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.

Dave Reynolds

John & Catherine Caskey

Spokane's Legendary Davenport Hotel
March19, 2015, Dave Reynolds will speak about, "Not Forgotten: Bringing a Spokane Soldier Back Home".

Dave grew up knowing only three facts about his Uncle Lester: he wore a uniform, he died during World War II, and he was not buried anywhere near his hometown of Spokane.

When Dave asked family for more, the answers only deepened the mystery.  It took more than two decades of research and a few stranger than fiction coincidences, to draw the truth out from the shadows.  Seventy years to the day after Lester's untimely death, the family was able, in their own way to bring this young soldier back home, celebrate his life, honor his sacrifice, and finally start to heal.

Dave Reynolds is a native Spokanite and self-proclaimed research geek, with Northwest pioneer roots that go back to the 1840s.  Reynolds began a friendship with long-time Westerners Gerome and Frank Peltier in the 1970's, and became a member of the Spokane Corral in 2011.  He was the photographic researcher for William Stimson's "A View of the Falls: An Illustrated History of Spokane" in 1984.  He currently serves on the board of the Bing Crosby Advocates.  In his spare time, he researches his own genealogy, and dabbles in family research for others.

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by March
15th, 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 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 Dave Reynolds.  The fourth image is courtesy of John CaskeyThe image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.