokane brothers, Lyman and Edwin J. Buzard, were both injured in the same battle in France.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Spokane urged to do its patriotic duty and fight the scourge of venereal disease

“The ‘hug and kiss’ brand of patriotism is not wanted. The girls must protect themselves and the manhood of the nation from taint,” Major Brown, a federal public health service …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Whitworth College trustees turn school over to government for military training use

The trustees of Whitworth College agreed to allow the school to become a military training college for the duration of the war.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Soldier ‘doing well’ after German bullet to the chest

Corporal Forest Glen Price of Spokane was shot in the chest by a German bullet, yet a kind nurse in France wrote to his parents and assured them that he …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Tiger’ Johnson killed in escape attempt

Fred “Tiger” Johnson, one of Spokane’s most notorious criminals, made another – and final – escape attempt.