Stories tagged: This day in history
Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:23 a.m.
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.”
Tue., Sept. 18, 2018
In Spokane, the Spanish flu was not yet considered a local problem. Soon, it would be.
Mon., Sept. 17, 2018
Plenty of former Spokane residents were in Seattle working in the great wartime shipyards on Puget Sound.
Sun., Sept. 16, 2018
War news once again dominated the pages of the Spokane Daily Chronicle.
Sat., Sept. 15, 2018
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.
Fri., Sept. 14, 2018
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.
Thu., Sept. 13, 2018
An Australian who spent several months at the front taught Spokane some of his “songs and yells” at the Davenport Hotel.
Wed., Sept. 12, 2018
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.
Tue., Sept. 11, 2018
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 …
Mon., Sept. 10, 2018
A group calling itself the Guardians of Liberty, an anti-Catholic organization, attracted the attention of federal prosecutors in Spokane.
Sun., Sept. 9, 2018
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 …
Sat., Sept. 8, 2018
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.
Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:20 p.m.
Gerald “Jerry” Nowlin, a former Gonzaga University football team captain, was recommended to receive the Croix de Guerre, a top French award for bravery.
Thu., Sept. 6, 2018
“Hobo Jim” – aka Henry James Paul, a soda fountain proprietor – was exceptionally lucky in a war savings stamp drawing at the Interstate Fair.
Tue., Sept. 4, 2018
A caged bear at the Interstate Fair turned on Mike Welch, animal attendant, when Welch unwisely entered the cage without a club.
Mon., Sept. 3, 2018
About 10,000 people – representing 62 unions – took part in a gigantic Labor Day celebration at Manito Park.
Sun., Sept. 2, 2018
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.
Sat., Sept. 1, 2018
A Spokane family received a letter from a relative who was training to be a combat aviator.
Fri., Aug. 31, 2018
Charlie Dale, already well-known as the “king of the bootleggers,” was in a different kind of trouble.
Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
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 …
Wed., Aug. 29, 2018
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 …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 3:17 p.m.
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 …
Mon., Aug. 27, 2018
Spokane soldier Clarence B. Irby wrote to his parents from a hospital in France.
Sun., Aug. 26, 2018
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.
Sat., Aug. 25, 2018
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.
Fri., Aug. 24, 2018
Two Spokane brothers, Lyman and Edwin J. Buzard, were both injured in the same battle in France.
Thu., Aug. 23, 2018
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 …
Wed., Aug. 22, 2018
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.
Tue., Aug. 21, 2018
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 …
Mon., Aug. 20, 2018
Fred “Tiger” Johnson, one of Spokane’s most notorious criminals, made another – and final – escape attempt.