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  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Some of the city’s lumberjacks and saloon denizens had themselves a merry Christmas – in jail.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Slippery winter conditions on Grand Boulevard were dangerous for all conveyances, even those with four-hoof drive.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Seven U.S. Army deserters turned themselves in at Fort George Wright over the last four days.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A heartbreaking family drama unfolded at a cabin outside of Curlew. Ed Stoddard, his mind “demented” by his inability to provide food or clothing …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s Park Board continued to purchase large chunks of land for future parks. It purchased the large “stadium site” at Main Avenue and Jefferson …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Fred Morrow, a railroad employee, was arrested in San Francisco for stealing $5,500 in railroad paychecks from a baggage car.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The double murder in a St. Maries “resort” still had authorities baffled. The coroner’s jury concluded only that Grace Foy, aka Grace Norman, and …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Mary Blaylock, 16, wanted to marry Edward Johnson, 27. Because she was under the legal age, her father had to provide written consent.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A crew of yeggs – slang for safe-crackers – botched a job in a lumberyard office. They snuck into the building at night and …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago John L. Wiley, Spokane County’s prosecuting attorney, said new evidence indicated that the three women who died after drinking whiskey probably died from ptomaine …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A large hearse careened off Sunset Boulevard (the Sunset Highway), skidded down an embankment and toppled over, injuring several members of the funeral party.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The Spokane whiskey-poisoning tragedy continued to grow after two more victims were found. One was dying and another was dead, bringing the death total …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Three Spokane women – two wives and one widow – got together for a Friday evening whiskey party. They sent for a flask of …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A capacity crowd jammed the Auditorium Theater to hear renowned photographer Edward S. Curtis lecture and display his photos of North American Indians.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The city’s preachers were not prepared to let go of the “Spokane Diggin’s” striptease scandal.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Bessie St. Germain, 25, was walking on Sinto Avenue and Monroe Street to the butcher’s shop on Saturday evening when she saw a tall …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The mystery of the tiny “waif,” abandoned 10 days earlier on a Spokane doorstep, had been solved.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago An angry, loud quarrel in a Spokane hotel room ended with the death of Mrs. Nono Hazen, 35.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokane attorney tried to warn two prospective female jurors that some of the testimony in his case might “not prove of proper refinement” …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The uproar over the “Spokane Diggin’s” show, intended to mimic Spokane’s wild mining camp days, had not abated. Spokane’s commissioner of public safety wrote …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archive, 100 years ago A howl of indignation arose over the “indecency” of “Spokane Diggin’s,” a show that was put on by local booster organizations intended to mimic …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago About 5,000 spectators, apparently all men, jammed into “Spokane Diggin’s,” a re-enactment of Spokane’s wild mining camp days at a converted ice skating rink.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago An angry Spokane judge delivered a stern and impassioned lecture about a growing menace in Spokane: packs of boys threatening and harassing innocent people.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Seldell, of Spokane, picked up the phone and heard a tremulous woman’s voice say, “Is everything all right at your house?”


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 50 years ago William Bert Preecs, a 44-year-old Spokane salesman, had a secret life: He had been undercover as a “Red” (Communist) for the FBI over the …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A Sunday feature in The Spokesman-Review said that Spokane’s Chinese population numbered 400, “and nearly all of them live on the same block.” They …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago A crew of bold bandits made plans to establish a “robber’s roost in Montana,” so they stole two horses from a Hillyard stable and …


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago Springdale city Marshal Charles E. Bartholomew testified in his own defense at his trial for the murder of saloonkeeper C.H. Gneist.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The city marshal of Springdale was on trial for murder, after he clubbed and shot a saloonkeeper during an altercation in the saloon.


  • Jim Kershner’s this day in history

    From our archives, 100 years ago The last will and testament of John Enos, known as Portuguese Joe, caused a stir in Spokane when its provisions were announced. The wealthy …

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