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100 years ago in Spokane: Flu victims quarantined; Miss Spokane to be feted before farewell

A total of 24 cases of influenza were reported in Spokane in January 1920, including 10 cases in one family.

100 years ago in Spokane: McDonald siblings go free after murder trial, new charges filed

All three McDonald siblings – Fay, Marie and Ted – walked out of the city jail after they made bail, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: McDonalds acquitted of murder, arrested on new charges

A jury declared three McDonald siblings not guilty of murdering W.H. McNutt – but they weren’t free for long.

100 years ago in Spokane: Defense attorney claims at-large McDonald sibling killed McNutt

The McDonald siblings’ murder trial was turned upside down when defense attorney Thomas Corkery declared that one of the McDonalds had in fact killed W.H. McNutt — but it was …

100 years ago in Spokane: Murder victim McNutt’s affair with suspect revealed in court

Marie McDonald, murder suspect, and W.H. McNutt, murder victim, had been having an affair.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sensational charge rocks McNutt murder trial

Defense attorneys for the McDonald siblings made a sensational charge: That murder victim W.H. McNutt had been brutal to Marie McDonald and had choked her and threatened to throw her …

100 years ago in Spokane: McNutt murder trial begins with visit to supposed crime scene

After the first day of testimony in the McDonald siblings’ murder trial, the jury was escorted out of the courtroom and into the Wolverine lodging house, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …

100 years ago in Spokane: Strange new disease claims another victim

A dread new disease called variously “sleeping sickness” or “sleepy sickness” claimed another Spokane victim.

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane jitneys ‘appear doomed’ after court ruling

The city won a “final victory” in its legal battle to keep jitneys off of Spokane’s streets.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Dance mad’ youth flock to ‘gramophone grapples’

Spokane’s young people had gone completely “dance mad,” a Spokesman-Review correspondent wrote.

100 years ago: Allies, except U.S., ratify treaty to end World War I

An enormous headline declared “Ratify Treaty; War Over.” This news seemed momentous, if more than a year late.

100 years ago in Spokane: Project to send Pend Oreille River water to Columbia Basin found feasible

A state commission declared that the proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project was perfectly feasible and presented “no serious engineering difficulties.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Ex-Washington State football coach sentenced for draft evasion

William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz, celebrity and famous football coach, pled guilty to draft evasion and was sentenced to one month in the Spokane County jail.

100 years ago in Spokane: World-famous Italian soprano praises city during visit

Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, an opera singer so famous that a gourmet dish was named after her, claimed to be captivated by the wintertime charms of Spokane.

100 years ago in Spokane: Census takers find respondents reluctant to reveal age

Census takers fanned out across Spokane and were asking householders one particularly delicate question: How old are you?

100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor steps down; Wobblies mum on New Year’s resolutions

The Spokesman-Review wrote an editorial tribute to Charles M. Fassett, who stepped down as mayor as of the beginning of the year.

100 years ago in Spokane: Hoping this year’s better than the last

Good riddance to 1919, one lousy year. That was the message of the New Year’s editorial in The Spokesman-Review.

100 years ago in Spokane: Driver crashes into streetcar crowd; bank robber’s wife confesses

Autos were fast becoming the most popular mode of transportation in Spokane, but motorists were learning that winter fog and ice could spell disaster.

100 years ago in Spokane: Chauffer writes his own recommendations, steals employers’ cars

Le Grand Flint, alias Jack Ford, was a top-quality chauffeur with impeccable credentials and glowing recommendations. At least it seemed that way until he was convicted of stealing the auto …

100 years ago in Spokane: YMCA launches ‘campaign of Americanization’

The local YMCA launched a “campaign of Americanization” in Spokane, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: Salesman with new storefront adopts ‘Buy gum, by gum!’ slogan

“Dad” Wilson, who sold pencils, shoestrings, cigars and chewing gum from his wheelchair on Spokane streets, now had a new storefront to operate from during winter days.

100 years ago in Spokane: Locally made movie pays dividend to bankrupt producer

“Fool’s Gold,” the one and only movie made by Spokane’s bankrupt Washington Motion Picture Corp., was finally making some money in East Coast markets, The Spokesman-Review reported.

100 years ago in Washington: Chronicle calls for end to corporal punishment; man presumed dead returns

A Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial said the “days of the rod and cat o’ nine tails” are a matter of history, and “let them stay in history.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Principal feels ‘no remorse’ after spanking puts student in hospital

Medell Cozzeti, 14, was treated at the emergency hospital for welts on his back, neck and shoulders, inflicted in a spanking by his principal at the Bancroft School.

100 years ago in Spokane: Subzero temperatures lead to restrictions on business hours

Authorities were sternly enforcing Spokane’s six-hour business day in an attempt to save heating fuel during a ferocious cold snap.

100 years ago in Spokane: Cold snap creates coal-shortage fears

The temperature hit 14 below zero in Spokane, and the city was forced to adopt “drastic and far-reaching” fuel-saving schedules for businesses and factories.

100 years ago in Spokane: Bank robber escapes in auto; coal shortage combines with cold

A gun-toting robber made off with a pile of cash and change at the Union Park Bank on East Sprague Avenue, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: Group suggests ‘educational treats’ as alternative to amoral movies

The Women’s Christian Temperance Union offered an alternative to the Sunday movie matinee. They suggested “educational treats,” meaning musical concerts and “biblical and educational films,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: Lecturer warns students against ‘degeneracy’ of jazz

A lecturer urged North Central High School students to cut out everything to do with “jazz” – including the music, the slang and the dress.

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Ice skaters drown in lake; man survives fall into river

Two separate incidents involving plunges into icy water were in The Spokesman-Review. One story had a happy outcome, the other did not.