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Past articles by Jim:

100 years ago in Spokane: A local man asked a question that eventually led to Washington getting a state flag

W.H. Lewis of Spokane posed the following question: “Why doesn’t the state of Washington have an official flag?” → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: A bobcat dashed across the heart of downtown — and then into a hotel room

A Spokane patrolman was at Howard and Riverside when he saw a startling sight: a large bobcat loping “leisurely across the main thoroughfare.” → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: Road rage in 1922? It happened to a husband and wife, who remained in critical condition after the incident

An incident of road rage – 1922 style – left Mr. and Mrs. Harry Frenger badly injured on the side of the Apple Way. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: The great railway strike seemed close to an end

Was the biggest strike in Spokane’s history almost over? → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: 'Expert yeggmen' used a sophisticated method to break into safes at the Paulsen Building

“Expert yeggmen” (safecrackers) broke into 80 safes in the Paulsen Building and made off with valuables worth $100,000. → Read More

100 years ago in North Idaho: Blue Lake ranchers were arrested after reported shootings and a moonshine discovery

Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, ranchers at Blue Lake near Priest River, were in jail after bullets went flying around their neighbor’s place. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: Church feud turns violent, two men arrested

This unseemly tussle was an outgrowth of a larger conflict within the church. Apostle John G. Lake of Portland, the general overseer of the church, arrived in Spokane and announced that three officials of the Spokane church — a bishop and two pastors — were suspended. → Read More

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: The region was plagued by multiple drownings, from the Okanogan area to near Sandpoint

Henry K. Nichols, 40, a clerk for the Forest Service, rushed to the aid of three children, including his 7-year-old daughter, whose rowboat overturned in Cocolalla Lake near Sandpoint. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: A fiery crash on the Division Street bridge showed 'what a couple of drinks will do'

A “couple of drinks” caused mayhem and panic on the Division Street bridge. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: More twists and turns in Maurice P. Codd murder trial

In another shocking development, the son of a juror was arrested for witness tampering. Fred Botts was the son of C.E. Botts, a juror who died shortly after the trial. Fred Botts was accused of preventing Beatrice Sant, another key defense witness, from appearing before the grand jury. The younger Botts was accused of keeping her “in hiding, with the intent to obstruct the course of justice.” → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: In murder case, Maurice P. Codd tries to prove self-defense

The defense was attempting to prove that Frank P. Brinton attacked Codd and that Brinton accidentally fell over the railing. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: Arrest of railroad switchman busts up big dope ring

“It is seldom that a drug peddler makes a full confession, but this man did it,” said Detective Burns. “He told us that he bought an ounce and a half of cocaine in Pasco … (and) that he had made it up into 500 capsules and had sold all but six of the 500 for 75 cents each.” → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: Police believed the man who slashed his elderly landlady in the face with a razor had 'gone suddenly insane'

A “thug” believed to be “crazed with cocaine” slashed his 73-year-old landlady in the face with a razor, threatened to cut off her head, bound and gagged another elderly landlady, and stole all of their money. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: A meeting for bootleggers convened in a South Hill home, and police said they were powerless to stop it

The Associated Retail Bootleggers of Spokane held their first meeting in a South Hill home. → Read More

100 years ago in the Inland Northwest: Authorities seize booze-filled Pullman rail car in Boise

The “Westbrook” rail car, which was running between Spokane and Boise on the Union Pacific system, was impounded for six hours in Boise by a federal district attorney. → Read More

100 years ago in North Idaho: Lake Coeur d'Alene was frozen over for the first time in years

Lake Coeur d’Alene was covered by a solid sheet of ice for the first time in six years following bitter winter weather. Temperatures plunged to 6 below in Coeur d’Alene. → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane, New Year's Eve was a mostly sober affair

Spokane police reported that New Year’s Eve was quieter and more sober than usual. Only 14 people were arrested for drunkenness. The county’s dry squad made a “tour” of the outlying roadhouses, but didn’t find too many offenders. This was partly because they didn’t make it to the most notorious roadhouse – the Motor Inn on Moran Prairie – until 3 a.m. “We had to break open the door because they… → Read More

100 years ago in Spokane: A talking skull, a disembodied voice and a phantom-like doll spooked a correspondent until he learned the science behind the tricks

A correspondent was shocked by what he saw at the big Electric Show, a six-day exhibition in Spokane. → Read More

100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Rival bootleggers shot at each other over a stolen load of cargo

Two rival bootlegger gangs staged a running gun battle over a 5-mile stretch of road near Gifford, Washington, west of Chewelah. → Read More

For the health of it: 100 years ago men spent summer walking up and down Mt. Spokane

Two Spokane men, Adolf Munter, 69, and Frederick Keffer, 59, proved that “age is no handicap to outdoor hiking. → Read More