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100 years ago in Colville: Mother and 2 sons die in house fire

A mother and two sons, 3 and 7, died in a fire at their Colville home, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Jan. 8, 1919. The newspaper also reported that H.I. Ellis, an engineer for the Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mining Co. was found dead along railroad tracks near Attalia, Washington after a porter noticed he was missing from the berth in the train he had been riding in. (Spokesman-Review archives)
A mother and two sons, 3 and 7, died in a fire at their Colville home, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on Jan. 8, 1919. The newspaper also reported that H.I. Ellis, an engineer for the Bunker Hill and Sullivan Mining Co. was found dead along railroad tracks near Attalia, Washington after a porter noticed he was missing from the berth in the train he had been riding in. (Spokesman-Review archives)

A mother and two sons, 3 and 7, died in a fire at their Colville home. An older son, 15, had woken up early to make a fire in the stove and then went back to bed. Later, he was aroused by the cries of his mother, who discovered the house in flames.

The 15-year-old rescued two other children, 13 and 11. but was unable to rescue his mother and two brothers. Another brother, 7, was critically burned and not expected to live.

From the flu beat: The city’s social services nurses were among the unsung heroes of the Spanish flu epidemic.

Statistics showed that they worked tirelessly throughout the previous year. One nurse alone made 1,102 visits in 12 months.

They were able to shoulder this prodigious – and often dangerous – workload with help from the city’s “automobile chamber of commerce,” which supplied the nurses with autos.

From the crime beat: A night prowler nicknamed “The Boudoir Thug” was terrorizing people on Spokane’s North Side.

A 16-year-old girl woke up at 2:15 a.m. to discover an unidentified man in her bedroom trying to assault her. He had broken into the house.

The girl’s screams roused her father who ran into the room. The prowler then fled.

Police said it was at least the second such attack in the neighborhood.

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