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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.

100 years ago in Spokane: Ministers seek enforcement of ‘Sunday amusement’ ban

City Commissioner J.H. Tilsley was poring over some old ordinances when he discovered the existence of an old “Sunday amusement closing ordinance.” It had not been enforced for decades, but …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police stop scammer faking war injury; murder suspects arraigned

Harry Forbes, 20, went door-to-door in the Rockwood district, telling housewives, “Can you help a poor soldier who lost an arm in the war?”

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Miners rescued after being trapped for 2 weeks

Miners Peter Grant and Emil Sayko emerged into the light of day after being entombed 2,600 feet deep in the Gold Hunter mine near Mullan, Idaho, for 14 days.

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 Mullan, Idaho: Trapped miners alive, well – but still trapped

Excellent news arrived from the Gold Hunter Mine near Mullan, Idaho. Two miners, trapped for a week, were alive and well, although not yet out of the mine.

100 years ago in Spokane: Famous dancer to bring troupe to town

The six-member troupe, along with pianist George Copeland, were “regarded as among the most artistic and refined of dancing attractions.”

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 Coeur d’Alene: Passenger yacht disparaged in court

The Miss Spokane was christened in 1917 with elaborate ceremonies on Lake Coeur d’Alene. Unfortunately, the vessel immediately proved disappointing “because it did not develop the speed necessary to compete …

100 years ago in Spokane: Supposed radical breaks out in song after breaking into meeting

Spokane Rotary Club members were incensed when a disheveled man who looked like a Wobbly “radical” broke into their meeting at the Davenport Hotel’s Hall of Doges.

100 years ago in Mullan, Idaho: Rescuers try to save miners caught in cave-in

A dramatic rescue attempt was underway at the Hunter Mine in Mullan, Idaho, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. Miners P.P. Grant and Emil Slayko were caught in a cave-in 1,500 …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Countess pitches ‘perpetual youth discovery’ in paper

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a photo of Countess de Porigny, because she was involved in “the remarkable success of Dr. Voronoff, a Russian scientist, in restoring youth by implantation …

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: Irish leader tells crowd Britain’s hold on island is ‘fated to fail’

Eamonn de Valera, the provisional “president of the Irish republic,” addressed a huge crowd at the Auditorium Theater, which included 400 people who were allowed to stand and sit on …

100 years ago in Spokane: Policeman turned grocer fires back at armed robbers

“Hold your hands up higher,” the ringleader said to the proprietor. “Or I’ll kill you in a minute.”

100 years ago in Spokane: John Philip Sousa wows Auditorium Theater crowd

John Philip Sousa, the March King, played to a wildly enthusiastic crowd at the Auditorium Theater and received “such applause as the historic old theater has rarely heard,” the Spokane …

100 years ago in Spokane: Deputies sought to ‘hunt booze’ as Prohibition becomes law

Now that Prohibition was the law of the land, Spokane was acquiring four new deputies to enforce it. They would be under the direction of John M. Rogers, Prohibition agent …

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Inmate escape thwarted; Irish ‘president’ plans visit

Lloyd H. Woodress had been arrested for burglary in Latah County and was being held in a large steel cage at Moscow’s jail, The Spokesman-Review reported. But he managed to …

100 years ago in Spokane: Chamber calls for store closures on Armistice Day

“The greater the enthusiasm we can show the boys who fought this war for us, the more they will know they appreciate what they did,” said the chairman of the …