As war was becoming more apparent in the United States, the news stories in 1917 Kansas were taking on a different tone.
- Anna Folkland, fourth grade pupil at Wichita, was suspended from school for refusing to salute the flag.
- The Deutscher Verein Assn., Atchison, disbanded “until the international situation is clarified.”
- Governor Capper appealed to the people of Kansas to mobilize every possible source of food supply and, in addition, to observe the greatest economy in food consumption. With the nation nearing war, Kansas faced a food shortage, and wheat prospects were poor. The Governor urged a vegetable garden in every back yard, a potato patch in every vacant lot, and an extra half-acre of potatoes on every farm.