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100 years ago in Spokane: Teaching of German faces pushback from nation at war

Normally, a request to teach a foreign language in the city’s schools was not controversial.

100 years ago in Spokane: Bare-kneed ‘Follies’ raise temperature at the Pantages

What was the main attraction of the Follies de Vogue musical extravaganza at the Pantages Theater?

100 years ago in Spokane: More questions than answers after train riot

All 27 men arrested for what was termed a drunken riot on a train were released by Spokane military authorities – all except the Wobbly “leader.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Northwest farmers flinch at announced wheat prices

President Woodrow Wilson made a decision bitterly disappointing to Inland Northwest wheat farmers. Wilson fixed the price of the 1917 wheat crop at $2.20 a bushel.

100 years ago in Spokane: With widow’s visit, city hears case for Irish independence

Mrs. F. Sheehy Skeffington, widow of an Irishman killed in the 1916 Easter Uprising, was in Spokane to deliver a lecture on the troubles afflicting Ireland.

100 years ago in North Idaho: Attorney gets lost during Lake Pend Oreille fishing trip

Edward A. Davis, a Pasco attorney, was lost in the mountains south of Lake Pend Oreille for 48 hours.

UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 3:25 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Steptoe auto dealer arrives in Spokane with murder on his mind

Koman Belko, a Steptoe automobile dealer, and his business partner, D.W. Smith, were having a business dispute.

100 years ago in Spokane: Federal agents cross country to apprehend suspected German spy

Federal agents tracked Carl G. Grossmann from New York to Spokane, confronted him at the Davenport Hotel, and locked him up.

100 years ago in Spokane: Hunt for missing boy ends in tragic revelation

The disappearance of Claude Blakeslee, a 10-year-old orphan, had been a mystery for several days.

100 years ago in Spokane: New fire adds to Harrison’s fears of foul play

Harrison, Idaho, had already suffered enough, but a new insult was added to the list.

100 years ago: Disbelief, suspicion as citizens of Harrison, ID, reel from fire

Residents of Harrison, Idaho, were still in shock as they tried to assess the magnitude of the disaster that had befallen their city the day before.

100 years ago in North Idaho: Half of Harrison destroyed by fire; 400 homeless

Half of Harrison, Idaho, was wiped out by a massive fire.

100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor treads carefully on Wobbly ground

Mayor C.A. Fleming was not inclined to stir up trouble with the Wobblies in Spokane, despite a widespread fear that the members of the Industrial Workers of the World were …

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Whiskey gang’ of bootleggers taken up by police

A well-organized “whiskey gang” was nabbed by Spokane police after their seven-passenger auto was stopped at Riverside Avenue and Browne Street.

100 years ago in Spokane: Thousands turn out for Fourth of July festival, dance, plus a wedding, too

About 3,000 people jammed Trent Avenue for a Fourth of July festival and street dance – and a public wedding.

100 years ago in Spokane: “Slacker” draft evaders to appear before grand jury

A special federal grand jury was being called to handle a number of “slacker” (draft evader) cases.

100 years ago in Spokane: Uncertainty over age lands local youth in hot water

Two boys who fudged their ages to obtain liquor permits found themselves in trouble with federal authorities.

100 years ago in Spokane: Local Greeks for American Red Cross

About 70 Greeks, “representing practically the entire colony in Spokane,” showed their patriotic spirit by donating a total of $250 to the American Red Cross.

UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017, 5:49 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: As automobiles proliferated, so did the rules governing them

Spokane motorists were forced to learn a long list of new rules, as a sweeping new traffic ordinance took effect.

This Day in History: Long gunman bungles attempt to rob Whitman bank

This day in history column for Nov. 26, 2016.

100 years ago in Spokane: Doctors wonder if boy has city’s first polio case

Doctors feared that Paul Davis, 4, might have contracted the first case of polio in Spokane.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Likeable stranger’ swindles two young men

Richard Peterson and Gus Hamilton, both 22, were victims of a classic bunco trick.

100 years ago in Spokane: Cheering residents send off National Guard soldiers to Mexican border

Nearly 60,000 cheering Spokane residents bade farewell to the local National Guard companies as they embarked for the “American Lake mobilization grounds” (today’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord) in preparation for deployment …

100 years ago in Spokane: Police chase ‘girl delinquent’ through downtown

Police chase “girl delinquent” through downtown Spokane after she lived as a hobo for a few days.

100 years ago in Spokane: City patriarch dies of pneumonia

Spokane patriarch Michael M. Cowley died 100 years ago of pneumonia.

These days, we all can spell heartburn

Back when I was young and innocent – when I was 49 – I used to chortle at all of those ads for heartburn. I would point merrily at some …

Reels are turning, but no one’s home

I have, against my will, accompanied various 80-year-old-plus companions to our local casino and seafood buffet emporiums. Each time, two thoughts have occurred to me. The first: At any given …