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.

Richard Sola

The Two Mrs. Fassetts

Zitella Fassett
Social Activist

Lillian Fassett
Active Socialite

John & Catherine Caskey

November 20, 2014, "Controversy, Scandal and Social Change in Early Urban Spokane"
by Richard Sola.

Richard Sola, a Washington native, graduated with a history degree from the University of California San Diego.

Over the past 30 years, he has been actively involved in historic preservation, research, and oral history projects. Richard is currently doing research about local social and political history.

 As a young boy, he first learned about the Spokane Corral of the Westerners from Cecil Hagen, one of the group's founding members and a neighbor of Richard's family in the early 1960's. Richard has wanted to join the Westerners ever since.

 For 20 years, Richard was a practicing attorney who successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, including the U.S. 9th Circuit as well as a small matter before the U.S. Supreme Court.  For the past 16 years, he managed a major regional grant at Eastern Washington University.  He is now retired.

Please join us at the Airport Holiday Inn, 1616 S. Windsor Drive Spokane, Washington 99224. Contact Pat Holien by
November 17th, 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 Richard Sola The fourth image is courtesy of John CaskeyThe image to the lower left is courtesy of Tony and Suzanne Bamonte.