100 years ago in Kansas, May 23 – June 2, 1918:

May 23, 1918

  • Manhattan school children won a $100 prize offered by the Kansas Fraternal Aid Assn. for the best garden.

May 30, 1918

  • Kansas had raised $2,5888,577 for the Red Cross; the quota was $1,000,000.
  • Three carloads of surplus flour were found in Franklin county. Names of the hoarders were sent to the State Food Administrator.

June 2, 1918

  • The Kansas City Veterinary College, founded in 1891, closed for the duration of the war.  In normal times enrollment was about 650.

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.