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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: ‘Machine gun bullets fell like hail’ describes soldier in late arriving letters from Rhine River

Sgt. Harold D. Bacon, of Spokane, was still in the Army of occupation on the Rhine River, but a packet of his letters written before the armistice arrived at his …


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.


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 …


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, …


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 …