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100 years ago in Spokane: Star actor leaves local studio, never to return

In a sign of things to come, Tyrone Power, a well-known silent film star, was leaving Spokane’s burgeoning film industry, reportedly on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (Spokesman-Review archives)
In a sign of things to come, Tyrone Power, a well-known silent film star, was leaving Spokane’s burgeoning film industry, reportedly on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (Spokesman-Review archives)

The first hint of trouble ahead for the Washington Motion Picture Company came in a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline: “Tyrone Power Leaves Local Film Company.”

Silent film star Tyrone Power “will take a vacation of several months” because he “is on the verge of a nervous breakdown unless he takes care of his health immediately,” said the paper. Another actor, Mitchell Lewis, was coming in to take his place.

The Spokane film studio’s manager said Power would return later to resume his work with the studio. In fact, Power would never return.

From the war beat: German-born women in Spokane had been ordered to register at Spokane police headquarters – but only eight showed up.

The Chronicle estimated that there were 200 German-born women in Spokane and said that they were showing “decided apathy” toward the order.

However, it also reported that one of the eight “sobbed out an expression of her fears that her friendliness to the United States was being questioned.”

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