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100 years ago in Montana: Spokane girl dies after suffering from diptheria on a stalled train

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Styff, of Spokane, were compelled to watch their daughter, Violet, 4, suffer the ravages of diptheria – far from medical help. They were returning to Spokane from a visit in Duluth when the train became stalled for 24 hours outside of Harlowton, Mont. Only then did they discover that her seemingly harmless sore throat was, in fact, diptheria.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man convicted of killing common-law wife hanged at Fort George Wright

Edward Mayberry became the first person in decades to be hanged in Spokane. “He went to his death without flinching, even when he felt the noose tightening under his left ear,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. “At no stage of the execution did he lose his nerve, and in a short speech from the scaffold, just before the trap was sprung, he took occasion to thank the federal officials who were conducting the hanging.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Mother receives letter home from Red Cross ambulance driver at the front of World War I

The Spokesman-Review published a letter from a Red Cross ambulance driver at the front in France, written to his mother. “Maybe you think that my head has been turned by the glory and glamour of this war, etc.,” he wrote. “Let me tell you that although there is a lot of that rot in the newspapers, there is none in France. I have heard two bugles since I have been here and both those were warnings to the people that a bomb-dropping airplane was overhead. There are no pretty drills and no dress other than service uniforms. Everyone’s single thought is to do his duty for France, from the smallest kids to the oldest here.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly organizer accuses lumber bosses of fixing books to prevent wage increases

Labor firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn delivered her second speech in two days, this one to a crowd of 1,000 people at Spokane’s Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) hall. Her talent for sardonic humor was much in evidence, especially when she described the hypocrisy of employers who refuse to let their workers organize, but who create their own “union” of employers to collude on wages.

Then and Now: Nishinomiya Tsutakawa Japanese Garden

Spokanites have loved the Japanese garden at Manito Park for family outings, nature photos and quiet meditation since it’s opening in 1974. The area is named for Nishinomiya, Japan, Spokane’s sister city, where businessman Ed Tsutakawa spent his early years.