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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 …


100 years ago today in Spokane: Wobbly organizer predicts labor fight in lumber camps

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, firebrand union organizer, told a crowd of hundreds at Spokane’s Wobbly hall that the region’s lumber camps would soon be labor’s biggest battleground.


100 years ago in Spokane: Patriotic citizens organize youth drum corps

Spokane’s young men were rushing off to war. Yet Spokane’s younger boys wanted to contribute, as well – in dozens of patriotic drum corps.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017

100 years ago in Spokane: Housemaid union calls for $10 weekly wage; Lewis and Clark High School runners race Seattle school via telegraph

Spokane’s housemaids and hired girls might soon take up a battle cry: “Ten dollars a week or strike!” The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) were organizing a new chapter …


100 years ago in Inland Northwest: Under pressure from Wobblies, companies agree to plan to improve logging camps

From our archive, 100 years ago The region’s logging operators, 36 companies in all, were nearing agreement on a plan to make life easier for the men and women in …


100 years ago in Spokane: Potlach discharges Wobblies

From our archive, 100 years ago Lumber companies heard rumblings that the Wobblies (members of Industrial Workers of the World) were planning some kind of action in the region’s lumber …


100 years ago in Spokane: Democratic Party women heckles Women’s Party at Davenport Hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago Democratic Party women “carried out a carefully planned coup” at a Spokane meeting of another fledgling party called the Women’s Party.


100 years ago in Yakima: Wobblies stage jail riot, drawing crowd of citizen vigilantes

The Industrial Workers of the World, also known as the Wobblies, were still at the center of turmoil in North Yakima (today’s Yakima).


100 years ago near Plummer, Idaho: Man who testified in favor of Potlatch Lumber found hanging from tree

From our archives, 100 years ago A Potlatch Lumber Company laborer named Dan Pavich was called to court to testify in a lawsuit brought against the company by a widow …


100 years ago in Spokane: Wobbly arrested on suspicion of daring robbery

From our archives, 100 years ago The Industrial Workers of the World, aka Wobblies, were making news for two reasons.


100 years ago in Spokane: Arrests and intrigue build in street-speaking controversy

From our archives, 100 years ago The street-corner speaking controversy continued to build in Spokane.


Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Charles H. Moyer, the president of the Western Federation of Miners, was present at the birth of the Wobblies (the Industrial Workers of the …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A mass meeting of Spokane’s many unemployed men got rowdy at Central Christian Church.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Drenching rain put a damper on the Fourth of July celebrations. Even the big fireworks display at Natatorium Park was canceled.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane’s youthful joy riders – three boys and three girls, ages 17 to 19 – were still on the loose somewhere in the middle …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A widower in Hackensack, New Jersey, found he could no longer care for his two girls, Dorothy, 9, and Mary, 3. So he tearfully …