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Wednesday, August 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Schools reopen after flu closure

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
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The city’s schools opened for the first time in seven weeks, and most students and teachers reported that they were happy to be back.

There were an unusually low number of absentees reported. Some of the teachers, however, were down with the Spanish flu and on the sick list.

“Our students will be inspected daily for a while at least and all precaution possible will be taken against the influenza,” said a principal.

Meanwhile, authorities lifted the ban on public and private dances. They continued to see signs that the epidemic was abating – although the signs were mixed.

From the crime beat: Someone set off dynamite on the steps of W.F. Boelter’s General Store in Springdale at midnight.

No one was hurt but the front of the building was destroyed and and some of the merchandise destroyed. It also broke almost every plate glass window in Springdale’s downtown.

No arrests had been made, but one theory was that some people in town did not think Boelter, a native of Germany, had been sufficiently generous in contributing to the war work fund.

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