Stories tagged: This day in history
Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Judge suspends trial to search for meowing cat
The Mysterious Case of the Caterwauling Courtroom Cat played out in the Spokane County Courthouse. Judge Bruce Blake was holding a civil trial when the sounds of “meow, meow meow,” …
Thu., Feb. 23, 2017, midnight
100 years ago today in Spokane: Gold coins, the currency of the West, losing to paper money juggernaut
A Spokesman-Review editorial noted that one of the West’s last distinctive mannerisms — the preference for gold coins over paper money — was about to bite the dust. For a …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Davenport, other restaurants raise potato prices in response to war-time vegetable shortages
The lowly potato was making front page news because its price “continues to soar.” The Spokesman-Review said that the potato would soon be “classed as a luxury,” and that Davenport’s …
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Famed hotelier tells Ida Tarbell ‘women have no place in politics’ at business luncheon
Sparks flew when one of Spokane’s prime characters, Dutch Jake Goetz, shared the speaker’s table with Ida Tarbell, famous crusading author and investigative journalist, at the Spokane Chamber of Commerce …
Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Grocery company says hunter killed zoo bear; Ida Tarbell criticizes tariffs
The Spokane Table Supply Company claimed that the bear was, in fact, an old “pet” bear that had been kept in the Manito Park Zoo cages.
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition leader hit by bullet during speech at church
L.R. Horton of the Anti-Saloon League was hit in the leg with a bullet while delivering a speech on “The Progress of Prohibition” at the Plymouth Congregational Church, at the …
Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Big stars help celebrate birthday of today’s Bing Crosby Theater
Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars were scheduled to help the Clemmer Theatre, known today as the Bing Crosby Theater, celebrate its second birthday. Mary Pickford, the biggest star of all, …
Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, midnight
100 years ago today in Spokane: Brunot Hall, private school for young ladies, announces closure
Brunot Hall, a private Episcopal school which had educated scores of Spokane’s young ladies, was closing for good. The school’s board said it had lost $35,000 recently and could no …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Boy Scouts prepare for outbreak of World War I
Spokane was making preparations for war as tensions grew with Germany. Even Spokane’s Boy Scouts announced that they were ready for “active service.”
Wed., Feb. 15, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: 4 found guilty of fraud in sensational white-collar trial
Four men were found guilty of “fraudulent use of the mails” in a sensational white-collar crime trial in Spokane. A jury found that the four men operated several companies, including …
Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, midnight
100 years ago: S-R editorial page defends college women accused of ‘high crimes against romance’
The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page offered a Valentine’s Day defense of the much-maligned “college woman.” The editorial said that “innumerable sins and high crimes against romance have been laid at the …
Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Dogcatcher prepares to round up unlicensed dogs
From our archive, 100 years ago City officials were preparing to round up all of the city’s illegals – illegal dogs, that is.
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Decade-old murder mystery solved when convict who escaped two federal prisons shot by Spokane fire captain
The shooting of Walter Layman at the hands of a jealous husband in Spokane set in motion an investigation revealed a far deeper mystery – one that “would make a …
Sat., Feb. 11, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: New company planning to pipe natural gas 100 miles from Benton County to Spokane
The general frenzy in America over oil and gas riches had spread to Eastern Washington.
Fri., Feb. 10, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Union demands answers into collapse of Post Street Bridge, which killed 3 workers
A union demanded an investigation into the collapse of the Post Street bridge, which killed three workers, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Feb. 10, 1917.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:21 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph
Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …
Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Two newcomers to Spokane land buscuit company jobs as their money runs out; third man dies in Post Street Bridge collapse
The experience of Esther Wisdom, 20 and Addie Towe, 19, illustrated the plight of poor young women looking for work in Spokane. They arrived in Spokane from Pendleton, Oregon, with …
Tue., Feb. 7, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Work on Post Street Bridge suspended after two men killed and many injured when falsework collapses
Work on the Post Street bridge was stopped until further notice, because to proceed “would be criminal,” said the city engineer. Two workers, including the project superintendent, Dave Cullen, died …
Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Multiple workers presumed dead when framework collapses during bridge construction
Tragedy struck at the Post Street bridge construction project when the “falsework” – temporary framework – collapsed, sending up to 30 workers into the icy torrent.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, midnight
100 years ago: Overriding Woodrow Wilson’s veto, U.S. Senate bans immigration from Middle East and much of Asia
A controversial and divisive immigration law was making front-page news a century ago. The U.S. Senate passed what was called the Alien Bill, overriding President Woodrow Wilson’s veto.
Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Under city official’s plan, all streets would be numbered and Division would be Sixth Street East
A city commissioner floated a plan to “abolish street names in the city and to substitute numbers and points of the compass.” He said it would “simplify the street naming …
Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: As U.S. breaks ties with Germany, armed patrols begin guarding armory
The U.S. broke off all diplomatic ties with Germany, a step that was just short of a declaration of war. The import of this news was reflected in the size …
Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane’s ‘perfect’ baby slated to illustrate chapter on babies in new encyclopedia
Billy Sass, Spokane’s “perfect” baby, was about to be honored as the perfect baby for all of America in an upcoming encyclopedia.
Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Office supply company announces plan for downtown megastore
John W. Graham & Co., a office supply store and bookstore, announced plans to build a spectacular six-story building at Sprague Avenue and Stevens Street.
UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 30, 2017, 9:03 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: WSU saved from getting swallowed by University of Washington
Washington State College in Pullman was on the “verge of big victory,” and this had nothing to do with sports. This was a legislative victory, which would allow the college …
Sun., Jan. 29, 2017, 3 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: North Spokane women want protection from evening attacks near Division and Astor street car line
“Attacks on Maidens Must Stop,” said a headline, and the women of North Spokane adamantly agreed. They were making plans to hire a private guard to protect young women at …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Girlfriend defends convicted murderer; police suggest she may face ‘unlawful cohabitation’ charge
Convicted murderer Robert A. Hood and his live-in girlfriend, Vivian “Alaska Vivian” Tozier, issued separate statements forcefully denying that Hood was guilty of murdering Margaret Braun. “I never knew anything …
Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Jury convicts man of murdering hotel landlady
A jury convicted Robert A. Hood of first degree murder in the slaying of Margaret Braun, landlady of the Tourist Hotel.
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane: Defense of man accused of murdering hotel landlady raises suspicions about hotel tenant
Gawkers filled the courtroom to capacity for the murder trial of Robert A. Hood, accused of murdering hotel landlady Margaret Braun — and were rewarded with plenty of sensational testimony. …
Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, midnight
100 years ago in Spokane County: Deputies discover cache of booze snuck in from Montana tossed from trains
From our archive, 100 years ago Spokane sheriff deputies found a cache of 250 quarts of liquor in a snowbank next to the Great Northern railroad tracks near Colbert.