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.
Help with the Courthouse Iron Gates Restoration Project

The Spokane Law Enforcement Museum and The Westerners, Spokane Corral are sponsoring the "Courthouse Iron Gates Restoration Project"  and will be sharing a spot with the Washington State Patrol/Spokane Police Department at the Spokane Interstate Fair from Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 20. The Fair is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  I have set up a schedule each of those 10 days: Shift #1: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Shift #2: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and Shift #3: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  However, if someone can only work a certain time, I will gladly work around the schedule to accommodate those who would like to  help.
 Please call me  at the SPLEM Historical office to schedule your time Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 477-6449 (except Wed. mornings) or call me on my cell at 710-5669There will be a sheet available for all volunteers I will get to you prior to the fair with all the facts sheets about the gates. The gates will be on display, we will be selling 1000 Natatorium books with money going toward the gate restoration project, and we plan to have the rocket from a ride at Natatorium Park on display also. I will have a canopy up over the table for shade. We would like to have Westerners brochures/information available on that table.
 We will also be selling some museum items/SPD History Books, and will have donation jars for the gates and for the museum.
 I will be calling the Fairgrounds Monday to find out about parking and passes for our volunteers.
 I am also trying to get a photographer on board to take pictures with the gates, or rocket for $15.00 each. Five dollars will go towards the gates.  Appreciatively yours, Sue Walker (SPLEM Secretary/Treasurer)

                Dale Raugust

Robert Heacock

Spokane's Legendary Davenport Hotel
September 17, 2015  Dale Raugust will speak about "Fanning the Flames of Discontent and the Spokane Free Speech Fight".

Dale Raugust was born and raised in Eastern Washington.  He grew up on the family farm near Garfield, Washington, attended Washington State University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in history in 1973, Gonzaga University School of Law where he received his law degree in 1973 and Eastern Washington University where he received a M. A. in history in 1990.  After working for the Colville Confederated Tribes as their Prosecutor for 14 months, he set up his private practice in Spokane, Washington.    He has mediated many family law cases and founded the Spokane collaborative law group and has advocated for years the removal of family law from the adversary system.  In 2001, he formed Raugust and Hahn, PLLC, with Robert C. Hahn, III. He was also the Americorps VISTA volunteer 2009-2011, in volunteer management for the Spokane County Department of Emergency Services and the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane.  Dale has been married since 1981 and has two grown children.  In his free time he enjoys golf, spending time with his family, writing and reading.

September 18, 2015 (Friday)   Lewis & Clark's "Forgotten Trail" with Robert Heacock (Part 2) Dayton to Lewiston.

Explore the second half of the "Forgotten Trail", Dayton to Pomeroy to Almota Summit Overview to the Snake River to Clarkston.  Explore the incredible landscape.  Visit more campsites, see stunning scenic overlooks.  Eat at another lunch site.  Read more of the journals.  $83  Contact Dick Jensen at (509) 747-1335

Tony and Suzanne Bamonte have new copies of Spokane's Legendary Davenport Hotel, it has been out of print for a while. 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 Dale Raugust.    The image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.