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Monday, February 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Miss Spokane to marry on Valentine’s Day

The wedding, said the paper, “will be elaborate.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)
The wedding, said the paper, “will be elaborate.” (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives)

One of the biggest social events of the year was about to take place on Valentine’s Day: the wedding of “Miss Spokane,” Marguerite Motie.

She was getting married to Lt. Walter Shiel at the bride’s home.

“The Motie-Shiel wedding is of unusual interest, not only in Spokane, but throughout the entire Northwest, because of the prominence of the bride, who has for eight years been the official representative of the city of Spokane,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle said. “She has acted as the city’s hostess at scores of conventions and like gatherings and has visited other northwestern communities as Spokane’s representative.”

The wedding, said the paper, “will be elaborate.” An altar was built in front of the family fireplace, and it was bedecked with roses. The bride would wear a white satin gown, trimmed with point lace worn by her mother at her wedding. The groom would wear the full dress uniform of the U.S. Navy.

The bride’s sister would sing “Radiant Hour.”

From the flu beat: The city’s flu epidemic continued to wane, with only six new cases for the day. This brought the total number of active flu cases to under 1,000.

Fears subsided that the 1920 epidemic would rival the brutal one of 1919.

In 1919, Spokane had 12,606 flu cases, and the total to date was only 2,582 in 1920. In 1919, the death total was 563. So far in 1920, there were only 57 deaths.

Nevertheless, health officials warned against complacency. They urged people to avoid large gatherings and “crowding.”

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