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100 years ago in Spokane: Temperance union declares war on cigarettes

The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union had already won its war on liquor. Now it was renewing its assault on another vice, cigarettes.


100 years ago in Spokane: Jail authorities end Wobbly ‘disturbance’ with fire hose

A Wobbly “disturbance” at the Spokane City Jail – or what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called a “jail riot” – ended after authorities “turned a fire hose on the disturbers.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Police raid, arrest Wobblies after violence

Spokane police raided hotels and lodging houses “believed to be infested” with Wobblies, “questioning and searching all occupants,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘German soviet’ plot foiled, police say

Police arrested C.K. Quast, “a German alien,” in his room at the Palm Hotel. They said he was “the head of a newborn movement” to establish a radical government in …


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: State rests in Wobbly buttons case

The state concluded its case against 28 members of the Industrial Workers of the World – Wobblies, as they were known – for the crime of wearing Wobbly buttons, the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rev. Lake baptizes believers in the river

Hundreds of people stood on the Washington Street bridge to watch a series of river baptisms performed by the Rev. John G. Lake.


100 years ago: Disbelief, suspicion as citizens of Harrison, ID, reel from fire

Residents of Harrison, Idaho, were still in shock as they tried to assess the magnitude of the disaster that had befallen their city the day before.


100 years ago today in Spokane: I.W.W. strikes puts Spokane Chamber in a frenzy

The Spokane Chamber of Commerce demanded federal action to stop the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobbblies) “strike menace.” The chamber said that the strikes were a threat to the …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Statewide plans in the works to fight Wobblies as farmworker strikes loom

The U.S. was at war with Germany, yet there was another menace closer to home: the Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies.” At least, “menace” is the term used …


Jim Kershner’s This day in history » On the Web: spokesman.com/topics/local-history

From our archives, 100 years ago One of the “most exciting scenes ever witnessed in the Baptist Church” at Nelson, B.C., took place in a Bible class.