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100 years ago in Spokane: News of death on the front brings war home

Word came back from the front that two young men from Spokane had been killed on the French front. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Two Spokane men died in action on the French front.

The first, Roland Restarick, was a former employee of the Spokane & Eastern Trust Co., who “was intensely patriotic and finally decided he could no longer keep out of the war,” said a former colleague at the bank. He was a native Englishman, so he enlisted in the British army and left Spokane for the front.

The other was Harry Elton Clark, “one of the first in the city to enlist after the declaration of war.” He joined the Marines and had recently written his mother that he was “well and happy.” However, he was sent to the front lines shortly thereafter, where he was mortally wounded by a bursting shell.

Meanwhile, word arrived that two Idaho men — one from Coeur d’Alene and one from Rathdrum — had been seriously injured in poison gas attacks. One was said to be in a “mental stupor” from the gas, and the other was in serious condition and “little hope was entertained for his recovery.”

From the entertainment beat: Maude Adams, a famous theatrical star, was slated as the principal speaker at a patriotic meeting in Spokane.

Adams was in town to play the lead in “A Kiss for Cinderella” at the Auditorium Theater. She agreed to deliver an address at a meeting planned at the Clemmer Theater (today’s Bing Crosby Theater), in which Red Cross volunteers were going to organize a parade of women to kick off a Red Cross drive.