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100 years ago in Spokane: Man praised, jailed for his homemade whiskey

From our archives, 100 years ago A court hearing on a bootlegging charge turned into a whisky-tasting session.


100 years ago in Spokane: Controversial film shown at the American Theater

The American Theater in Spokane opened Edward Sheldon’s controversial drama about the South, which had a title that we can only represent euphemistically as, “The N-Word.”


100 years ago in Spokane: Manito Park Zoo overpopulated with bears

From our archives, 100 years ago The city of Spokane had an unusual problem. It owned too many bears.


100 years ago in Spokane: Former mayor who supports prohibition receives death threats

Former Spokane Mayor W.J. Hindley, now a minister in Winnipeg, received two death threats in the mail. The Rev. Hindley was an outspoken advocate of prohibition. One of the anonymous …


100 years ago in Seattle: Judge sets aside conviction against former Spokane woman found guilty of being ‘lazy husband’

From our archives, 100 years ago Robert Gaffney, a woman who passed as a man for decades, was released from a Seattle jail.


100 years ago in Spokane: Pool halls with ‘workingmen’ drinking soda replace saloons with prohibition in force

From our archives, 100 years ago A Spokesman-Review reporter and photographer went on assignment to A.S. Nichol’s big new pool hall at 415 W. Main – formally, one of Jimmie …


100 years ago in Spokane: 14 suspected of selling sherry wine arrested at downtown hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s largest booze raid since prohibition resulted in the arrest of 14 men at the Arlington Hotel Bar, 310 W. Sprague.


100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition scofflaws make headlines

Prohibition continued to dominate the news in Spokane. Here are a few of the stories from just one day’s paper: Roy Keller was one of a number of people who …


100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition in force, ketchup drink gains popularity in saloons

From our archives, 100 years ago The owners of the so-called “temperance bars,” which had replaced the saloons under prohibition, hit upon a bizarre, yet surprisingly popular, drink recipe.


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor orders removal of electric beer signs

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane Mayor Charles Fleming ordered the removal of all of the large electric signs depicting “foaming beer mugs, bottles pouring out their contents and …


Spin Control Files: Legislator, reporter engaged in fist fight on the House floor in 1909

The fight over prohibition legislation in the 1909 session resulted in a real fight.


100 years ago in Spokane: Dutch Jake vows to respect prohibition

From our archive, 100 years ago


100 years ago in Spokane: Earthquake shakes South Hill as saloons prepare for alcohol-free era

From our archives, 100 years ago A sizable earthquake shook the South Hill, especially the Cannon Hill and Rockwood areas.


100 years ago in Hillyard: Hillyard voters reject plan to join Spokane

From our archives, 100 years ago Hillyard voters soundly defeated a proposition for annexation to Spokane, by a vote of 573 to 252.


Celebrate Durkin’s first anniversary and Repeal Day this weekend

Durkin’s Liquor Bar turns 1, celebrates 82 years since the end of Prohibition


100 years ago in Spokane: With prohibition approaching, police warn partiers that drinking must stop at midnight on New Year’s Eve

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s commissioner of public safety splashed cold water on revelers making plans for one final night of drinking on New Year’s Eve.


100 years ago in Spokane: With prohibition on the way, city leaders consider substitutes for saloons

From our archives, 100 years ago What should be done to replace the saloons as meeting places for workingmen when prohibition took effect in in a few months?


100 years ago in Spokane: As Spokane prepared to go dry, Des Moines proclaimed prohibition a success

The Spokesman-Review sent a correspondent to Des Moines, Iowa, to explore the question: What will Spokane be like without saloons?


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s whiskey drinkers were beginning to make plans for the coming of statewide prohibition on Jan. 1, and Jimmie Durkin was offering to help.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Washington’s new prohibition law was scheduled to take effect in four months, yet Spokane police were kept busy merely trying to enforce the law …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A woman writing a letter to the Spokane Daily Chronicle said she had a solution to a problem that the entire state would face …


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago The uproar over jitneys – unlicensed private cars operated like buses or taxis – reached a new level when a local businessman asserted jitneys …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The first New Year’s Eve celebration at the new Davenport Hotel was jovial and merry.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane prohibition advocates were celebrating the passage of the statewide prohibition law – yet they knew they had plenty of work to do.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago After years of emotional debate, the state of Washington voted to go dry three years before the nation at large.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago On the morning after the 1914 election, a prohibition initiative was leading in Spokane County, but a proposal to institute an eight-hour workday was …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Rev. Mark A. Matthews, “the black-maned lion of Seattle,” roared his prohibition message to a cheering crowd of 1,200 at North Central High …


Public TV documentary details Northwest life during Prohibition

If the spirit moves you, pour yourself a stiff drink tonight and watch “Rumrunners’ Paradise” – a Spokane public television documentary about Prohibition in the Inland Northwest. Toast this fascinating …