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100 years ago in Spokane: City rallies behind its soldiers

Spokane was endevoring to support wartime soldiers in a variety of ways, including opening a “hostess house and restroom” to provide respite for service members. (Nathanael Massey / The Spokesman-Review)
Spokane was endevoring to support wartime soldiers in a variety of ways, including opening a “hostess house and restroom” to provide respite for service members. (Nathanael Massey / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane was endeavoring, in a variety of ways, to support wartime soldiers.

The Spokane branch of the National League for Women’s Service had opened a “hostess house and restroom” (the word restroom not having its current connotation) for those in the Army and Navy.

The hostess house, at 8181 W. Sprague Ave., was fitted out with lounges, comfortable chairs and writing desks. Arrangements were being made to serve refreshments.

“Soldiers may meet their girlfriends or relatives there and will be given every courtesy and comfort of their own homes,” said the branch chairman.

Meanwhile, the Spokane chapter of the Red Cross was printing up cards to hang on automobile windshields reading, “Room For a Soldier.”

This was part of the “Give The Soldier a Lift” movement. The idea was that when soldiers saw the card they would be “privileged to ask for a ride.”

Spokane had hundreds of soldiers in training at Fort George Wright and other sites. Many others passed through on the way to Camp Lewis (Fort Lewis).

In other war-related news, a Spokane inventor named George L. Young had created “an important war article” which had been approved by authorities in the nation’s capital.

The nature of this war device was “being kept secret” and had not been disclosed.

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