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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: 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: 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: 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: ‘City faces red threat’ although the free-speech standoff was already settled

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a giant banner headline reading “CITY FACES ‘RED’ THREAT.” This was perhaps an exaggeration.


100 years ago in Spokane: Turner Hall threatened with charges of ‘criminal syndicalism’ for radical assemblies

Spokane city officials warned the owners of Turner Hall, a radical gathering place in Spokane, that they will be charged with “criminal syndicalism” if they continue to allow radical and …


100 years ago in Spokane: Harry M. Wicks arrested for disloyalty after speech advocating workers lay down tools

Spokane police arrested Harry M. Wicks, an “alleged bolshevist leader and radical agitator.”


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Chronicle alleges Wobbly plot for revolution

The Spokane Daily Chronicle asserted the Wobblies were plotting to enact a nationwide strike that is “nothing less than an attempt at revolution.”


100 years ago in Spokane: With a foot of snow on the ground, officials ask public for help to get flu nurses to new patients

An uptick in new flu cases had residents worried that the the Spanish flu epidemic had not run its course.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 7:01 a.m.

100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies’ new path alarms newspaper

The city’s Wobblies combined with the “bolshevist elements of the socialists” to create a new radical organization to be called the League for Democracy at Home. The Spokane Daily Chronicle …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 7:11 a.m.

100 years ago in Puget Sound: 130 unions to participate in general strike

The Puget Sound area was bracing for the biggest labor crisis in its history: a general strike.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 9:12 a.m.

100 years ago: Prohibition goes nationwide with passage of 18th Amendment

Prohibition was declared on a nationwide scale when the U.S. Congress formally enacted the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.


100 years ago in Spokane: Police raid Wobblies ‘secret headquarters’

Police raided a “secret headquarters” of the Industrial Workers of the World (the Wobblies) in Spokane’s Mohawk Building, and four Wobblies were arrested. One of the men was John Grady, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Officials consider restricting red flag used by communists and Wobblies

Spokane was considering a new ordinance banning the display of the “red flag” – the symbol of radicals, communists and Wobblies – in any parade, procession or meeting.


100 years ago in North Idaho: Mine managers ask for troops to get strikers back to work

The managers of mines in and around Mullan, Idaho, wired the Idaho governor to ask that “troops be held in readiness” to quash labor troubles.


100 years ago in Spokane: Officials praise new limits on free speech

Federal officers in Spokane were pleased with a new amendment to the espionage act, which would allow them to arrest and prosecute people engaging in all kinds of “seditious” speech.


100 years ago: Wobblies lawyer clashes with judge in sabotage trial

Seven Wobblies were on trial for “criminal syndicalism” – a law aimed directly at members of the Industrial Workers of the World – and the rhetoric in the courtroom was …


100 years ago in Coeur d’Alene: Wobbly found guilty of ‘criminal syndicalism’

A jury in Coeur d’Alene deliberated for only an hour and a half before finding W.M. Nelson guilty of “criminal syndicalism.” Nelson was the former secretary of the Industrial Workers …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobblies announce move of Lumberworkers headquarters to Chicago

Washington Gov. Ernest Lister was in Spokane to deal with several important matters, including the “labor situation.” The Spokane Daily Chronicle speculated that he was preparing to deal with volatile …


100 years ago in Spokane: Fort George Wright picked for new army hospital for soldiers injured in World War I

Fort George Wright was chosen as the site of an army hospital for treating soldiers injured in the European war.


100 years ago in Yakima: Wobblies accused of planning germ attack

Three Wobblies (members of the Industrial Workers of the World) were arrested in North Yakima on suspicion of a shocking plan to release deadly germs throughout the Yakima Valley. Their …


100 years ago in Spokane: Hunt on for Italian ‘anarchist society’

Federal agents were rounding up members of a radical “Italian anarchistic society” with ties to Spokane.


100 years ago in Spokane: Paper declares Wobblies ‘sedition’ at an end

The Spokane Daily Chronicle declared that the “days of I.W.W. (Wobbly) anarchy” were ended.


Labor day retrospective: Spokane’s labor roots run deep

Spokane, for much of its history, has been a labor town.


100 years ago in Spokane: More questions than answers after train riot

All 27 men arrested for what was termed a drunken riot on a train were released by Spokane military authorities – all except the Wobbly “leader.”


100 years ago in Pasco: Police detain men in rail yards during strikes

Soldiers raided the Pasco rail yards and detained 30 men, including three described as “slackers” (draft evaders) and three described as “alien enemies.” The others were carrying Industrial Workers of …


100 years ago in Spokane: Attorney fails to secure release of Wobblies arrested in military raid

Attorney James L. Wallace, of Missoula, argued in court for the release of the 20-plus Wobblies detained after a military raid of their Spokane headquarters. He argued that “no authority …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mayor treads carefully on Wobbly ground

Mayor C.A. Fleming was not inclined to stir up trouble with the Wobblies in Spokane, despite a widespread fear that the members of the Industrial Workers of the World were …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Statewide plans in the works to fight Wobblies as farmworker strikes loom

The U.S. was at war with Germany, yet there was another menace closer to home: the Industrial Workers of the World, or “Wobblies.” At least, “menace” is the term used …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly organizer accuses lumber bosses of fixing books to prevent wage increases

Labor firebrand Elizabeth Gurley Flynn delivered her second speech in two days, this one to a crowd of 1,000 people at Spokane’s Industrial Workers of the World (Wobblies) hall. Her …