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100 years ago in Spokane: Fort George Wright picked for new army hospital for soldiers injured in World War I

Fort George Wright in Spokane was chosen as the site of an army hospital for treating soldiers injured in the European war. (Spokesman-Review archives)
Fort George Wright in Spokane was chosen as the site of an army hospital for treating soldiers injured in the European war. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Fort George Wright was chosen as the site of an army hospital for treating soldiers injured in the European war.

The announcement was made in the nation’s capital, and details were not yet clear. But “it was thought” by members of the local chamber of commerce committee, which had pushed for the hospital, that Fort George Wright would soon be accommodating large numbers of convalescent soldiers.

From the highway beat: The Spokane County Good Roads Association predicted that 1918 would be the greatest road-building year in the region’s history. More than $1 million in contracts were pending.

“The plan in this county will be to put all hard-surfaced roads into first-class condition,” said a spokesman.

Meanwhile, all dirt roads would be conditioned by “early dragging.”

“The Inland Empire Highway to Deer Park is a fine example of how this method helps.”

From the labor beat: Local Wobblies admitted that Spokane was not merely the regional headquarters of the Wobblies’ Lumberworkers Union. It was the national headquarters.

This added fuel to the anger of North Idaho business leaders, who believed that Spokane was coddling the Wobblies. In fact, the Idaho merchants created a letterhead stamp that read, “Which is your flag, Spokane? This (a drawing of an American flag), or this (a drawing of the red Wobbly banner)? Who wants to know? The Inland Empire.”

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