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100 years ago in Spokane: Francis H. Cook, integral to the creations Mount Spokane State Park and Manito Park, dies at 69

Francis H. Cook, who played key roles in the creation of Manito Park and Mount Spokane State Park, died at age 69 after a long bout with cancer, The Spokesman-Review reported on June 20, 1920.  (Spokesman-Review archives)
Francis H. Cook, who played key roles in the creation of Manito Park and Mount Spokane State Park, died at age 69 after a long bout with cancer, The Spokesman-Review reported on June 20, 1920. (Spokesman-Review archives)
By Jim Kershner For The Spokesman-Review

Francis H. Cook, a key name in Spokane’s history, died at age 69 after a long bout with cancer.

His death was front-page news, because Cook’s accomplishments were far-reaching:

• He was the publisher of the city’s first newspaper, the Spokan Times, in 1878. His opinions were often controversial – he was once attacked by two gun-toting antagonists in his office.

• He was the owner of the city’s first motorized streetcar line, to the area on the South Hill known as Cook’s Addition.

• He had dreams of creating a beautiful park on the South Hill. A large part of his former land would eventually become Manito Park.

• He purchased most of Mt. Spokane in 1908, built a road to the summit, and was the driving force behind its eventual designation as a state park.

• He and his wife, Laura, were among the founders of Spokane’s First Presbyterian Church.

His funeral services were to be held at that same church.

From the entertainment beat: The Auditorium Theater was hosting a touring production of a show titled “The Bootleggers.”

It promised “Pep – Fun – Girls” and a “Glorious Chorus of Singing Beauties.”

The subtitle was: “A Musical Cocktail With a Kick.”

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(From the Associated Press)

1971: The Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that the government could not prevent the New York Times or the Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers.

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