100 years ago in Kansas June 4 – 9, 1918.

June 4, 1918.

-Louis B. Leach, president of the Wamego State Bank, was removed by the State Bank commissioner, charged with declining subscriptions to Liberty Loan and Red Cross drives and encouraging his son-in-law to evade the draft.

-The 89th Division, trained at Camp Funston under Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, sailed from New York to join the A. E. F. in France.  General Wood was relieved of his command on the eve of embarkation.

June 5, 1918.

-Over 600 conscientious objectors were moved to Fort Leavenworth where they could either work under military discipline or be treated as military convicts.

June 8, 1918.

-Eastern Kansas threshermen agreed to charge ten cents a bushel for wheat and six cents for oats, an advance of 20 to 25 percent over 1917.

June 9, 1918.

-The Pan-Hellenic Assn. at K.U. placed a ban on corsages, late hours and refreshments, news which the Topeka Daily Capital headlined as:  “No cakes, no flowers, no wee sma’ hours.”

Blair Tarr is the Museum Curator of the Kansas State Historical Society. He oversees the three-dimensional collections of the Society, but has special interests in the Civil War, Wichita-made Valentine diners, and Leavenworth's Abernathy Furniture. In the last few years he has also done a lot of cramming on The Great War. He is a past president of the Kansas Museums Association and the Civil War Round Tables of both Kansas City and Eastern Kansas. He is currently a board member of the Heritage League of Greater Kansas City.