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Saturday, October 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: “Slacker” draft evaders to appear before grand jury

 (Nathanael Massey / The Spokesman-Review)
(Nathanael Massey / The Spokesman-Review)

A special federal grand jury was being called to handle a number of “slacker” (draft evader) cases.

All men between the ages of 21 and 30 were required to register earlier in the month, but five men had already been arrested after failing to register. They were:

A 30-year-old teamster for the Milan dairy.

A kitchen worker at Lattin’s Cafe.

A machinist who claimed he was 34, but was said to be 27 by federal officers.

A 30-year-old logger from Elk.

A 23-year-old lager from Elk.

Officers were ready to serve a number of other warrants. The grand jury would be seated before the end of June.

From the Red Cross beat: Spokane’s Red Cross headquarters announced an ambitious fund-raising drive. They were hoping to raise $100,000 by the week of June 18. J.A. Ford, the secretary of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce, was in charge of the drive, and he “is foregoing his two week vacation to give his time to planning the campaign.”

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