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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 …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019

Washington’s wacky booze regulation still on the books a century after Prohibition

Monday marks 100 years since Congress passed the 18th Amendment that started Prohibition, which banned the production, import, transportation and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.


UPDATED: Mon., June 10, 2019

100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition opponents work to repeal of state booze ban; Deer Park mayor caught speeding

Those opposed to prohibition did their part when it came to signing petitions, but Seattle prohibition opponents… not so much.


100 years ago in Spokane: S-R defends Navy’s women clerical workers; Stantons buy shares in Washington Trust

The Spokesman-Review editorial page came to the defense of “yeomanettes” – women hired by the navy for clerical work during the war.


100 years ago in Spokane: National prohibition chairman appeals to churches for petition help

The national prohibition committee chair, Virgin Hinshaw, has appealed to church leaders across the nation to set aside June 8 to preach about the dangers of alcohol and then circulate …


100 years ago in Spokane: Investigators consider manslaughter charge for driver in deadly North Side crash

A group of young people went dancing at the Silver Grill, had several drinks of illicit whiskey, then went on an early-morning drive in a seven-passenger Buick.


Craig Mason: Government needs to support quality of life, not induce crime

We need to re-direct the crime-causing resources of our prohibitions, and re-direct the resources toward controlling and institutionalizing those who cause harm.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

100 years ago: Prohibition goes nationwide with passage of 18th Amendment

Prohibition was declared on a nationwide scale when the U.S. Congress formally enacted the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.


100 years ago in Spokane: Museum hopes to find mastodon skeleton on ranch

Spokane’s fledgling history museum was preparing to excavate the skeleton of what it hoped would be “one of the largest mastodons ever unearthed,” on Hangman Creek.


100 years ago in Hillyard: Mayor says Spokane residents can’t hold dances in his city to avoid flu restrictions

The mayor of Hillyard (still a separate municipality in 1919) proclaimed a ban on public dances held for the benefit of Spokane people.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

100 years ago in Spokane: As city begins distributing whiskey to treat flu, demand is high

As officials began distributing whiskey to treat the flu, Spokane City Hall was besieged by men “who declared their wives were dying and their children seriously ill and that a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer, former cop jailed on suspicion of bootlegging scheme

One current Spokane police officer and one ex-officer were in jail, charged with stealing whisky.


100 years ago in Spokane: Wolfhound, likely rabid, escapes movie studio and bites children, kills puppies

A large gray wolfhound belonging to movie actor William Cooper escaped from the Washington Motion Picture Corp. studios at Minnehaha Park. The actor put a “lost dog” ad in the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bootlegger accuses police officer of taking a bribe

An expose of a bootlegging scheme resulted in the arrest of a prominent local barber and the suspension of Spokane police officer.


Sip and ship: Tourists can now send distillery whiskey home

Until recently, whiskey tourists in Kentucky had been allowed to sniff the aromas of bourbon-making and sip the finished product during distillery tours. But they couldn’t legally ship bottles home.


100 years ago in Spokane: Male jurors drink evidence in bootlegging trial

A total of 26 pints of whiskey were entered into evidence in a Spokane bootlegging case, but eight of the pints mysteriously disappeared before the trial was over. The women …


100 years ago in Spokane: Bootleggers busted by sheriff after car chase

Spokane County Sheriff George Reid stopped an auto in Mead. Inside were three men, including “well-known” building contractor R.W. Hackett. The sheriff had been tipped off that the car was …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police officer accused of keeping liquor seized from bootlegger

One Spokane police officer. E.I. Prather, was dismissed from the police force, while another, V.B. Benaway, was reinstated after a civil service hearing. Both officers had been charged with seizing …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wife disputes doctor’s claim that he gave man prescriptions for liquor to ease broken leg pain

Two stories in The Spokesman-Review illustrated the difficulty of enforcing the state’s prohibition laws. In the first story, Spokane County Sheriff George Reid said that he found evidence that one …


100 years ago: Local troops stop briefly in Spokane after leaving Camp Lewis on way to Europe

Word spread through Spokane – the “boys” were coming through for a brief visit. Two long trains puffed into the city carrying four cavalry troops from Spokane. They had been …


100 years ago in Spokane: Boys test flammibility of gasoline, escape unscathed

Two small boys, age 8, found a can of gasoline on the back porch.


100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition causes headaches for Catholic churches needing sacramental wine

The state’s prohibition law was having an unintended consequence. Churches were having trouble obtaining sacramental wine. Catholic Bishop Augustin F. Schinner of Spokane said that “local authorities in some of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Vaudevillians bring more than their show to town

The touring vaudeville performers at the Pantages Theater arrived with their own special baggage car, containing all of their luggage and props.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition doesn’t stop woman from 62nd arrest on public intoxication charge

Maggie Mills was arrested for public intoxication for the 62nd time. How did she manage to get drunk so often, and so regularly, during an era of state prohibition?


100 years ago in Spokane: Police bust teen gambling gang

Eight newsboys, ages 13 to 18, were nabbed on gambling and liquor charges. Detectives, apparently acting on a tip, went to the the room of one of the boys in …


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: Prohibition doesn’t stop drinking

How was prohibition working out in Washington? Well, it clearly wasn’t preventing people from getting drunk.



100 years ago in Spokane: Judge allows jury to drink alleged whisky to determine if woman violated prohibition laws

A jury returned with verdict and a half-empty bottle of whisky in a liquor violation case.


100 years ago in Spokane: Even as prohibition gets stricter, woman wins permit to give whiskey to parrot

A Spokane woman had a creative excuse for needing a liquor permit. “While I do not drink liquor myself, I fear my parrot will die if he cannot have whiskey …