Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC
Speech-Language Pathologist
P.O. Box 30621
Spokane, WA 99223

Franklin Photo/Exhibit Gallery 1909-1919
Article By: Brian Shute, Ph.D., CCC

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This 1916 photograph originated from a classroom picture that was turned into a postcard. Turning pictures into postcards was a common practice back then. Here are the names that are known:
Row 1 (far)
Hildgarde Fredekind, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?

Row 2
Lucy Brooks, ?, Miriam Hatch, Freddie McCall(?), Andrew Saegner, ?, ?

Row 3
Fred Wieber, Forest Amsden, ?, Alice Sherman, ?, ?, ?

Row 4
Mary Wrather, Dorothy Anderson, Emery Bowen, Richard Young, ?, ?, ?

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November 12, 1909 Spokesman Review photograph: Armed with rifles, policemen Dugger and Willis guard I.W.W. prisoners at the old Franklin School.


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This circa 1917-1918 picture has particular significance for an early Black-American family who lived in the Franklin neighborhood. Taken on the back steps of Franklin, Ralph Smith is the little boy in the front row, fifth from the left. His mother, Jennie Hughes-Smith, was the first Black-American to graduate from the University of Idaho at Moscow in 1899. Her husband was in the mining industry in the Kellogg, Idaho area. Jennie felt that the mining town environment was not condusive to raising a family so the family moved to 2914 E. 17th Avenue--right down the street from Franklin. Ralph's brothers and sister lived here and attended Franklin School. They included sister, Amie, and brothers Berthol and Leonard. Ralph went on to Lewis and Clark High School, received an engineering degree from Washingon State College at Pullman, became a Spokane Policeman, and later a teacher. Special thanks to Ralph's son, Ken Smith, for this and other artifacts. More will be written about this extraordinary family soon. Written history by Ken Smith can be found in the Oral-Written History section of this site.

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Ralph Smith poses in a goat driven wagon, circa 1918-1919. This photograph was likely taken in front of the family home or at a neighbor's place.


This B.J. Lash photograph was taken circa 1918 on Franklin's front steps. It came from an AZO postcard style that was available during 1918-1930. The attire worn, including shoes, however, suggest that it was taken in the late teens or very early 20s. Note the twin girls, teacher, and attire. Also, a reflection in the back windows show smaller pines that are in front of the school. Here are the names that were written in pencil on the back.

Front Row: France Macdondl, Edna Lewellyn, Mary Wrather, Steven Barret, Ida Werner, Thomas Malott
Second Row: Margaret Hicks, Elaine and Eleanor Krause, Dorothy Seaburg, Vera Riley, Glenwood MacMackan
Third Row: Alfred Champion, Hazel Lundeen, Audrey Hock, Jack Kepler

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This Spokane Chronicle blurb described the arson fire of the original Franklin school that gutted its interior. Purchased by the Milwaukee Railroad a year earlier for $115,000, damages from the fire were $25,000.

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This is young Harry R. Bates, his mother Nellie Bates, and his father Harry Bates during a picnic about 1908 or so. Harry R was the Uncle of Ray and Bob Mosher who attended the new Franklin School in the 40s and 50s. Harry R spoke of attending the old Franklin School in Spokane before it closed. The old Franklin was located downtown at Front (now Trent) and Sherman Streets. Harry R was born in August 1901. The family moved to Spokane around this same time and bought a house at N. 617 Hamilton Avenue. After the old Franklin School closed down, Harry R. attended Webster School. With an apple in his hand, we are uncertain where this photograph was taken. It is possible that Harry's older sister, Eva Bates, took this picture. Observe the angle from which the picture was taken. Harry Sr. was a conductor on the Northern Pacific Railway. This photograph may have been taken using a Kodak box camera.

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At some point, Franklin students walked to Grant school to take wood-shop and home economics. I am uncertain what year this started and it was likely after some of the Grant additions were built. For certain, the practice was well established in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. Frankin girls in the 50s and 60s recall learning to sew on both treddle and electric machines.


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