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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:

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane sends more sons off to World War I

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 …

In scattered memorials, Spokane remembers its nation’s wars – but what do the monuments mean?

Memorial Day is a time to remember the people who died while serving in the military. Monuments are just one way to remember the dead, yet what those memorials represent, …

100 years ago in Spokane: Half Spokane Indians baseball team could be forced to quit under new federal draft law

A new federal law mandated that every man of draft age must either work or fight, and Spokane officials backed the idea wholeheartedly.

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Country club expands beyond golf

Social change was in the air in wartime Spokane. The following excerpt comes straight from The Spokesman-Review’s society page:

Movie puts famed war dog Stubby back in the spotlight

Curt Deane says his grandfather would be thrilled to know that a century after his service in World War I, people have not forgotten the heroics of his dog, Stubby. …

100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies announce move of Lumberworkers headquarters to Chicago

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 …

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:

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Dishwasher jailed for blaming capitalists for World War I

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: County Democrats come near to blows

A meeting of the Spokane County Democratic Committee devolved into a near-riot, with charges of “bolsheviki!” and “German spy!” thrown around.

100 years ago in Spokane: School board debates allowing married women to be teachers

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer accused of keeping liquor seized from bootlegger

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 …

100 years ago in France: Spokane soldier asks sister to send brown sugar

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, …

100 years ago in Liberty Lake: First Chinese resident in Spokane County drafted for World War I

Frank Den was the first Chinese man in Spokane County to be drafted into the army.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man claiming to be World War I veteran exposed as fraud

“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 …