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100 years ago in Spokane: Giant Independence Day parade had an international flavor

Spokane’s giant Victory and Independence Day parade through downtown had an international flavor.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: At federal trial, prosecutors say former Washington State coach ‘Lone Star’ Dietz was posing as Indian

The government rested its case in the William H. “Lone Star” Dietz trial, and in closing arguments called Dietz a fake, an impostor and a “slacker.”


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Washington State football coach who led Cougars to Rose Bowl win accused of evading draft

William “Lone Star” Dietz, former Washington State College football coach turned famous movie actor, was in Spokane to stand trial on a shocking charge: being a wartime “slacker.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Restaurant workers no longer forced to work 7-days-a-week

Cafe workers in Spokane won a major labor concession: a six-day week.


100 years ago in Spokane: Soldier recently home from World War I to speak at NAACP event; prosecution develops motive in landlady murder case

Lt. Charles S. Parker, one of four black soldiers in Spokane who fought in World War I, returned back home after 10 months in France.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Witnesses back up landlady who shot and killed drunken man who brandished club. But she remained in jail.

Henry E. Haley succumbed to a gunshot wound he received two days earlier at the Thorslund hotel, 226 W. Riverside Ave.


100 years ago in Spokane: North Central High School girls vote for stricter dress code

Girls at North Central High School voted overwhelmingly for a stricter dress code.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 7:28 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: City wins seized German cannon in World War I Victory bond drive

Spokane came from behind on the final day of competition and won a seized German cannon.


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor warns veterans not to act as mob against radicals

Returning World War I soldiers warned the Spokane City Council that they would use violence to stop “the speeches of radicals in Spokane who are insulting the flag and American …


100 years ago in Spokane: City prepares for train with 300 wounded soldiers; North Central High School girls embrace stricter dress code

A train carrying about 300 wounded soldiers was scheduled to stop briefly in Spokane on the way to Camp Lewis.


100 years ago in Spokane: Plans announced to build new Episcopal cathedral in honor of soldiers killed in World War I

All Saints Episcopal church announced it would build a new cathedral that would be dedicated to those killed in action during World War I.


100 years ago in Spokane: Soldiers, terrier celebrate return from World War I

Spokane gave an enthusiastic welcome to the 91st Infantry Division as more soldiers returned from World War I.


100 years ago in Spokane: Valley fruit trees hit hard by frost

Fruit trees in the Spokane Valley area were hard hit by late season frost. Reports from Vera, Oppportunity and Greenacres were that damage to pears, peaches and early apples was …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Bomb that targeted Seattle mayor arrives for inspection

Meanwhile, Hansen was in Kansas promoting Victory bonds. In a speech to the Topeka Chamber of Commerce, Hansen attacked Wobblies and anarchists.


100 years ago in Spokane: Billy Sunday, famous evangelist, to lead rally at armory for Victory bonds

Billy Sunday, the nation’s most prominent evangelist was in town, not for his usual religious revival, but to rally support for Victory Bonds to pay for the United States’ involvement …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 8:37 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Trainloads of soldiers to make Spokane go ‘hero wild’

The arrival of returning soldiers from World War I was about to make the city go “hero wild,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle predicted.


100 years ago in Spokane: City prepares for flying circus and returning World War I soldiers

Spokane was preparing for the return of World War I soldiers and a “flying circus.”


100 years ago: Spokane man reported to have died in World War I says reports of his demise ‘greatly exaggerated’

Lt. L.S. “Babe” Wilson, a well-known Spokane man, had been reported dead in France. Yet he was happy to report that he was alive and well and “enjoying the hospitality …


UPDATED: Mon., March 18, 2019, 6:10 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: War trophies from 91st Division coming to town for display

“War trophies” from the 91st Division, “the Northwest’s fighting national army organization,” were coming to Spokane for display.


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane soldiers feel lucky to be alive

Two Spokane soldiers described their harrowing experiences in France and Germany.


100 years ago in Spokane: War aviator returns home with harrowing stories from Germany

Spokane war aviator Lt. Ralph Stone arrived home with harrowing stories to tell of his 18 months over Germany.


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

100 years ago today in Spokane: Officials declare 1,500-plus draft delinquents will be rounded up

Eastern Washington had between 1,500 and 2,000 “draft delinquents,” according to authorities, and a “roundup” was about to start.


100 years ago in Spokane: Lumbermen threaten to fire non-citizens who evaded service in World War I

Lumber companies in the Local Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (the Four L’s) declared that they would fire any employee who was an “alien slacker.”


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:25 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: American aviator describes his duties chasing German zeppelins in World War I

“Flying over England at night and chasing German zeppelins until they were well off home territory, then scouting around through the darkness to see if there were any left, sure …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police raid Wobblies ‘secret headquarters’

Police raided a “secret headquarters” of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) in Spokane’s Mohawk Building, and four Wobblies were arrested. One of the men was John Grady, …


100 years ago in Spokane: 3,000 welcome returning World War I soldiers at Great Northern Depot

Spokane gave a delirious welcome to hundreds of returning soldiers at the Great Northern Depot.


100 years ago in Hillyard: Mayor says Spokane residents can’t hold dances in his city to avoid flu restrictions

The mayor of Hillyard (still a separate municipality in 1919) proclaimed a ban on public dances held for the benefit of Spokane people.


100 years ago in Spokane: Flu cases – and deaths – spike

A shocking 351 new cases of the Spanish flu – and 11 deaths – were reported in one day, making it all too clear that the “crest of the new …


100 years ago in Spokane: As public celebrates end of World War I with 2 governors, flu germs spread

Washington Gov. Ernest Lister and Idaho Gov. Moses Alexander were in Spokane and spoke at community church services to mark the end of World War I.


100 years ago in Spokane: Officials consider restricting red flag used by communists and Wobblies

Spokane was considering a new ordinance banning the display of the “red flag” – the symbol of radicals, communists and Wobblies – in any parade, procession or meeting.