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100 years ago in Spokane: Record broken as recruits flow to theater of war

A record number of Spokane’s young men were joining the war effort. (Spokesman-Review archives)
A record number of Spokane’s young men were joining the war effort. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Spokane broke an Army recruiting record, with help from recruits from Montana.

A total of 29 men joined the Army at the Spokane recruiting offfice – and 25 of them were from Montana.

Meanwhile, 26 Spokane soldiers were mobilized and sent off to a barracks in Vancouver, Washington.

Younger boys were also getting into the patriotic spirit. The YMCA called for a mass meeting of boys as young as 16. They were being encouraged to take the place of men called away to war and to jobs “in shipyards, munitions and other government plants.”

The YMCA was calling it a “working reserve” of boys.

“It is being said that ‘boys will win the war,’ and that does not mean they are to engage directly in war work. But we want them to realize the important part they can play by taking the place of men released for war work.”

From the theater beat: Plans were under consideration to build a new Hippodrome Theater, on the northwest corner of Lincoln and Sprague.

It would have, said architects, the “largest seating capacity of any theater in the city.”

An architectural drawing showed an imposing building. But it never came to fruition.

Also on this date:

(From Associated Press)

1954: A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision, which held that racially segregated public schools were inherently unequal, and therefore unconstitutional.

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