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

John & Catherine Caskey

Spokane's Legendary Davenport Hotel
February 19, 2015, Richard Sola will talk about "Spokane Goes to Hollywood".
The story has tough guys, spies, love, international intrigue, thrills and more.  It is also about how a detective, a poet, and a businessman changed the movies from 1915 to 1963Richard Sola, a Washington native, graduated with a history and law degree from the University of California, San Diego.  He minored in visual arts and political science.   His best estimate is that he has seen over 7000 films from over 50 countries in his lifetime. He is finishing pre-production on a documentary short film to be completed by next winter. Richard Sola was a practicing attorney for 20 years, representing clients in state and federal courts. From 1998 until retiring last summer, Richard Sola was employed in a variety of management positions with Eastern Washington University’s Early Head Start. In his retirement, Richard is also serving as consultant to the newly formed Spokane Mental Health Companionship Program.

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