One hundred years ago in Kansas, September, 1918:
September 6, 1918
- Glenn L. Martin, former Salinan, had invented a war plane which was being manufactured at Cleveland. It had a 75-foot wingspread, two 400-horsepower engines, and a capacity of 2,400 pounds.
- Student Army Training Corps units were being set up at K.U., K.S.A.C., Emporia Normal, Fort Hays Normal, McPherson, St. Mary’s, Baker, Cooper, Ottawa, Midland and Washburn.
September 8, 1918
- Miss Day Monroe, Topekan, with the New York Food Commission, was managing forty canning centers in New York City.
- The Kansas Library Assn. met at Oklahoma City. It was reported that 2,500,000 books had been placed in army camp libraries.
September 9, 1918
- Ninety-three I.W.W.’s (International Workers of the World, or “Wobblies”) were admitted to the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth.
September 12, 1918
- The Washburn College Ambulance Corps, a part of the 87th Division, had landed in France. (See the previous story: https://www.kansasww1.org/washburn-college-ambulance-company/ )
September 17, 1918
- A Lyon county farmer paid a $25 fine for failing to rake his wheat field and for feeding wheat left under the separator to his hogs.
September 18, 1918
- Col. P.M. Hoisington, Newton, was named commander of the new Kansas National Guard.
September 20, 1918
- A Hutchinson baker who violated flour-saving rules waived trial and closed his shop for the duration.
- A government order brought all building under federal control.
September 22, 1918
- Topeka was the “chicken center” of the United States. Seven thousand birds were dressed daily and shipped to Eastern cities and to England. Chicken-pickers received about three cents a fowl and could earn $30 a week.
September 26, 1918
- The Battle of the Argonne, “greatest in military history,” began. The 35th Division formed the left flank of the First Army Corps.
September 27, 1918
- Cigarettes were forbidden for all men enrolled at the S.A.T.C. at KU.
September 28, 1918
- Neither the German Language nor the German classical music was to be barred at KU.
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