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100 years ago in Spokane: With a foot of snow on the ground, officials ask public for help to get flu nurses to new patients

An uptick in new flu cases had residents worried that the the Spanish flu epidemic had not run its course.


100 years ago in Spokane: Police raid Wobblies ‘secret headquarters’

Police raided a “secret headquarters” of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) in Spokane’s Mohawk Building, and four Wobblies were arrested. One of the men was John Grady, …


100 years ago in Coeur d’Alene: Wobbly found guilty of ‘criminal syndicalism’

A jury in Coeur d’Alene deliberated for only an hour and a half before finding W.M. Nelson guilty of “criminal syndicalism.” Nelson was the former secretary of the Industrial Workers …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies announce move of Lumberworkers headquarters to Chicago

Washington Gov. Ernest Lister was in Spokane to deal with several important matters, including the “labor situation.” The Spokane Daily Chronicle speculated that he was preparing to deal with volatile …


100 years ago in Yakima: Wobblies accused of planning germ attack

Three Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World) were arrested in North Yakima on suspicion of a shocking plan to release deadly germs throughout the Yakima Valley. Their …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies arrested after rail car fracas on Great Northern train

About 27 Wobblies were arrested by Fort George Wright military authorities after they allegedly fomented a “riot” on the Great Northern passenger train between Troy, Mont., and Spokane. The men …


100 years ago in Pasco: Police detain men in rail yards during strikes

Soldiers raided the Pasco rail yards and detained 30 men, including three described as “slackers” (draft evaders) and three described as “alien enemies.” The others were carrying Industrial Workers of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Attorney fails to secure release of Wobblies arrested in military raid

Attorney James L. Wallace, of Missoula, argued in court for the release of the 20-plus Wobblies detained after a military raid of their Spokane headquarters. He argued that “no authority …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:03 p.m.

100 years ago in Montana: Arson suspected in loss of 23 Great Northern Railway freight cars

The Great Northern Railway lost 23 freight cars to arson in one day, and authorities suspected that it might be the work of the Wobblies. The fires broke out simultaneously …


100 years ago in Butte, Montana: Wobbly lynched by masked mob

The anti-Wobbly sentiment in the Northwest took a murderous turn. Frank Little, an official of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies), was kidnapped from his Butte boarding house by …


100 years ago in Ellensburg: Wobblies riot at internment camp

Feelings continued to run high against the Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World). An Ellensburg correspondent reported that 30 Wobblies “started rioting” at an internment camp where …


100 years ago in Spokane: North Idaho towns organize boycott of Spokane goods in response to Wobblies

The alarm over the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) reached a new high. The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that Idaho towns were prepared to punish Spokane businesses for Spokane’s …


100 years ago in Spokane: Businessman beaten after he plows car through crowd of Wobblies

Police briefly feared that the long-rumored Wobbly uprising was taking place on the streets of Spokane. It turned out to be nothing that momentous – but it was dangerous enough. …


100 years ago in North Idaho: Bomb under bed sends man through roof of store

Joe Blalock was asleep in his small store in Cornwall, Idaho, near Moscow, when an explosion catapulted him all the way through the roof. Blalock was badly injured and was …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor stresses that Wobblies have free speech rights

Mayor C.A. Fleming was not inclined to stir up trouble with the Wobblies in Spokane, despite a widespread fear that the members of the Industrial Workers of the World were …


100 years ago in Spokane: 21 nurses volunteer to serve on World War I battlefields in France

A total of 21 Spokane nurses signed up for service on the battlefields of France. They were to be part of a hospital unit organized by Dr. S.E. Lambert.


100 years ago in Otis Orchards: Sheriff called to put down Wobbly riot

The Spokane County sheriff was urgently summoned to put down a “riot” by members of Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) who were laying pipe for the Otis Orchards …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mob of soldiers angry at shooting marches to Wobbly hall

An angry mob, led by Fort George Wright soldiers, sought revenge for a shooting the day before, marched through the streets of downtown Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly organizer accuses lumber bosses of fixing books to prevent wage increases

Labor firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn delivered her second speech in two days, this one to a crowd of 1,000 people at Spokane’s Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) hall. Her …


100 years ago in Spokane: Patriotic citizens organize youth drum corps

Spokane’s young men were rushing off to war. Yet Spokane’s younger boys wanted to contribute, as well – in dozens of patriotic drum corps.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 6:21 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph

Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …


100 years ago in Inland Northwest: Under pressure from Wobblies, companies agree to plan to improve logging camps

From our archive, 100 years ago The region’s logging operators, 36 companies in all, were nearing agreement on a plan to make life easier for the men and women in …


100 years ago in Spokane: Potlach discharges Wobblies

From our archive, 100 years ago Lumber companies heard rumblings that the Wobblies (members of Industrial Workers of the World) were planning some kind of action in the region’s lumber …


100 years ago near Plummer, Idaho: Man who testified in favor of Potlatch Lumber found hanging from tree

From our archives, 100 years ago A Potlatch Lumber Company laborer named Dan Pavich was called to court to testify in a lawsuit brought against the company by a widow …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly arrested on suspicion of daring robbery

From our archives, 100 years ago The Industrial Workers of the World, aka Wobblies, were making news for two reasons.


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles H. Moyer, the president of the Western Federation of Miners, was present at the birth of the Wobblies (the Industrial Workers of the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A mass meeting of Spokane’s many unemployed men got rowdy at Central Christian Church.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s youthful joy riders – three boys and three girls, ages 17 to 19 – were still on the loose somewhere in the middle …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A widower in Hackensack, New Jersey, found he could no longer care for his two girls, Dorothy, 9, and Mary, 3. So he tearfully …