Stories tagged: 1918 influenza pandemic
Wed., May 8, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: Plans announced to build new Episcopal cathedral in honor of soldiers killed in World War I
All Saints Episcopal church announced it would build a new cathedral that would be dedicated to those killed in action during World War I.
UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019
The arrival of returning soldiers from World War I was about to make the city go “hero wild,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle predicted.
Tue., March 26, 2019
100 years ago: Spokane man reported to have died in World War I says reports of his demise ‘greatly exaggerated’
Lt. L.S. “Babe” Wilson, a well-known Spokane man, had been reported dead in France. Yet he was happy to report that he was alive and well and “enjoying the hospitality …
Sun., March 17, 2019
Two Spokane soldiers described their harrowing experiences in France and Germany.
Thu., Feb. 28, 2019
Lumber companies in the Local Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen (the Four L’s) declared that they would fire any employee who was an “alien slacker.”
Tue., Feb. 26, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: With a foot of snow on the ground, officials ask public for help to get flu nurses to new patients
An uptick in new flu cases had residents worried that the the Spanish flu epidemic had not run its course.
Fri., Feb. 22, 2019
A group of 23 civic leaders met at the Davenport Hotel and vowed to form “a great army of ideas pitted against the spirit of unrest, disloyalty, revolution and bolshevism.”
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019
100 years ago in Spokane: American aviator describes his duties chasing German zeppelins in World War I
“Flying over England at night and chasing German zeppelins until they were well off home territory, then scouting around through the darkness to see if there were any left, sure …
Thu., Jan. 31, 2019
The ban on public dances – the last vestige of the Spanish flu quarantine – was finally lifted.
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019
Dr. John Anderson was strolling down Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane when a man spit on the sidewalk in front of him – a common, if foul, occurrence. It was …
Sat., Jan. 19, 2019
A group of boosters were touting a new route for a proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project – although this was not the same irrigation project that was later made possible …
Wed., Jan. 16, 2019
100 years ago in Hillyard: Mayor says Spokane residents can’t hold dances in his city to avoid flu restrictions
The mayor of Hillyard (still a separate municipality in 1919) proclaimed a ban on public dances held for the benefit of Spokane people.
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
Spokane’s Central Labor Council said that the minimum wage law for women was “flagrantly violated” in the city.
Sun., Jan. 13, 2019
Spokane’s emergency flu hospital closed its doors, after caring for 617 patients over three months.
Fri., Jan. 11, 2019
“Noodles” Fagan, the uncrowned King of the Newsboys, entertained 300 Spokane Daily Chronicle newsboys in a free show at the Pantages Theater.
Thu., Jan. 10, 2019
Not all was well at the Washington Motion Picture Corporation.
Tue., Jan. 8, 2019
A mom and her two sons were killed in a fire and a third son was critically injured in a house fire in Colville.
Mon., Jan. 7, 2019
Spokane’s newsboys – numbering in the hundreds – were about to get a special treat.
Sun., Jan. 6, 2019
Spokane was mourning the death of former President Theodore Roosevelt.
Tue., Jan. 1, 2019
The final 1918 statistics were in, and the results were no surprise: Spokane had the highest death rate in its history, because of the Spanish flu epidemic.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019
Several new developments cast more suspicion on Henry M. Delaney in the strychnine poisoning death of Rosa Kempf.
Mon., Dec. 31, 2018
Charles Fred Eberlin, 20, just returned from wartime service, died after falling 130 feet from the Seventh Avenue bridge over Hangman Creek.
Sun., Dec. 30, 2018
The news everyone was waiting for finally arrived: The partial flu quarantine would be lifted on New Year’s Day.
Sat., Dec. 29, 2018
The Spanish flu epidemic claimed perhaps its most prominent victim yet, Elmer De Vando Olmsted, 69, former Spokane mayor.
Wed., Dec. 26, 2018
The “sensational developments” in the Rosa Kempf strychnine poisoning case, promised by the Spokane Daily Chronicle a day earlier, turned out to merely deepen the mystery.
Tue., Dec. 25, 2018
The mystery surrounding the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, 22, continued to baffle investigators.
Mon., Dec. 24, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Talk of suicide in strychnine case ‘all bosh,’ safety commissioner asserts
Spokane commissioner of public safety John H. Tilsley hotly disputed the conclusion of some city detectives that the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf was a suicide.
Sun., Dec. 23, 2018
About 60 soldiers and sailors, home on furlough, walked into a gathering of Spokane socialists and ordered everyone to leave.
Wed., Dec. 19, 2018
Theater owners had been circulating petitions for days to lift the ban on public gatherings, but Health Officer Dr. J.B. Anderson vowed to ignore them.
Mon., Dec. 17, 2018
100 years ago in Spokane: Businesses petition to lift on public gatherings ban; health officer unmoved
With the Spanish flu statistics continuing to improve, some of Spokane’s business leaders circulated a petition asking for an end to the partial ban on public gatherings. They proposed replacing …