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UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:12 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Stockholders hope to revive Spokane’s film industry by buying Minnehaha studio

Welling Playter, a former filmmaker for Washington Motion Picture Corp., put together a $30,050 bid to buy the studio.

100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Kidnapper fleeing prison on train captured in Starbuck

Cleopus Viens escaped from the pentientiary in Walla Walla while working in the kitchen, but he was captured riding a freight train after being spotted by railroad guards.

100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Wait continues for stranded motorists

A watered-down firecracker ordinance “won’t spoil Fourth fun,” said a Spokane Daily Chronicle headline.

100 years ago in Vantage, Washington: Windstorm strands hundreds of motorists after ferry is swept away

Some motorists reported being stranded for 48 hours, and that locals were providing food “at exorbitant prices.” A line continued to form as more drivers arrived hoping to cross the …

100 years ago today in Spokane: Railroad strike grows to 1,000 amid call for higher pay

The number of strikers in Spokane’s railyards grew to 1,000 as locomotive shop men from two other railroads, the Northern Pacific and Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co., joined the strike.

100 years ago in Spokane: Circus arrives on the North Side; man says he accidentally shot and killed his neighbors

The Carl Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus set up its tent city on Mallon Avenue, near Monroe Street, to the delight of Spokane’s youth. The menagerie tent was the biggest attraction, containing “lions, …

100 years ago in Spokane: Lakes lure locals, leaving society writer in lurch

The Spokesman-Review’s “society” writer didn’t have much to write about during the dog days of summer – and seemed to resent it.

100 years ago in Spokane: Police find missing stockbroker’s car in Los Angeles, in possession of family who owed him money

There was a sensational new development in this missing-persons case of W.H. McNutt: His automobile was found in the possession of Fay Wilkinson and her relatives.

100 years ago in Montana: Dozens of firefighters trapped by wildfire save themselves in Whitecap Creek

Between 60 and 70 firefighters made a “spectacular escape” from a raging wildfire in the Selway region.

100 years ago in Spokane: Prosecutors allege Babe Langer killed bouncer to avoid debt

But the 28-year-old said on the stand that her own life had been threatened before the fatal shooting.

UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 8:47 a.m.

100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Grains top production of Spokane region

The products of the Inland Empire in 1919 were projected to total $250 million, said the Spokane Chamber of Commerce.

100 years ago in Spokane: Hutton Settlement praised for top-notch facilities

Louise M. Sergeant wrote an editorial essay extolling one of the most highly anticipated endeavors in the region: the Hutton Settlement orphanage east of Spokane.

100 years ago in Spokane: William Jennings Bryan backs League of Nations in Hillyard speech

William Jennings Bryan, former presidential candidate and former secretary of state, was in town to speak at the Hillyard Chautauqua.

100 years ago in Prosser: Missing judge turns up in Pendleton, but then disappears again

Two men from Prosser reported that they had seen Judge Bert Linn, of Prosser, in Pendleton, Oregon. Friends and family assumed he had died four months earlier.

100 years ago in Spokane: 14 arrested for wearing a Wobbly button

Spokane police detectives arrested 14 Wobblies for the crime of wearing a Wobbly button, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.

100 years ago in Spokane: The search for a solution to city parking problems starts

The Spokane Daily Chronicle looked into the future and warned about an emerging crisis: automobile parking in the city.

100 years ago in Spokane: Despite numerous fires and several injuries, S-R declares July 4 celebrations ‘safe and sane’

By today’s standards, though, it seems there was a lot of destruction from fireworks on July 4, 1919.

100 years ago in Spokane: Giant Independence Day parade had an international flavor

Spokane’s giant Victory and Independence Day parade through downtown had an international flavor.

100 years ago in Spokane: Voters back major road construction bond

Spokane County’s big road-paving bond issue passed by a nearly two-to-one margin.

UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 7:37 a.m.

100 Years Ago in Spokane: Teen’s fireworks burns Holmes Elementary; heavyweight fight news to be relayed by megaphone on newspaper’s balcony

Fireworks ignited a blaze on the roof of the Holmes School; The Spokane Daily Chronicle planned to relay news of a heavyweight fight with a megaphone on the balcony of …

100 years ago in Spokane: Labor backs proposed tax to pave county roads

Spokane County was preparing to vote on a massive $3.25 million bond issue for paving county roads, and the city’s top labor leader announced his wholehearted support.

100 years ago in Spokane: Father of woman dubbed Spokane’s ‘mystery girl’ says she suffered from mental illness following meningitis

Spokane’s “mystery girl” was not, as previously suspected, Lillian Davis, a criminal fugitive from California.

100 years ago today in Spokane: Spokane set to celebrate signing of Versailles Treaty

Spokane’s mayor called on all residents to celebrate the “greatest day in the history of the world.”

100 years ago in Spokane: Former Washington State football Coach ‘Lone Star’ Dietz arrested again

A federal grand jury indicted famed football coach William H. “Lone Star” Dietz for a second time, after the first charges resulted in a hung jury in a Spokane federal …

100 years ago in Spokane: Jury can’t decide fate of former Washington State Football Coach ‘Lone Star’ Dietz

The draft evasion trial of famous football coach William H. “Lone Star” Dietz ended in a hung jury after 20 hours of deliberation. More than a dozen ballots were taken, …

UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: At federal trial, prosecutors say former Washington State coach ‘Lone Star’ Dietz was posing as Indian

The government rested its case in the William H. “Lone Star” Dietz trial, and in closing arguments called Dietz a fake, an impostor and a “slacker.”

100 Years Ago Today: Railway inspector injured in derailment in Northport; Spokane agrees dynamite Fourth of July

E.H. Lewis made a critical mistake after crossing a railroad bridge with his car.

100 years ago in Spokane: Man accused of advocating revolution found guilty

H.M. Wicks, firebrand radical orator, was convicted of criminal syndicalism for a speech he gave in a vacant lot on Madelia Street.

100 years ago in Spokane: Power company nearing final approval for dam at Bowl and Pitcher in Spokane River that would create 4-mile lake

The Spokane Daily Chronicle reported that the Spokane Valley Power Co. was going forward with plans to dam the Spokane River at Bowl and Pitcher, creating “a lake four miles …

100 years ago in Spokane: Jury sides with black man who sued segregated theater

A Spokane jury a black man in Spokane a judgment of $200 after he sued the Pantages Theater for ordering him to sit in the second balcony.