Stories tagged: This day in history
Sat., Nov. 11, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: City’s symphony orchestra marks a milestone with Beethoven’s Fifth
The Spokane Symphony Orchestra had grown to the point where it could now attempt “one of the most difficult numbers for any orchestra in the world to play”: Beethoven’s Fifth …
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Restaurants go gluten-free for the day
Spokane already had held a successful “meatless” day at area restaurants, and now it held a “wheatless” day. “Not only were white bread and rolls off the menus, but macaroni, …
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Halloween pranksters grease streetcar tracks, overturn outhouses
A “continuous string of Halloween complaints” flooded into Spokane police headquarters. One of the most common — and most serious — offenses was “greasing car tracks.” Boys smeared grease on …
Tue., Oct. 31, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: 2 escape juvenile jail; Glover Field dedicated
Two boys, 15 and 16, made a daring escape from the county juvenile detention center — but they didn’t get far. It all began when the two boys, being held …
Wed., Oct. 25, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Opera diva who sang for soldiers to Camp Lewis scheduled for Spokane show
Opera diva Alma Gluck made a stop at Camp Lewis on the way to Spokane — and sang for a crowd of 10,000 soldiers. In fact, the soldiers at the …
Tue., Oct. 24, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Mormon officials tell Spokane that church doing its part in war effort
Patriotism was running high among the Mormons, according to a headline in The Spokesman-Review.
Sun., Oct. 22, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Death of young man questioned after drinking spree
Did L.W. Cole, 20, die of too much booze? Or was he killed by his jailer in Troy, Mont.?
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Insulting Kaiser led to Spokane man’s expulsion from German school
Stanley Mayall of Spokane had the distinction of having met three of the crowned heads of Europe — King George V of Great Britain, King Albert of Belgium and Kaiser …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 11 p.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Killer escapes from Medical Lake asylum
Five inmates of the Medical Lake insane asylum (as it was known in 1917) escaped through a hole in a fence — and one of those inmates was Chester Thompson, …
Tue., Oct. 17, 2017
100 years go today in Spokane: German-born U.S. citizen pledges full allegiance to the United States
Spokane man - who was born in Berlin and served in the German army for three years - was quoted in the newspaper on his loyalty to the U.S.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobblies released from jail
Out of 29 Wobblies arrested at the Spokane headquarters of the Industrial Workers of the World two months earlier, 27 were now walking free.
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: White pine tested for building airplanes
Local lumber companies were exploring a new and intriguing use for the region’s white pine: the manufacture of airplanes.
Tue., Oct. 3, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Mystery woman orchestrates robbery of cattle buyer
Victor Louie, 70, a “well-known member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe,” told a complex story about how he was robbed of $1,300 in cash by a mystery woman.
Thu., Sept. 28, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Home for unwed mothers attacks immodest dress, including ‘daring low-necks’
The board of the Florence Crittenden Home (for unwed mothers) went on the attack against “immodest dress.”
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Camp Lewis becomes a city of 23,000 as troops train for war
Spokane correspondent Wilbur W. Hindley described the incredible scale of Camp Lewis, the army training base near Tacoma, which had suddenly mushroomed to a city of 23,000 trainees, including thousands …
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Acheson awarded British Military Cross
Joseph Acheson, a former Spokane man, was awarded the British Military Cross by the British war office.
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Bankers’ banquet draws wartime critique
Spokane was not sufficiently Hooverized, in the opinion of a guest of honor at a banquet of Spokane bankers. In other words, Spokane still liked its steak and its white …
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 10:58 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Lewis and Clark student runs away to join Canadian military after Mom forbids him to enlist in U.S. Army
Orville Whipple, a 17-year-old Lewis and Clark High School student, begged to enlist in the U.S. Army, but his mother wouldn’t let him. “I wanted him to continue his schooling,” …
Thu., Sept. 14, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Fugitive stockbroker caught in Juneau
W.H. Bourke, a Spokane stockbroker who presided over “one of the most spectacular failures on the local stock exchange,” was arrested in Juneau.
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wife disputes doctor’s claim that he gave man prescriptions for liquor to ease broken leg pain
Two stories in The Spokesman-Review illustrated the difficulty of enforcing the state’s prohibition laws. In the first story, Spokane County Sheriff George Reid said that he found evidence that one …
Tue., Sept. 12, 2017
100 years ago: Local troops stop briefly in Spokane after leaving Camp Lewis on way to Europe
Word spread through Spokane – the “boys” were coming through for a brief visit. Two long trains puffed into the city carrying four cavalry troops from Spokane. They had been …
Sat., Sept. 9, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: 10 tribes arrive in Spokane for Indian Day at the Fair
It was “Indian Day” at the Interstate Fair, and 300 Indians from 10 different tribes were camped in an “Indian village” at the fairgrounds. The festivities included a parade through …
Thu., Sept. 7, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Woman burned after streetcar catches fire
Miss Evelyn McLaughlin, a stenographer for the Northern Pacific railway, was coming home on the Astor Street streetcar. Suddenly, “flames burst through the floor of the car and enveloped Miss …
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Feds raid Wobbly offices across U.S. alleging sedition
Federal agents raided regional Wobbly offices all over the U.S., on the grounds that the Industrial Workers of the World was spreading sedition and anti-war propaganda.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Spokanites flock to 1917 Interstate Fair
The 1917 Interstate Fair set an opening-day attendance record of 15,495.
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Unions celebrate Labor Day with elaborate floats in parade
More than 1,500 union men marched through the streets of Spokane in celebration of Labor Day. “Numerically, it was one of the most impressive demonstrations that the labor unions of …
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Navy recruiting station at Interstate Fair displays 17-foot-long torpedo
A U.S. Navy recruiting station opened on the grounds of the Interstate Fair, and it would soon include a special exhibit: a real torpedo. It would be the first Whitehead …
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies arrested after rail car fracas on Great Northern train
About 27 Wobblies were arrested by Fort George Wright military authorities after they allegedly fomented a “riot” on the Great Northern passenger train between Troy, Mont., and Spokane. The men …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 12:33 p.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Woman using gasoline to wash clothes suffers burns
People were still learning — the hard way — about the dangers of gasoline.
Sun., Aug. 27, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Socialists rap Wobbly arrests
A mass meeting of Spokane’s socialists proved that not everyone in the region was anti-Wobbly.