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100 years ago in Spokane: Pontoon bridge floated as ferry replacement; possible shoe ‘profiteering’ probed

A solution to the closing of the Vantage ferry was floated by local officials: build a pontoon bridge, Army style.


100 years ago in Spokane: Local air industry debuts with $10 flights; electric power sent to coast

Spokane’s passenger air industry debuted when Lt. Fred Kelso began carrying passengers for $10 a flight, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Down Columbia River ferry snarls traffic, strands drivers for days

The ferry at Vantage over the Columbia River remained out of service, vastly complicating cross-state auto travel, The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Orchardists asked to keep ‘wormy apples’ out of river; miners strike for 8-hour day

The district horticultural inspector was pleading with orchardists to “keep your wormy apples out of the Spokane River,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Stray dogs sought to chase rabbits; strike closes mines

The farmers of Wheeler, Wash., near Moses Lake, were willing to take stray dogs off the hands of the Spokane Humane Society and give the dogs permanent jobs as rabbit …


100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial implores aid not punishment for local addicts

The Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page warned of a “Northwest dope ring” with tentacles in Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane pushes to become Hollywood North

Spokane had still not given up on the dream of becoming Hollywood North, The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Republican Spokane Senator among possible Western presidential candidates

A coalition of Western political leaders were working on a political plan to “grab control of influence in the nation’s lawmaking halls,” the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Back off, boy apple thieves and potential banners of fireworks

A woman identified only as “Mrs. Swehla” slept outside in her North Side apple orchard, with a blanket, a pillow and a loaded revolver, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. She …


100 years ago in Spokane: Budding local movie industry tries to survive, despite studio bankruptcy

The Washington Moving Picture Corp. – the movie studio at Minnehaha – was in receivership, The Spokesman-Review reported, but Spokane was still clinging to the hope that this wouldn’t spell …


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Vice crusader’ convicted for stealing from supposed prostitute

Spokane’s self-appointed “vice crusader,” dedicated to bringing prostitutes to justice, was himself on the way to jail, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Lightning strikes reverend, damages house, sparks wildfires

A lightning storm “played hob” with power lines, telephone lines — and one pastor in Opportunity, The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Fires and mayhem’ lead to proposed firecracker ban

Spokane’s fire chief made a controversial request: Ban firecrackers in the city, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Murder mystery takes another twist

The wife of missing Spokane stockbroker W.H. McNutt said she was more certain than ever that her husband had been abducted and murdered, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Maybe husband’s on his farm, not murdered, wife says

The wife of Spokane stockbroker W.H. McNutt, who vanished weeks before, was apparently no longer convinced her husband had been murdered, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 2:47 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Timber men ask president to send troops to help fight fires

Area timbermen asked President Woodrow Wilson to send troops to North Idaho and western Montana to fight the raging wildfires, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: Hotel clerk nabs teen thief; wildfires surpass ‘human control’

Miss Anna White, 23, chased a young hotel thief down Riverside Avenue, nabbed him, and “held him prisoner until the arrival of the police,” The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: New twists in a baffling case of attempted suicide or murder

The Peter Olson Mystery Case, as The Spokesman-Review called it, took a new turn. Olson was a farm worker from Minnesota who was discovered by a passerby, lying in a …


100 years ago in Spokane: Man claims Wobbly assault, booked on suspicion of insanity

A Spokane fireman was on his way to fish at Marshall Lake when he heard moaning and a cry for water in the woods, The Spokesman-Review reported.


100 years ago in Spokane: State rests in Wobbly buttons case

The state concluded its case against 28 members of the Industrial Workers of the World – Wobblies, as they were known – for the crime of wearing Wobbly buttons, the …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rabbit roundup near Prosser

More than 100 people staged a massive jackrabbit drive – yes, a bunny roundup – near Prosser.


100 years ago in Spokane: Child labor abolished; gold struck

Child labor was abolished in Inland Northwest mills, logging camps and box factories, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. It had long been the practice to employ young boys and girls …


100 years ago in Spokane: Rev. Lake baptizes believers in the river

Hundreds of people stood on the Washington Street bridge to watch a series of river baptisms performed by the Rev. John G. Lake.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Football player accused of not really being Indian in draft evasion trial

Federal prosecutors revealed a bombshell on the first day of the William H. “Lone Star” Dietz draft evasion trial, claiming that Dietz was an “impostor” and not a Native American …


100 Years Ago Today: Spokane likely on route of transcontinental flight

Spokane was anxious about its chances to be on the route of an exciting transcontinental airplane expedition, featuring four army airplanes of the Curtiss JN-4 type. They were scheduled to …


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Hutton Settlement’s construction underway

Construction gets underway of the Hutton Settlement for orphaned children. In other news, teachers get a raise of $1.50 per year.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Bolshevist ties, labor council vote all in a day’s paper

Two stories in The Spokane Daily Chronicle address bolshevist plots and labor relations in Spokane.


100 Years Ago in Spokane: Isolated residents of Lincoln Heights ask city to pave 29th Avenue

Residents of Lincoln Heights ask the city to pave 29th Avenue because winter months left them isolated.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The slayer of Spokane Daily Chronicle city editor Edward Rothrock gave a jailhouse interview in which he declared, “I’m glad I did it.”


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Recriminations, expulsions and threats of violence roiled the high school in the town of Palouse – all because of an ice cream party.