September 18, 2014, "May Arkwright Hutton- Courageous, Persistent and Lucky" by Kay Lester.
This program for Westerners draws from an interesting period in the Inland Northwest with the focus being on May Arkwright Hutton. May Arkwright Hutton lived from 1860 to 1915, and her story is one of persistence, courage, and luck. She was a suffrage leader and political activist who grew up in Ohio and came west to the Coeur d’Alene mining area as a young woman. First as a saloon cook, then a boarding house owner, she became known as the best cook in the Coeur d’Alenes. There she met locomotive engineer, Levi W. Hutton,
whom she married in 1887. Theirs was a classic American “rags to riches” story. The Huttons and their partners owned the Hercules Mine, which eventually produced enough silver and lead to make them millionaires. Shortly after the turn of the century, they moved to Spokane, where May became a
philanthropist, the prime mover in Eastern Washington’s woman suffrage movement, and an active figure in Democratic Party politics.
Kay Lester enjoys history. She enjoys pulling together the images, music and ambience of a time period from the past. She has been a teacher, an instructional television producer and a video production business owner.
Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by
September15th, for reservations. Pat's email is firstname.lastname@example.org and phone number is 509-466-2439.
History of Hats
John Caskey will be speaking about the history of hats. Each month he has a new hat to show us. In this picture he is wearing the Top Hat and his wife, Catherine is wearing the American Lady's Bonnet. http://www.twodogcitytours.com
Tony and Suzanne Bamonte have a new book out. It was written for the Spokane Association of Realtor's Centennial Spokane Our Early History; Under All Is The Land, it is available at Auntie's bookstore or order through:
Tornado Creek Publications
P.O. Box 8625
Spokane, Washington 99203
(Thanks to Suzanne and Tony Bamonte, for editing and finishing this important book about Spokane's history, it is a must read)
Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room of the Spokane Public Library. The image in upper left hand side is courtesy of Kay Lester. The fourth image is courtesy of John Caskey. The image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.