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Michael Wiley, 43, was born and raised in Spokane and got his start in the restaurant business at the Old Spaghetti Factory downtown at age 17 in 1994. Fast forward 26 years, and Wiley has since opened Wiley’s Downtown Bistro and runs a catering business, Wiley’s Catering Co.
Booze was prohibited by law, but two separate events proved that plenty of drunken behavior was taking place in Spokane.
This is likely the first and last time I will use lyrics from Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” for a headline and story, but it is appropriate for the topic at hand this week: fried chicken. Lacy Muszynski, writing for MSN.com, recently named Park Inn as one of the best holes-in-the-wall for fried chicken in America.
Two sheriff deputies were out on Rimrock Drive and saw a “large touring car” make a suspicious stop at a secluded place and then speed away.
The federal prohibition director estimated there were between 8,000 and 10,000 illegal stills operating in the state.
Millions of women nationwide won the right to vote when Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle celebrated what it believed was the final triumph of Prohibition. A new court ruling upheld the Volstead Act, ensuring that Prohibition would be enforced in every state.
“Ermentrude” as it was formally known drove the streets of Spokane for an Army recruiting drive.
A photo of two prohibition agents, Donald A. McDonald and William Griffith, carried the headline “Here They Are: The Men Booze Peddlers Will Try to Dodge.”
A car slammed into the cupcake shop at First Avenue and Washington Street on Saturday morning. No serious injuries were reported.
After a man accused of driving under the influence crashed into a wall at Prohibition Gastropub early Thursday morning, the restaurant scrambled to reopen by dinner time that night.
You might guess that heavy mountain snow would be bad for loggers — but you would guess wrong.
On this day 100 years ago, the nation officially went dry.
The pool table has fallen silent. The liquor bottles, many half full, remain at attention. But, the padlock on the door and the massive “For Sale” sign at one of Spokane’s iconic watering holes foretells a different future.
The county’s “dry squad” would receive renewed resources to battle bootleggers and moonshiners in 1920, promised Spokane County Sheriff George L. Reid.
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union had already won its war on liquor. Now it was renewing its assault on another vice, cigarettes.
H.L. Myers gave his profession as tailor, but he had a second vocation: whiskey distiller.
Now that Prohibition was the law of the land, Spokane was acquiring four new deputies to enforce it. They would be under the direction of John M. Rogers, Prohibition agent for Washington, as part of the Internal Revenue department.
Monday marks 100 years since Congress passed the 18th Amendment that started Prohibition, which banned the production, import, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.
Those opposed to prohibition did their part when it came to signing petitions, but Seattle prohibition opponents... not so much.