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100 years ago in Spokane: One mother left her baby, another was arrested as a ‘principal cog’ of the city’s ‘dope’ trade

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 19, 2020

 (Spokane Daily Chronicle archives )
(Spokane Daily Chronicle archives )
By Jim Kershner The Spokesman-Review

A woman identified as Mrs. Warm came to the door of her neighbor, Mrs. Brooks, and said, “Can you keep our baby a minute while I run out and get some milk?”

Mrs. Brooks said she would be glad to watch the baby.

Two hours passed. Brooks began to wonder what was going on.

So she went next door and found a note, reading, “For Brooks, take good care of the baby.”

There was no trace of the Warm family and all of their belongings were gone.

Brooks took the baby to the police station and told them she would like to care for the baby, but she had two little ones of her own.

She was told to go to the juvenile authorities, who were attempting to locate the child’s parents.

From the dope beat: Spokane police made their biggest “dope” raid yet, seizing thousands of dollars worth of morphine and cocaine in possession of Mrs. Bert Williams, 26, a mother of four small children.

Police had been tailing Williams all morning, after they learned she was a major distributor. They watched her leave her house, go downtown, go to her bank’s safety deposit box, and put a package in her purse.

Then they followed her back to her house.

They arrested her outside and escorted her inside, where they found morphine under the bed in a tin can, and more in a paper sack.

Then they escorted her back to the bank vault, where they found cocaine and more morphine.

“It is claimed she is one of the principal cogs in the drug vending machine of the city,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle wrote.

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