Second-hand stores can often be treasure troves for discerning browsers. Nearly twenty years ago, a “Montana peak” caught the eye of one such buyer. The campaign hat bore the logo of the “The Cadet Store, West Point, N.Y.” Without provenance, it was just a curiosity, at least until recently, when serendipity stepped in. The faint handwritten letters on the sweatband — “Ward, C. S.” — turned out to be Charles Stuart Ward, Class of 1918. That discovery led to a tale of two young Lewiston people who married in haste and regretted at leisure. Taking a twisted path of nearly sixty years, their story began with a murder, required a Presidential pardon, and ended up in the Idaho Supreme Court.
The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Mail Call,” shows at the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum from May 9 to July 15, 2018.
There are other Charles and Dianas in the world, even some we have all heard about, like those in the British Royal Family. But this story is about everyday people, and a loving marriage that stood the test of time. Charles and Diana Vogel met, fell in love, and had three daughters, all born in the month of November in different years. It seems Valentine’s Day was Charles and Diana’s favorite holiday.
Cindy Hval is a free-lance writer for the Spokesman-Review and her book, “War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation,” tells the stories of dozens of couples who met, fell in love, and married during the tumultuous years of World War II. Read Cindy’s chapter about Jack and Fran Rogers, offered here as a Valentine’s Day treat to the readers of Nostalgia.
By Ed Clark Above, E. Lee Rae Clark and the Bataan Death March, which he survived. Photo of Clark courtesy of the Clark Family Archives, and Bataan Death March photo, Public Domain. Remember Pearl Harbor! What most people don’t remember is December 7, 1941, that
The memories of Michael Harrington and Daniel Taylor, recorded and written by Garrin Hertel Above, Peggy, Patty, and Josephine Taylor left Spokane in three cars following the death of their brother in the Solomon Islands. The Taylor Family was on a mission to contribute to
by Sherry Rux Above, the award winning crew of “farm boys,” with Wilbur “Bill” Lueck, third from the right. Bill later had the silent “e” in his last name legally removed, making him Wilbur “Bill” Luck. Photo courtesy of the Rux Family Archives. My father
By Jack Pearson and Tony Bamonte Above, when Jayne Mansfield traveled through Spokane in 1965 on a publicity tour, she told her bodyguard she wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. This was easily arranged. Photo courtesy of the Tucker Family Archives. Harold Tucker was born
By Rae Anna Victor Above, the Children’s Hour Parade, organized by Marie Frances in Seattle for her KIRO television show. Opposite page, letters like this were what kept Marie inspired to continue her work. Images courtesy of Rae Anna Victor. Marie Frances Young Woolcott was