Westerners Spokane CORRAL 

Garrin Hertel

Our November  15, 2018 speaker, Garrin Hertel, is the publisher and editor of Nostalgia Magazine, and the bandleader of local band, Hot Club of Spokane. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 2003 with a degree in History and Philosophy. His history focus in college was early twentieth century Germany, especially the history of the resistance during the rise of the Third Reich. Garrin grew up in Spokane and went to North Central High School. He's married to Dena Hertel, and together they have a baseball team of kids ranging in age from about 10 to 28.

In 1946, Mildred Bailey was named Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year, ahead of both Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. But while everyone seems to have heard of Ella and Billie, very few know about Mildred Bailey, who was born in Tekoa, WA in 1900. Sadly, she died in 1951 without ever having been in a major motion picture or television show. Her many recordings are still available, and her legacy lives on in the jazz community. A very short, 15 minute, vignette on Mildred appeared in the recent documentary, Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World, in which Garrin also appears briefly on the screen. At our November 15 meeting, Garrin will explore the basics of Mildred's life and some of the reasons why her name was lost in our cultural memories.

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224.  Contact Pat Holien by November 12th, for reservations.  Pat's email is  patholien@comcast.net and phone number is 509-951-2090

Mildred Bailey, Princess of Rhythm

Westerners Speakers Team
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Est. 1955

Upper images are courtesy of the Northwest Room.  The images to the left are courtesy of the Garrin Hertel. The image above is courtesy of the Nostalgia Magazine Collection. 

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 Westerners meets the third Thursday of every month, except July and August. Westerners encourage historical research,  popularize western lore , history through publication, awards and preservation of archival records, documents and other evidence of the Pacific Northwest.

​ Call Sheriff  Dick Jensen (509) 747-1335. Send mail to:  The Westerners Spokane, 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.

Sharing PACIFIC Northwest HISTORY