Kansas WW1

Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Month: January 2018 (page 1 of 2)

Nurse Helen Fairchild

One hundred years ago yesterday, January 18, 1918, US Army Reserve Nurse Helen Fairchild passed away while serving with the British Expeditionary Force (BEF),  one of five American nurses so seconded to die in WW1. Statistical firsts can be hard to verify, but she may have been the first US Army Nurse to die in France in WW1 and she may also have been the first to die as a result of contact with the enemy. ...read more

C-SPAN3, January 21

This weekend C-SPAN3’s American History TV does not give us much WWI to view.  The only program has been shown the last two weekends–American Artifacts World War I, with National World War I Museum and Memorial Curator of Education Lora Vogt discussing artifacts in the collections. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #35

100 years ago in Kansas, January 22-28, 1918.

January 22, 1918

-“Kickless Thursday” was added to the weekly schedule by the State Food Administrator to make Kansans “forget to grumble about meatless, wheatless, sugarless days, save footpower, and help whip the Kaiser.” ...read more

David Lloyd George states Britain’s War Aims

In an address to Congress on January 8th, 1918 President Woodrow Wilson set forth his famous Fourteen Points, a concise articulation of American war aims and Wilson’s proposed basis for an honorable and lasting peace. Two days previously Prime Minister David Lloyd George had presented His Majesty’s war aims at a closed-door meeting with the leaders of the Labor Party. Here’s a newspaper report detailing what he said: ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Royal Navy Sites

In 1924 Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI) dedicated three identical Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) memorials to the missing commemorating the personnel of the Royal Navy who were either buried or lost at sea in WW1. These are located at the important naval cities of Plymouth and Portsmouth, and at the Chatham Docks in Kent, all in the U.K. ...read more

The Camp Funston Bank Robbery

Last week Blair posted his 33rd installment of selections from The Annals of Kansas  and the entry  about this incident piqued my curiosity, so I found some newspaper articles that provide more detail. According to various sources, $62,826 in 1918 had the value of over $1.1 million today. ...read more

C-SPAN3, January 13

Not a lot of World War I programming scheduled on the C-SPAN networks this weekend–just two shows that have aired previously.  The usual reminders:  all times Central, not responsible for schedule changes, and apologies if we miss anything.  All shows available of the C-SPAN website once they air. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #34

100 years ago in Kansas, January 14 – 19, 1918:

January 14, 1918

-The State Fuels Administrator ordered a three-day embargo on coal shipments from Kansas to Missouri (Blogger’s note:  Insert your own Border War joke here!)

January 16, 1918

-The Kansas crop lost from insects in 1917 was about $8,000,000 as compared with $40,000,000 in 1916, according to K.S.A.C.  (Kansas State Agricultural College.) ...read more

Ernst Udet’s Tail Art – The Original Bumper Sticker?

Here’s an example of a way to teach some history. Picture a man, wearing the Ernst Udet “Du Doch Nicht!” t-shirt, who comes upon a boy young enough not to see any value to tact.

The T-Shirt ©Ewan Tallentire Great War Stories Gift Shop

Tactless Boy: Duh doc night? What’s that?

History Guy: (in perfect German accent) Du doch nicht means, ‘no you don’t’, except stronger than that. Maybe like, ‘No way José!’ You know who said it? ...read more

Kansans of the Great War Era: Kate Richards O’Hare

Born March 26, 1876, Ada. Died January 10, 1948.

The early 1910s and ‘20s were a troubled time within America. Faced with threats from abroad, and having just finished a war, many Americans were fearful of the socialist movements that were sweeping the nation. Into this time of chaos stepped Kate Richards O’ Hare, a socialist speaker not afraid to express her opinions on the state of the nation. O’Hare was imprisoned for her efforts, starting her on a new path that would bring about great reforms to the American penal system. ...read more

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