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.
Lee Kershner

John & Catherine Caskey

May 15, 2014, "Noteworthy Guns In Washington History".

Lee Kershner is a casual student of history and particularly, the history of firearms. A native of Pennsylvania, hunting, marksmanship and an interest in the many Civil War monuments were entwined in his early years. After graduating Penn State in electrical engineering and ROTC, the USAF kept him off the streets and kept him fed until he retired.  Various and sundry occupations followed until retirement from the Washington Dept of Labor in 1990.  During these years of employment it was occasionally suggested that his real vocation was as a firearms hobbyist and the other engagements simply a means to fund the hobby.  As a firearms hobbyist, his activities have included collecting assorted guns, accumulating a modest library pertaining to US history and associated guns, building replicas of vintage arms and participating as a competitive shooter in muzzle – loading shooting matches scattered from the local Spokane Rifle Club to sites back east.  His picture shows him as a representative of the Spokane Muzzle Loading Rifle club to the board of directors of the Spokane Rifle Club

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by
May 11th, 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 Jim Kershner. The fourth image is courtesy of John CaskeyThe image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.