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Tuesday, December 10, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: City Commissioner tells Inland Empire Employers Association new bridge needed to relieve congestion

Speaking to the Inland Empire Employers Association luncheon meeting, Spokane City Commissioner Leonard Funk said that in the near future Spokane must have a new bridge west of Monroe Street to relieve congestion on that bridge, reported The Spokane Daily Chronicle on May 19, 1919. (The Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
Speaking to the Inland Empire Employers Association luncheon meeting, Spokane City Commissioner Leonard Funk said that in the near future Spokane must have a new bridge west of Monroe Street to relieve congestion on that bridge, reported The Spokane Daily Chronicle on May 19, 1919. (The Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
From staff reports

Speaking to the Inland Empire Employers Association luncheon meeting, Spokane City Commissioner Leonard Funk said that in the near future Spokane must have a new bridge west of Monroe Street to relieve congestion on that bridge.

He said that the city of Spokane contributes $230,000 in taxes and $175,000 in auto license fees to the state and county road funds. He said the city has 920 miles of streets, but only 95 miles are graded and 75 miles are paved.

“We are confronted by the need for more pavement,” he added.

From the holiday beat: Memorial Day will mean more this year, according to the Spokane Chronicle. All over the Inland Empire plans are being made to commemorate the deeds of valor on the fields of France. In addition to the Grand Army of the Republic and the Spanish War veterans, hundreds of men are home from Europe who will take part in programs throughout the land.

The newspaper listed the events planned for Colfax, Walla Walla, Coeur d’Alene, Chewelah, St. Maries, Colville and other cities.

From the entertainment beat: Alexander, “The Man Who Knows,” arrived in Spokane for an eight-day engagement of shows at the Auditorium Theater.

Claude Alexander Conlin used the unusual monicker while working as a vaudeville magician who specialized in mentalism and psychic readings for which he dressed in Oriental robes and feathered turban. He said his most common questions are from the anxious families of soldiers serving overseas. But he said, “I am looking forward to a fishing trip while I am here, as I remember this place as one of the best vantage points for excursions of that kind that I have visited.”

Before Alexander begins his run, the “lively, colorful and tuneful” Cohan and Harris musical “Going Up” will play for two days on the Auditorium stage.

– Jesse Tinsley

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