Edward Haynes, employed at the Mountain Cafe in Spokane, was recommended to receive the Distinguished Service Order medal from the British Army.
Haynes served in the British Army the previous year and fought in a fierce battle against the Germans at Cambrai.
“One hundred ten of us were in the trench when they attacked,” he told a Spokane Daily Chronicle reporter. “Nine came out alive. For 58 hours we fought without sleep or relief, but we held the trench.”
When this small group was finally relieved, Haynes was suffering from shell shock.
He was discharged, but on the voyage back across the Atlantic his ship was torpedoed. He spent 3 1/2 days in an open boat before being rescued.
After he returned to Spokane and got a job at the cafe, he learned that his former company commander had recommended him for the medal.
From the discrimination beat: Lula Austin, described by the Spokane Daily Chronicle as “an aged colored” woman, won a judgment in Superior Court because of the way she had been at treated at the Metropolitan Life Insurance office.
She said she walked into the office to pay her premium and was “ordered out and forcibly ejected after she paid her money and secured a receipt.”
She said the incident aggravated her health troubles and she was obliged to walk with a cane.
She sued for $10,000. The jury awarded her $1,000.
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