100 Years Ago in Eastern Washington: A Women’s Club Wanted to Ban “Destructive Literature”

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The region’s “club women” voted to ban the sale of “destructive literature”.

They didn’t exactly define “destructive literature,” but we can safely assume that they meant dime magazines and novels that they considered less than healthy.

“In our public newsstands we find destructive literature sold in various kinds of disguise,” said Ms. E. Phyllis Carlton Smith of Spokane. “We must stop this, because bad literature is one of the greatest evils a country can have.”

A resolution calling for such a ban was passed at the Washington State Federation of Women’s Clubs regional meeting in Chewelah. The women at the club have also called for stricter enforcement of the prohibition laws.

The women of the club certainly did not take a stand against all literature. In fact, at the same meeting, they called for the creation of county library districts.

The pace of business: Roy Kinnear, president of the Seattle Building Owners and Managers’ Association, felt it was time for Seattle and Spokane to end their business rivalry.

“Seattle and Spokane should bury the hatchet and cooperate in the best interests of the state,” Kinnear said at a conference at the Davenport Hotel. “There has been too much selfishness in the past. Perhaps Seattle was to blame for most of it, although Spokane, too, was selfish. “

He said the Associated Industries of Seattle would send a committee to various parts of eastern Washington to “restore harmony between the east and west sides.”

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