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John W. Binkley, a Spokane pioneer attorney and judge, built a mixed-use building on two lots at First Avenue and Monroe Street in 1899. He named it Montvale, after his rural estate on the Little Spokane River.
Inventor Charles Oudin and other partners founded American Fire Brick Co. in Mica in 1902. And they’ve been making bricks there ever since.
100 years ago in Spokane
Patsy Clark’s mansion is one of the most recognizable homes in Spokane. It ranks high among the palatial homes built by Spokane’s early millionaires.
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.
Then and now offers a glimpse of Spokane as it was a century ago.
As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have hit the city’s low-lying areas.
The Washington Flower Growers Association organized around 1925 to help a dozen or more Spokane and Idaho greenhouse operators market and ship their flowers to florists and stores around the region. In the early 1930s, the cooperative took over one of the large warehouses on Havermale Island, giving them convenient access to trains for shipping their products.
Frank P. Hogan, born in Ireland in 1848, didn’t leave his name on much in Spokane. But he was a pivotal figure in the city’s growth.
In 1990, the Spokane Arts Commission and Central Business Association teamed up to cover the walls of the downtown railroad viaduct with murals – instead of graffiti.
David Lynde Huntington, born in 1870, arrived in Spokane to take an engineering job with W.W.P. in 1894. Within two years, he was managing the day-to-day operations as well as the company’s streetcar system.
Now part of the Dishman Hills Natural Area, Camp Caro has a long history of serving Girl Scouts, church members and youth groups.
The Spokane Elks Club was established in 1892 with 45 charter members. In the heady days of Spokane’s boom era, the local club grew to be one of the larger chapters of the fraternal, charitable organizations in the United States. So in 1900, the cornerstone was laid for a club building at the corner of Post Street and Trent Avenue, now Spokane Falls Boulevard there. It opened in 1901. The building had Roman columns flanking a grand staircase at the entrance.
The Cambern brothers, raised on a farm in the Colbert area, were ambitious and industrious. Three of the six brothers – Robert, Cecil and Clifford – bought a small bakery from Ken McWilliams and opened Cambern Bakery around 1924. They supplied bread to grocers like Piggly Wiggly and Marr.
Havermale Island in downtown Spokane had been a mostly industrial area since white settlers arrived in the 1870s. Mills, laundries, warehouses and factories lined the sole street, Havermale Avenue, convenient to the railroad lines that crossed the island or were on nearby Trent Avenue.
Samuel Henry Kress, born in Pennsylvania in 1863, joined the retail business revolution of the late 1800s and built a chain of discount stores that grew to 264 establishments.
Rev. Samuel Havermale was a Methodist preacher, adventurer and businessman. He was born in Maryland in 1824 and educated in Ohio and Illinois. He married Elizabeth Goldthrop in 1849, and after 24 years as a pastor in Illinois, the couple accepted a transfer to Walla Walla in the Washington Territory. While riding to Colville on a visit, the preacher stopped and gave a sermon in the tiny settlement of Spokan Falls in May 1875. He fell in love with the waterfalls and prairie lands around them.
Just a few years after Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated his new invention, Charles B. Hopkins installed the first telephones in the Inland Northwest. In 1884, he bought an old Army telegraph line between Colfax and Amota, on the Snake River, for a $20 gold piece. He installed phones at each end.
The history of the telephone in Spokane is a fascinating tale.
The historic brick Jamieson substation building is going to be demolished by Spokane International Airport to make room for growth at the airport