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UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: Attorney says it’s no wonder ‘hopping mad’ W.H. McNutt wound up dead

Attorney Thomas Corkery gave a spirited defense of the McDonald siblings in the W.H. McNutt murder trial, turning the spotlight away from the sisters and squarely on the victim.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 19, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff finds no bullet holes at scene of McNutt murder

The prosecution attempted to poke holes in the story of the McDonald sisters by demonstrating that there were no bullet holes in the Wolverine apartment where W.H. McNutt was murdered.

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Rescued miners recount weeks trapped in darkness

Rescued miners Emil Sayko and Peter Grant told chilling stories about their two-week ordeal deep in the Gold Hunter Mine near Mullan. One of the worst moments came when they …

100 years ago in Spokane: 14 arrested for wearing a Wobbly button

Spokane police detectives arrested 14 Wobblies for the crime of wearing a Wobbly button, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: The search for a solution to city parking problems starts

The Spokane Daily Chronicle looked into the future and warned about an emerging crisis: automobile parking in the city.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Streetcar routes close as cars gain popularity

The Washington Water Power Co., the private company that ran many of city’s streetcar lines, had quit serving a number of routes. With the advent of the automobile, WWP was …

100 years ago in Spokane: Migrant labor – from China – proposed as stop-gap to labor shortage

A prominent Yakima apple grower made a bold and controversial proposal. He suggested that the state import 50,000 Chinese laborers.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Civic Righteousness Commitee’ pledges to root out vice

A “Civic Righteousness Committee” was formed by the Spokane Ministerial Association in order to formulate an anti-vice plan for Spokane.

100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial raises specter of ‘enemy aliens’ as threat to U.S.

An editorial in The Spokesman-Review was headlined, “Enemy Aliens are a Growing Menace.”

100 years ago in Spokane: News from around the medical community

A Hillyard man was “at the point of death” after being bitten by a tick.

100 years ago in Spokane: From the front in Europe, a primer in trench warfare

Soldier William J. McKie returned from the European front and told a group of his former teachers at Lewis and Clark High School how the “great sport of ‘over the …

100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies ‘treasurer’ investigated as German spy

Authorities believed that William Deneke, one of the Wobblies arrested in an Idaho lumber camp, might actually be a German spy.

100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial sounds note of alarm on Bolshevik revolution

The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page was following developments in Russia with alarm.

100 years ago in Spokane: Rain of glass and a falling body interrupt soldiers’ departure

A huge crowd was gathered at the Great Northern depot to wave goodbye to 1,000 soldier boys – and then a near-panic swept through the crowd.

100 years ago in Spokane: For one family, war touches a generation

The J.A. McCullough family, on West Sinto Avenue, exemplified the dramatic effect that the European war was having on Spokane residents.

100 years ago in Spokane: Early RV gets advertising space

The Eldridge Buick Co. of Spokane was advertising a new product, the Warner Tourist Trailer.

100 years ago in Spokane: Draft shocker for one young couple

The draft was traumatic for some young couples, as illustrated by a fainting incident at the Spokane draft board offices in the federal building.

100 years ago in Spokane: Teaching of German faces pushback from nation at war

Normally, a request to teach a foreign language in the city’s schools was not controversial.

100 years ago in Spokane: More questions than answers after train riot

All 27 men arrested for what was termed a drunken riot on a train were released by Spokane military authorities – all except the Wobbly “leader.”

100 years ago: Disbelief, suspicion as citizens of Harrison, ID, reel from fire

Residents of Harrison, Idaho, were still in shock as they tried to assess the magnitude of the disaster that had befallen their city the day before.

100 years ago in North Idaho: Half of Harrison destroyed by fire; 400 homeless

Half of Harrison, Idaho, was wiped out by a massive fire.

UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: As automobiles proliferated, so did the rules governing them

Spokane motorists were forced to learn a long list of new rules, as a sweeping new traffic ordinance took effect.

100 years ago in Coeur d’Alene: Kootenai County officials indicted on embezzlement, ‘mutilation of public records’

From our archives, 100 years ago A grand jury in Coeur d’Alene returned 62 indictments in a case which involved evidence of a massive, longtime “swindle” by Kootenai County officials.