When I was a kid in the mid-1960s, we traveled to the West Central neighborhood of Spokane every couple of months to spend the afternoon at Grandma’s turn-of-the-century home on West Boone Avenue. And a couple times a year we’d have get-togethers with dishes of hot and cold comfort food placed end to end on her kitchen counter and in the center of her big round dining table. And all the while, a soft image in an 8 X 10 frame smiled down over every Easter ham, every burning birthday candle, every card and board game. Nobody told me he was important. Nobody had to. I just knew. It was a photo of my Uncle Verne, who gave his life during World War II.
Nick Mamer and Roy Schreck were our heroes in the late 1920s because of their aircraft exploits. They were only surpassed by Charles “Lindy” Lindberg because of his spectacular solo flight in the “Spirit of St. Louis” from New York to Paris in May of 1927.
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.
On the newest episode of The King’s Guide, Chuck King introduces you to Dr. W.E.S. Coyne, a local dentist who once had an invention that was touted in 1910 as “The Greatest Achievement in History.” But by 1912, Coyne was no longer living in Spokane. Find out why in the latest episode of the King’s Guide!
By Verne Alexander Above, the north porch of 2124 North Fancher, with a group visiting on the lawn, circa 1927. Bertie can be assumed to be one of the adults on the lawn; the rest are guesswork. Note that the side street is Union at
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