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Spokane History – Children of the Sun

Spokane – An Indian word meaning “Children of the Sun” or “Sun People”. The history of Spokane probably started in 1810, with the building of the fur trading post at Spokane House (where the Spokane and Little Spokane Rivers meet) under the direction of David Thompson, explorer for the Canadian’s North West Trading Company. With accessibility to the Columbia River and thus the Pacific Ocean, it was the ideal trade center for the transport of furs in the region. In 1812, an American company (Pacific Fur Company) built a competitive post nearby, but the threat of war caused a short …

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Marine Telephones Work on Iwo Jima

This the Transcription was submitted by Leah McKin, Friday, June 29, 2007. From the “Santa Cruz Sentinel” (Santa Cruz, California), Tuesday, 13 March 1945, p. 5 Marine Telephones Work on Iwo Jima By Hamilton Faron With the Fifth Marine Division, Iwo Jima, Feb. 25 (Delayed) (AP)–A telephone system comparable to that in the average town of 65,000 population in the United States grew from nothing in the first five days ashore on this little island in the Volcano group. Signal corps men operating under heavy artillery fire, harassed by snipers, laid more than 700 miles of telephone lines. Those lines, …

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