Stories tagged: this day in history
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019, 1:54 p.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Extradition sought for sisters believed to be involved in death of W.H. McNutt
Jewell Marie McDonald and Helen Fay McDonald Wilkinson had been implicated in the mysterious death of the Spokane real estate man. Court paperwork showed that there had been a business …
UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
The war in Europe had been over for almost a year, but the uncertainty continued for some some local parents. Five Washington men, including two from Spokane, were still listed …
Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
Spokane’s main advantage, she said, was that it had “such a wide variety of scenery within so small a radius.”
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 1:51 p.m.
The Wobblies threatened to “fill Spokane’s jails” if 13 of their brethren in the Industrial Workers of the World were convicted of felonies for the crime of wearing Wobbly badges, …
Thu., Oct. 10, 2019, 4 a.m.
The Spokane City Council passed a new ordinance that prohibited public garages (auto shops) in residential areas – the first step toward what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called a “city …
Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 5 a.m.
100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Car bridge over Columbia opens; striking miners return to work
The first auto suspension bridge over the Columbia River was opened near Chelan Falls, a few miles above Wenatchee.
Tue., Oct. 8, 2019, 8:45 a.m.
Extradition proceedings began for the three McDonald siblings — Fay McDonald Wilkinson, Jewell Marie McDonald and Ted McDonald. They were soon to be transported from Los Angeles to Spokane on …
Mon., Oct. 7, 2019
Juanita Heller was one of 20 top female swimmers in the country to complete the crossing, part of the third annual Golden Gate Swim in October 1919.
Sun., Oct. 6, 2019, 5 a.m.
Another sensational possibility emerged in the William McNutt murder case: The “mystery” informant may have been William Wilkinson, who had been married to both Marie McDonald and her sister Fay …
Sat., Oct. 5, 2019, 5 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: Yellowstone autos promote parks’ tourism; more McNutt murder details emerge
Two bright yellow Yellowstone National Park autos, including an omnibus, arrived in Spokane to promote tourism to Yellowstone and other western national parks, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 4 a.m.
Ted McDonald, suspected of involvement in the Spokane murder of W.H. McNutt, was arrested in Fresno, but his brother, Will McDonald, was still at large and being sought by police …
Thu., Oct. 3, 2019, 5 a.m.
Mrs. McNutt, who had pushed police to investigate the case for months, was present when the body was exhumed. She nearly fainted and almost “fell into the open grave.”
Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 5 a.m.
“He was good looking but he swore at me when he went out,” Eichenauer said. “I hope they catch him. I’d tell him what I think of anyone who swears …
Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 5 a.m.
100 years ago today in Spokane: Belgian royalty visit to Spokane includes Davenport dinner open to all
Even Spokane’s “most humble citizens” were being given the chance to hobnob with royalty.
Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 5 a.m.
The Croix de Guerre (“with palms”) and the Médaille Militaire medals were sent from France to Spokane’s Army recruiting office for delivery to Private Hans L. Tveton. The problem was, …
Sun., Sept. 29, 2019, 5 a.m.
Vaughn Jones of the Spokane Daily Chronicle enjoyed the thrill ride of his life as a passenger in a large Martin “bombing plane” as it roared from Spokane to Coeur …
Sat., Sept. 28, 2019, 5 a.m.
Captain Harry Holland of Spokane was in a heap of trouble with U.S. Army authorities – but first they had to find him.
Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 5 a.m.
Two Spokane County jail inmates used a hidden piece of hack saw to cut through the bars of their cell window. It took four hours, but they succeeded. Later, things …
Thu., Sept. 26, 2019, 5 a.m.
The dance, which was apparently deemed too suggestive, had been banned in most large cities, but this was the first notice that it would not be tolerated in Spokane, the …
Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.
Sam Nye and M.L. McConnell were enjoying a “wild party” in McConnell’s room at the Ashton Hotel, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported, when a pair of dice was produced and …
Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
“Domestic help” was nearly impossible to obtain in postwar Spokane — and, shockingly, “wealthy housewives” were being forced to do “much of their own housework for several months,” said the …
Mon., Sept. 23, 2019
Orville C. Pratt called on teachers to make their case to the public that they deserved a raise, but only if they could prove that doing so would improve “the …
Sun., Sept. 22, 2019
The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a list of the student editors of The Gonzaga, the student publication of Gonzaga University. The arts editor was Edward Crosby, better known today as …
Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 5 a.m.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle was excited about the visit to Spokane of Theodore Roosevelt Jr., the son of the late president. However, the populace in general did not seem quite …
Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 5 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane County: Staff quits sanatorium over allegations of doctor’s ‘unprofessional’ behavior
A crisis was developing at the county’s Edgecliff Tuberculosis Sanatorium, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 4 a.m.
Housing was so short in Spokane that people were lined up days ahead of time for a chance to buy one of 165 lots offered for sale in the Audubon …
Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 5 a.m.
Auto headlight glare was proving to be a serious, and sometimes, fatal hazard on the region’s increasingly crowded roads, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:11 a.m.
100 years ago in Spokane: With soldiers back from World War I, city experiences shortage of housing – and jazz musicians
Spokane was experiencing an upsurge in demand for professional musicians, especially those who could play jazz.
Sun., Sept. 15, 2019
Spokane had two high schools — North Central and Lewis and Clark — and a third high school was now in the planning stages.
Sat., Sept. 14, 2019, 5 a.m.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle breathlessly announced that Catherine Curtis, the head of the Catherine Curtis Motion Picture Corp., was arriving in Spokane tonight to “produce a picture production of the …