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John Conley’s knack for a deal turned into colorful life as he built Spokane’s iconic White Elephant

As a teenager, John Conley built airstrips in the South Pacific during World War II. He came home to build one of the most iconic stores in Spokane.

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John Conley, founder of the White Elephant, dead at 90

John Conley, founder of the White Elephant and a highly regarded figure in Spokane community, has died. He was 90.

Businessman mourning death of grandchild, Molly Conley

A Spokane business stalwart is struggling to find answers after his 15-year-old granddaughter was gunned down in Western Washington last month as she walked with friends. More than 2,000 family …

Conley family serves up 65 years worth of White Elephant deals

John Conley was a teenager fresh out of the Navy when he opened his first White Elephant military surplus store in 1946. “The term ‘white elephant’ refers to something expensive …

Refurbished mascot has a storied past

As landmarks go, the big elephant atop the White Elephant store at 12614 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley is pretty distinct. Unique, in fact – and with quite a …

Retired educator tells stories with a purpose

The kids quickly flowed into a semicircle surrounding Dan Conley one recent afternoon, sitting quietly with rapt attention as they waited for him to begin telling stories. Conley, who has …