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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago today in Spokane: Belgian royalty visit to Spokane includes Davenport dinner open to all

From the Oct. 1, 1919 edition of the Spokane Daily Chronicle. (S-R archives)
From the Oct. 1, 1919 edition of the Spokane Daily Chronicle. (S-R archives)

Even Spokane’s “most humble citizens” were being given the chance to hobnob with royalty.

King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium were coming to Spokane, and a royal dinner party at the Davenport Hotel was being thrown open to the public.

Admission for the Oct. 10, 1919, event was going to be granted to 600 people on a “first-come, first-served basis.” The cost: $2.50 per person.

The city council, meanwhile, was fighting over how much the royal visit was going to cost. The initial city cost was estimated at $1,500, but the council objected. They “did not want to cheapen the arrangements, but did not see where such a large sum could be required.” The discussion ended with the council empowering the mayor to “make all expenditures which they deemed advisable.”

At least $400 was appropriated to decorate Riverside Avenue for a royal parade.

From the movie beat: The Famous Players-Lasky movie company said they planned to film scenes at Liberty Lake for a movie showing off the scenic spots of the West.

They had already filmed scenes in three national parks: Yellowstone, Rainier and Yosemite. The producer called the upcoming movie, “a decided novelty in film drama.”

From the baseball beat: 600 people sat in bleachers outside the Chronicle building to “get the direct wire service” feed of the World Series game.

The crowd cheered especially hard when “Dutch” Ruether got a hit, because he was a former Spokane player.

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