Stories tagged: This day in history
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.”
Sat., March 18, 2017
100 years in Spokane: Fire captain accused of murder cleared by jury
A jury took only two hours – including a dinner break – to find former Spokane Fire Capt. J.F. Grant not guilty of murdering Walter Layman.
Fri., March 17, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: City, like rest of country, braces for railroad strike
Spokane – and the rest of the U.S. – was bracing for a massive railroad strike called for 4 p.m. the next day. Four unions, representing engineers, firemen, conductors and …
Thu., March 16, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Judge allows jury to drink alleged whisky to determine if woman violated prohibition laws
A jury returned with verdict and a half-empty bottle of whisky in a liquor violation case.
Wed., March 15, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Opera brings out city’s style
Spokane’s high society turned out in full evening dress to hear the Boston National Grand Opera perform Verdi’s “Aida,” at the Auditorium Theater. “The self-sacrificing husbands in dress clothes marched …
Tue., March 14, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Wildly contradictory testimony emerges at murder trial of former fire captain
Wildly contradictory stories emerged in the trial of former Spokane fire captain J. F. Grant for the murder of Walter Layman. Two of those stories came from the same source: …
Mon., March 13, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Former fire captain goes on trial for murder
Former Spokane Fire Capt. J.F. Grant was on trial for shooting Walter Layman in the street after he found Layman walking with his wife. A man who lived next to …
Sun., March 12, 2017, 1 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: As World War I approached, pacifists were pessimistic
Spokane’s Church of Truth held a “peace meeting” for about 800 local pacifists – although most of the speakers were plainly pessimistic about the prospects for peace. “There need be …
Sat., March 11, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Local man fighting in Canadian Army describes World War I trenches
Frank Passmore, a “well-known Spokane boy” who had joined the Canadian army, wrote home about life in the trenches in France. “I am writing this to the tune of ‘whistling …
Fri., March 10, 2017, 2 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: James Glover, ‘the father of Spokane,’ describes Spokane Falls in 1873
James N. Glover, “the father of Spokane,” continued his series of memoirs in the Spokane Daily Chronicle. He described his first visit in 1873, when he found only three families …
Thu., March 9, 2017, 2 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Founder of Father’s Day among those opposed to hanging murderer on downtown post office’s roof
Protests broke out immediately after Spokane’s U.S. marshal revealed he had applied to stage the hanging of convicted murderer Edward Mayberry on the roof of the downtown post office.
Wed., March 8, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: U.S. marshal seeks permission to hang murderer from scaffolding on roof of downtown post office
The U.S. marshal in Spokane raised an alarming possibility: a hanging on Riverside Avenue. Marshal James E. McGovern confirmed that he had applied for permission to build a scaffold on …
Tue., March 7, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Newlywed ‘Duke of Dunsmuir Downes’ appears to be a fraud
It all sounded like such a beautiful, romantic story. Several weeks earlier in Coeur d’Alene, Ethel Haller of Spokane married Captain W.W. MacKenzie, the Duke of Dunsmuir Downes in Scotland. …
Mon., March 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Daily Chronicle announces it will get new home designed by Kirtland Cutter
The Spokane Daily Chronicle announced that work would soon begin on a building that would be the “finest in the West:” The Spokane Chronicle’s own building. “A steel frame fireproof …
Sun., March 5, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Chinese community concerned after gang members reportedly flee from Portland
Police were on the lookout for three Chinese tong members — meaning, members of notorious Chinese gangs. They were believed to be hiding in Spokane after fleeing from Portland, “where …
Sat., March 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Police search for 3 missing girls
Three Spokane girls were missing from their homes and police were searching throughout the region. Mildred Peters, 13, was the first to disappear. At first, police had information that she …