However Kansans felt about the war, things were quickly changing in the state. Events of April 9 through 13:
April 9, 1917
- Food prices soared. Sugar at Topeka went to $9.50 per 100 pounds and flour to $3.00. Prices of lard, butter, eggs and soap advanced. Potatoes went up 25 cents a bushel.
- President Henry Jackson Waters, K.S.A.C. (Kansas State Agricultural College), said the country’s visible food supply would be gone before another harvest. He urged that grain used for liquors should be held back as feed for livestock.
- Because of the national emergency the State Board of Administration urged state schools to hold simple, dignified commencement services.
April 11, 1917
- The Kansas State Bankers Assn. met at Kansas City. Members agreed to handle government war loans without interest.
April 12, 1917
- Compulsory military training for every able-bodied male student at Washburn College was adopted by the faculty after a petition by 200 students asked that military training be made part of the college course. Intercollegiate athletics were abolished.
April 13, 1917
- Governor Capper began a nation-wide fight for prohibition during the war. He wired President Wilson, urging the use of food materials in manufacturing liquor be prohibited. He asked Governors of all states to take similar action.
- Dr. Henry J. Waters, K.S.A.C. president, was named chairman of the State Council of Defense, composed of prominent Kansans appointed by the Governor.
- The Blue Goose, a Bennington club and smokehouse where recruiting officers gathered, was dynamited by fanatics who believed Europe’s war was “not our business.”
- Towns, schools, clubs, churches, lodges, and individuals adopted French orphans. It cost $36.50 to support an orphan for a year.