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Wednesday, January 29, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Amidst flooding, Natatorium Park bridge collapses; 2 German families ordered to move

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
(Spokesman-Review archives)

The Spokane River rose another 6 inches and Lake Coeur d’Alene rose another 9 inches in the worst flooding since 1894.

Floodwaters spread out over “private grounds and city streets from Superior Street to Erie Street.”

A “swift current” flowed around the buildings in that area.

A Davenport Hotel mail clerk reported that he was crossing the Natatorium Park bridge when he heard a creaking sound. He ran back to safety just before the bridge gave way.

From the war beat: Two families of “enemy aliens” (Germans) were found to be living within a half-mile of Fort George Wright.

They would be “compelled to remove” by June 1, under nationwide rules forbidding enemy aliens from living within a half-mile of military installations.

However, they could also apply for a permit allowing them to stay, if the U.S. marshal deemed them not to be a security threat.

In another action aimed to prevent espionage, 20 wireless (radio) systems had been found and ordered dismantled in Spokane.

All of them were amateur systems and most did not have the capacity to send messages, only receive messages. The owners had all complied with the dismantling order.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1957: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his first national speech, titled “Give Us the Ballot,” during the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom in Washington, D.C.

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