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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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Newly christened Cougars’ outplay Idaho; cabaret owner sues sheriff

It was an exhilarating weekend for the area’s college football teams. Washington State College rolled roughshod over the University of Idaho, 37-0. A Spokesman-Review correspondent in Pullman said that Idaho …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police kept busy with Halloween pranksters, vandals

“Windows were broken, boards were carried off and small sheds were turned over,” said The Spokesman-Review.

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Police chief issues list of Halloween ‘don’ts’

Spokane police chief William Weir was all in favor of “innocent fun” on Halloween, but he did not consider some pranks to be innocent at all, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …

100 years ago in North Idaho: Man seeks whiskey treasure; gets grouse, bear instead

John K. Ashley, Jr., local mining engineer, heard whispers that an old abandoned mine above Lake Pend Oreille held a cache of liquid treasure — a quart of bonded rye …

100 years ago in Spokane: Senator from Spokane announces presidential run

Poindexter had been touted as a possible president for months – one who might energize the Western wing of the Republican Party, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: Police chief warns Halloween pranksters against soaping

Soaping or greasing the tracks had long been a popular prank, because it caused streetcars to lose traction and stall. However, it was also dangerous because the streetcars could slide …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police aim to keep Wobblies in line

Spokane police were in a bind over how to deal with the city’s Wobblies, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Cheney: Referee says cheerleader, fullback attack after contentious football game

Dr. J.W. Prosper, a high school football referee from Tekoa, swore out arrest warrants against a Cheney High School fullback and the school’s “yell leader.”

100 years ago in Walla Walla: ‘Model prisoner’ kills vicious inmate

When McLennan continued to provoke him in the prison yard, Stevens turned on him with a pair of scissors and severed McLennan’s jugular vein. McLennan died “in agony two hours …

100 years ago in Spokane: Brisk business for Wobbly buttons after acquitals

The men and their attorneys did not dispute the fact that they had worn Wobbly buttons. They disputed that the Wobblies were antagonistic to the government or encouraged violent overthrow.

100 years ago in Spokane: Auto club plans to clear ugly signs

The Inland Automobile Association received permission from Spokane County commissioners to remove all “unsightly tin, wooden and painted signs.”

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Local families awaited final word on WWI soldiers

The war in Europe had been over for almost a year, but the uncertainty continued for some some local parents. Five Washington men, including two from Spokane, were still listed …

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Wide variety’ of local scenery pleases film producer

Spokane’s main advantage, she said, was that it had “such a wide variety of scenery within so small a radius.”

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies threaten protest if IWW members convicted for wearing badges

The Wobblies threatened to “fill Spokane’s jails” if 13 of their brethren in the Industrial Workers of the World were convicted of felonies for the crime of wearing Wobbly badges, …

100 years ago in Spokane: City takes first step toward zoning system

The Spokane City Council passed a new ordinance that prohibited public garages (auto shops) in residential areas – the first step toward what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called a “city …

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Car bridge over Columbia opens; striking miners return to work

The first auto suspension bridge over the Columbia River was opened near Chelan Falls, a few miles above Wenatchee.

100 years ago in Spokane: McNutt murder informant may be man who married both sister suspects

Another sensational possibility emerged in the William McNutt murder case: The “mystery” informant may have been William Wilkinson, who had been married to both Marie McDonald and her sister Fay …

100 years ago in Spokane: Yellowstone autos promote parks’ tourism; more McNutt murder details emerge

Two bright yellow Yellowstone National Park autos, including an omnibus, arrived in Spokane to promote tourism to Yellowstone and other western national parks, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

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: Murder charges pending after missing man’s body found

Mrs. McNutt, who had pushed police to investigate the case for months, was present when the body was exhumed. She nearly fainted and almost “fell into the open grave.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Ungentlemanly bandit riles store clerk

“He was good looking but he swore at me when he went out,” Eichenauer said. “I hope they catch him. I’d tell him what I think of anyone who swears …

100 years ago in Spokane: France sends medals for local veteran, but he’s a hard man to find

The Croix de Guerre (“with palms”) and the Médaille Militaire medals were sent from France to Spokane’s Army recruiting office for delivery to Private Hans L. Tveton. The problem was, …

100 years ago in Spokane: Chronicle reporter takes joy ride on ‘bombing plane’

Vaughn Jones of the Spokane Daily Chronicle enjoyed the thrill ride of his life as a passenger in a large Martin “bombing plane” as it roared from Spokane to Coeur …

100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane Valley soldier charged with stealing government funds escapes

Captain Harry Holland of Spokane was in a heap of trouble with U.S. Army authorities – but first they had to find him.

100 years ago in Spokane: Inmates escape jail, jump gate, only to land in the arms of an officer

Two Spokane County jail inmates used a hidden piece of hack saw to cut through the bars of their cell window. It took four hours, but they succeeded. Later, things …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police ban shimmie dance; war declared on ground squirrels

The dance, which was apparently deemed too suggestive, had been banned in most large cities, but this was the first notice that it would not be tolerated in Spokane, the …

100 years ago in Spokane: Shot fired over $15 craps stake; soldiers return from war

Sam Nye and M.L. McConnell were enjoying a “wild party” in McConnell’s room at the Ashton Hotel, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported, when a pair of dice was produced and …

100 years ago in Spokane: Bing Crosby’s brother named arts editor of Gonzaga student paper

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a list of the student editors of The Gonzaga, the student publication of Gonzaga University. The arts editor was Edward Crosby, better known today as …