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100 years ago in Spokane: Auto club plans to clear ugly signs

The Inland Automobile Association received permission from Spokane County commissioners to remove all “unsightly tin, wooden and painted signs.”


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 2:20 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Local families awaited final word on WWI soldiers

The war in Europe had been over for almost a year, but the uncertainty continued for some some local parents. Five Washington men, including two from Spokane, were still listed …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Wide variety’ of local scenery pleases film producer

Spokane’s main advantage, she said, was that it had “such a wide variety of scenery within so small a radius.”


Virtual Pompeii: GU students time traveling in class using Lithodomos VR technology

This year, Gonzaga University history professor Andrew Goldman is testing classroom applications for new virtual-reality technology with viewpoints of ancient civilizations based on archeological evidence. The work is being led …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies threaten protest if IWW members convicted for wearing badges

The Wobblies threatened to “fill Spokane’s jails” if 13 of their brethren in the Industrial Workers of the World were convicted of felonies for the crime of wearing Wobbly badges, …


100 years ago in Spokane: City takes first step toward zoning system

The Spokane City Council passed a new ordinance that prohibited public garages (auto shops) in residential areas – the first step toward what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called a “city …


100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Car bridge over Columbia opens; striking miners return to work

The first auto suspension bridge over the Columbia River was opened near Chelan Falls, a few miles above Wenatchee.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Extradition begins for three siblings accused in McNutt killing

Extradition proceedings began for the three McDonald siblings — Fay McDonald Wilkinson, Jewell Marie McDonald and Ted McDonald. They were soon to be transported from Los Angeles to Spokane on …


100 years ago in Spokane: McNutt murder informant may be man who married both sister suspects

Another sensational possibility emerged in the William McNutt murder case: The “mystery” informant may have been William Wilkinson, who had been married to both Marie McDonald and her sister Fay …


100 years ago in Spokane: Yellowstone autos promote parks’ tourism; more McNutt murder details emerge

Two bright yellow Yellowstone National Park autos, including an omnibus, arrived in Spokane to promote tourism to Yellowstone and other western national parks, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Last of 4 sibling McNutt murder suspects still at large

Ted McDonald, suspected of involvement in the Spokane murder of W.H. McNutt, was arrested in Fresno, but his brother, Will McDonald, was still at large and being sought by police …


100 years ago in Spokane: Murder charges pending after missing man’s body found

Mrs. McNutt, who had pushed police to investigate the case for months, was present when the body was exhumed. She nearly fainted and almost “fell into the open grave.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Ungentlemanly bandit riles store clerk

“He was good looking but he swore at me when he went out,” Eichenauer said. “I hope they catch him. I’d tell him what I think of anyone who swears …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Belgian royalty visit to Spokane includes Davenport dinner open to all

Even Spokane’s “most humble citizens” were being given the chance to hobnob with royalty.


100 years ago in Spokane: France sends medals for local veteran, but he’s a hard man to find

The Croix de Guerre (“with palms”) and the Médaille Militaire medals were sent from France to Spokane’s Army recruiting office for delivery to Private Hans L. Tveton. The problem was, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Chronicle reporter takes joy ride on ‘bombing plane’

Vaughn Jones of the Spokane Daily Chronicle enjoyed the thrill ride of his life as a passenger in a large Martin “bombing plane” as it roared from Spokane to Coeur …


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane Valley soldier charged with stealing government funds escapes

Captain Harry Holland of Spokane was in a heap of trouble with U.S. Army authorities – but first they had to find him.


100 years ago in Spokane: Inmates escape jail, jump gate, only to land in the arms of an officer

Two Spokane County jail inmates used a hidden piece of hack saw to cut through the bars of their cell window. It took four hours, but they succeeded. Later, things …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police ban shimmie dance; war declared on ground squirrels

The dance, which was apparently deemed too suggestive, had been banned in most large cities, but this was the first notice that it would not be tolerated in Spokane, the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Shot fired over $15 craps stake; soldiers return from war

Sam Nye and M.L. McConnell were enjoying a “wild party” in McConnell’s room at the Ashton Hotel, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported, when a pair of dice was produced and …


100 years ago today in Spokane: ‘Domestic help’ scarce as Spokane women find other work

“Domestic help” was nearly impossible to obtain in postwar Spokane — and, shockingly, “wealthy housewives” were being forced to do “much of their own housework for several months,” said the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bing Crosby’s brother named arts editor of Gonzaga student paper

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a list of the student editors of The Gonzaga, the student publication of Gonzaga University. The arts editor was Edward Crosby, better known today as …


100 years ago in Spokane: Visit from late president’s son more awkward than exciting

The Spokane Daily Chronicle was excited about the visit to Spokane of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the son of the late president. However, the populace in general did not seem quite …


100 years ago in Spokane County: Staff quits sanatorium over allegations of doctor’s ‘unprofessional’ behavior

A crisis was developing at the county’s Edgecliff Tuberculosis Sanatorium, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: People line up for days to buy lots as city suffers housing crunch

Housing was so short in Spokane that people were lined up days ahead of time for a chance to buy one of 165 lots offered for sale in the Audubon …


100 years ago in Spokane: Enforcement finds most don’t follow new headlight law

Auto headlight glare was proving to be a serious, and sometimes, fatal hazard on the region’s increasingly crowded roads, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: City maintains dream of becoming Hollywood North

The Spokane Daily Chronicle breathlessly announced that Catherine Curtis, the head of the Catherine Curtis Motion Picture Corp., was arriving in Spokane tonight to “produce a picture production of the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 13, 2019, 5:23 p.m.

100 years ago in Washington: After visit to Spokane, Woodrow Wilson makes stop in Cheney, Ritzville

Spokane was still buzzing about the previous day’s visit from President Woodrow Wilson.


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds gather to hear President Wilson promote League of Nations

Huge crowds lined the streets as President Wilson and the first lady paraded through downtown Spokane. When Wilson arrived at the Spokane Armory, all 4,500 seats were taken and as …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Ticket scalpers draw mayor’s ire regarding president’s upcoming visit

Mayor C.M. Fassett issued a personal warning against ticket scalping for the upcoming visit by President Woodrow Wilson to Spokane.