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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

100 years ago in Spokane: Trainloads of soldiers to make Spokane go ‘hero wild’

The arrival of returning soldiers from World War I was about to make the city go “hero wild,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle predicted.

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane soldiers feel lucky to be alive

Two Spokane soldiers described their harrowing experiences in France and Germany.

100 years ago in Spokane: Lumbermen threaten to fire non-citizens who evaded service in World War I

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.”

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Local leaders work to form ‘army of ideas’ against bolshevism

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: NAACP chapter established; health officer allows dancing again

The ban on public dances – the last vestige of the Spanish flu quarantine – was finally lifted.

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 20, 2019

The doctor and the pandemic: Spokane’s 1918 fight against the Spanish influenza

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: New route proposed for large-scale irrigation project

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 …

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

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane labor council goes after employers who violated womens’ pay laws

Spokane’s Central Labor Council said that the minimum wage law for women was “flagrantly violated” in the city.

100 years ago in Spokane: Pandemic petering out, emergency hospital at last closes doors

Spokane’s emergency flu hospital closed its doors, after caring for 617 patients over three months.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘King of Newsboys’ is downright fun

“Noodles” Fagan, the uncrowned King of the Newsboys, entertained 300 Spokane Daily Chronicle newsboys in a free show at the Pantages Theater.

100 years ago in Spokane: Dream of a Hollywood North starts to fracture

Not all was well at the Washington Motion Picture Corporation.

100 years ago in Colville: Mother and 2 sons die in house fire

A mom and her two sons were killed in a fire and a third son was critically injured in a house fire in Colville.

100 years ago in Spokane: Vaudeville ‘king of newsboys’ to entertain his vassals

Spokane’s newsboys – numbering in the hundreds – were about to get a special treat.

100 years ago in Spokane: Roosevelt dies, and Spokane mourns

Spokane was mourning the death of former President Theodore Roosevelt.

100 years ago in Spokane: Spanish influenza pushes death rate to record high

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

100 years ago in Spokane: Stomach pump purchase causes suspicion in strychnine death

Several new developments cast more suspicion on Henry M. Delaney in the strychnine poisoning death of Rosa Kempf.

100 years ago in Spokane: After dodging bullets overseas, 20-year-old dies in a fall

Charles Fred Eberlin, 20, just returned from wartime service, died after falling 130 feet from the Seventh Avenue bridge over Hangman Creek.

100 years ago in Spokane: End of flu quarantine announced for New Year’s Day

The news everyone was waiting for finally arrived: The partial flu quarantine would be lifted on New Year’s Day.

100 years ago in Spokane: Spanish flu, in the wane, claims former Spokane mayor

The Spanish flu epidemic claimed perhaps its most prominent victim yet, Elmer De Vando Olmsted, 69, former Spokane mayor.

100 years ago in Spokane: Suitors remain focus of investigation into woman’s death from strychnine

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators raise doubts that strychnine death was suicide

The mystery surrounding the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, 22, continued to baffle investigators.

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Soldiers and sailors clear socialist meeting hall

About 60 soldiers and sailors, home on furlough, walked into a gathering of Spokane socialists and ordered everyone to leave.

100 years ago in Spokane: Theater owners fight back against health officer’s attempt to stop flu

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.

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 …