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100 years ago in Spokane: Fashions caused a stir at North Central High School

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 6, 2020

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

The North Central High School girls’ league proposed a ban on certain risque fashions, including “French heels and silk waists.”

The dress regulation committee of the league recommended a ban on the following items:

  • Silk, including georgette crepe.
  • Thin material, “with too scant camisoles or underwaists.”
  • “Clothing which is not clean.”
  • “French heeled shoes.”
  • “Expensive or extravagant clothing in general.”
  • “The excessive use of cosmetics.”

The committee planned to present these recommendations to the North Central girls at an upcoming convocation.

From the accident beat: The Spokane Daily Chronicle accused the Spokane Traction Co. of attempting to hide evidence of a serious streetcar collision that resulted in the death of one man and serious injuries to three others.

A Chronicle photographer was denied the opportunity to take photos of the wreck scene.

One streetcar apparently skidded out of control and smashed into another streetcar ahead, shoving it forward many yards and wrecking the vestibule at the rear where passengers were standing.

The accident was blamed on slippery leaves on the tracks, but the investigation was continuing.

From the parks beat: The Chronicle noted proudly that the American City magazine credited Spokane with having the most park acreage per capita of any city in the United States.

It said that Spokane had 14 acres of parkland per thousand residents.

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