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100 years ago in Spokane: As World War I approached, pacifists were pessimistic

Spokane’s Church of Truth held a “peace meeting” for about 800 local pacifists – although most of the speakers were plainly pessimistic about the prospects for peace. “There need be no war in the world – but there is war,” said the Rev. Mr. Scafe of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. “Humanity will not learn by the bloodshed of the Carthaginians; it will only learn by the bloodshed of Europe and by the bloodshed of the United States, which is surely coming. … Before I cease speaking the first gun, involving the United States in war, may be fired.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Local man fighting in Canadian Army describes World War I trenches

Frank Passmore, a “well-known Spokane boy” who had joined the Canadian army, wrote home about life in the trenches in France. “I am writing this to the tune of ‘whistling Willies’ flying over my head,” he said. “I don’t know how it happens that I am alive, because I’ve been in some mighty tight places since I’ve been in the trenches the last two years.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Newlywed ‘Duke of Dunsmuir Downes’ appears to be a fraud

It all sounded like such a beautiful, romantic story. Several weeks earlier in Coeur d’Alene, Ethel Haller of Spokane married Captain W.W. MacKenzie, the Duke of Dunsmuir Downes in Scotland. The duke also modestly admitted that he was an injured British war hero and a well-known author who wrote under the pseudonym Cameron MacKenzie. The happy couple then embarked on a honeymoon to San Francisco.

Then and Now: Madison building

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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Police search for 3 missing girls

Three Spokane girls were missing from their homes and police were searching throughout the region. Mildred Peters, 13, was the first to disappear. At first, police had information that she went to Deer Park to visit a chum, but that clue didn’t pan out. She apparently “had no boyfriends” and was of a “retiring disposition.”

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at airport: ‘Are you Muslim?’

Muhammad Ali’s son, who bears the boxing great’s name, was detained by immigration officials at a Florida airport and questioned about his ancestry and religion in what amounted to unconstitutional profiling, a family friend said Saturday.