100 years ago in Kansas, October 23 – November 4, 1917.
October 23, 1917
- Atchison was made a terminal wheat market by the federal food administration.
October 27, 1917
- Fifty thousand Kansans launched a food conservation campaign and secured pledges from 1,200,000 persons.
October 30, 1917
- Public presentation of side-arms to 626 Negro commissioned officers was made by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood at Topeka.
- An acute coal shortage caused many towns to close power plants and deny service to all but essential businesses. Topeka sales were limited to two tons per customer.
October 31, 1917
- Nine hundred Negroes arrived at Fort Riley for training. Not a single request for exemption was made by Kansas Negroes. At Manhattan plans were made for a social center after General Wood said: “Manhattan will not have done her full duty until quarters are also provided for colored troops.”
November 4, 1917
- Kansans were asked to contribute to the recreation building fund of the 353rd Infantry, the all-Kansas regiment at Camp Funston.