Stories tagged: This day in history
Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Bootlegger ‘Red’ Sullivan goes on the lam
One of Spokane’s most notorious bootleggers, Frank “Red” Sullivan, had skipped town.
Sun., Feb. 25, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Conscientious objector would ‘stand before a wall’ before shooting fellow man
Fred Hippen of Spokane requested a draft deferment as a conscientious objector.
Sat., Feb. 24, 2018
100 years ago today in Spokane: Fistfight erupts on train after logger curses flag
A group of Montana cowboys were headed to Spokane to enlist when they were joined by a “husky logger.” They were all engaged in spirited conversation “mostly to deal with …
Fri., Feb. 23, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Massive participation at downtown patriotic parade
Spokane staged a huge Washington’s Birthday patriotic parade. Thousands lined Riverside Avenue from Monroe to Division streets.
Thu., Feb. 22, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Skeletal mystery perplexes cops
Spokane police were trying to unravel the “Mystery of the Skeleton.”
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018
100 years ago today in Spokane: 70-year-old woman goes back to school to learn Spanish
Mrs. Levina Satterthwaite surprised the Spanish teachers at the Lewis and Clark evening school merely by showing up.
Tue., Feb. 20, 2018
100 years ago today in Spokane: Police detain four in death of Spokane restaurant owner
Police were trying to solve the mysterious case of Michael Buckley, a Spokane restaurant man, who disappeared during the summer. His body was found in the Spokane River a month …
Mon., Feb. 19, 2018
100 years ago: Angry mob of loggers seeks camp cook
About 80 angry loggers – some of them recovering from brutal stomachaches – formed a lynching party to track down and punish the camp cook.
Sun., Feb. 18, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Women workers get boost from editorial
The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page addressed the complaints of some union men – and men in general – that women were taking jobs from men and driving down wages. …
Sat., Feb. 17, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Mining magnate ducks the law
James Callahan, millionaire mine owner of Wallace, cleverly escaped an all-night vigil by a squad of three deputy sheriffs in Missoula.
Fri., Feb. 16, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘War’ brewing between rival bootleggers
Spokane’s bootleggers were at war with each other, said a local prosecutor.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 6:55 a.m.
100 years ago: Fugitive dodges draft; then dodges again
Carl Brown, who also went by the name of Oak Sanders, was one of the first men to be arrested in Spokane for failure to register for the draft. He …
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
100 years ago in France: Spokane soldier asks sister to send brown sugar
Mrs. P.T. Miller received a letter from her brother, Floyd DeBolt, from France where he was serving in the U.S. Army. “Everything seems odd here,” wrote DeBolt. “The houses, cities, …
Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 6 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Sportsmen target magpies, crows, coyotes, hawks and owls along county roads to help preyed-on birds
Spokane sportsmen declared war on the so-called “enemies of game birds.” They planned to go gunning for magpies, crows, coyotes, hawks and owls, which they believed to prey on the …
Mon., Feb. 12, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: What is a German? ‘Enemy alien’ registration begs question
All unregistered German enemy aliens in Spokane would be subject to arrest at the passing of the registration deadline later in the day. Inevitably, registration had raised “many complicated questions …
Sun., Feb. 11, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Downtown funeral shows Wobblies still a force to be reckoned with
The Industrial Workers of the Word (Wobblies) seemed to be under siege in the Northwest, subject to governmental raids and widespread vituperation.
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Aviation fans want to see city back on the route map
Spokane aviation boosters were attempting to establish the city as an “aviation station” (a center for flight training and air defense) and had come up with an ingenious argument in …
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Registration deadline closing for ‘enemy aliens’
Enemy aliens (i.e., Germans) in Spokane had three more days to register with the U.S. Marshal’s office.
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018
100 years ago in San Francisco: Dr. Alan Hart, doctor who interned in Lewiston, outed as transgender
Dr. Alan Hart was a brilliant and successful doctor, working as an intern at a San Francisco Hospital. Then a former university classmate recognized him – as Dr. Lucille Hart.
Mon., Feb. 5, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Former mayor says ‘idlers’ should be sent to France
Former Spokane Mayor W.J. Hindley went after “idlers” in a fiery speech, but these were not the usual idlers.
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Phony’ war hero unmasked, sentenced
The phony British Army major, J.H. Stern, was sentenced to an indeterminate prison term in Moorhead, Minn.
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018
100 years ago in Liberty Lake: First Chinese resident in Spokane County drafted for World War I
Frank Den was the first Chinese man in Spokane County to be drafted into the army.
Fri., Feb. 2, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: City vaudevillian heading to the Big Top
Gertrude Hoffman, the vaudeville dance star playing Spokane’s Orpheum Theater, said she was ready to take up a new career “as a maid of the sawdust.”
Thu., Feb. 1, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: City’s heaviest cop down in pounds; paper cites wartime austerity
The Spokane Daily Chronicle took a break from war news to write a tongue-in-cheek story about Dan Phelan, “one of Spokane’s heaviest cops.”
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018
100 years ago in Yakima: Wobblies accused of planning germ attack
Three Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World) were arrested in North Yakima on suspicion of a shocking plan to release deadly germs throughout the Yakima Valley. Their …
Mon., Jan. 29, 2018
100 years ago: State defense council plans ‘pitiless’ campaign against draft evaders
The Washington State Council of Defense was developing a new strategy against “slackers” (draft evaders). They planned a campaign of “pitiless publicity” against slackers, “not for merely now, but for …
Sun., Jan. 28, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: City boasts low death rate, ‘healthful’ climate
Spokane’s death rate for the first half of January 1918 was the lowest of all cities in the United States.
Sat., Jan. 27, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Letter from voyaging army man describes weather-side seasoning
Cyrus Hawver, the first Lewis and Clark High School students to enlist after war was declared, sent a letter to his mother, describing his voyage to Europe.
Fri., Jan. 26, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Governor lauds city spirit
Gov. Ernest Lister was turning Spokane “into the state capital for several days,” said The Spokesman-Review.
Thu., Jan. 25, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Aspiring aviators, rhinoplasty and a charlatan seer
Spokane recruits were flocking to one of the most exciting and dangerous branches of wartime military service: “the aviation section.”