The Spokane City Council ordered the dismantling of the north Spokane faith-healing colony, which had become infamous during the Miss Flora Watson “revival” controversy.
The “camp meeting” compound, consisting mostly of tents, had overstayed its permit, according to city authorities.
The city’s order also cited “sanitary reasons” and the approach of winter as the reasons for the action.
The group had been in the news recently when it kept the body of Miss Flora Watson in one of their tents for nine days because they believed she would come back to life.
The city’s coroner and health officer were alerted to the situation. They went to the tent and determined that not only was Watson dead, but her body was beginning to decompose.
Now, it appeared that the faith healer group and Watson’s relatives had finally accepted reality, because they scheduled a funeral for Watson the next day.
From the radio beat: Max Lowenthal, a leader in the emerging radio industry, said that Spokane was the natural site for a massive radio station to serve the entire Northwest. He said that national radio organizations were proposing six high-powered regional stations throughout the country, and the Northwest station was the only one that had not been awarded.
“Spokane is the logical center for the station and it should make every effort to have it located here,” said Lowenthal. “… Seattle is not the logical location for such a Northwest radio station, for west of it is the Pacific Ocean. … A great radio station here would be of inestimable value.”
A few low-powered stations had already come and gone in Spokane by 1923, but nothing of this scope.