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100 years ago in Spokane: As war with Germany inches closer, Spokane’s college alumni volunteer for Army Reserve

Jim Kershner

At least 29 members of the University Club of Spokane expressed their intention of seeking commissions as Army Reserve officers.

This was another indication that residents were beginning to believe that U.S. participation in the European war was inevitable.

The University Club was an organization of Spokane’s college-educated men. One of the members, Karl Hale Dixon, had been active in promoting interest in the Army Reserve.

Two of the men said they were interested in seeking commissions in the engineering corps and several others said they would ask for infantry commissions and quartermaster corps commissions.

From the church beat: The Centenary Presbyterian Church, “one of the old landmarks of the North Side,” was partially destroyed by fire.

The fire broke out in the auditorium on a Friday morning and no one was injured. A custodian first noticed flames near a radiator. Several walls and a portion of the roof was burned.

Church officials were still trying to determine if it could be repaired, but there were fears that it may cause the complete abandonment of the structure, which was at the intersection of Sinto Avenue and Wall Street.

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