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Sunday, January 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago today in Spokane: Sledders take to Spokane streets

From the Dec. 3, 1919 Spokane Daily Chronicle (S-R archives)
From the Dec. 3, 1919 Spokane Daily Chronicle (S-R archives)

Four Spokane streets were opened up as “slides” for youthful sledders. The parks department was supplying wood for bonfires at each site, to keep the youngsters warm.

The city’s public works and street department employees would be on hand to keep the sledders safe.

Those streets were:

  • Thor Street from Fourth Avenue to Ninth Avenue.
  • Elm Street, from Fifth to Eighth.
  • Cowley Street, from Fifth to Ninth.
  • Spring Hill (exact street not specified).

In addition, the parks department was attempting, with limited funds, to keep the skating ponds in good shape at Manito, Franklin, Mission and Liberty parks. The Cannon Hill Park pond was to be flooded with water to create a cleaner surface.

From the vaudeville beat: Eddie Foy, one of the most popular comedians in vaudeville, was in Spokane with the “Little Foys” – his children – for performances at the Pantages Theater.

Foy said he did not drink, but he was firmly against Prohibition, for show business reasons.

“Audiences are harder to please these days,” Foy complained. “… If they are cold and blasé, they don’t inspire anyone, and they are not pleased themselves.”

Many decades later, Foy and his children would become even more famous when Bob Hope would portray Foy in the 1955 movie “The Seven Little Foys.”

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