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100 years ago in Spokane: Garden implements weapon of choice for Gonzaga High boys

The boys of Gonzaga’s high school were weilding hoes and rakes for the war effort. (Spokesman-Review archives)
The boys of Gonzaga’s high school were weilding hoes and rakes for the war effort. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Boys from Gonzaga University’s high school classes (the precursors of Gonzaga Prep) were waging war with hoes and rakes.

They were planting a “war garden” under the direction of Father William Bennett. War gardens were intended to help ease wartime food shortages and were a popular way for people at home to show their patriotism.

This war garden promised to be special.

“Father Bennett has had experience in gardening in California and plans to give his class the benefit of his knowledge,” said the Chronicle. “He states that he will experiment with varieties rarely found in this section of the country.”

The garden was to be located on a sheltered slope of the large campus directly behind the university building. An “army” of 28 boys was being deployed to work the garden.

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