Stories tagged: this day in history
Thu., Feb. 20, 2020
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.
Wed., Feb. 19, 2020
J.C. Altizer, a rural postal driver, found himself in a terrifying position along his Highway 2 route.
Tue., Feb. 18, 2020
100 years ago: Editorial boasts how much better Spokane is than New York, Jerusalem, Boston and more
Civic boosterism was the default mode for the Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page, but the editors truly outdid themselves on the city’s 39th “birthday.”
Mon., Feb. 17, 2020
After reporting no new cases at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Spokane the day before, on Feb. 17, 1920, 34 new cases were reported, including two sisters. The sudden outbreak puzzled …
Sun., Feb. 16, 2020
100 years ago in Spokane: Police show off arsenal of machine guns and sawed-off shotguns to dissuade would-be rioters
The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a front page photo of 31 Spokane police officers armed with sawed-off shotguns and machine guns.
Sat., Feb. 15, 2020
Spokane’s amusement park, Natatorium Park, was planning a new “racing coaster” (roller coaster) that would be 6,000 feet long and with a top speed of 70 miles per hour.
Fri., Feb. 14, 2020
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.
Wed., Feb. 12, 2020
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.
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020
Leo Hartman — alias Leo Hoffman, alias Leo Sims, alias Chester Clark — would not be returning to Spokane to face charges in robbing the Union Park Bank.
Mon., Feb. 10, 2020
Hospital officials believed two floors of the new building would be ready to open by April. Its chairman promised a rooftop garden that would aid convalescing patients.
Sun., Feb. 9, 2020
100 years ago today in Spokane: With 5,000 students missing class, officials ponder closing school for flu
An urgent debate continued over whether to shut down Spokane schools because of the flu epidemic.
Sat., Feb. 8, 2020
The Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page posed the question: What is better, a house (indoor) boy or an out-of-doors boy?
Fri., Feb. 7, 2020
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.
Thu., Feb. 6, 2020
The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page urged city officials to take immediate steps to stop the burgeoning flu epidemic.
Wed., Feb. 5, 2020
The Spokane school absentee list was perhaps the clearest indication that Spokane residents were deeply worried about a recurrence of the flu epidemic.
Tue., Feb. 4, 2020
Spokane police were guarding Judge R.M. Webster because of alleged Wobbly threats against his life.
Mon., Feb. 3, 2020
The high school’s Girls’ Athletic Union passed a resolution stating that school parties should end in time for everyone to get home by midnight. The resolution was prompted by a …
Sun., Feb. 2, 2020
Spokane’s “Mystery Man” regained most of his memory and cleared up the mystery, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Sat., Feb. 1, 2020
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
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 …
Thu., Jan. 30, 2020
A man dubbed “Spokane’s Mystery Man” had local police authorities stumped.
Wed., Jan. 29, 2020
100 years ago in Spokane: Flu worries continue to grow; ‘unsightly’ billboards removed along highways
Flu cases continued to trend upward, leading to new worries about a serious epidemic for the second year in a row. By mid-afternoon, 59 new flu cases were reported, bringing …
UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 28, 2020
City health officials declared the flu to be an epidemic, for the second year in a row.
Mon., Jan. 27, 2020
Camille, August and Mary Clausen, ages 10 to 14, were about to be reunited with their parents on Jan. 27, 1920. The children had been left with an uncle near …
Sun., Jan. 26, 2020
You might guess that heavy mountain snow would be bad for loggers — but you would guess wrong.
Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Jazz music was here to stay. That was the message delivered by Spokane band leader Charles “Chuck” Whitehead, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Fri., Jan. 24, 2020
A total of 24 cases of influenza were reported in Spokane in January 1920, including 10 cases in one family.
Thu., Jan. 23, 2020
All three McDonald siblings – Fay, Marie and Ted – walked out of the city jail after they made bail, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Wed., Jan. 22, 2020
A jury declared three McDonald siblings not guilty of murdering W.H. McNutt – but they weren’t free for long.
Sun., Jan. 19, 2020
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 …