The 20th-century icon Josephine Baker was so much more than a sex symbol who danced in a skirt made of bananas. Yes, she took Paris by storm in 1925 with her “Savage Dance” – performed in little more than a strategically-placed feather – and went on to increase her fame with the infamous banana skirt which, legend has it, she designed as a joke for her first revue at the Folies-Bergère. Spokane author Sherry Jones’s novel Josephine Baker’s Last Dance goes on sale December 4, 2018 at Auntie’s Books and everywhere.
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.
Rebecca Jane “Reba” Hurn was Spokane’s first female lawyer and Washington’s first female senator. A ceremony dedicating a monument in her honor takes place August 3, 2018 at Greenwood Memorial Terrace in Spokane, WA.
By Steven Branting Those who plot the destruction of others often fall themselves. ~ Phaedrus Above, the Idaho State Insane Asylum, circa 1894. Photo courtesy of Idaho State Hospital South. The October 6, 1883 edition of the Aspen, Colorado Times carried a public letter to
On Episode 4 of the King’s Guide, Chuck King introduces you to Dr. Heather Branstetter, author of the fascinating book, “Selling Sex in the Silver Valley: A Business Doing Pleasure.” What does it mean when a community agrees that “you don’t have to obey the laws, but you
By Heather Branstetter, PhD Above, the Oasis Rooms are on the second floor of the 2-story building on Cedar in Wallace, Idaho. Today, the building is the Oasis Bordello Museum, the second floor is “frozen in time” and available for visitors to tour. Learn more
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 Steven Branting Adapted from Augusta Bunker: Eastern’s First Eagle Lands (2016) Since 2000, many of this country’s leading history, geography and preservation organizations — including the American Association for State and Local History, The History Channel and the Society for American Archaeology — have
By June Syverson Above, June Syverson sits happily on the lawn. Little did she know at this moment that her life would change – but change for the better – when she and her husband left the comfort of their city neighborhood for the bucolic
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