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100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer, former cop jailed on suspicion of bootlegging scheme

One current Spokane police officer and one ex-officer were in jail, charged with stealing whisky.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wolfhound, likely rabid, escapes movie studio and bites children, kills puppies

A large gray wolfhound belonging to movie actor William Cooper escaped from the Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha Park. The actor put a “lost dog” ad in the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bootlegger accuses police officer of taking a bribe

An expose of a bootlegging scheme resulted in the arrest of a prominent local barber and the suspension of Spokane police officer.


100 years ago in Spokane: Male jurors drink evidence in bootlegging trial

A total of 26 pints of whiskey were entered into evidence in a Spokane bootlegging case, but eight of the pints mysteriously disappeared before the trial was over. The women …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bootleggers busted by sheriff after car chase

Spokane County Sheriff George Reid stopped an auto in Mead. Inside were three men, including “well-known” building contractor R.W. Hackett. The sheriff had been tipped off that the car was …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer accused of keeping liquor seized from bootlegger

One Spokane police officer. E.I. Prather, was dismissed from the police force, while another, V.B. Benaway, was reinstated after a civil service hearing. Both officers had been charged with seizing …


100 years ago in Spokane County: Deputies discover cache of booze snuck in from Montana tossed from trains

From our archive, 100 years ago Spokane sheriff deputies found a cache of 250 quarts of liquor in a snowbank next to the Great Northern railroad tracks near Colbert.




100 years ago in Spokane: Lewis and Clark High School student fractures skull in pushball match

From our archive, 100 years ago A festive field day at Spokane’s high school athletic stadium ended in near-tragedy when Harry Lewis, 17, suffered a critical skull fracture.


100 years ago in Ferry County: Theater in Republic destroyed, business district threatened by fire

From our archive, 100 years ago


100 years ago in Spokane: Drug store owner accused of bootlegging

From our archives, 100 years ago The Pacific Drug Store was the site of the largest booze bust in Spokane since the beginning of prohibition.


100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition dramatically reduced public drunkenness

Spokane prohibition advocates cited some impressive numbers to prove that statewide prohibition was working.


100 years ago in Spokane: Man praised, jailed for his homemade whiskey

From our archives, 100 years ago A court hearing on a bootlegging charge turned into a whisky-tasting session.


100 years ago on the Inland Northwest: Bitter cold forces dangerous travel conditions

From our archives, 100 years ago The region was experiencing a bitter cold wave, and several travelers told of harrowing experiences in their attempts to arrive at Spokane for the …