100 years ago in Kansas, August 15-20, 1917:
August 15, 1917
- Nine men who claimed agricultural responsibilities were denied draft exemption in Topeka.
August 17, 1917
- Ogden, near Fort Riley, was quarantined because of a typhoid fever epidemic.
August 20, 1917
- Coal operators, called to Topeka by Governor Capper to explain the abnormal price of coal, refused to show production costs. They claimed a cost of $2.43 a ton, which he regarded as “exaggerated.” It was revealed that the railroads bought coal for about $2 a ton while the public paid over $5.