Stories tagged: World War I Spokane
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 8:13 a.m.
The Clemmer Theater (today’s Bing Crosby Theater) held its first-ever “peach pit matinee” – and ended up collecting 2,500 pounds of peach pits.
Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:23 a.m.
Nearly 3,000 cases of Spanish flu had been reported, although one overly optimistic official said that it had appeared “only in a mild form.”
Wed., Sept. 12, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Draft for World War I expands to 45-year-olds and Spokane residents lined up
13 million more American men were streaming into polling places to register for the draft.
Tue., Sept. 11, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: J. Stanley Webster wins primary to take on Congressman C.C. Dill who opposed declaring war
Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World …
Wed., Sept. 5, 2018
All Jewish soldiers at Fort George Wright and other Army training schools were being allowed a furlough for the weekend “to celebrate the Jewish New Year.”
Mon., July 30, 2018, 11:18 a.m.
All three of Spokane’s hospitals announced plans to train young women as nurse’s aides for the French battlefront.
Sat., July 28, 2018
Spokane police believed they had a German spy in their clutches. “He said he was Charles Stromier, age 32, a native of Holland, but an investigation of his effects showed …
Fri., July 13, 2018
Gonzaga University “had added the third gold star to its service flag” – meaning, the third former Gonzaga student had died in wartime service. The latest was Louis P. Mutty, …
Thu., July 12, 2018
Miss Grade Edgington, a professor in the University of Washington’s department of journalism, said that newspapers can and should hire women to ease the wartime labor shortage.
Tue., July 10, 2018
The local “Mercury” boys – telegraph messenger boys – went on strike until the Western Union Co. met their two demands. One of those demands seems a bit jarring to …
Tue., July 3, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Local surgeon back from France predicts World War I to last many more years
Dr. James A. Neff, a former Spokane surgeon who just returned from service in France, predicted that the war in Europe might continue at least five more years. “Germany isn’t …
Wed., June 27, 2018
Do women teachers make schools a “hotbed of pacifism”? That was the charge made by Dr. Henry Suzzallo, the chairman of the state council of defense.
Tue., June 5, 2018
Federal officers in Spokane were pleased with a new amendment to the espionage act, which would allow them to arrest and prosecute people engaging in all kinds of “seditious” speech.
Sat., June 2, 2018
The Spokesman-Review printed nearly a full page of letters from Spokane soldiers from the European front. Here are two excerpts:
Tue., May 29, 2018
Spokane prepared to honor its war dead on Memorial Day – and also said farewell to a contingent of 28 new draftees heading into the army. “The usual pathetic farewells …
Wed., April 25, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Ohio Match Co. to join Diamond as major match manufacturer with Spokane factory
The Inland Northwest was becoming an important hub for a critical industry, the match industry.
Tue., April 10, 2018
Social change was in the air in wartime Spokane. The following excerpt comes straight from The Spokesman-Review’s society page:
Mon., April 2, 2018
Spokane’s city health officer favored a proposal under consideration by the U.S. Congress which called for interning “immoral women” for the duration of the war. The legislation called for them …
Sun., April 1, 2018
Washington Gov. Ernest Lister was in Spokane to deal with several important matters, including the “labor situation.” The Spokane Daily Chronicle speculated that he was preparing to deal with volatile …
Sat., March 31, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: ‘We are soon going to get the kaiser,’ and other letters from the frontlines of World War I
An entire page of The Spokesman-Review’s Sunday magazine section was devoted to letters written home by Spokane soldiers in Europe. Here are some excerpts:
Wed., March 28, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Fort George Wright picked for new army hospital for soldiers injured in World War I
Fort George Wright was chosen as the site of an army hospital for treating soldiers injured in the European war.
Tue., March 27, 2018
Dishwasher Andy Kernochan, 41, was having breakfast at the Electric Kitchen cafe when he treated customers to his views about America’s involvement in the war. But he did so a …
Sat., March 17, 2018
A meeting of the Spokane County Democratic Committee devolved into a near-riot, with charges of “bolsheviki!” and “German spy!” thrown around.
Wed., March 14, 2018
The Spokane School Board was considering a shocking idea –allowing married women to be schoolteachers. The district, like many others in 1918, had a rule prohibiting married women from teaching.
Tue., March 6, 2018
The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page approved of a plan to drop the study of German in Spokane schools. Some local organizations had charged that teaching the language of an …
Wed., Feb. 28, 2018
One Spokane police officer. E.I. Prather, was dismissed from the police force, while another, V.B. Benaway, was reinstated after a civil service hearing. Both officers had been charged with seizing …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 6:55 a.m.
Carl Brown, who also went by the name of Oak Sanders, was one of the first men to be arrested in Spokane for failure to register for the draft. He …
Wed., Feb. 14, 2018
Mrs. P.T. Miller received a letter from her brother, Floyd DeBolt, from France where he was serving in the U.S. Army. “Everything seems odd here,” wrote DeBolt. “The houses, cities, …
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018
Frank Den was the first Chinese man in Spokane County to be drafted into the army.
Thu., Jan. 18, 2018
“Major” J.H. Stern, was scheduled to lecture at the Spokane YMCA and Rotary Club about his harrowing experiences in the European War. He intended to describe how he received a …