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40 years ago in Washington: Mount St. Helens shows ‘her most vital seismic signs yet’

On April 5, 1980, The Spokesman-Review’s front page ran this headline: “It’s Shaking and Baking.”

100 years ago in Pend Oreille County: Company buys timberland to make matches

The Diamond Match Co. purchased two huge blocks of white pine timberland in Pend Oreille County, in preparation for turning the lumber into wooden matches.

UPDATED: Fri., April 3, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: City’s first 3-passenger plane takes test flights

The Oriole, Spokane’s first three-passenger plane, made several jaunts over the city in test flights from the Symons-Rusell airfield.

100 years ago in Spokane: Corporal punishment discredited, Chronicle says

“Is it not time for American fathers and mothers and fathers to learn it also?” asked the Chronicle editors.

100 years ago in Spokane: Construction workers strike after wage demands denied

About 1,500 construction workers went on strike in Spokane after the master builders of the city refused to grant their wage demands.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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 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 …

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 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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Sheriff’s deputy, city detective injured in friendly fire during raid gone wrong

A raid on a liquor still in Spokane went wrong when city police and county deputies arrived on the scene – and proceeded to shoot at each other.

100 years ago in Yakima: Girls from ‘best’ families found in ‘semi-cave,’ arrested

Yakima was humming with the news that five high school girls from the “best” families had all been arrested and placed in juvenile detention, The Spokesman-Review reported.

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Theater troupe plans performances at logging camps

The Little Theater Company of Spokane was making plans to fan out into the woods to entertain the lumberjacks in the region’s logging camps.

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Postal driver makes ‘thrilling’ escape from perilous crash

J.C. Altizer, a rural postal driver, found himself in a terrifying position along his Highway 2 route.

100 years ago in Spokane: Miss Spokane to marry on Valentine’s Day

One of the biggest social events of the year was about to take place on Valentine’s Day: the wedding of “Miss Spokane,” Marguerite Motie.

100 years ago in Spokane: Flu epidemic ‘ebbing rapidly,’ despite more deaths

Trends in Spokane’s flu epidemic turned positive. Only 17 new cases were reported for the day. A total of 69 people were released from quarantine.

100 years ago in Spokane: Ex-Washington State football coach released from jail

William “Lonestar” Dietz, famous football coach, was released from Spokane County Jail after serving his 30-day sentence for draft evasion, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.