Stories tagged: This day in history
Wed., June 28, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Statewide plans in the works to fight Wobblies as farmworker strikes loom
The U.S. was at war with Germany, yet there was another menace closer to home: the Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies.” At least, “menace” is the term used …
Tue., June 27, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: The Wobblies make waves
The Wobblies – members of the radical union the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW – were making news around the region.
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Downtown steam plant was ready to power up
The big new steam plant at Post Street and Railroad Avenue – today known as the Steam Plant, a popular restaurant – was ready to deliver “juice” from its new …
Sun., June 25, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Ban on ‘enemy aliens’ separates family from soldier son
The rule barring “enemy aliens” from being within a half-mile of Fort George Wright had an unintended consequence. It meant that Rudolph Blume, of Hillyard, could not even visit his …
Sat., June 24, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Enemy aliens’ banned from vicinity of military installations
New wartime rules banned “enemy aliens” (meaning mostly Germans and Austrians) from living within a half-mile of a military installation.
Fri., June 23, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Log cabin raid nabs draft evaders
Four more “slackers” (draft evaders) were sentenced to jail for failing to register for the draft.
Thu., June 22, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Firefighters censure colleague for draft opposition
A number of Spokane firefighters asked the fire chief to transfer colleague F.A. Miller to another station — because Miller wouldn’t purchase a Liberty loan (war bond).
Wed., June 21, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Cheers for Red Cross fundraiser topping $100,000
“Spokane business men cheered like schoolboys” when the results of the day’s Red Cross fund drive were announced. Spokane had exceeded its goal of raising $100,000 for the Red Cross …
Tue., June 20, 2017, 4 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Jury convicts former sheriff’s deputy of murder
Charles A. Palmer, a former Spokane County deputy and former justice of the peace, now had a new title: convicted murderer. A Spokane jury convicted him of second-degree murder. The …
Mon., June 19, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Teenagers let off light after minor crime spree
Three local teenagers stole a checkbook from a Metaline Falls merchant and used it to go on a wild spending spree.
Sun., June 18, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: A ‘daring headline attraction’ comes to town
A reviewer was titillated by the Radium Girls, a vaudeville act featuring three young women “who are entirely uncovered” except for a coat of silver paint.
Fri., June 16, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Engineers propose dropping water level in Lake Coeur d’Alene
100 years ago, Washington Water Power engineers said they had the solution to the flooding that afflicted Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Thu., June 15, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Ace aviator narrowly escapes after engine fails, propeller falls off at 1,500 feet
Spokane’s ace aviator, “Deb” Wylie, “raced with death” 1,500 feet above the Parkwater airfield – and won. Wylie’s Curtiss biplane was ascending in big circles over Parkwater (now Felts Field) …
UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 12:03 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Letter writer decries ‘society ladies’ recruiting men for World War I
An anonymous letter writer who called himself “Jack Tar” went on a tirade against the Spokane “society ladies” who had launched a local Marine recruiting drive. “I have an honorable …
Tue., June 13, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Spokane raises $10,000 to help starving Jews in Russia
Spokane’s Jewish community raised $10,000 for relief to starving Jews in Russia, Poland and Galicia (near Poland and Ukraine). The Jews in Galicia, it was said, were being kept alive …
Mon., June 12, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Daily Chronicle touts city as “mecca” for education
The Spokane Daily Chronicle touted the advantages of Spokane as a potential college “mecca.”
Sun., June 11, 2017
100 years ago: “Nipper Boy” leads miners to safety
Some good news came from Butte in the wake of the Speculator mine disaster. Manus Duggan, 20, a “nipper boy” (the term for the boys who tended the doors in …
Sat., June 10, 2017
100 years ago in near Butte, Montana: Nearly 200 feared dead in Speculator Mine fire
The shocking news of the day came from across the mountains: 193 miners were feared dead after a fire in the Speculator Mine near Butte, Mont. This “appalling calamity” was …
Tue., June 6, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: World War I draft registration much lower than expected
Spokane’s draft registration came in “far below estimate,” said a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline. The city’s total number of men registered came in at 7,943, not even close to the …
UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:24 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Interpreters needed as men line up for World War I draft
100 years ago, young men trooped into government offices by the thousands to register for the wartime draft.
Sun., June 4, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Local Greeks for American Red Cross
About 70 Greeks, “representing practically the entire colony in Spokane,” showed their patriotic spirit by donating a total of $250 to the American Red Cross.
Fri., June 2, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Army recruits from Montana challenge Washingtonians to volunteer as draft World War I draft nears
Army recruitment was becoming somewhat of an interstate contest – and Washington was accused of losing. “With regard to army recruiting, Butte, Montana, has responded wonderfully, especially in the last …
Thu., June 1, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Parking downtown switches from angled to parallel parking
Spokane still was struggling with one of the thorniest issues in the new automobile age: How to provide enough parking. Spokane was launching a new system of parallel parking in …
Wed., May 31, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Memorial Day events boosted by outbreak of war; Chief Spokane Garry honored with new headstone at Greenwood Cemetery
Spokane’s Memorial Day Parade struck a particularly patriotic note in this wartime year. In addition to the usual ranks of veterans from previous wars – including the gray-haired vets of …
Tue., May 30, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Judge throws the book at teen joyriders (aka car thieves); youths turn vacant lots into gardens for war effort
A Spokane judge was fed up with the number of autos stolen by young joyriders, and two teenage boys paid the price. The judge sentenced Clement Colgan and Orrin Johanning …
Mon., May 29, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: Man loses arm in dairy accident
John Nord, a worker at the Pine Creek Dairy on Division Street, must have felt as if everything was going against him. First, he got his arm caught in the …
Sun., May 28, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: County deputy denies his bullet killed teen car thief
A stolen auto, a drunken booze party in Colbert, and, in the end, a mystery: Who shot and killed Gordon Coldeen, 19?
Sat., May 27, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Richly-gowned folk’ at Davenport Hotel thrilled by World War I films
Lt. ieutenant George Roeder of the American Ambulance Field Service thrilled and horrified a crowd in a Davenport Hotel ballroom with his war films and lecture. “It was not picture …
Fri., May 26, 2017
100 years ago today in Spokane: Prominent widow dies in Spokane River; plans for Centennial Mill announced
A 72-year-old woman – described by the paper as a “deranged” widow – ended her life in the way she had foretold, by throwing herself in the Spokane River. She …
Thu., May 25, 2017
100 years ago in Spokane: As men leave to serve in World War I, women fill railroad jobs at home
The notion of “women’s work” was expanding in Spokane, due to a wartime shortage of male workers. “Women have begun replacing men” in the Northern Pacific rail car shots in …