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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: 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.”


100 years ago in Spokane: New flu cases at orphanage incite renewed panic from community

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 …


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.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Natatorium Park announces plans for world’s fastest roller coaster

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.


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.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 11, 2020

100 years ago in Spokane: Robbery suspect faces California murder charge

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.


100 years ago in Spokane: Deaconess Hospital building neared completion on the lower South Hill

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.


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.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Paper extolls the virtues of scouting and boys being outside

The Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page posed the question: What is better, a house (indoor) boy or an out-of-doors boy?


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: Editors call on city to take swifter action to stop spread of flu

The Spokane Daily Chronicle’s editorial page urged city officials to take immediate steps to stop the burgeoning flu epidemic.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Flu fears keep Spokane students home from school

The Spokane school absentee list was perhaps the clearest indication that Spokane residents were deeply worried about a recurrence of the flu epidemic.


100 years ago today in Spokane: Police guard judge after alleged Wobbly threats

Spokane police were guarding Judge R.M. Webster because of alleged Wobbly threats against his life.


100 years ago in Spokane: Lewis and Clark High School girls impose midnight curfew on themselves

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 …


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: 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

100 years ago today in Spokane: Concerns over 1920 flu grow, a year after deadly pandemic

City health officials declared the flu to be an epidemic, for the second year in a row.


100 years ago in Spokane: Children left in France finally mailed back to Lilac City

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 …


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 …