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UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: At federal trial, prosecutors say former Washington State coach ‘Lone Star’ Dietz was posing as Indian

The government rested its case in the William H. “Lone Star” Dietz trial, and in closing arguments called Dietz a fake, an impostor and a “slacker.”

UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Washington State football coach who led Cougars to Rose Bowl win accused of evading draft

William “Lone Star” Dietz, former Washington State College football coach turned famous movie actor, was in Spokane to stand trial on a shocking charge: being a wartime “slacker.”

UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019, 6:43 a.m.

100 years ago today in Spokane: Officials declare 1,500-plus draft delinquents will be rounded up

Eastern Washington had between 1,500 and 2,000 “draft delinquents,” according to authorities, and a “roundup” was about to start.

Judge rules against male-only draft, but no changes imminent

The chairman of a panel considering changes to the U.S. military draft said Monday its recommendations to Congress won’t be influenced by a federal judge’s recent ruling that the current …

100 years ago in Spokane: Flu cases – and deaths – spike

A shocking 351 new cases of the Spanish flu – and 11 deaths – were reported in one day, making it all too clear that the “crest of the new …

100 years ago in Spokane: Logger lands in jail after admitting he hadn’t bought war bonds

Liberty Loan (war bond) workers approached I. Erickson, 31, a logger from Sweden, in a restaurant on Main Avenue and asked him to purchase a bond. He refused, and further …

100 years ago in Spokane: Draft for World War I expands to 45-year-olds and Spokane residents lined up

13 million more American men were streaming into polling places to register for the draft.

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 …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 6:55 a.m.

100 years ago: Fugitive dodges draft; then dodges again

Carl Brown, who also went by the name of Oak Sanders, was one of the first men to be arrested in Spokane for failure to register for the draft. He …

100 years ago in Liberty Lake: First Chinese resident in Spokane County drafted for World War I

Frank Den was the first Chinese man in Spokane County to be drafted into the army.

100 years ago in North Idaho: Coeur d’Alene River overflows, aweeping away bridges from Cataldo to Harrison

The Coeur d’Alene River surged over its banks and swept away every county bridge from Cataldo to Harrison. “Rivermen and loggers are battling the most treacherous series of log jams …

Draft GOP bill seeks more constraints on Iran’s nuke program

U.S. sanctions against Iran automatically would kick in if Tehran violates new constraints, according to a draft Republican bill sought by President Donald Trump as he tries to unravel the …

100 years ago in Spokane: Sharp reprimand – and handcuffs – for local draft dodger

The paper was full of stories about patriotic Spokane citizens volunteering for the army, donating to the Red Cross and rushing to purchase Liberty bonds (war bonds).

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 12:32 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Clock ticking for potential draft evaders

The draft dominated the news once again in Spokane.

100 years ago in Spokane: Draft shocker for one young couple

The draft was traumatic for some young couples, as illustrated by a fainting incident at the Spokane draft board offices in the federal building.

100 years ago in Spokane: Tuberculosis, family farms among reasons for Spokane’s low acceptance rate in World War I draft

The Spokesman-Review published current numbers from the Spokane County draft board.

100 years ago in Spokane: Newspapers rush publication of draft lottery results

The “most stupendous of all lotteries, in all ages” took place in Washington D.C., affecting the military fate of 10 million young Americans. It was the World War I draft …

UPDATED: Thu., June 15, 2017, 10:10 p.m.

A surprising number of men in Washington aren’t registering for the draft. That’s a felony.

Federal officials say nearly 1 out of 6 young men in Washington state are committing a felony, and they might not even know it.

100 years ago in Spokane: World War I draft registration much lower than expected

Spokane’s draft registration came in “far below estimate,” said a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline. The city’s total number of men registered came in at 7,943, not even close to the …

UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 7:24 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Interpreters needed as men line up for World War I draft

100 years ago, young men trooped into government offices by the thousands to register for the wartime draft.

100 years ago in Spokane: Army recruits from Montana challenge Washingtonians to volunteer as draft World War I draft nears

Army recruitment was becoming somewhat of an interstate contest – and Washington was accused of losing. “With regard to army recruiting, Butte, Montana, has responded wonderfully, especially in the last …

100 years ago in Spokane: As men leave to serve in World War I, women fill railroad jobs at home

The notion of “women’s work” was expanding in Spokane, due to a wartime shortage of male workers. “Women have begun replacing men” in the Northern Pacific rail car shots in …

100 years ago: President Woodrow Wilson calls for the draft

President Woodrow Wilson issued a “selective draft” proclamation, calling for registration of all American men between the ages of 21 and 30.

100 years ago in Spokane: Civil War veteran backs draft for World War I

A Civil War veteran said a draft should be instituted for World War I because it “takes the men who who want someone else to do their fighting for them.”

UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 9:42 a.m.

Spin Control: Benton’s number comes up, he’s now head of the draft

Former state senator and state GOP chairman lands at the helm of the Selective Service System.

Sweden institutes military draft for both men and women

Sweden’s left-leaning government instituted a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden.

White House announces support for women in military draft

The Obama administration is announcing its support for requiring women to register for the military draft.

Draft plan provokes conflict on Spokane Valley zoning

Spokane Valley residents near North Barker Road and East Sprague Avenue have been going door to door, handing out fliers alerting the neighborhood to how a proposed zoning change could …

House approves measure to bar women from draft registration

WASHINGTON – The Republican-led House backed a measure Thursday that seeks to bar women from being required to register for a potential military draft, a victory for social conservatives who …

Baseball Notes: Phillies select Moniak

The Philadelphia Phillies have selected California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.