100 years ago in Kansas, 1917:

October 5, 1917

  • The W.C.T.U. (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) had made 2,000 comfort bags for U.S. Navy men during the summer.

October 6, 1917

  • A contract for ten cars of rabbits for the government was being filled by Koon Beck, Hutchinson.

October 12, 1917

October 13, 1917

  • Several hundred Kansas farm women were helping sow wheat, cut hay and husk corn.

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.