Ranch Hands Remember Waikiki Dairy: Collected Memories of Harold Vannurden and John Dunham

A century ago, the best dairy farm in the Inland Northwest could be found just north of Spokane on the Little Spokane River. The Waikiki Dairy was founded by J.P. Graves, an early Spokane entrepreneur and businessman. Harold Vannurden and his family lived on the dairy grounds for several years in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Harold shared several memories with the readers of Nostalgia Magazine, which were edited together with memories from John Dunham, another ranch hand at the dairy, for this brief sketch of the Waikiki Dairy. Continue Reading

2124 North Fancher: The Beginnings of Felts Field

Verne Alexander’s three-part series on his family’s home at 2124 North Fancher is now complete. Read all three articles for an incredible view of Spokane Valley history from the perspective of one of its earliest families, from early pioneer years to the arrival of trains, planes, and automobiles. Sadly, the house at 2124 North Fancher is gone, but the legacy of the Alexander Family remains. Continue Reading

2124 North Fancher: Four Generations

Article three in a three-part series on the house that once stood at 2124 North Fancher in Spokane tells the story of four generations of the Alexander Family. The house near Felts Field is now gone, but the memories and the legacy of the Alexander Family remain. Continue Reading

Historic Homes: Finding “Bing” in the Basement, and Other Discoveries at the Crosby Home

by Polly Kaczmarek Above, a 2017 photo of the Crosby House Museum on campus at Gonzaga University. This was the childhood home of Bing Crosby. What do we know about the house Bing Crosby lived in as a boy, teenager, and young man, at 508 Continue Reading