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Then and Now: Edgecliff Hospital

Edgecliff Sanitarium opened in 1915 to treat tuberculosis patients. Several additions were made throughout the years, and it closed in 1978. A senior living facility called Park Place opened on …


100 years ago in Spokane: Campaign of local presidential candidate sputters; ‘evil of the joy ride’ denounced

Spokane’s dream of having the Republican presidential nominee was still alive – barely.


Avon severs ties with longtime Spokane saleswoman who criticized company’s shifting business model

Jeannie Greene had planned to continue selling products to her customers for a few more weeks, until her stock of paper order forms ran out. Instead, the company severed ties …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police seek bank robber; glee club handbills fall from sky

Miss Edith Winslow, an assistant teller at Fidelity Savings & Loan in downtown Spokane, was in the bank’s “money cage” when an unmasked man walked up to her and said, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Inmate accused of murder dishes in jailhouse interview

A Spokane Daily Chronicle reporter got a jailhouse interview with Steve Petoskey (previously spelled Potaskey), an inmate accused of murdering jailer W.B. Nelson.


Then and Now: The R.A. Hanson Co.

Raymond A. Hanson made a fortune as the inventor of a system used to harvest wheat on the undulating hills of the Palouse. In 1976, the company that bore his …


40 years ago in Spokane: Small quake on Mount St. Helens signals ‘gigantic volcanic burp’ to come

The headline in the Spokane Daily Chronicle on March 22, 1980, didn’t seem too alarming: “Mount St. Helens Area is Rattled.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Inmate accused of murdering jailer professes not to know he did it

Steve Potaskey, held in city jail for murdering jailer William Nelson, admitted to officers and a Spokesman-Review reporter that he struck Nelson four or five times and that Nelson fell …


100 years ago in Spokane: Health inspectors arm themselves to stop spitting, combat flu epidemics

They had armed themselves with revolvers and handcuffs, and were using them to enforce the new anti-sidewalk-spitting ordinance.


100 years ago in Spokane: Inmate kills city jailer

Steve Potaskey, 35, an “insanity suspect,” somehow got out of his jail cell, seized city jailer William D. Nelson, 64, from behind and began attacking him, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …


100 years ago in Spokane: Street vendor testifies to benefits of ‘divine healing’; distancing helps tame potential pandemic

A.L. “Buy Gum” Wilson, one of Spokane’s most colorful street vendors, reported that “divine healing” had improved his health tremendously.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Pool hall raids prompt call to keep boys out

Arrests of boys at two pool parlors led to calls for strict enforcement to protect youth.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Murder mystery stumps police

A possible murder mystery on the Spokane River had authorities baffled.


100 years ago in Spokane: Minister rails against Ouija boards; Bing Crosby participates in debate

Dr. I. N. McCash weighed in on a craze sweeping the country, the Ouija board.


100 years ago today in Spokane: “Absolutely pure water” credited for no typhoid fever deaths

Spokane was praised as the first city on record, with a population of more than 100,000, to have zero deaths from typhoid fever in a calendar year.


100 years ago in Spokane: Aviator sets local altitude record by climbing 8,000 feet into the sky

William Burke was accompanied by mechanic Jack Rankin. Burke told the newspaper that the sun seemed just a bit higher than the point they reached, and bitter cold reined at …


100 years ago in Spokane: Doctor accused of shooting at cars, drunkenness

A Spokane physician, Dr. William Dietz, had a busy week.


100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Farmers buy biplanes; senator pursues presidential bid

Local farmers were among the first in the region to fully embrace a burgeoning new transportation technology, the airplane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Apple warehouse to be constructed; ‘Spokane spuds’ to be promoted

Spokane was still an apple-growing powerhouse in 1920, and now it was poised to acquire a gigantic apple warehouse.


Civil rights: The road to Bloody Sunday began 30 miles away

As the 55th anniversary of the civil rights clash known as Bloody Sunday approaches, townspeople in Alabama want to remind the world that the road to Selma began in a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Missile mystery stays mysterious

The case of the mysterious “missile,” which allegedly fell into Mrs. O DeCamp’s yard, remained mysterious. Two competing stories had emerged.


100 years ago in Spokane: Errant comet? Plumb bomb? Object falls out of sky, baffles

Mrs. O. DeCamp was suddenly awakened early in the morning by “a concussion that jarred her house” in east Spokane.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Horse hypnotism and death threats punctuate trial

E.W.P. Giesleman testified in court that his neighbor, C.O. Segersteen, had threatened to kill him with a club — but that was not even close to the most alarming exchange …


100 years ago in Spokane: Roads association head urges city to buy road to top of Mt. Spokane

Frank W. Guilbert, the head of the Spokane County Good Roads Association, urged the Spokane County commissioners to purchase the most scenic road in the region: the road to the …


Shawn Vestal: Let’s keep the region’s history in the region – on the very land where it occurred

Around a century ago, the Uyeji family came to America from Japan, settling in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Seattle known as Pontiac. They lived there and farmed the …


One of Spokane’s first black cops to be honored with historic graveside memorial

Newspapers around the country lamented the loss of the West Coast’s only black cop in the months after the Spokane Chronicle reported the death of Walter Lawson, an 18-year Spokane …


100 years ago in Spokane: County commissioners consider new voting machine technology

Spokane County commissioners were attempting to answer a question that remains equally vexing 100 years later: What is the best way to insure the integrity of an election?


100 years ago today in Spokane: Gun-wielding priest nabs ‘Meanest thief in Spokane’

Francis Le Roy earned the title of “meanest thief in Spokane” two years ago, when he was caught in the act of robbing the poor box at the Our Lady …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies convicted of criminal syndicalism; Davenport dinged over syrup

Eight Wobblies were convicted in a Spokane courtroom of “criminal syndicalism” and sentenced to 30 days in the city jail.


100 years ago in Spokane: Burglar asks victims to leave more money; robber asks to be arrested

When grocery clerks arrived to open up the Exchange Grocery and Market at Fifth Avenue and Sherman Street, they found the cash register rifled.