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  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Did you know that there were once houseboats in Spokane?


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The three “spinster” Scovell sisters, who lived on a farm together near Republic, Wash., had “the often-expressed wish” that “when death claimed one, the …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Bandleader H.A. Driscoll came out in favor of a dangerous new form of music: ragtime.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane was congratulating itself on being a particularly healthy city. On this date in 1913, the city had only nine cases of scarlet fever, …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The wife of Spokane police Officer Chester Edwards caught the last part of her husband’s phone conversation – and she didn’t like what she …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago High water in the Spokane River reached its highest stage in 19 years, and the Howard Street Bridge was in trouble.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago An Odessa rancher was out working in his fields when his 3-year-old child ran out to him with this chilling message: “Mama is dead.”


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Peter Valise, 22, a professional “dip” (pickpocket), was arrested for lifting $37.20 from the pockets of Pazzarinlo Pizzolli while watching the moving pictures at …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s city government was settling into its new City Hall at Wall Street and Trent Avenue (now Spokane Falls Boulevard).


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police arrested two brothers, James and Charles Fueston, for the murder of Albert J. Williams, the teenager who was bludgeoned with a gas …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Mary Johnston was allowed out of the county jail to attend the funeral of her adult son, Raymond Johnston – the same son …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Two boys playing in a barn near East Sprague came upon a sinister cache: a bottle of nitroglycerine, a box of dynamite caps, some …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago An “organized band of desperadoes” were at work in the Newport, Wash., area. A month earlier, they had robbed a bank at Priest River.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. J.W. Johnson of Westminster Congregational Church in Spokane preached a sermon urging tolerance toward Japanese immigrants.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The “stenogs” – stenographers – in the city’s legal department were apparently fed up with secondhand smoke, although that term probably didn’t even exist …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The president of the Inland Automobile Association advocated a new kind of law for Spokane: A “jay-walker” law.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Ancient Order of the Bearded Knights was refusing to yield under the sharp edge of public pressure.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Game warden Ivy Collins was in his lonely camp on the Spokane River, questioning a man named Emmet Folmsbee about a sack of trout …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago “Vicious canines” were raising havoc in Spokane’s downtown neighborhoods.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane police received an important clue in the A.J. Williams murder case. A 10-year-old boy told his friends that his father had murdered young …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Judge J. Stanley Webster went through the roof at what he called a “miserable” police scheme to “browbeat” his court over one of his …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Judge J. Stanley Webster ruled that Elizabeth Weber, 17, was in fact illegally imprisoned by Spokane authorities. He instructed the jury in her civil …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Elizabeth Weber, 17, “swooned away” in the courtroom for the third time in two days during testimony in her $10,000 false imprisonment civil suit …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page offered its plan for preventing “crooks, sharpers, touts, thieves and thugs” from overrunning Spokane as summer approached: Run …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Union Park Baptist Church was crowded for the funeral services for Albert J. Williams, 19, the victim of what the minister called “the …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A story out of Reno, Nev., the divorce capital of the West, had Spokane tongues wagging.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The attitude toward mental illness in 1913 can be summed up by the names of the two major institutions in Medical Lake: The Insane …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Virginia Allen was fed up with what she called the “freak” laws the Spokane city commissioners insisted on passing. She was particularly incensed …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Gov. Ernest Lister traveled to Cheney and unveiled an architect’s drawing of the grand new Cheney Normal School building.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The city’s humane officer (dogcatcher) delivered an alarming statistic: Between 2,000 and 3,000 dogs were running at large in Spokane.


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