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100 years ago in Spokane: Former lawman sentenced for murder

Charles Palmer, former justice of the peace and deputy sheriff in Milan, just north of Spokane, was sentenced to 10-20 years for second-degree murder.


100 years ago in Spokane: Judge warns of juvenile delinquency ‘crisis’

Judge D.W. Hern warned of a looming juvenile delinquency crisis in Spokane. The juvenile court had already heard 453 delinquency cases in 1917, and many teens were sent to reformatories …


100 years ago in Spokane: Sharp reprimand – and handcuffs – for local draft dodger

The paper was full of stories about patriotic Spokane citizens volunteering for the army, donating to the Red Cross and rushing to purchase Liberty bonds (war bonds).


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Long contest’ predicted for war in Europe

U.S. Sen. Wesley Jones warned a Spokane crowd that the war in Europe “may last five years – there is a long contest ahead.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Jail inmates pitch with advice on for unexpected delivery

The landlord of the Seattle Hotel, on Trent Avenue in Spokane, called police and said, “Better send somebody over here right away, I think there is something wrong.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Swimming, once seen as a “dangerous” sport, starts to catch on

The Spokesman-Review was touting a new and exciting exercise fad: swimming.


100 years ago in Spokane: Man bathes naked before the eyes of God and downtown

Bert Gould, a 35-year-old Spokane laborer, wanted to follow the teachings of his religion. So he plunged into the Spokane River, wearing only his “long flowing hair and untrimmed beard.” …


100 years ago in Spokane: Crowds gather outside news offices to hear World Series play-by-play

Baseball fans in Spokane had no radio, TV or ESPN Gamecast for following the 1917 World Series. However, they did have the sidewalk outside the Spokane Daily Chronicle building.


100 years ago in Spokane: Local ‘matron’ patrols modesty in the shrubs

Park “matron” Grace B. Kendall had a solution to immorality in the city’s parks: trim the shrubbery.


100 years ago in Spokane: Treasury secretary rallies wartime spirit

A capacity crowd of 6,000 gathered at the Spokane Armory to hear U.S. Secretary of the Treasury William McAdoo deliver a stirring speech about war, patriotism and war bonds.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017

100 years ago: Late-night gunbattle claims life of Colville police chief

The Colville police chief, John Wanenwich, was shot and killed by two burglars during a nighttime gunbattle in a Colville alley.


100 years ago in Spokane: Rain of glass and a falling body interrupt soldiers’ departure

A huge crowd was gathered at the Great Northern depot to wave goodbye to 1,000 soldier boys – and then a near-panic swept through the crowd.


100 years ago in Spokane: Asylum escapee apprehended, not for the first time

Police chased down Gotlieb Kreh, an escapee from the the local insane asylum, after a foot race on Riverside Avenue.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Joy riding’ falls under eye of the law

Local courts were cracking down on the widespread practice of “joy-riding,” or, to use the legal term, auto theft.


100 years ago in Spokane: Alleged threat against president lands local lad in court

Bryant Schneider, 20, the son of a Palouse wheat farmer, was charged in federal court with threatening U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.


100 years ago in Spokane: Minnesota man’s memory restored after 13-year absence

A Minnesota man, lost to himself and his family for 13 years, had his memory restored under strange, if fortunate, circumstances.


100 years ago in Spokane: Paper declares Wobblies ‘sedition’ at an end

The Spokane Daily Chronicle declared that the “days of I.W.W. (Wobbly) anarchy” were ended.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: Reporter records ‘bedlam’ at Camp Lewis

Correspondent Wilbur W. Hindley of The Spokesman-Review described the excitement and bedlam of Camp Lewis, one of the West’s major Army training camps.


100 years ago in Spokane: Games, speeches mark Emancipation’s 55th anniversary

Spokane’s black community gathered at Natatorium Park to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: Clock ticking for potential draft evaders

The draft dominated the news once again in Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Jailbirds fly free from Wallace prison

Three prisoners, including an accused murderer, overpowered the guard at the Wallace, Idaho, jail and escaped into the night.


100 years ago in Spokane: For one family, war touches a generation

The J.A. McCullough family, on West Sinto Avenue, exemplified the dramatic effect that the European war was having on Spokane residents.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Lumberettes’ fill wartime labor gap

About 30 “lumberettes” – women lumber workers – went on duty at Spokane’s White Pine Sash Company.


100 years ago in Spokane: Early RV gets advertising space

The Eldridge Buick Co. of Spokane was advertising a new product, the Warner Tourist Trailer.


100 years ago in Spokane: Draft shocker for one young couple

The draft was traumatic for some young couples, as illustrated by a fainting incident at the Spokane draft board offices in the federal building.


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.