Stories tagged: This day in history
Tue., April 18, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: After U.S. enters World War I, Davenport Hotel raises meal prices
World War I was lead to multiple menu changes at the Davenport Hotel’s restaurant.
Mon., April 17, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Mother receives letter home from Red Cross ambulance driver at the front of World War I
The Spokesman-Review published a letter from a Red Cross ambulance driver at the front in France, written to his mother. “Maybe you think that my head has been turned by …
Sun., April 16, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly organizer accuses lumber bosses of fixing books to prevent wage increases
Labor firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn delivered her second speech in two days, this one to a crowd of 1,000 people at Spokane’s Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) hall. Her …
Sat., April 15, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Rancher loses control of new car, strikes wagon, nearly crashes into police barn, drives into city hall, injures janitor
An Adams County rancher recently had acquired a new Paige Eight auto and apparently had not learned how to properly use it.
Fri., April 14, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobbly organizer predicts labor fight in lumber camps
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, firebrand union organizer, told a crowd of hundreds at Spokane’s Wobbly hall that the region’s lumber camps would soon be labor’s biggest battleground.
Thu., April 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Fire Department about to replace its last 5 horses with motorized fire truck
The Spokane Fire Department soon would be without horses, and the savings were big.
Wed., April 12, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: New York Symphony Orchestra plays in Spokane
A large crowd gathered at the Auditorium Theater to hear the New York Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Walter Damrosch.
Tue., April 11, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Women needed in the workforce as men head to World War I
The headline of an editorial read, “How Women Will Help Win the War.” Replacing men in offices, that’s how. With so many men going off to war, women would have …
Mon., April 10, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Democratic Party chairman gets death threat after criticizing congressman who opposed war declaration
The Spokane County Democratic Party chairman received a death threat by mail after he criticized U.S. Representative C.C Dill.
Sun., April 9, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Patriotic citizens organize youth drum corps
Spokane’s young men were rushing off to war. Yet Spokane’s younger boys wanted to contribute, as well – in dozens of patriotic drum corps.
Sat., April 8, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Kirtland Cutter, who helped transform the ‘architecturally savage camp’ that was Spokane, says he has great hopes for the city
Achitect Kirtland Cutter talked about his early days as an artist, illustrator and sculptor in a newspaper profile.
Fri., April 7, 2017
100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Communities show patriotrism one day after United States enters World War I
One day after the U.S. entered World War I, towns across the region were showing their patriotism. Moscow: “Citizens without regard to rank or station,” marched in a parade headed …
Thu., April 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Rally denounces Congressman C.C. Dill for his vote against declaration of war against Germany
A “patriotically frenzied” throng – the second in two weeks – jammed the Spokane Armory for a mass meeting.
Wed., April 5, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Jews announce support for declaration of war
On the day after the U.S. Senate passed a war resolution, the Jewish community of Spokane went on record declaring its “unfailing loyalty and steadfast allegiance” to the U.S.
Tue., April 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Local leaders back Woodrow’s Wilson’s call to war
The Spokesman-Review found unanimous support among Spokane’s prominent figures for President Woodrow Wilson’s request for a declaration of war against Germany. “Party lines were practically obliterated,” said the paper.
Mon., April 3, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Newspaper backs Woodrow Wilson’s call to declare war
Jim Kershner with news from the last century
Sun., April 2, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Women volunteer for Red Cross, Navy and other jobs to assist war effort
With Congress preparing to declare war on Germany, Spokane women enthusiastically responded to a call to join the National League for Women’s Service. “300 women crowded the chamber of commerce …
Sat., April 1, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Boy turned down for Navy, immigrants applying for citizenship asked extra loyalty questions as U.S. prepares for WWI
A variety of war-related news filled the pages of The Spokesman-Review as the U.S. prepared to declare war on Germany.
Fri., March 31, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Solemn crowd of 5,000 lines streets to salute troops headed to World War I
“Spokane’s group of soldier boys left yesterday for American Lake,” said The Spokesman-Review. “… Never in the history of the city has such a splendid lot of young men answered …
Thu., March 30, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: President Wilson declines clemency for convicted killer Mayberry
President Woodrow Wilson denied clemency for convicted murderer Edward Mayberry.
Wed., March 29, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Silent films starring two local actresses open in theaters
Two Spokane actresses – Seena Owen and Violet Palmer – had starring roles in two movies opening in town.
Tue., March 28, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Worker at produce company bitten by tarantula as he reached for bunch of bananas
A worker at the Charles Uhden produce house reached into a bunch of bananas and felt a sting. When he looked into the bunch of bananas, he found the largest …
Mon., March 27, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: German society says members stand behind Woodrow Wilson
The Deutsche Gesellschaft, Spokane’s major German society, took a symbolic and telling step. It took down all portraits of Kaiser Wilhelm and all German flags from the walls of its …
Sun., March 26, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Thousands take loyalty oath at rally as Woodrow Wilson says he’ll ask Congress to enter World War I
Wartime fervor took hold of Spokane as a “monster” Patriotic Rally filled the Spokane Armory to overflowing.
Sat., March 25, 2017
100 years ago in North Idaho: Snow slides kill 3; entire blacksmith shop near Mullan carried away
Huge snowslides roared into valleys in North Idaho, killing three people. On Placer Creek, near Wallace, Custer Laird heard the avalanche coming and, according to witnesses, ran as hard as …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 10:10 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Windstorm rakes region, knocking out power to trolleys
Spokane was blasted with a 40-mile-per-hour winds, causing numerous electrical outages and telephone outages.
Thu., March 23, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Socialists cancel lecture of noted socialist because he backs war with Germany
Spokane socialists angrily canceled the lecture of noted English socialist John Spargo. Why? Because he recently came out in favor of war against Germany.
Wed., March 22, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Former mayor on leave as Canadian Army chaplain predicts U.S. will institute draft
War talk dominated the news in Spokane as Americans increasingly assumed that a declaration of war against Germany was inevitable. “Rush War Preparations; Plans For Mobilization,” declared one headline.
Tue., March 21, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: City plans big patriotic display as nation moves toward war
Patriotic fervor gripped Spokane as the nation slipped closer to war with Germany. N.W. Durham, chairman of a citizen’s patriotic committee, appealed to all citizens and businesses to display flags …
Mon., March 20, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Business leaders counting how many troops Inland Northwest can muster as war becomes likely
The Spokane Chamber of Commerce ordered a “war survey” to determine how many fighting men could be mustered from the “Inland Empire.”