Stories tagged: World War I Spokane
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019
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, …
Tue., Jan. 22, 2019
Spokane gave a delirious welcome to hundreds of returning soldiers at the Great Northern Depot.
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
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.
Wed., Dec. 5, 2018
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 …
Wed., Nov. 28, 2018
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.
Tue., Nov. 27, 2018
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.
Fri., Nov. 23, 2018
100 years ago in Pullman: Governor clears Washington State in probe into treatment of students with Spanish flu
Gov. Ernest Lister announced that he was shutting down his investigation into Washington State College’s handling of the flu epidemic. The governor said he had determined that the college had …
Thu., Nov. 22, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: City plans funeral pyre for Kaiser Wilhelm II to celebrate end of World War I
Spokane was making plans for a giant “peace festival,” including a giant funeral pyre for Kaiser Wilhelm, to celebrate the end of the war. An effigy “of one W. Hohenzollern, …
Wed., Nov. 21, 2018
For the second time in a month, a messenger delivered bad news to the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Altman of Spokane.
Tue., Nov. 20, 2018
The war in Europe had been over for more than a week, but bad news continued to arrive. The wife of Lt. R.G. White received word that her husband had …
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 5:11 p.m.
Spokane’s sleeping citizens were jolted awake just after midnight 100 years ago today by the honking of car horns and the shrieking of sirens. When people discovered the reason, “nobody …
Thu., Nov. 8, 2018
The Germans were in retreat across the map. Meanwhile, the Red Cross in Spokane started selling flu masks in the corridor of Spokane City Hall.
Wed., Nov. 7, 2018
Mrs. Ben Kizer said that an onion poultice – combined with common sense in determining when the flu slipped into pneumonia – had saved more than one local family.
Tue., Oct. 30, 2018
The Spanish flu death rate spiked to 69, including 18 deaths in four days. Nearly 350 new flu cases were reported in a day and a half, bringing the total …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2018
100 years in Spokane: City converts hotel to flu hospital as cases mount; both congressional candidates ill
City health officials were converting the Lion Hotel on South Lincoln Street in to a temporary Spanish flu hospital.
Tue., Oct. 2, 2018
Gonzaga University, in its new wartime role as a military training school, “impressively mustered into the service of their country” 350 students.
Wed., Sept. 26, 2018
Liberty Loan (war bond) workers approached I. Erickson, 31, a logger from Sweden, in a restaurant on Main Avenue and asked him to purchase a bond. He refused, and further …
Sun., Sept. 23, 2018
The White Pine Sash Co. of Spokane announced that it would be devoting itself entirely to war work.
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.