100 years ago in Kansas, July 1918:
July 1, 1918
- Dr. Charles M. Sheldon advocated planting tobacco land to potatoes. He said the change would furnish each family of four with four bushels.
- Sugar rationing was extended to housewives who were pledged to use only three pounds per month per person.
July 4, 1918
- Many Kansas cities held community sings with patriotic songs as the theme. The State Fire Marshal requested that no fireworks be used and offered the slogan: “Send the Powder to Pershing.”
July 7, 1918
- Coal rationing to householders was announced.
July 11, 1918
- As a war measure the State Council of Defense ordered all stores to be open only ten hours a day.
July 24, 1918
- Lt. Phil Billard, Topeka, one of the first flyers in Kansas, was killed in an airplane accident in France. See previous post: https://www.kansasww1.org/aviators-philip-billard/
July 26, 1918
- Germantown, a Brown county Catholic community, changed its name to Mercier, after Cardinal Mercier of Belgium.