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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Nearly 70 years later, he’d just like to say thank you

In fall 1944, Fred Carter, an enlistee in the Royal Air Force stationed at a base in Calgary, Alberta, spent his leave time in Spokane. Two women, housemates in their 50s, opened their home to Carter and another airman. Carter is now 85. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in Canada. He battled colon cancer in 2008, and more colon troubles put him in the hospital in January. Time may or may not be running short for Carter, but he feels some urgency in telling this story of extreme hospitality. Memorial Day weekend seemed the ideal time to do so.

World War II bride ties knot with U.S.

What a shame that Dan Surean didn’t live to see his lovely Mary finally become a U.S. citizen on Tuesday. “He would be absolutely in a joy world,” said Mary Surean, from Bedford, England, who at age 86 joined 44 other immigrants in taking the Oath of Citizenship before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno in Spokane.