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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.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Mystery Man’ clears up mystery; Drama League thrives

Spokane’s “Mystery Man” regained most of his memory and cleared up the mystery, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Chronicle writer credits city with ‘breaking the backbone’ of Wobblies

Spokane deserved credit for “breaking the backbone” of the Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) in the Northwest, declared the Spokane Daily Chronicle.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: Police, sheriff’s deputies differ on identity of ‘Mystery Man’

Spokane County deputies were certain that Spokane’s “Mystery Man” – who didn’t know his own name or his history – was actually George Raymond of Portland, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Mystery man’ claims not to know who he is; new Jewish temple announced

A man dubbed “Spokane’s Mystery Man” had local police authorities stumped.


100 years ago in Spokane: Snow proves a boon for loggers

You might guess that heavy mountain snow would be bad for loggers — but you would guess wrong.


100 years ago in Spokane: Bandleader praises jazz as ‘really and truly melodious’

Jazz music was here to stay. That was the message delivered by Spokane band leader Charles “Chuck” Whitehead, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Flu victims quarantined; Miss Spokane to be feted before farewell

A total of 24 cases of influenza were reported in Spokane in January 1920, including 10 cases in one family.


100 years ago in Spokane: McDonald siblings go free after murder trial, new charges filed

All three McDonald siblings – Fay, Marie and Ted – walked out of the city jail after they made bail, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: McDonalds acquitted of murder, arrested on new charges

A jury declared three McDonald siblings not guilty of murdering W.H. McNutt – but they weren’t free for long.


100 years ago in Spokane: Defense attorney claims at-large McDonald sibling killed McNutt

The McDonald siblings’ murder trial was turned upside down when defense attorney Thomas Corkery declared that one of the McDonalds had in fact killed W.H. McNutt — but it was …


100 years ago in Spokane: Murder victim McNutt’s affair with suspect revealed in court

Marie McDonald, murder suspect, and W.H. McNutt, murder victim, had been having an affair.


100 years ago in Spokane: Sensational charge rocks McNutt murder trial

Defense attorneys for the McDonald siblings made a sensational charge: That murder victim W.H. McNutt had been brutal to Marie McDonald and had choked her and threatened to throw her …


100 years ago in Spokane: McNutt murder trial begins with visit to supposed crime scene

After the first day of testimony in the McDonald siblings’ murder trial, the jury was escorted out of the courtroom and into the Wolverine lodging house, the Spokane Daily Chronicle …


100 years ago in Spokane: Strange new disease claims another victim

A dread new disease called variously “sleeping sickness” or “sleepy sickness” claimed another Spokane victim.


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane jitneys ‘appear doomed’ after court ruling

The city won a “final victory” in its legal battle to keep jitneys off of Spokane’s streets.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Dance mad’ youth flock to ‘gramophone grapples’

Spokane’s young people had gone completely “dance mad,” a Spokesman-Review correspondent wrote.


100 years ago: Allies, except U.S., ratify treaty to end World War I

An enormous headline declared “Ratify Treaty; War Over.” This news seemed momentous, if more than a year late.


100 years ago in Spokane: Project to send Pend Oreille River water to Columbia Basin found feasible

A state commission declared that the proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project was perfectly feasible and presented “no serious engineering difficulties.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Ex-Washington State football coach sentenced for draft evasion

William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz, celebrity and famous football coach, pled guilty to draft evasion and was sentenced to one month in the Spokane County jail.


100 years ago in Spokane: World-famous Italian soprano praises city during visit

Madame Luisa Tetrazzini, an opera singer so famous that a gourmet dish was named after her, claimed to be captivated by the wintertime charms of Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Census takers find respondents reluctant to reveal age

Census takers fanned out across Spokane and were asking householders one particularly delicate question: How old are you?


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor steps down; Wobblies mum on New Year’s resolutions

The Spokesman-Review wrote an editorial tribute to Charles M. Fassett, who stepped down as mayor as of the beginning of the year.