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Friday, February 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: ‘King County, always a law unto itself … ’

Spokane Republicans still retained hope that the party’s 1920 presidential nominee would be one of their own, Sen. Miles Poindexter.

Spokane’s enthusiasm for Poindexter was evident at the Young Republican Men’s Club convention in Seattle.

“Spokane came to the convention shouting for Poindexter,” said the Spokane Daily Chronicle. “Other county delegations entered wholeheartedly into the spirit of the thing and begun to shout for Poindexter for the Republican nomination for president. But King County, always a law unto itself in things social, political, economic or what not, of course had to run true to form and burst the inflating Poindexter boom by caucuses at which plain words were spoken.”

From the college beat: The Chronicle ran a photo of the entire graduating class of Spokane University – all 14 of them.

It was “the largest class the university has ever graduated.”

From the traffic beat: The Chronicle’s editors noted that Spokane’s streets were more crowded with auto traffic than in any previous winter.

And they predicted that spring would bring an even larger “array of hurrying vehicles.” The editors said two solutions were required: new traffic rules and “a notable increase in carefulness” on the part of motorists.

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