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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

100 years ago in Spokane: Locomotive shop men in Hillyard launch strike

A locomotive strike began Aug. 5, 1919, with 500 shop workers leaving their posts at the Great Northern Railway in Hillyard. (S-R archives)
Jim Kershner

About 500 locomotive shop men walked off the job at the Great Northern Railway yard at Hillyard.

They were on strike in support of a nationwide labor push to raise wages for railway mechanics. More Hillyard workers, including the car carpenters and other craftsmen, were scheduled to walk off the next day, bringing the total to 1,000.

Railroad officials said that the strike should not interfere with train service in Spokane, “as long at the locomotives can run without repairs.”

From the swimming beat: Mrs. Mollie Oberland and Mr. N.E. Angstadt succeeded in swimming all the way across Priest Lake, from Granite Creek to Bear Creek.

Mrs. Overland “is an advanced pupil of Miss Margaret Mahoney of the YWCA.”

From the restaurant beat: The proprietor of Dad’s Restaurant on Trent Avenue was hauled into court after a restaurant inspector discovered that he had taken a Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce bottle and re-filled it with cheap sauce “that could be bought for $1 a gallon.”

The judge in the case said he was an occasional patron of that restaurant and he would not be fooled by any such dodge. He levied a $25 fine.