Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

The Annals of Kansas, #57

100 years ago in Kansas, February, 1919.

February 4, 1919.

-Lt. George S. Robb, Salina, was awarded the Congressional (sic) Medal of Honor for action in France, September 29-30, 1918.  The official citation read:  “He held his position on the front line all night though severely wounded twice, and although wounded twice again the following day, assumed command when his captain and company officers were killed, and by flanking the town of Sechault with machine guns, aided his battalion in holding it.”

See the previous story:

February 8, 1919.

-The State Bank of Buhler was robbed of $50,000 in Liberty bonds.

February 11, 1919.

-The State Council of Defense, organized in April, 1917, to coordinate war work, was terminated by Governor Allen.

February 12, 1919.

-Governor Allen declared that the German language must be barred from elementary schools.

February 22, 1919.

-Wounded veterans learned trades at Fort Riley.  Psychologists assisted them in choosing vocations.  Courses were available in typewriting, stenography, bookkeeping, telegraphy, and manual training.

February 24, 1919.

-Kansas had contributed $276,000 to the Jewish-Armenian relief fund.

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.


  1. Gary Gebhard

    I am the grandson of Emil William Greub of Wathena, KS. He is listed in the “They’re From Kansas – regimental history of the 353 regiment expeditionary forces in France.

    Thanks for keep his memory alive. My grand father returned to Kansas and lived to about 80 years old. He farmed until retirement and is buried in St. Jo Missouri. He never talked much about the war, though he drove a wagon to the front line to supply artillery shells there.

    • Blair Tarr

      You are quite welcome. Thanks for sharing the information about your grandfather!

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