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Two internationally known celebrities were playing out a bizarre marital spat in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel.
New Year’s Eve in Spokane was a little more festive after the Davenport Hotel opened in September 1914. It was the culmination of many years of planning by restaurateur Louis Davenport. Advertisements for the new hotel offered a full holiday dinner for $2 a plate on New Year’s Eve, and there would be dancing to the Davenport orchestra with vocalist Gladys Vogel. The Pantages Theater and others offered vaudeville performances, and ballrooms offered dancing till midnight.
From our archive, 100 years ago The former Countess Zellen, a French opera star and now the wife of champion boxer “Ruby Bob” Fitzsimmons, arrived in Spokane in her new role as Christian evangelist.
From our archives, 100 years ago Democratic Party women “carried out a carefully planned coup” at a Spokane meeting of another fledgling party called the Women’s Party.
A man is facing assault charges for spitting on two officers after he evaded police into the third floor of a downtown building.
Marie Burns didn’t set out to be a business owner, but she still owned and operated a jewelry and gift store called the Jewel Box inside the Davenport Hotel for 33 years.
From our archives, 100 years ago A parade of 236 decorated autos swept through Spokane in a “magnificent night spectacle.”
From our archives, 100 years ago The Curtis Publishing Company, publisher of the Saturday Evening Post and other popular magazines, held its district convention in Spokane, and the gala banquet at the Davenport Hotel was described as “among the most elaborate ever given here.”
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s attempt to hire its first woman police officer hit a second snag.
A national commercial real estate website is soliciting bids for a possible sale of the Davenport Hotels. Real Capital Markets listed the hotels as represented by a brokerage in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Va Piano Vineyards in south Walla Walla County is opening a new tasting room in March on the ground floor of the Davenport Hotel.
Christmas Tree Elegance, the Spokane Symphony’s long-running fundraiser, is dropping its fashion show luncheons this year. Instead, the event will feature one luncheon, on Dec. 9, with music by Spokane Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu, called “Eckart and Friends.”
From our archives, 100 years ago A well-dressed man walked into the Spokane police station with an odd request: He wanted help in “finding himself.”
Lacey Sutton is the first in her family to graduate from high school, an accomplishment the Spokane teen calls a decent start. “I don’t like to feel too proud of myself, because I’m not all the way to my goal,” she said. The North Central High School senior will boast when she graduates from college.
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s first auto show at the Davenport Hotel drew 10,000 people on its first day.
From our archives, 100 years ago A party of 11 British “colonists” arrived in Spokane to settle on farms in the Spokane Valley.
From our archives, 100 years ago The auto was firmly established in Spokane, as evidenced by the fact that Spokane now had 42 auto dealers and supply houses. In fact, there were so many auto businesses that a grand auto show was being planned in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel.
From our archives, 100 years ago The first New Year’s Eve celebration at the new Davenport Hotel was jovial and merry.
Like their other projects in Spokane, the Davenport Grand Hotel – soon to be the largest in Spokane – is a personal expression of owners Walt and Karen Worthy. During the planning, for example, the two were captivated by a brightly colored wool carpet they saw in the Encore at Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s first Red Cross organization was formally established in a meeting of 50 women at the Davenport Hotel’s Elizabethan Room.