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Tuesday, November 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Local families awaited final word on WWI soldiers

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

The death toll among Washington soldiers in the war in Europe now stood at 1,319. Of those, 531 were killed in action. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
The death toll among Washington soldiers in the war in Europe now stood at 1,319. Of those, 531 were killed in action. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

The war in Europe had been over for almost a year, but the uncertainty continued for some some local parents.

Five Washington men, including two from Spokane, were still listed as missing in action, and no word had yet emerged about their fate.

For other families, the uncertainty was over. The most recent report confirmed the death of one Spokane soldier, one Waitsburg soldier and several Walla Walla soldiers.

The death toll among Washington soldiers now stood at 1,319. Of those, 531 were killed in action, 205 died of lingering wounds, 466 died of disease, and more than 100 died from accidents or other causes.

From the movie beat: William H. “Lonestar” Dietz, former Washington State College football coach and movie actor, organized 200 Native Americans from five local tribes to appear in a movie made by Catherine (sometimes spelled Cathrine) Curtis.

They were presently camped in tepees by Hayden Lake, where they were scheduled to appear in the movie “in full regalia, including paints, feathers, and horns.” They were rehearsing a native dance scene.

Curtis had taken over the bankrupt movie studio at Minnehaha Park and was making several features.

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