The purpose of the Westerners Spokane Corral is to bring together in warm fellowship men and women who have a common interest in Pacific Northwest history. The Spokane Corral meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research and popularize western lore and history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.  Call Sheriff John Caskey (509)863-2519. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane Corral, P.O. Box 1717, Spokane, WA 99210 for more information.  We meet the third Thursday of every month, except July and August.  Meeting time is 5:30PM for dinner and 7:00PM for the speaker at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 South Windsor Drive, Spokane.

May Arkwright Hutton

Kay Lester

John & Catherine Caskey

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  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.

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
(509) 838-7114

(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 CaskeyThe image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.