One hundred years ago in Kansas, April 22 – May 4, 1918:

April 22, 1918

  • The War Department authorized a new Kansas National Guard.  Two regiments, the Fourth and Fifth, were organized immediately.

April 30, 1918

May 1, 1918

  • In response to a government request, over 1,800,000 pounds of flour had been put on the market by farmers since March 20.  Unmarketed wheat was requisitioned at the expense of the owner.

May 4, 1918

  • The Kansas City Star said Mrs. James Farrell, Effingham, was the knitting champion of Atchison county.  She had knitted 100 pairs of socks for the Red Cross since August, 1917.

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.