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.
March 31, 1918
- Easter services were held on the hillside at Camp Funston for 10,000 soldiers and civilians.
April 3, 1918
- An “eat potatoes” campaign was initiated. Grocers sold potatoes without profit and recipes were publicized. Sales for a week were 400 percent above normal.
April 4, 1918
- Rosedale had 230 men fighting in the “Rainbow Division” in France. (See previous post: https://www.kansasww1.org/centennial-of-the-rainbow-division/)
April 7, 1918
- The Zone at Camp Funston, built by Capt. Dick Foster without cost to the government, was said to be the only city within an army camp. There were 55 businesses; the civic center included a Y.M.C.A., Knights of Columbus hall, Jewish center, library, officers club and amusement hall.