100 years ago in Kansas, January, 1919:
January 3, 1919.
-The federal employment bureau in Topeka urged employers to give returning servicemen their former jobs.
January 6, 1919.
-K.S.A.C. opened courses in mechanics and agriculture for soldiers at Fort Riley.
January 8, 1919.
-The Kansas State Board of Agriculture met at Topeka. Members wanted government-fixed prices continued, and opposed military training.
January 9, 1919.
-The Santa Fe railroad deposited $12,600,000 with the director of railroads. This was earnings which exceeded the rental the U.S. Government paid the road.
January 13, 1919.
-Henry Justin Allen was inaugurated Governor. He had been nominated while overseas in Y.M.C.A. service. The inaugural had a military aspect with the presence of the National Guard and music by the Fourth Regimental band of Wichita. Allen went on record for compulsory military training.
January 14, 1919.
-Hardwicke Nevin, Lawrence, had received five medals for bravery in ambulance service during the war. He was a member of the French Foreign Legion.
January 15, 1919.
-Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, commandant at Camp Funston, was transferred to Chicago.
-The Kansas Farmers Educational and Co-operative Union met at Topeka. The union demanded federal roads, endorsed the League of Nations, opposed universal military training and urged speedy demobilization of farmers.
January 20, 1919.
-Topeka’s campaign for relief of starving children in the Near East was closed with $31,000 subscribed. The quota was $26,000. This was the 17th time Topeka had gone over the top in relief drives.
January 21, 1919.
-The Lawrence post of the G.A.R. demanded the resignation of Prof. F.H. Hodder of K.U. Hodder had declared: “Germany is not the only country which has Prussians. In the United States, Theodore Roosevelt is a typical Prussian and a militarist in every sense of the word.”
-The State Board of Health had recorded 5,547 deaths due to influenza in the past three months. The epidemic meant an “economic and actuary” loss of $102,396,750 to the state.
January 22, 1919.
-Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood addressed the Legislature. He advocated a “small army in uniform and an overwhelming army in civilian clothes.”
January 27, 1919.
-The release of 109 conscientious objectors, honorably discharged, began at Fort Leavenworth.
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