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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: Blair Tarr (page 1 of 49)

C-SPAN2 & 3, December 15 – 17

We seem to be back on track with WWI programming this week, including a few talks from the symposium held at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in November.  Remember–all times listed here are Central.


Douglas Mastriano:  Thunder in the Argonne.  Airs at 11:00 p.m. Saturday evening, December 15th. ...read more

C-SPAN2 & 3, December 9 – 10

We still have World War I programs appearing on the C-SPAN networks.  Here are this weekend’s programs, and as usual, all time are Central.


–Douglas Mastriano:  Thunder in the Argonne.  1:00 a.m. Sunday morning, December 9th.


–American Artifacts:  U.S. Army World War I Exhibit.  5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 9th.  Repeats at 9:00 p.m. Sunday evening, December 9th.

–The Presidency:  Woodrow Wilson’s Vision for Global Relations.  7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Sunday evening, December 9th.  Also repeats at 4:45 a.m. Monday morning, November 10th.

“They Shall Not Grow Old” — Peter Jackson Interview

Peter Jackson, the director of the WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, was interviewed for the recent issue of TIME Magazine:



Turner Classic World War I Movies for December

We’re passed the Armistice, and everything seems to be slowing down as far as events go.  We have three movies in December on Turner Classic Movies that touch on World War I, including two that are truly classic .  Times given here are Central.

–Paths of Glory (1958).  The classic Stanley Kubrick film with Kirk Douglas and Adolph Menjou.  9:15 p.m. on Monday, December 10th.

–A Carol for Another Christmas (1964).  Written by Rod Serling, stars a cast that includes Sterling Hayden, Eva Maria Saint, Ben Gazzara, Peter Sellers, and Steve Lawrence.  Not strictly a World War I film, but it does have a WWI segment.  2:45 a.m. early Sunday morning, December 23rd.

–Doctor Zhivago (1965).  Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, and Alec Guinness.  3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 30th.

Happy viewing!

Army – Navy Game, December 8th

This weekend at the annual Army – Navy Game the Army football team will be sporting uniforms honoring the 1st Infantry Division, the “Big Red One,” which today is headquartered at Fort Riley, Kansas.  It is also a tribute to the Division in the Great War.

See the website:  https://www.bigredone.football/

Also, check out the video at the website or here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=125&v=hrvMHY-jX_E


C-SPAN2, December 1 – 2

We’re now seeing if WWI programming will be sustained on the C-SPAN networks now that we’re past the centennial of the Armistice.  This week we’re down to one specific program on C-SPAN2.  Time is Central, as usual.

–Douglas Mastriano, Thunder in the Argonne.  Airs on Sunday evening, December 2nd, at 9:30 p.m.

We will throw in another worthy program.  At 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, December 1st, Michael Beschloss will be on talking about his book, Presidents at War, which will be followed by a call-in at 8:46 a.m.  Since Woodrow Wilson is included in the book, there could be some discussion about World War I.

Kansas Nurses Who Died During the Great War

We’d hoped that we might be able to do biographies of each of these nurses who died during the World War.  That may not happen, but for now, we’ll at least recognize them for their sacrifice.

This list was compiled sometime after the war, and apparently before the Second World War, by Miss Emma Hadorn, A.L.A.  (Presumably American Library Association.)  There may by typos and other errors.  We’d appreciate any corrections, preferably with documentation.

-Miss Edith Bradfield.  Born in Ridgeway, Kansas.  Nearest relative, Florence Bradfield, (sister), Clifton, Kansas.  Miss Bradfield executed her oath of office on March 23, 1918, and reported at the U.S. Army Post Hospital, Ft. Sill, Okla., on March 24, 1918.  She died at that hospital on May 5, 1918, from lobar pneumonia.

-Miss Florence Ethel Chandler.  Born in Emporia, Kansas.  Nearest relative, Mrs. L.S. Harris (sister), Dunlap, Kansas.  Miss Chandler executed her oath of office September 26, 1918, reporting on the same day at the U.S. Army Base Hospital, Ft. Riley, Kansas.  She died at that hospital October 13, 1918, of lobar pneumonia.

-Miss Etta P. Coover.  Born in Colby, Kansas.  Nearest relative Mrs. A.M. Coover, Colby, Kansas.  Miss Cover (sic) executed her oath of office August 20, 1918.  She died October 16, 1918, at the U.S. Army Base Hospital, Ft. Riley, Kansas, of lobar pneumonia.  See earlier post:  https://www.kansasww1.org/nurse-etta-coover-of-colby/

-Miss Alma Erickson.  Born in Scandia, Kansas.  Nearest relative Mrs. W.A. Hall (sister), Jarose, Colorado.  Miss Erickson executed her oath of office October 2, 1918.  She died at the U.S. Army General Hospital No. 1, Denver, Colorado, of broncho pneumonia, on October 28, 1918.

-Miss Ruth B. Farney.  Born in Leavenworth, Kansas.  She executed her oath of office September 10, 1918.  Her nearest relative was Mrs. J.J. Schackelford (sister), R.F.D. No. 2, Ogallah, Kansas.  She died at the U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 1, fort Sam Houston, Texas, October 22, 1918, of broncho pneumonia.

-Miss Lottie R. Hollenback.  Born in Paola, Kansas.  Nearest relative, G.W. Hollenback, Olathe, Kansas.  Miss Hollenback executed her oath of office November 20, 1917.  She died at the U.S. Army Base Hospital, Ft. Riley, Kansas, of lobar pneumonia, January 3, 1918.  See earlier post:  https://www.kansasww1.org/kansans-of-the-great-war-era-lottie-hollenback/

-Miss Clara M. Orgren.  Born in Osage City, Kansas.  Nearest relative, Mrs. C.A. Orgren, 506 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, Colorado.  Miss Orgren executed her oath of office April 27, 1918.  She died October 6, 1918, while serving with Base Hospital No. 29, A.E.F., France.  The cause of her death was pneumonia.  Inasmuch as Miss Orgren entered the service from Denver, Colorado, was trained in Denver, and her nearest relative lived in Colorado, it is doubtful whether she could be claimed as a Kansas woman.  (BLOG NOTE:  We respectfully disagree with Miss Hadorn on this matter.  Clara Orgren was born in Osage City.  She’s in as a Kansan.)

-Miss Mildred Parsons.  Born in Leavenworth, Kansas.  Nearest relative Mrs. W.B. Parsons (mother), Basehor, Kansas.  Miss Parsons executed her oath of office June 1, 1918.  She died October 8, 1918, at Embarkation Hospital, Camp Stuart, Virginia, of pneumonia.

-Miss Alberta Weigner.  Born in Kahoka, Missouri.  Nearest relative, Mrs. E.J. Weigner, Sawyer, Kansas.  Miss Weigner trained in Kansas, and entered the service from Kansas.  She executed her oath of office November 14, 1918.  She died January 20, 1919 at Fort Riley, Kansas, of lobar pneumonia.

(BLOG NOTE:  While some form of pneumonia almost certainly was listed as the cause of death, it seems likely that the pneumonia was the result of the Spanish influenza.)


C-SPAN3, November 23 – 25

Yes, there is World War I programming on C-SPAN3 over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, for those of you who want something other than football.  As usual, all times are Central.

–Sergeant York:  The Man and the Movie.  Airs on early Friday morning at 2:26 a.m.

–World War I & the 1917 Selective Service Act.  Airs on Saturday evening at 8:15 p.m. and again early Sunday morning at 12:15 a.m.

–U.S. Supreme Court During World War I.  Airs on Sunday morning at 9:55 a.m.

The Annals of Kansas, #55

100 years ago in Kansas, December, 1918:

December 3, 1918.

-Special police patrolled Topeka streets to see that no one violated the influenza quarantine.  Among the deaths was that of Mrs. S.M. Brewster, wife of the Attorney General.

December 4, 1918.

-The State Board of Health had recorded 1,138 deaths from influenza, exclusive of those at Camp Funston and Fort Leavenworth.

December 6, 1918.

-William Allen White and his son, Billy, left Emporia for France to represent a group of newspapers at the peace conference.

December 7, 1918.

-Governors of seven states reviewed the 10th Division on Britain Day at Fort Riley.

December 10, 1918.

-Junction city, Pratt, Iola, Newton, and Independence had banned public meetings because of flu.  Camp Funston was quarantined.

December 12, 1918.

-The State Home for Feeble-Minded, Winfield reported 300 cases of influenza.

December 20, 1918.

-Christmas trees were placed outdoors because of the flu epidemic.  Holiday entertainment would be in the open.

December 31, 1918.

-Topeka had had 3,900 cases of influenza and pneumonia with 208 deaths since October 1.

C-SPAN2 & 3, November 18 & 20

We’d hoped that C-SPAN would not give up on WWI programming after giving us several days of great programming leading up to and including the anniversary of the Armistice.  Perhaps they won’t but this week they are giving everyone a break from WWI with only two programs.  As usual, times are Central.


–Neal Bascomb; The Escape Artists.Airs at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday morning, November 20th.


–World War I and the Selective Service Act.  Talk by Christopher Capozzola.  Airs at 8:10 a.m. Sunday morning, November 18th.

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