April 2-7, 1917: With the war drums beating, interest picks up across Kansas.
- President Wilson asked Congress to declare that a state of war existed between the United States and Germany.
- Telegraph offices in many Kansas cities and towns were deluged with messages against war, addressed to the President and congressmen.
- Armed guards were placed around the pumping station of the Wichita Water Co. following advice from federal agents that German spies were in the city. This was an example of the wave of spy-hunting which swept the country.
- At K.U. 150 girls enrolled in Red Cross training classes.
- Missouri troops were guarding railroad bridges as far west as Manhattan on the Union Pacific and southwest to Hutchinson on the Santa Fe.
- Congress formally declared that a state of war existed with Germany.
- Loyalty day was observed by parades, pageants, and patriotic speeches. Governor Capper spoke at Topeka; a fife and drum corps of Civil War veterans paraded at Dodge City; ten thousand children marched in a parade at Wichita, and at Neodesha employees of the Frisco railroad sent up a large flag attached to a kite.
- The State Board of Agriculture urged immediate mobilization of 70,000 school boys, age 15 to 20 years, to get maximum food production in the stae.
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