Preparation for war continues, 100 years ago:
April 16, 1917
- Four thousand acres at seven state institutions were being put under cultivation in line with the governor’s “food drive.”
- Washburn college offered three courses in Red Cross training.
- The price of wheat went to $2.74 on the Topeka Board of Trade.
April 17, 1917
- The State Council of Defense met at Topeka and declared war on extravagance, luxury, unused land, gophers, chinch bugs, Hessian flies, hog cholera, bad marketing facilities, market gambling and grasshoppers, and urged that a census be taken on resources and needs of every county.
April 18, 1917
- Public school students who enlisted or who were recruited for food production or defense work would be given credit for a year’s work, the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced.
April 19, 1917
- Many tractors in the state were equipped with headlights and operated on a 24-hour schedule as part of the increased food program.
April 20, 1917
- Kansas became the first state to furnish its full quota of men to the U.S. Navy.