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100 years ago today in Spokane: Women doctors ready for medical service as war rages

From the June 19, 1918, Spokane Daily Chronicle. (S-R archives)
From the June 19, 1918, Spokane Daily Chronicle. (S-R archives)

Three Spokane female doctors registered with the voluntary medical service corps and “are holding themselves in readiness for service overseas.”

Dr. Frances Eastman Rose, Dr. Rebecca Lantz Muir and Dr. Mary McMillan Rodney were ready to go “whenever the call comes.”

The chairman of Council of Defense medical board – a male doctor – said, “There are certain things which women doctors can do better than the men, and if this war keeps up, we shall need all our doctors, both men and women.”

From the rationing beat: Two more favorite treats were scarce because of wartime supply shortages – cones for ice cream, and “Coco Cola.”

The government called Coco Cola “an unnecessary food,” and ordered supplies to be restricted.

From the casualty beat: Marine Lt. Charles B. Maynard of Spokane died from wounds received on the European front. He was a Washington State College graduate who had been fighting in France since January.

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