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Monday, February 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Ex-Washington State football coach released from jail

During the last two weeks of his confinement, Dietz was listed as a “trusty” and given jail privileges. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
During the last two weeks of his confinement, Dietz was listed as a “trusty” and given jail privileges. (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

William “Lonestar” Dietz, famous football coach, was released from Spokane County Jail after serving his 30-day sentence for draft evasion, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

He had earlier pleaded “nolo contendere” to a charge of falsifying his draft registration papers. During the last two weeks of his confinement, Dietz was listed as a “trusty” and given jail privileges.

He was well known as the former coach of Washington State College and had recently begun a career as a movie actor.

From the court beat: The Spokane Dry Goods Co. and the Hill Brothers’ Shoe Co. were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of profiteering.

They were accused of selling goods at excessively high prices during the postwar inflationary period.

An official of the Spokane Dry Goods Co. defended the company by saying their method of pricing goods had not changed during that period, nor had their profits increased. Prices had been “outrageously high,” but not because his stores were profiteering.

He said every retail store in America would be found guilty if judged by the standards used by the grand jury.

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