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100 years ago today in Spokane, the jazz age was in full swing for the New Years festivities


Over 1,800 revelers jammed the Davenport Hotel for a New Years Eve party, made up of “85% jazz, the rest being conversation, whistles, bursting balloons, cheers, chants and hums. of humans when they are happy ”.

“Everyone was there, from the boy to the dowager, from the tired businessman to the tireless wife,” said The Spokesman-Review.

Entertainment was provided by the hotel orchestra and a selection of singers and dancers.

“Miss Powlette Roadina turned out as beautiful as advertised, and her ankles and legs were as shapely as her photos,” a correspondent said on the spot. “She looked lovely in a scarlet tunic with garlands of grapes and grape leaves.”

From the rhythm of the crime: Shots, along with noise makers, rang through the streets of Spokane on New Years Eve.

Police staged a shootout with two gun-wielding bandits who shot dead a robbery victim, Harry A. Richards.

Richards was on his way to the store to buy bread that evening when two men approached him, stabbed him in the stomach and said, “Stick them. The bandits did not realize that Richards was a “special officer” with the Spokane police force and had a gun in his pocket. When Richards started to draw his gun, one of the bandits panicked and fired, hitting Richards in the abdomen. Richards managed to fire a few bullets as he fell, but didn’t hit anyone.

Police converged on the scene, transported Richards to hospital, and began a search. They saw the two suspects attempting to reach the railroad tracks. A car full of officers chased them, opened fire and ordered them to stop.

One of them did and was taken into custody. The other man fled behind a house. Police followed his footsteps in the snow and found him hiding under a porch, which he surrendered without a fight.

Richards was undergoing surgery at Sacré-Coeur Hospital and would have a “chance to fight.”