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Monuments and Memorials: Rosedale Memorial Arch

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Rosedale Memorial Arch, Kansas City, KS

The Rosedale Arch is one monument that has a nice location, one that has a great view of the Kansas City skyline.  It can also be seen from I-35, the 35th Division Memorial Highway, and probably more so now that the leaves are falling from the trees.

This link goes to a page that has a pretty good description of the arch, so instead of repeating the story:  http://www.kansastravel.org/kansascitykansas/rosedalearch.htm ...read more

Kansas Loyalty Day

Here’s an event that took place yesterday — our apologies, but we didn’t quite get word of the event fast enough to post it here.  As a World War I centennial observance, we do want to give credit where credit is due.

Loyalty Day was observed at the Rosedale Arch in Kansas City, KS yesterday.  For the uninformed, here is a description of Loyalty Day: ...read more

KCK’s Rainbow Boulevard is a WW1 memorial

After the US declared war on the Central Powers on April, 6th, 1917, the War Department faced a herculean task in building and organizing the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) as a military unit suitable for the type and scale of Western Front warfare.

At the time, the regular US Army numbered about 133,000 soldiers plus there were still about 65,000 National Guardsmen on federal duty under the 1916 National Defense Act. The remainder of the Guard numbered about 117,000, some of these not fit for combat service. Nevertheless, in May Congress enacted authorization to federalize the entire Guard, although this wasn’t achieved immediately due to a lack of everything: training space, gear, weapons and men. ...read more

The Annals of Kansas, #39

100 years ago in Kansas, March 30 – April 7, 1918:

March 30, 1918

  • Five students at Haskell Institute had died and 457 were ill with a disease called “strepo-grip.”
  • The Department of Justice moved to dislodge large stocks of wheat and flour held on farms.  A secret service agent had put 7,000 pounds of flour and over 10,000 bushels of wheat from Pawnee county on the market.
  • Daylight-saving time went into effect.  Clocks were set an hour ahead to give more daytime for gardening and to save fuel used for electric lighting.
  • Meatless day regulations were suspended for 30 days because of an oversupply of meat.
  • At K.S.A.C. (Kansas State Agricultural College) 300 men were learning to be tank drivers.
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    The Annals of Kansas, #23

    100 years ago in Kansas, August 27 – September 7, 1917:

    August 27, 1917

    • The Kansas Grange and the Farmers’ Union asked for special consideration of exemption claims by farm workers.
    • Women went to work in the upholstery department of the Santa Fe shops, Topeka, taking the places of men who had gone to war.

    August 31, 1917

    • A drive to rid army camps of vice was being made by the Department of Justice and city, county, and state officials.
    • The Union Pacific was spending $2,000,000 on roundhouses, tracks, and shops in the Junction City – Manhattan area.
    • A coal combine of Kansas City dealers was exposed, and their records were seized.

    September 2, 1917

    • The 117th Ammunition Train left Topeka for a “Rainbow Division” mobilization point.  It had been organized during the summer by Lt. Col. Frank L. Travis, Iola.  The companies were from Kansas City, Rosedale, Chanute, Parsons, Manhattan, and Pratt,

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    KCK’s Rainbow Boulevard is a WW1 memorial

    Monuments and Memorials: Rosedale Memorial Arch

    September 3, 1917

    • Librarians from Kansas and surrounding states met at Kansas City, Mo., to discuss plans for raising their $1,000,000 quota for books and magazines for soldiers in France.

    September 4, 1917

    • The Washburn Ambulance Co. was ordered to Camp Pike, Little Rock, Ark.

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    100 Years Ago in Kansas

    In the mid-1950s the Kansas State Historical Society published The Annals of Kansas, 1886-1925.  It appeared in two volumes, with the first published in 1954, the second two years later in 1956.

    The Annals are an almost daily account of life in the State of Kansas. Most entries are only a sentence or two and deal with organizations meeting somewhere within the state, special events, crimes, and more.  For the World War I years, they provide snippets of life on the home front. ...read more

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