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Sunday, September 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Timber men ask president to send troops to help fight fires

UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

Area timber men asked President Woodrow Wilson to send troops to North Idaho and western Montana to fight the raging wildfires, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
Area timber men asked President Woodrow Wilson to send troops to North Idaho and western Montana to fight the raging wildfires, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

Area timbermen asked President Woodrow Wilson to send troops to North Idaho and western Montana to fight the raging wildfires.

7,000 firefighters were already spread across the region, and “fully as many more are needed,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. The district Forest Service office fully supported the request and said that a movement of troops to the region was already underway.

Labor troubles were hampering some of the firefighting efforts. In Hamilton, Montana, four men were convicted of defrauding the government when they accepted supplies and transportation to the fire site, and then immediately deserted.

From the building beat: A huge new dance hall was planned on Sprague Avenue just east of the Hutton Building.

It was planned as one of the finest “dance palaces” in the Northwest.

It also had the potential to be an even more exciting project. The footings were designed to support a seven-story building at some point in the future. The dance hall was to be only one story, but the owners had plans to add on to it after a year.

From the Hutton Settlement beat: Plans were proceeding for the opening of the Hutton Settlement on September 1, 1919.

The husband-wife team of Mr. and Mrs. Waller Shobe (misspelled Shole in the Chronicle) was on the way from Twin Bridges, Montana, to become the orphanage’s first superintendent and first matron.

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