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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Davenport Hotel’s first big “society” event was a “whirl of fashion” and a “flow of wit,” according to The Spokesman-Review.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Davenport Hotel had been open for about two weeks, but it was finally time for what a headline called the “Greatest Opening for the Greatest Hotel.”

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Dutch Jake Goetz, Spokane’s saloon-casino-hotel magnate, was having a blast high atop his Coeur d’Alene Hotel.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane was entering what society columnist Betty Graeme called “a gay whirl” of a week, with three gala events. They were:

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Anna Happel and her daughter Julia were in the Davenport Hotel, telling a harrowing tale of escaping the European war from their native Antwerp, Belgium. They said they fled Antwerp the same day a German zeppelin rained bombs down at the Belgian army headquarters and powder magazine in Antwerp. 

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago An article in The Spokesman-Review had an ominous headline: “Warring Nations Own Big Colonies and War May Extend Over the World.”

LC class of 1964 planning 50th reunion

It seems like a high school kid is trapped in every aging baby boomer body at the table – rebellious, self-indulged, gossipy, with a giggly interest in the opposite sex. Yep. It’s a planning committee for the 50th reunion of the Lewis and Clark High School class of 1964 and nothing gets them revved up than reminiscing about the “good ol’ days” for a willing audience. “We were raised in the days of innocence,” said Gloria Warrick Spear (née Nauditt), who is the head planner of the three-day reunion Sept. 5-7. She has the gavel to prove it and the glare to shush the rowdy guys in the group as she reads off a checklist of how it was in the early 1960s in Spokane.

Police trainer arrested in fight gets no jail time

A Spokane Police Department consultant cited for two counts of assault after a fight in the Davenport Hotel bar in May will not serve jail time under a plea deal approved this week.

Doug Clark: Security director a ‘gem’ at downtown’s crown jewel

When I called Chris Powell to set up an interview, the Davenport Hotel’s director of security was up to his eyebrows in just the sort of thing I wanted to talk to him about. Powell was trying to locate a guest, a young man who had been seen wandering about the posh hotel lobby in a T-shirt emblazoned with an alliterative phrase that cannot be published in many venues, let alone a fine family newspaper like The Spokesman-Review.

Rape charge filed against theft, assault suspect

A man already facing a litany of charges for allegedly assaulting and stealing from multiple women is now facing a charge of second-degree rape after the victim said she recognized him in news reports earlier this year. Michael J. McNearney, 24, was ordered held on $75,000 bond on the rape charge during a brief court appearance Tuesday.

Bellevue dealer brings all-electric Tesla to Spokane

Going for a ride in a Tesla Model S is like taking off in a jet plane, only without the noise. “You touch that accelerator, it’s all go,” said Tom Hutchison, a sales representative with Tesla in Bellevue.

Spokane Convention Center hotel groundwork underway

Construction crews have dug a 12-foot-deep hole across an entire city block south of the Spokane Convention Center, laying the foundation and footings for what will be Spokane’s largest hotel. The 15-floor, 720-room hotel project is estimated to cost roughly $50 million.

Davenport owner Walt Worthy pressed by firefighter union over ads

Davenport Hotel owner Walt Worthy said Tuesday that Spokane firefighters threatened to pull convention and meeting business from his hotel because of negative television ads in two Spokane City Council races this fall. Worthy and the Davenport Hotel were linked to the ads through political contributions.