Stories tagged: Wobblies
Thu., July 18, 2019
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 …
Thu., July 11, 2019
Hundreds of people stood on the Washington Street bridge to watch a series of river baptisms performed by the Rev. John G. Lake.
Mon., July 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
Spokane police detectives arrested 14 Wobblies for the crime of wearing a Wobbly button, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported.
Thu., July 4, 2019
Spokane’s giant Victory and Independence Day parade through downtown had an international flavor.
Sun., April 21, 2019, 5 a.m.
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.
Wed., April 17, 2019, 5 a.m.
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 …
Fri., April 5, 2019, 5 a.m.
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.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle asserted the Wobblies were plotting to enact a nationwide strike that is “nothing less than an attempt at revolution.”
Tue., Feb. 26, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Prohibition was declared on a nationwide scale when the U.S. Congress formally enacted the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.
Wed., Jan. 23, 2019
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, …
Tue., Nov. 27, 2018
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.
Tue., Aug. 7, 2018
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.
Tue., June 5, 2018
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.
Mon., June 4, 2018, 5 a.m.
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 …
Tue., April 3, 2018
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 …
Sun., April 1, 2018
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 …
Wed., March 28, 2018
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.
Tue., Jan. 30, 2018
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 …
Mon., Nov. 27, 2017
Federal agents were rounding up members of a radical “Italian anarchistic society” with ties to Spokane.
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
The Spokane Daily Chronicle declared that the “days of I.W.W. (Wobbly) anarchy” were ended.
Mon., Sept. 4, 2017, 3 a.m.
Spokane, for much of its history, has been a labor town.
Fri., Sept. 1, 2017
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.”
Sat., Aug. 26, 2017
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 …
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017
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 …
Fri., July 14, 2017
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 …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 4 a.m.
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 …
Sun., April 16, 2017
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 …