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100 years ago in Spokane: Altman family learns of second son killed in World War I

For the second time in a month, a messenger delivered bad news to the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. Altman of Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: News of battlefield deaths arrive even after World War I ends

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 …


‘Am I dreaming?’ Letter excerpts from WWI’s last day

At a Paris ceremony Sunday marking the centennial of the armistice ending the first global war, eight teenagers born in the 21st century read from letters and notes written on …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 3:28 p.m.

In remembering World War I, world warned of resurging ‘old demons’

World leaders with the power to make war but a duty to preserve peace solemnly marked the end of World War I’s slaughter 100 years ago at commemorations Sunday that …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 5:11 p.m.

A century ago, World War I ended and Spokane went nuts

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 …


Six novels that get to the truth of World War I

Although few Americans made literature out of the First World War, European writers – men who served, women who waited and people who opposed the war – produced novels, memoirs …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 10, 2018, 6:38 p.m.

After testy tweet, Trump calls French president good friend

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron tried to project unity Saturday after Trump had lashed out at one of America’s strongest allies in Europe, claiming Macron insulted the …


Unsung heroes, animals played vital and varied roles in WWI

They were messengers, spies and sentinels. They led cavalry charges, carried supplies to the front, comforted wounded soldiers and died by the millions during World War I.


Trove of war posters discovered at New Hampshire library

One poster in a recently discovered trove vilifies the Nazis with a sword through a Bible and the words “This Is the Enemy.” Some encouraged self-sacrifice by promoting recycling, planting …


100 years ago: U.S. and allies take hard line on surrender as Germans retreat

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Nurse suggests onion poultice to ward off flu

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Flu death rate spikes

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Gonzaga turns into military training school

Gonzaga University, in its new wartime role as a military training school, “impressively mustered into the service of their country” 350 students.


100 years ago in Spokane: Logger lands in jail after admitting he hadn’t bought war bonds

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Sash company turns production to war work

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Peach pits pile up at Clemmer Theater in gas mask drive

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.


100 years ago: Reports of Spanish flu on East Coast reach Spokane

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.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Rousing chant raises wartime spirit at the Davenport

An Australian who spent several months at the front taught Spokane some of his “songs and yells” at the Davenport Hotel.


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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Fort George Wright soldiers allowed furlough to celebrate Rosh Hashanah

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.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Hospitals train women to be nurse’s aides at World War I battlefront

All three of Spokane’s hospitals announced plans to train young women as nurse’s aides for the French battlefront.


100 years ago in Spokane: Police nab suspected German spy

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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Man accused of stealing horses shot by police

Frank Harrison, a Springdale man accused of stealing a team of horses, was shot dead by officers attempting to arrest him. Two Springdale constables went to his cabin and persuaded …


100 years ago in Spokane: Gonzaga announces third alumni killed in World War I effort

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, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Journalism professor encourages newspapers to hire women

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Telegraph messengers protest working women

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 …


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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: Official claims that female teachers made schools ‘hotbed of pacifism’

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Officials praise new limits on free speech

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.


100 years in Spokane: Soldier witnesses carnage in Paris

The Spokesman-Review printed nearly a full page of letters from Spokane soldiers from the European front. Here are two excerpts: