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100 years ago in Spokane: Letter from a French hospital bed

Writing from a French hospital, a local lad said he was well-fed and well-entertained. (Spokesman-Review archives)
Writing from a French hospital, a local lad said he was well-fed and well-entertained. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Spokane soldier Clarence B. Irby wrote to his parents from a hospital in France.

“We have fine treatment, good eats and fine amusement, and I’m getting along nicely,” Irby wrote. “The Germans got me in the head three times, but before I was wounded I captured three Germans, so I guess they haven’t anything on me. I have fought against Germany’s crack troops and am willing to go up against them any day.”

From the hospital beat: Work began on a large new addition to Deaconess Hospital on Fourth Avenue, which would triple its capacity.

The hospital’s financial secretary, Asa Bradrick, said it will be “six stories high, built entirely of concrete and steel, and be absolutely fireproof.”

He said the new building will be directly in front of the present building.

From the Red Cross beat: The Red Cross was seeking Spokane women to work in “recreation huts” in France. These were “rest and recreation” stations for airplane camps.

The commission was seeking 50 women between the ages of 30 to 40, and said they should be “fine, strong, good-looking women, cheerful, refined and self-reliant.”

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