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100 years ago: Sherman Avenue and Coeur d’Alene to get a makeover

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
(Spokesman-Review archives)

The Coeur d’Alene City Council ordered a modern new improvement: paving Sherman Avenue.

The council took action after property owners presented a petition. They asked that Sherman be paved from Seventh to Fifteenth streets. A parking strip would run down the center, with a lane on each side.

From the war beat: A Spokane soldier wrote home from France, raving about the quality of the food he was getting.

“Last night for supper we had pork chops, mashed potatoes, gravy, raisin pie, applesauce, bread, butter and coffee,” he wrote. “We have milk and sugar every meal. I guess there is some class to an army like this.”

He also wrote that he had a rare day off, so he decided to sleep until noon.

“But when breakfast was ready, I heard someone say, ‘eggs.’ That was enough. I couldn’t miss that. We had bacon, eggs, potatoes, bread and butter, currant jam and coffee. We sure feed fine.”

From the Wobbly beat: A Spokane judge ordered the release of 21 members of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), who had been held since a series of raids the month before.

All were sentenced to 30 days in jail, and all had appealed. However, the judge ordered the cases dismissed since they had already served their sentences.

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